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 Our staff encourages residents to spend the holidays off campus with family and friends. The University DOES close its residence halls for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break. If you can’t go home you will be allowed to stay on campus. Information on how to sign up and the charges are below. Please refer back to this page as information can change and it is updated here.

If you have questions please contact a staff member at residentiallife@fontbonne.edu.


  • RESIDENCE HALLS CLOSE – Wednesday, December 11 at 12 pm to Sunday, January 12 at 12 pm for returning residents
  • ALL RESIDENTS MUST sign up to stay by December 10 at 12:00 pm. 
  • Sign up if one of these apply: you have a night exam on Wednesday or Thursday night; Southwest/Cotta residents, an International student, resident athlete in current season only, practicum/internship, student teachers or residents involved with activities sponsored by the university. No charge.
  • If you are not in one of the above groups, your account is charged for staying over the break (work, work studies, Medaille and St. Joseph residents).
  • Access is for only the hall you live in if you sign up to stay. All other access cards are disabled over the break. 
  • There are penalties assessed to your student account if you do not sign up - $75.00 plus $25 per night. This charge is not negotiable
  • Before you leave, empty the refrigerator and unplug it, empty trash, lock windows, close blinds, turn off lights, and lock your door.
  • Have a great break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Sign up for Winter Break



    No Meal Plan service is available on campus during the break. Tuesday night dinner (December 11) is the last meal plan served before closing for break. The Griffin Grill will be open on Saturday, January 11, 4pm - 10 pm. Regular meal plans begin again on Sunday, January 12. Griffin Grill will serve lunch while offices are open, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Griffin Bucks or Cash ONLY, meal cards will not be honored until Jan. 12.


Do you know someone moving on campus in January as a new resident?  Pass this information on to them please.

If you are moving in mid-year as a transfer or international student (any time other than the fall semester in August), you will receive an email with your housing assignment. This email will contain move-in instructions, required immunizations to live on campus along with other important information. The emails may go to your Fontbonne email address, so begin checking it on a regular basis.

If you have not received an email with your housing assignment, or if you have any questions about move-in, please contact the Office of Residential Life at residentiallife@fontbonne.edu or call 314-889-1411.

    Are you leaving Fontbonne permanently?

    The housing contracts for university-sponsored housing are for a full academic year. However, you may be released from the contract at the end of the fall semester for the following reasons only: official withdrawal from the University, graduation, dismissal from the residence hall or the university, failure to make payments to the university when due, if the room becomes uninhabitable due to fire or casualty, or marriage. If you do not meet any of the reasons above, you must submit a written appeal to and receive official permission from the Director of Residential Life to cancel.

    Please release your room and cancel it before December 1 to be eligible for a housing deposit refund if you are  finished in December or withdrawing and not returning to the residence halls in the spring.

    You have signed a lease agreement to live in university housing for one full academic year. If you meet one of the criteria listed in the application and do not submit online cancellation, you will not receive a housing refund. 

    Follow these steps to successfully withdraw:

    1. If you are withdrawing from the university, complete paperwork with Academic Advising in Ryan Hall room 103.

    2. Start the housing cancellation process by completing the Room Cancellation online.

    3. Fill out Resident Hall Exit Survey from your RA. We value your opinion and it is also part of the exit process.

    4. A housing refund is granted, provided an online or written cancellation has been completed by the December 1 deadline; and there are no financial obligations to the university, room damage charges or holds on your account.

    5. Post Office POLICY: If you are withdrawing from Fontbonne and leaving permanently, you need to change your address at your  local post office to ensure continuous mail service. In the room cancellation process please supply Fontbonne with a forwarding address so your mail will not be returned to the sender.

    6. You must make an appointment with your RA to check out, return your keys, access card and resident ID. No check outs after 10 pm.All personal belongings must be removed before your room can be inspected by the RA.

    7. If you do not follow the checkout procedures, your student account will be charged the $100 fine. This will be taken out of your deposit refund.

    After you move out, a housing deposit refund will be applied to your direct deposit account providing there are no financial obligations to the university, room damages and/or cleaning charges, or holds on your account.  If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, you will be issued a check that will be mailed to you.


    Dec. 4

     Reading Day, no classes


    Late Night Breakfast for Residents

    Dec. 4 at 7 PM

     Quiet Hours Begin

    Dec. 5 to Dec. 11  


    Dec. 6 @ midnight

     Quiet Hours temporarily suspended for weekend

    Dec. 8 @ 7 PM

     Quiet Hours RESUME

    Dec. 10 @6 PM

     Quiet Hours End

    Dec. 11 at 12 noon

     Residence Halls close for winter break for all Residents

    Dec. 20 through Jan. 1

     Campus offices close at end of business day


     Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

    Jan. 2

     Campus offices re-open 8 am

    Jan. 7

     Residence Halls open for NEW International Students ONLY

    Jan. 8  New International Student Orientation

    Jan. 11

     Residence Halls open for New Residents ONLY

    Jan. 12

     Residence Hall re-open at 12 noon for RETURNING RESIDENTS

    Jan. 13

     Spring semester classes begin

    Jan. 20

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday-NO classes & campus offices closed