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Mid-year Break Stay

The University and residences close for the mid-year break.  Student are not permitted to stay in residence during the mid-year break, unless they apply and are approved to stay in  the International Living and Learning Centre (ILC).  The last day to stay in residence is Saturday December 19, 2020 until 12 pm (noon). Students can return to residence after the mid-year break at 12 pm (noon) on Sunday January 10, 2021.

During the mid-year break, The ILC remains open with limited campus and residence services available.  If you would like to stay on campus during this period, you will need to indicate this on your residence application so you can be assigned to the ILC.  You will also need to complete a supplementary application in the fall term and be approved by Housing & Residence Life in order to stay over the mid-year break. There will be an extra cost for your stay during the mid-year break period.

  1. In the residence application, indicate that you require a room in a building that remains open over the mid-year break.

  2. In the residence application, include the ILC as one of your room choices.

  3. In the fall term, complete the supplementary mid-year break stay request form to confirm your interest in staying over the break.

  4. Follow all instructions outlined in the supplementary mid-year break stay request form and approval notification by the dates specified.

  5. Pay the mid-year break stay flat rate fee by the deadline outlined in the approval notification.

Yes! The ILC is the residence building that remains open over the mid-year break.

  • ILC Residence Services Desk - The desk will be staffed 24 hours/day throughout the mid-year break period.
  • Limited Residence Life Support - There will be at least one Residence Advisor available each day/night of the mid-year break.
  • Limited Maintenance/Cleaning Services - Maintenance and cleaning will be operating on a reduced schedule during the mid-year break, so the frequency of scheduled cleanings will be reduced and a longer wait time can be expected for work order requests.
  • Housing & Residence Life Office - The Housing & Residence Life office will be closed beginning on December (TBA on exact date), 2020 at 12 pm (noon). The office will open on Monday January (TBA on exact date), 2021 at 10:00 am.
  • Ryerson Eats - The residence cafeterias and all other food outlets on campus will be unavailable beginning on December (TBA on exact date), 2020 at 12 pm (noon). The residence cafeterias will open on Sunday January (TBA on exact date), 2021.
  • All Campus Services & Offices - The University is closed during the mid-year break, so University buildings, services and offices will closed as well. Limited Ryerson Security and Facilities Management & Development will be available.

The flat rate fee to stay over the mid-year break is currently under review. 

This fee covers the cost of staying open over the mid-year break with limited services available.

No. You have the opportunity to cancel your interest in staying over the mid-year break until early December.  Cancelling your interest to stay over the mid-year break removes your ability to stay over the break as well as your responsibility to pay for the mid-year break stay.  Cancellations must be submitted in writing to

Cancellations after the early December deadline may be subject to a cancellation fee.  

Cancellations will not be accepted after Friday December 11, 2020 at 12 pm (noon). Residents trying to cancel at or beyond this time will remain responsible for the full mid-year break stay fee.

Yes! During the supplementary application period in the fall term (November), residents who did not initially indicate they need to stay over the mid-year break can apply to stay. There are a limited number of spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. All residents (in all buildings) will receive notification on when the supplementary application is available.

If you are assigned to a residence building that does not stay open over the mid-year break, you can apply for break stay, however these spaces are extremely limited.

Yes! Residents whose actions/behaviour have resulted in residence community standards sanctions are not eligible to stay over the mid-year break.

No. Unfortunately, during the mid-year break, no guests are permitted in residence.

If you need to have a guest enter residence during the mid-year break please complete a google formguest exemption request form, external link available on the Housing website.