Recess Housing

What is Recess Housing? 

UAlbany suspends classes, activities and residence hall housing three times during the academic year for scheduled recess periods, such as Thanksgiving, Winter Intersession and Spring Recess. 

All buildings, other than those specifically designated for recess housing, will be closed during these breaks. University services — including dining, buses and mail — are limited during recess periods. Residential Life staff members are available during recess periods, in the event of an emergency. 

All rules and regulations stated in the student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities, and the Housing License remain in effect during recess periods.  

 

2021-2022 Academic Year Recesses

Recess Period When Residence Halls without Recess Housing Close When Residence Halls without Recess Housing Reopen
Thanksgiving Break 2021 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9 a.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021 
Winter Intersession 2021-2022 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 
Spring Recess 2022 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022  11 a.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022 


Note: Students who have a UAlbany class on Saturday, March 19, 2022, can make special arrangements with Residential Life for Spring Recess 2022. Please contact your Quad Information Center for more information.

 

How do I get approved for Recess Housing? 

We encourage students to consider Recess Housing when they apply for Academic Year Housing. However, any residential student can apply for recess housing.
 

University Apartments

Freedom ApartmentsLiberty Terrace and Empire Commons stay open for current residents during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break.  

Students who live in on-campus apartments do not need to apply or be approved for recess housing to access their on-campus housing during recess periods.

Note: Students who have been approved for a housing release after they complete the fall semester are ineligible for recess housing during the Winter Intersession and must follow check-out/move-out procedures as directed. 
 

Residence Halls (Quads)

Students must apply and be approved for recess housing to remain in residence halls (State, Indigenous, Colonial and Dutch Quads) during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break. 

The recess housing application is posted on Residential Life's MyInvolvement page before an upcoming break. After submitting the application, you’ll receive an email to your @albany.edu address explaining whether you have been approved for recess housing. 

If you do not have recess housing approval, your UAlbany ID card will be deactivated for the duration of the break. You must vacate your room or suite no later than 24 hours after your last class or exam. You may leave your personal belongings in your room at your own risk. 

Note: Students who have been approved for a housing release after they complete the fall semester are ineligible for recess housing during the Winter Intersession and must follow check-out/move-out procedures as directed. 

 

Questions? 

Contact Residential Life at [email protected] or 518-442-5875