Student Life

Winter night on campus

Whether you will be leaving campus or staying in Ann Arbor, here are some tips to help you prepare for a safe winter break.

Residence halls closed during break – Residence halls and undergraduate Northwood Apartments I, II, III will close on Friday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m., and students must vacate their buildings by this date.  Residence hall students who are not leaving Ann Arbor during the winter break must make other arrangements for lodging.  The Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers information about places to stay.  The residence halls will reopen at noon on January 4, 2015.

Lock Up – Secure your valuable items like computers, cameras, etc. and lock all doors and windows to your room, apartment or rental house.  Close window blinds and drapes, and don't leave valuables in sight.  You might consider taking portable electronics like laptops and iPods, jewelry, and other small valuables with you.  Remember, the majority of all thefts happen through unlocked doors and windows.

Don’t turn off the heat – Close your windows and leave the heat on in your house or apartment at a level that will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. This will help you protect your possessions and avoid a very nasty cleanup or worse when you return from the break. (Campus residence halls will maintain usual heating levels.)  

Fire prevention – Turn off or unplug appliances, including coffee pots, computers, printers, copiers, and lights to avoid over-heating.  This also reduces electrical consumption.

Bus to the airport – Central Student Government offers airBus service to students with frequent and comfortable rides to and from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for $7-$11.  For more information and to reserve a ride, visit AATA also offers AirRide bus service to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for $12 - $15.  More information is available at

Where to park your vehicle – Snow Emergencies – If you can, avoid parking your car on the street during winter break.  If the City needs to declare a snow emergency, your car may be towed while you are away.  When a snow emergency is declared, on-street parking follows an even-day, odd-day approach to allow the city to clear the snow.  Residents may park on the side of the street with even numbered addresses on even numbered days, and similarly for addresses with odd numbers on odd numbered days.  Cars illegally parked in the street during a snow emergency may result in a citation and fine in addition to the towing fee.  Please make arrangements for your car to be parked off the street or for a friend in town to move it off the street if an emergency is called.

University Unions hours –For information about The Michigan Union, The Michigan League, and Pierpont Commons, including specific hours of operation for food and retail, please see  

Getting around campus - Students who remain in town during the holidays should check the U-M Parking and Transportation and AATA websites for changes in bus services during the holidays.

City information website - U-M students living on and off-campus will find information about Ann Arbor city services and regulations at

Winter term classes start Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  Have a safe and happy winter break!