Important Information about Break Periods

At Amherst College, all students returning for the spring semester are welcome to remain on campus throughout the breaks and Interterm periods, including:

Academic Year 2019-2020 Break Periods:

Mid-Semester Break: October 12-15

November Break: November 23-December 1

Winter Break: December 21-January 5

Interterm: January 5-26

Spring Classes Begin: January 27th

Spring Break: March 14-22

Spring Classes Resume: March 23

Students who have been assigned to Fall 2019 campus housing will have uninterrupted access (except for dates with reduced/no service) to their fall meal plans throughout Interterm and Winter Break. 

For students not assigned to campus housing in the fall 2019 semester, the earliest return to campus housing is January 26th, which is also the date on which meal plans will start for those returning from leave.

Dining Services - Winter Break 2019-2020

Note: Valentine Dining Hall will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd. 

While the residence halls are always open and available, the Valentine Dining Hall may have reduced hours of operation or may be closed depending (calendar of reduced hours forthcoming from Dining Services).  For more information, including meal plan information, please refer to the Dining Services web site.

January Early Arrival and Interterm 2019-2020

Students residing on campus for both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 are permitted to remain on campus and participate in Interterm courses and/or other on campus opportunities.

Students going away for Spring 2020 are required to vacate the residence hall on/by 12:00 pm (noon) on Saturday, December 21, 2019

Students going away for Spring 2020 who have academic or on campus work interests, and would like to request permission to live on campus during Interterm, may request approval by emailing the Office of Residential Life at

Please review the following information prior to submitting your Interterm Housing Inquiry:

  1. Requests for housing during Interterm may not extend beyond Monday, January 20, 2020.
  2. Students will not be permitted to remain in their Fall 2019 room assignments. Students should vacate those rooms on/by 12:00 pm (noon) on Saturday December 21, 2019.
  3. Space is not guaranteed and may be limited. 
  4. The Spring Only Housing Selection Process will take place between December 10th - 12th. Students will not be informed of whether there is space until after December 15, 2019. Approved Interterm Housing Inquiries will be assigned to rooms unselected during the Spring Only 2020 Housing Selection Process in order to maintain effective order and management during the mid-year transition.

Last, Spring 2020 early arrival requests with move-in dates prior to Monday, January, 6, 2020 will not be approved. Requests will be screened by a committee on an ongoing basis.

Please contact our office with further questions at