December 2, 2020

Winter Break Closure

December 02, 2020

The first term of the 2020-21 academic year is coming to an end. Here are a few important updates to help you plan for the upcoming winter break.

Residence closure

As the University recently announced the winter break extension for students, we've adjusted residence operations accordingly: All Western residences will be closed at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 22, and will reopen at 12 noon on Sunday, January 10.

Dining halls will operate with reduced hours from Sunday, December 20–Monday, December 21, 2020. All dining halls will be closed for the winter break from Tuesday, December 22, 2020–Saturday, January 9, 2021. Regular schedules will resume as of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Your December departure date

As a reminder, you must vacate your room within 24 hours following the date of your final examination, test or class or by 12 noon on December 22, whichever is earlier, unless you receive approval for a late departure or winter break stay request.

Please note you may leave your belongings in your room, but make sure your valuables are taken with you or stored out of sight. When residence reopens in January, you’ll move back to the same room.

Late departure requests

Exceptions to your expected departure date and time may be granted for academic reasons (i.e. deferred exam) or to accommodate international/out-of-province travel arrangements. Supporting documentation must be provided in all cases.

Requests for an extended stay must be submitted via myHousing Portal no later than December 9, 2020.

  • Log into your myHousing Portal
  • Select the Residence tab
  • Select 'Live in Residence - September 2020 - April 2021 - Current academic year'
  • Select 'Request An Extended Stay – December'. You can apply or cancel an existing request.
  • Click the 'Submit' button when you fill out all the information.

Winter break stay

Recognizing that travelling may not be possible for all of our students, we will review requests and accommodate winter stays for those in need.

Plan your travel

Due to the continuously evolving pandemic, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is recommending these key tips for Western students before leaving for the holidays:

  • Drastically reduce your close contacts with others for 14 days before returning home for the holidays. This will help lower your risk of exposure to COVID-19, as well as the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others.
  • If you are travelling outside of Canada, you should also inquire about the country’s quarantine and testing requirements before leaving and comply with any direction provided.
  • If you travel outside of Canada over the holidays, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon your return to London.
  • While at home, please use extra caution and continue to follow health and safety advice, and limit your close contact with others except family in your immediate household.

All students arriving from outside of Canada (including international students and Canadian citizens) are required to complete a 14-day quarantine and must register their quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada.

Please note you will have to quarantine outside of residence, at your own expense, upon your return in January, as private bedrooms and washrooms for quarantining purposes are not available once you return to campus. If you are planning to leave Canada for the upcoming winter break, please inform us at housing@uwo.ca.

Your January move-in date

Residence move-in days in January have been extended to the period of January 10-15, 2021, to support physical distancing. You will be able to log in to the myHousing Portal, and book your preferred arrival date and time. More details will be communicated via email next week.

Returning to Middlesex-London after the holidays

The MLHU is recommending these key tips for Western students after returning from the holidays:

  • Continue to limit close contact to those within your household, dorm room or suite.
  • If you travelled within Canada, it is important that you limit your activities to only those that are necessary for your academic studies. Avoid social gatherings, especially for the first 14 days after you return to the Middlesex-London area.