Housing's November Newsletter

Last updated
November 19, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving is a week away, which means prep week and finals week are not far behind. Use the information below to help you finalize your plans for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and the rest of fall quarter.


For more tips on planning for Thanksgiving this year, check out the Be Well Newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe for weekly updates on ways you can Be Well at Western.

Housing is OPEN

There have been a lot of questions about whether residents can stay on campus during Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Your room is yours for the entire academic year and you are free to come and go as you please.


Whether you are staying or leaving for break, make sure to visit Housing During Breaks to stay up to date on important Housing and Dining information.

Dining is takeout only through the end of the quarter

Following President Sabah Randhawa’s announcement that WWU Suspends In-Person Classes Starting Nov. 19 After Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, dining is suspending in-person dining, effective immediately. The decision was made out of the safety of WWU residents and Dining staff, concurrent with safety operating protocols.


Please review special hours on Housing During Breaks for more information.

Moving out? Read about Breakage Fee Amnesty

Residents are charged up to a $400 Housing Contract Breakage Fee if they break their contact and move out before June.

For fall 2020 there is a two-week period of time for amnesty from the Contract Breakage Fee. Any resident who completes a proper checkout, and returns their keys between Thursday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 13 will not be charged the Breakage Fee.

Checkouts that occur outside of the Amnesty Period will incur the regular daily room/meal charges and the Breakage Fee.

Residence Hall Reuse
When moving out, don’t throw away your perfectly good appliances! The Residence Hall Reuse program is accepting donations through Dec. 10 for all approved appliances. Find out more at Sustainable Living

COVID-19 Prevention

Protecting your family, friends, neighbors, and the Housing community does not stop when you leave campus. It is easy to let your guard down when visiting family and childhood friends when you go home for break. As COVID-19 cases across the country continue to surge, it’s more important than ever to remember WWU’s three Ws.


Follow the 3 Ws: Wash your hands, wear your mask, watch your distance.

Please note: if you have not already taken the COVID and Well-Being Course (Link Below), we strongly encourage you to do so before Thanksgiving Break. The 20-minute online training covers basic prevention, but also focuses on how to take care of your mental health and well-being.




Testing Information

Check your email for important information about COVID-19 testing. You can review that information by visiting Important Testing Information before, during and after academic breaks.


Fairhaven Residents: you received a similar email updating you on Important Testing Information. Please follow those guidelines outlined in the email sent on Tuesday, Nov. 17.


Make Yourself More Visible

The days are getting shorter, Vikings. Make sure you wear vibrant colors, reflective gear and use lights in the rain and dark. Just because you see an oncoming car, doesn’t mean they see you.

Make yourself more visible infographic

We wish you the best of luck with a strong finish to the rest of your quarter. As always, we encourage you to incorporate Washington State guidelines and restrictions, Whatcom County COVID-19 information, and any guidelines or restrictions at your permanent address before you finalize your Thanksgiving and Winter Break plans.


Thank you,