Campus Information

Courtesy of Morgan Cornelius

Exams are almost over and winter break is within our grasp! So what should you do to maintain your dorm, house, or apartment while you’re gone? Here’s all you need to know about preparing for break!

  • All residence halls close at 7:00pm on December 20th, 2013 and will reopen at 1:00pm on January 5th, 2014.

  • Lock your doors and windows, as well as place your valuable items, such as jewelry, computers, cameras, etc., that you’re leaving behind in a secure area (although you may just want to take them with you just to be safe!). Make sure your blinds and curtains are closed.

  • Do not turn off your heat! Close all your windows and leave the heat on in your house or apartment so the pipes won’t freeze. It is commonly recommended that you set your thermostat to at least 52 deg. F, but check with your management company or landlord to make sure. If you live in a campus residence hall, don’t worry about it, heat will be maintained over break.

  • Turn off and unplug appliances such as coffee pots, printers, lights, and toasters to prevent any risk of fire. Test your smoke and fire alarms and replace batteries if needed.

    • If you live in a dorm and have a mini-fridge, you may want to consider cleaning it out, unplugging it, and allowing it to defrost. A mini-fridge takes about 24 hours to defrost, and make sure to place several rags or towels underneath it.

  • Need transportation to the airport? The most convenient and cost efficient option is the Airbus! The bus drives to and from the Detroit Metro Airport for $7-$11 and has stops on both Central and North campuses. For more information, visit their website.

  • Try to avoid parking your car on the street if you’re going to be leaving it in Ann Arbor during break. If the City declares a snow emergency, your car may be towed while you’re away. When a snow emergency is declared, on-street parking follows an even-day, odd-day approach to allow the city to clear the snow, meaning you can park on the side of the street with even numbered addresses on even days and with odd numbered addresses on odd days. Cars illegally parked in the street during a snow emergency may result in a citation and fine in addition to the towing fee. Make arrangements for your car to be parked off the street or for a friend in town to move it off the street if a snow emergency is declared.

  • If you’re staying in town over break, be sure to check the U-M Parking and Transportation and AATA websites for changes in services during the holidays.

For more information, check out the Student Life website, or contact your management company or residence hall advisor. Have a safe and relaxing break - we will see you in the new year!

Lauren

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