Campus Housing Break Information

2019 2020 Break Information

All residence halls and fraternity houses are considered communal living areas and are closed for academic-year breaks. Housing contracts for these residences do not include residency for any of the break periods. “Break periods” include the following times when class is not in session: fall break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break. Academic-year break periods are included in the contract price to live in the apartment-style housing options (College Park, Manley, Midtown, Jefferson Park, Summit Park, Patterson House and University Suites). Apartment residents who are signed up for both fall and spring semesters may stay in campus housing during the aforementioned breaks.

Summer break requires a separate housing contract. There are no Drury-activity or mileage waivers for the summer.

Closing Dates & Opening Dates

Fall Break closing: Wednesday, October 16 at 6 p.m.
Buildings reopen Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.

Thanksgiving closing: Tuesday, November 26 at 6 p.m.
Buildings reopen Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.

Winter Break: Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
Buildings reopen for returning students on Sunday, January 19 at 10 a.m.

Spring Break: Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m.
Buildings reopen Sunday, March 22 at 10 a.m.

Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m.
ALL CAMPUS HOUSING CLOSES for the academic year, except for May graduates.

Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m. all May graduates should be moved out.

Residence Hall & Fraternity Houses – Request to stay

Students who desire to stay in their residence hall or fraternity house over an academic-year break period, must submit a Housing Break Access Request form to the Housing office by the specified date and time for each break (usually by 5 p.m. the Friday before a break). There is an $20 per-night charge for residents who stay over any break period, unless that student's permanent address is 200 miles away or further, or they are required to stay for a Drury activity.

For students who are required to stay in their residence for a Drury-related function, their coach, supervisor, or advisor may request the fee to be waived. This includes athletic teams that are actively practicing and/or participating, on-campus job requirements, or other faculty/staff-approved organizations. The staff or faculty advisor is responsible for submitting a request form and roster to the Housing office by the specified date and time for each break (usually by 5pm the Friday before a break). If the form is not submitted on time, there will be an $20 per night charge for residents who stay over any break period. Holding an off-campus job does not qualify the student to receive the fee waiver.

Authorization & Supervision

All requests for housing over breaks are subject to final approval by the Residence Life and Housing office. Requests may be denied for reasons including, but not limited to: previous policy violations, outstanding fees or sanctions, or limited staff availability. Each residence hall and the fraternity quad will have an oncall Residence Life staff member to address any issues that may arise and to make sure all guests are properly registered. Residents will receive an email notification if their requests are granted. The oncall staff person's contact information will be posted in the residence halls and fraternity houses.


The guest policy will be identical to the policy during the normal academic year. Guests are allowed during normal open hours, and overnight guests are allowed if they are registered with the oncall staff member in advance (in locations that require registration).


The meal plan is not active during academic breaks. However, the Campus Exchange is open for cash/credit purchases for limited hours during many of the breaks on business days (see below). Commons cafeteria is closed for break periods. The Cox Hospital cafeteria is open to the public and within walking distance to campus.

Late Departure or Early Arrival

Fall-only/Spring-only semester students in any housing type will be charged the $20 per-night fee if they arrive early or depart after their contracted single semester timeframe. For example: A student who is leaving Drury in December and asks to stay past the checkout deadline would pay $20 a night for every additional night. This fee applies to all locations in campus housing.

CX Hours for Academic Breaks Coming Soon

  • Fall Break CX Hours
  • Thanksgiving Break CX Hours
  • Winter Break CX Hours
  • Spring Break CX Hours
  • Easter weekend abbreviated meal hours