Information for students who wish to reside in on-campus housing during the summer, during school breaks and recesses, and between semesters.

Recesses and Winter Break

Generally, students are away from campus during school recesses, including:

  • Mid-term recess in the fall semester (“fall break”)
  • Thanksgiving recess in the fall semester
  • Mid-term recess during the spring semester (“spring break”)

Students who choose to remain on campus  may continue to reside in their normal on-campus residence, but must first register with the University via the student housing portal. This registration is important, as it assists University personnel in maintaining a fully functioning and safe campus for the students who remain on campus.

University residences close for the weeks between the fall and spring terms. Students who require on-campus housing during that time may apply through the late stay and early arrival processes in the housing portal.

Register to stay over break

Colgate’s academic calendar lists the dates at which residential facilities open and close for each semester. Students whose plans may necessitate an early arrival or late stay may receive permission from the Office of Residential Life via the housing portal.

Apply for early arrival or late stay

On-Campus Summer Housing Program

As Colgate does not have a summer academic term, students’ regular housing assignments do not cover the time period between spring and fall semesters. Through the Summer Housing Program, however, housing is available to students who meet specific criteria. Summer housing is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students will be housed for the summer in residences which include access to a washer and dryer within each unit or complex.

Each summer, there is limited housing available for students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in faculty-supported research
  • Working for an office on campus
  • International students
  • Varsity student-athletes

Graduating seniors and students who are working off campus are not eligible for the Summer Housing Program.

Open date: Late May

Close date: Early August

Students do not need to reside on campus for the full summer; the dates above represent the earliest and latest dates during which students may reside in the Summer Housing Program.

Students apply for summer housing in full week-long blocks; there is no prorating for mid-week arrivals or departures.

Students who require housing before the opening or after the closing of the Summer Housing Program should apply for late stay and/or early arrival for their academic year housing assignment. There is more information about this process at the top of this page.

Two students remaining on campus for the summer who wish to live together may indicate that preference as part of their application. Students may only request one roommate, and the request must be mutual to be accepted.

Summer housing cost: TBD

Students apply for summer housing in full week-long blocks; there is no prorating for mid-week arrivals or departures.

Making Payments

The resident agrees to make payments according to the billing schedule and payment methods of the Office of Student Accounts.

No Refunds or Early Departures

No refunds will be issued for summer housing. Students who leave their housing assignments early will still be charged for the entire number of weeks in their housing contract.


Students will be responsible for any damages that occur to residence hall property during their stay.

During the application period, students may apply for on-campus summer housing via the student housing portal. Summer housing assignments will be communicated via email in early May.

Late Applications

Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed after all other applicants have been housed. Since applications are reviewed and placed on a first-come, first-served basis, late applications may not receive summer housing.

Apply in housing portal

Questions and Support

Please direct questions about the Summer Housing Program to the Office of Residential Life.

Off-Campus Summer Housing

Students working on campus during the summer are not required to live on campus and may choose to live in an off-campus residence. There is no lottery for off-campus summer housing. The Office of Residential Life can supply a listing of available summer properties to anyone interested.

Those considering an off-campus residence should be mindful of the following:

  • Ensure the off-campus housing option has facilities that will meet all needs throughout the summer.
  • Secure off-campus housing for the entirety of your summer stay.
  • Request and retain a copy of the lease for your records.
  • Colgate cannot guarantee early move-in for the fall semester. Learn more about applying for early arrival above.