Let’s Get Ready for Winter Break

It’s that time of the year. The weather grows colder, the holiday season approaches, and the study grind for finals begins. One thing to look forward to post-finals, is winter break. From December 20 to January 15, you’ll have no obligations, and some time to relax before the spring semester craziness begins. But before you head home, on vacation, or wherever you may be spending your break, it’s important to ensure that your dorm/apartment is prepared for your time off.

Housing Closing Procedures

Residence Halls

Residence Halls close on Wednesday, December 20, and all students must leave their rooms during the entirety of the break. For students planning on staying close to campus, don’t fret, rooms at the RIT Inn and Conference Center have been reserved for
you, just ask your RA for more info. If your roommate this semester is planning on moving out (or if they already have), it is important to ensure that your room is prepared for someone new to move in. This will consist of removing your personal belongings from their side of the room. In the hustle and bustle of finals week, many students forget to empty their garbage prior to leaving for winter break. We’re sure you can imagine how lovely the room will smell upon your arrival back to campus if you forget to do so! Aside from throwing out last minute trash, it is imperative that you close, lock, and pull down the shades on all of windows in your room. This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Just like your garbage, it’s just as important to remove all leftover food in your mini fridge prior to your departure from RIT. Lastly, don’t forget to unplug all electronics, and lock your door when you leave!


Just like the residence halls, on-campus apartments also need to be prepared for your absence during winter break. Aside from preparing for a new roommate, locking windows, taking out garbage, and moving unplugging all electronics, it is important to adjust your apartment’s temperature prior to your departure. Your heater should be set to automatic, and the room temperature should be set to at least 65 degrees. While adjusting your apartment’s temperature, be sure to leave the HVAC covers in place, and do not turn off the valves to the HVAC unit. With most campus apartments having multiple roommates in one unit, it is important that you create a comfortable living space to ensure new roommates are welcome.

Dining Services

All of the dining halls will close December 20th, 2017, and will re-open at the start of spring semester 2018. For a full list of hours and operation, please visit the RIT Dining Servies website. 

Good luck on finals, and have a wonderful winter break. See you next semester!

Room with a View

Every summer, RIT Housing Operations partners with surrounding companies to create the perfect, decked out residence hall room. Five special rooms in Baker Hall get a complete makeover, demonstrating all of the products that can be purchased to make a dorm room feel more at home. This year companies include Bed, Bath and Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Kmart, WalMart and Target.


RIT Housing Operations’ Room with a View was created eleven years ago as an opportunity for companies and RIT to show off rooms for orientation, college and careers tours and housing tours. These displays are set up all summer long for daily housing tours to accepted and prospective students. Carla Dilella, the director of Housing Operations,   confirms that over 4,000 students and parents see the room makeovers each summer.

“It’s really nice because it gets accepted students excited about living in the residence halls and how they can make their future residence hall room personalized and where to find the items they need,” says Dilella. “It’s a fun wonderful program we know we want to continue. Hopefully, we can get more companies to participate in the future.”


Companies began setting up their displays last week and opened for display yesterday, June 18 and the program will remain open until August 5.  Facilities Management Services will then reset the room for students moving into the dorms.

RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday during the summer!


Written by: Brittany Remington 

Photos by: Kristen Pietraszewski

Housing Checkout

Moving out of your housing at RIT for the summer? Students not graduating must be moved out of their RIT housing by Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am. Students who are graduating and are in RIT housing have until Sunday, May 19th at noon to move out.

The RIT Housing Operations has a streamlined way to check you out of your housing this year. This year, if you bring your key and your RIT ID with you to the Housing Operations office during normal business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday), the Housing Operations staff will check you out of your housing with an iPad.

How does this work? The Housing Operations staff has a card swipe similar to a Square. A Square allows people to accept credit card payments with an iPhone or iPad. However, instead of a credit card, you use your RIT ID, which has all of your information on it to check you out of housing.

If you need to return your key outside of normal business hours, place your housing key in a pre-printed envelope that you can get outside of the Housing Operations office and the Public Safety office in Grace Watson Hall and drop it off in the designated box outside of the office. This procedure is for all students living in RIT housing that are not staying for the summer with the exception of students living in the RIT Inn. Students living in the RIT Inn should return their key to the front desk at the RIT Inn.

If you have any questions please contact housing@rit.edu or (585) 475-2878.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

RIT Behind the Bricks is a blog run by a social media team in Finance & Administration. We are bringing the latest and greatest aspects of RIT right to your Tumblr feed every Tuesday and Thursday!


  Written by: Brittany Remington