Living On Campus Guide Winter 2020-21

The services during winter break (Nov. 25, 2020 – Feb. 4, 2021) are limited. Check the guide below for what is available.

  • Application to stay on campus
    Students wishing to remain on campus for the Winter Break (Nov. 26, 2020 – Feb. 3, 2021) must submit the Winter Break Housing Application by Nov. 15, 2020. Complete information on winter break housing, including cost, can be found here.
  • Student rights and responsibilities
    The 2020-21 University Housing License, Winter 2020-21 University Housing License Addendum and the Rights and Responsibilities documents are all in effect for winter break. Students who fail to comply with the responsibilities noted in these documents and/or in University policies adopted as a result of COVID-19 may be administratively removed from University housing for the duration of the winter break and may also be subject to removal from housing for the spring semester. Such action will ordinarily be taken only after prior warning; however, the University reserves the right to remove a student from housing on the basis of a single substantial and intentional violation of the COVID-19-related safety measures. Students administratively removed from housing will not be considered in good standing as pertains to eligibility for credits or refunds and will be financially liable for their housing and meal plan, subject to meal plan policy, for the entire academic year.
  • Visitors and guests

    For the period between Nov. 25, 2020 and Feb. 3, 2021, students will be allowed to have guests from residence halls other than their own.

    Off-campus guests, including non-residential university students, are not permitted to enter the residence halls as guests.

    Students who have not been approved to be on campus during the break may not enter the residence halls. Students who do so face immediate removal from housing for winter and potentially spring semester and will remain financially responsible for housing.

    Students must adhere to occupancy rates of double the amount of people (i.e., if it's a double room, a total of four persons are allowed to be in the room). Occupancy limits for common areas (i.e., lounges) are posted at the entrance to the space. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. 

  • Face mask/face coverings
    Students must cover their noses and mouths with a mask or face covering when in public spaces in the residence halls including but not limited to hallways, kitchens, lounges, laundry rooms and elevators. See the Student Quick Reference Guide for helpful information in determining when and where you will need to wear your mask.
  • Lock outs

    Students needing assistance with lock outs, lost keys, or other issues can reach a Residential Life staff member as follows:

    During regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) call or email Residential Life at 607-777-2028, 607-777-2322 or

    After Hours (4 p.m. – 8 a.m. Monday – Friday and weekends) please call:

    • East Campus (Newing, Dickinson, Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca): 607-206-1829
    • West Campus (Apartments, Hinman, Mountainview, Oneida, Onondaga): 607-759-4757

    Students requiring in-person assistance are required to maintain a safe social distance and wear a mask or face covering while being assisted by staff.

    Lost, stolen or damaged keys or access cards must be reported immediately and will necessitate the replacement of the lock(s), key(s) or access card, which will be charged to the resident.

  • Dining

    Binghamton University Dining Services will be offering take-out meals from CIW dining hall beginning on Nov. 27, 2020. The dining hall is closed for in-person dining. Students may use their meal plan which is valid until the beginning of the spring semester. Students can add to their balance here.

    CIW Dining Hall hours

    November 27, 28 and 29, 2020

    • Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Dinner: 5 – 6 p.m.

    Schedule beginning Nov. 30, 2020

    • Monday - Friday
      Breakfast: 8 – 9 a.m.
      Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Dinner: 5 – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday
      Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Dinner: 5 – 6 p.m.

    *CIW will be closed December 24, 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

    If you have questions, visit our website.

  • Campus Mail Services

    Campus mail will provide mail services to any students who remain on campus during winter break. All mail received will be placed in the students mailboxes. The package window will also remain open during the break. To find the most updated information on window times, view this web page.

    For students not approved to remain on campus during the break, any first-class and priority USPS items can be forwarded to a US address. Mail and packages cannot be forwarded to international addresses and are returned to the sender. Packages from private carriers (i.e., UPS and FedEx) cannot be forwarded and are returned because they do not offer forwarding services.

  • Parking

    Students who plan to leave their vehicle on campus while away for break must be parked in Lot G1, S2, or Y5.  

    Those residing on campus during break, can park in Lots M1, S1, O2, X, Y4 or ZZ North. See the campus parking map for lot locations.

    Questions regarding parking should be directed to Transportation and Parking Services.

  • Transit service

    Broome County Transit:  Routes 5, 15, 17, 47, 48/91 and 57 will continue to service the campus during the break. Frequencies will vary.

    OCCT:  Will operate a modified campus shuttle/ITC route in a continuous loop.

    Please check schedules for days and times of operation. Visit the Transportation and Parking Services Buses and Shuttles web page for more information.

  • Bookstore
    Starting Nov. 30, 2020, the Bookstore will be open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for shopping, rental book returns, cold medicine, snacks, etc. The Bookstore will be closed to the public from Dec. 19 – Jan. 3 and will reopen starting Jan. 4 for the start of winter term. Students who need assistance during this timeframe can email the Bookstore.
  • Delivery services

    DoorDash, GrubHub, Instacart and other delivery services are still permitted on campus. Students using these services must receive deliveries outside their building.

