Residence Halls – Openings & Closings

All residence halls open and close according to the College’s master calendar and students are expected to make their travel plans accordingly.

Each semester, the residence halls officially open for returning students two days before the first day of classes. Please see Registrar’s Office website and look at “Academic Calendars” for dates pertaining to when classes start and end. For Semester I, only, First-Year residence halls officially open the Wednesday before classes begin for the start of the Customs program. Please refer to the Residential Life Calendar for more information, details and updates.

Early Arrivals

ONLY certain students are permitted to arrive early.

Semester I: Students with permission to return early are UCAs, CPs, HCOs, ISRPs, SRPs, PAFs, AMAs, Customs Program support, TRICO participants, Haverford Horizons participants, ISO participants, athletes on certain teams and students taking classes at U of Penn that start before Haverford classes do. ONLY, for Semester I, certain incoming first-year students travelling alone directly to Haverford from afar are granted a one-time permission to arrive one day early. This permission does not extend to Semester II or any subsequent years.

Semester II: Students with permission to return early are athletes on certain teams, International students who are unable to return home during the break, and students taking classes at U of Penn that start before Haverford classes do.


Residence Halls remain open during the Fall, Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks, but the Dining Center is closed and no food service is provided. Not all College offices are open during the breaks. Students may find out what is open and closed by reading the Break Notices.

Residence Halls close for the Winter Break at 12:00pm (noon) on the Saturday immediately following the official end of Semester I, and all residents must leave by this time. Any student, who believes they have a legitimate need for special accommodation to stay beyond this deadline, must contact the Office of Residential Life, as soon as possible. Students will not be permitted to stay overnight in their own room but will be housed in Winter Break housing as space permits. The residence halls remain closed and locked for the winter break. Requests to retrieve any belongings from the residence halls during this time must be made to the Office of Residential Life. Generally, permission is only given in cases of an emergency (e.g., to retrieve forgotten medication or a passport). If permission is given, the student must make contact with Campus Safety to arrange for a mutually convenient time to be let in to the residence hall and for Campus Safety to lock up and re-secure the building. There may be a charge for this service.

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  • Residence Halls Closing for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS is 6:00pm, Saturday, May 14, 2016.*

The deadline for undergraduate students to be moved out of the residence halls is 6:00pm, Saturday, May 14, 2016. *ONLY exceptions for undergraduates, with extension until 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 15, are for those on the pre-approved list of HC COMMENCEMENT USHERS.

  • Residence Halls Closing for SENIORS is 3:00pm, Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The deadline for SENIORS to be moved out of the residence halls is 3:00pm, Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Any student found to be in violation of the published arrival dates or move out deadlines will be required to leave campus immediately and will be fined.

Please see Living @ Haverford: Notices: Arrival & Departure Information and Break Notices … and other helpful information for further and updated information (

Last modified: August 28, 2015