  • Social opportunities and gathering spaces
    Social opportunities

    Throughout the break there will be regular events for students who remain on campus. Times and locations will vary. Students should check their Binghamton University email frequently so they don’t miss out.

    Gathering spaces

    When using common spaces within the residential communities students must follow social distancing guidelines. “Social distancing” is defined as keeping a safe space (6 feet, which is about 2 arms’ lengths) between yourself and others in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Maximum occupancy numbers for each space are posted on the door.

    Flats, suites and apartments are considered a "unit." Residents are not expected to socially distance within their own room or unit including common spaces within suites/flats/apartments.

    Residents can gather with friends in the following places:

    Indoor social spaces within our communities

    • CIW Mohawk Great Room (MO)
    • CIW Commons (IR-G26), above CIW Dining Hall
    • Hillside Commons (CM): Recreation equipment (pool, ping pong and mini Pac-Man games will be available). Students will need to use their own products to sanitize equipment before and after use.
    • Susquehanna Coffee House will be open but will not have food/drinks available.
    Studying spaces/computer pods
    • CIW Library (IR), 2nd floor, down the hall from CIW Dining Hall, check for hours of operation here
    • Brandywine (BY-108) accessible with ID
  • Kitchens

    For CIW, Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview and Newing Communities, kitchens are available on the first floor of every building for residents to use. They contain a full refrigerator and stove. Residents should bring their own utensils, pots and pans and are responsible for cleaning them. Residents are responsible for sanitizing any common space used before they leave. Social distancing guidelines apply if multiple students are using the kitchen.

    In the Apartments Community (Hillside and Susquehanna), every apartment has a full kitchen for the residents within it to use. There is a full-sized refrigerator and stove. Residents should plan to bring or rent a microwave if that is something they would like to use. Residents should also bring their own utensils, pots and pans and are responsible for cleaning them.

  • Laundry
    Each residence hall has a laundry facility located in the basement or on the first floor. The Hillside and Susquehanna buildings also have laundry rooms in each building. Laundry is free but students must supply their own laundry detergent. Social distancing guidelines apply and students are encouraged to pick up their laundry promptly so other residents can use the machines. Check washer/dryer availability on this web page. Find additional tips and guides on how to use our laundry facilities on this web page.
  • Submitting work orders
    Students may submit orders to fix physical issues in their spaces. To submit a work order, go to this web page. Only work orders critical to the services of the building and space will be addressed (e.g., heat, water, electrical issues, broken furniture that is unusable, inoperable plumbing, windows/doors that do not open or close). Students who submit a work order for a non-emergency, must be available to meet staff or provide permission for them to enter the room when the student is not present. Students who are present, are expected to wait outside the room until the work is completed. Non-critical or cosmetic work orders will be postponed until the building is vacant.
  • Facilities emergencies
    For facilities emergencies (e.g., leaks, exposed wires, broken glass, outages), call Physical Facilities Customer Service immediately at 607-777-2226. If the situation is a severe hazard, call University Police at 607-777-2222. Additionally, call Residential Life at 607-777-2322 or email to make us aware of the issue.
  • Security
    Residence halls

    Residence halls are locked 24/7. Only building residents are allowed to access their building. 

    Campus gates

    All University gates will be opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 9:30 p.m. seven days a week except for residential students, staff and faculty. Deliveries will be permitted after the gates are closed, but those making deliveries are not permitted to enter the building.

    University Police are available round the clock.

  • Emergencies

    In the event of an emergency contact University Police

    • From campus phone, dial 911
    • From a cell phone, dial 607-777-2222

    Non-emergency calls

    • Phone: 607-777-2393
  • Support and counseling

    Residential Life staff is available to support and assist students throughout the break.

    To reach a staff member during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) call Residential Life at 607-777-2028 or 607-777-2322 or email

    After hours, call:

    • East Campus (Newing, Dickinson, Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca): 607-206-1829
    • West Campus (Apartments, Hinman, Mountainview, Oneida, Onondaga): 607-759-4757

    The CARE Team and University Counseling Center can also help, advocate, consult and connect students to resources.

    Students can also take advantage of other resources outlined in the Health section of the Restarting Binghamton FAQs.

  • Covid testing

    Testing will continue throughout the winter break. Students should watch their Binghamton University email for notification of the need to be tested.

    If contacted for testing, students are expected to comply. Failure to comply with testing requirements may result in loss of housing without refund.

  •  Quarantine/isolation
    Students requiring isolation or quarantine will be encouraged to return home to be supported during their recovery/quarantine period. On-campus students unable to return home for medical reasons will be required to move to designated isolation and quarantine spaces on campus. For complete information visit the University’s Quarantine and Isolation web page.
  •  Travel

    Students are strongly encouraged to remain in Broome County for the duration of the break. However, those who must travel, should choose their destinations wisely. Be sure to avoid hotspots or other areas where the virus might be prevalent.

    Students who travel to a non-contiguous state will need to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to the residence halls at their own expense. Complete information on New York State COVID-19 travel guidelines and requirements can be on this web page