Vacation Housing

Local Students 

Students with local addresses may apply for summer and/or winter break housing on campus should they have a substantiated reason to do so. With that said, please do note that vacation housing is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed by the Dean of Students Office according to each individual’s context.  

International Students 

In light of travel complications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, applications for vacation housing from international students will be automatically approved without meeting the usual eligibility criteria. 

The College will review the eligibility criteria should there be significant changes in the COVID-19 situation globally. 


The dining halls are closed throughout the vacation period. Students who opt for vacation housing are responsible for obtaining their own meals. 

Please do note that students will likely be asked to move into a new suite for the vacation period and will not be allowed to choose their suitemates for vacation housing. This is non-negotiable should students opt for vacation housing. 

Community Standards & Guidelines 

The Yale-NUS Student Community Standards are fully enforceable throughout the vacation.  Failure to adhere to them may result in the immediate termination of a student’s vacation housing and/or other disciplinary actions being taken. 


Vacation housing costs $200 a week. For AY20/21 summer housing, please refer to the fees table under the Summer Housing section.

Application Process 

The relevant vacation housing application form will be released to all students via email. Please refer to the relevant vacation housing timeline at the bottom of the page to learn more about when to apply for vacation housing and expect a decision from the Dean of Students Office. 

Is there a minimum length of stay for vacation housing?

For the winter break, there is no prorating of housing rates; students must pay the full housing fees for the duration of the entire break should you choose to stay on campus. 

For the summer break, there is a 2-week minimum length of stay, charged starting on the Monday of each week. Students may have their summer housing fees prorated according to the number of weeks they stay on campus, but not the number of days (i.e. students will be charged for the entire week even if they arrive or depart in the middle of the week). Students may also only check in and out for summer housing once throughout the duration of the summer break.  

Will food be provided during vacation housing?

Food will not be provided as the College’s dining vendor is only contracted to operate during the semester. As such, all dining halls will be closed. With that saidUTown foodcourts and restaurants will remain open throughout the vacation period. 

When do I have to make payment?

The final vacation housing bill will be reflected on the UHMS system 4 – 6 weeks after vacation housing ends for that period. Students can make payment via the system then. For more information, please contact Student Services ( 

Can external guests stay in my vacation housing room/suite?

No. Guests are strictly not allowed to live in student suites over vacation periods. Students may be subject to a conduct hearing should they are found to breach this policy.  

The items left in the vacation housing suite aren’t mine. Why am I still receiving a fine for this?

It is the collective responsibility of all residents in the suite to ensure that the suite is left in move-in condition prior to check-out. If it is impossible to ascertain the individual(s) responsible for any violation of the housing guidelines, all suitemates will receive a minimum fine of $50 per person. This amount is strictly non-negotiable. 

Apart from Yale-NUS vacation housing, where else can I find temporary accommodation? Can I apply for NUS Housing?

Unfortunately, NUS halls/residences may not be able to house students over the summer in light of COVID-19 restrictions 

Students should consider off-campus housing options. A list of some potential off-campus options may be found here.  

May I apply for vacation housing if I have a local address?

Students with a local address may only apply for vacation housing should they have a substantiated reason to do so and with the support and approval of their AD.  

Summer Housing

What is the duration of summer housing for this year and when should I apply?

Please refer to the official dates on the Summer Housing Timeline at the bottom of this page. 

My internship/Summer Research Programme only starts in June/July. Can I continue staying on campus during the interim period?

Yes, students may live on campus as a Summer Housing resident prior to the start of their internship. Prevailing Summer Housing rates will apply in the interim period prior to the start of the internship. 

Can I move back to campus earlier than the move-in date for the upcoming AY if I am an international student looking to travel home for the summer break?

International students travelling home over the summer will be allowed to move in after 12 July, to ensure that they will be able to attend classes in person for the upcoming semester. Students will be given the link to apply for Early Arrival Housing upon receiving Entry Approval. You should not apply via the Summer Housing application form. 

Such students will be classified under the “Early Arrival Housing” category and subject to prevailing summer housing rates and policies. The College is operating under the assumption that the current re-entry approval process and SHN requirements will still be in place during the summer, but this could easily change depending on which countries are considered low risk and how the science progresses on the vaccines. Students should keep themselves updated on any policy changes as communicated by the relevant authorities and/or the College. 

Do note that NUS sent a circular last week announcing a new LOA requirement of 7 days following SHN, which applies to Yale-NUS students. Students will be permitted to serve out this LOA in your room on campus. Students should apply for re-entry to Singapore in time to serve all SHN and LOAs and attend classes in person starting in Week 1. Students who apply in time and are denied re-entry will be permitted to join their classes virtually on a temporary basis until they are able to join in-person. 

Please refer to the Summer Housing Fees Table below for more information on billing.

Will there be financial assistance available for SHN and swab tests? 

Limited financial assistance for SHN and swab tests will only be available to students on financial aid who have not travelled home since 1 March 2020 and have not already received financial assistance from the College towards an SHN fee. For information and clarification on the financial assistance and re-entry process, please reach out to the Student Services team ( 

What should I do with my belongings if I choose to return home later during the summer break after moving into my room for the upcoming year during the summer?

International Summer Housing Residents who have moved into their rooms for the upcoming year may keep their belongings in that room should they choose to return home. However, should they be unable to receive MOE approval to return to Singapore, they will need to make arrangements for suitemates or friends to remove all their belongings by the end of Week 2 of the new academic year. 

Can I apply for summer housing if I am graduating this May?

As an exception due to COVID-19, graduating seniors can apply for summer housing until the cut-off date for graduating students as per the Summer Housing Timeline at the bottom of this page. Please do note that graduating students will not be eligible for any financial aid or loans. 

Graduating students should expect to receive their summer housing bill sometime in late May and will be required to make payment via UHMS within 2 weeks of receiving the bill.   

Can I change my summer housing dates or request a cancellation after receiving approval for my earlier dates? Will there be any fees?

Students may change their summer housing dates fees even after receiving prior approval for their previous dates or cancel their summer housing application, but this will be subject to date-change/cancellation fees costing $100. Students should contact Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team ( as soon as possible should they wish to make any changes. 

How do I check-in and check-out for Summer Housing? 

Check-ins and check-outs for summer housing will be decentralised. Students should contact their respective residential college offices for assistance with this process.  

Do I need to get my card re-programmed before moving back into my semester suite at the end of the summer break?

Yes. Students will need to head to the Infrastructure Office to reprogram their cards when they move-in. 

Will there be financial assistance available for summer housing?

No, there will not be any financial assistance available for summer housing this year. Students who are unable to afford housing fees may request an interest-free loan from the Student Services team, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and only granted under exceptional circumstances. Please do note that this is a separate process from summer housing applications and will be due by 2359 hrs on 18 April 2021. Students can expect to hear back from Student Services on the week of 26 April 2021. Should students wish to withdraw their summer housing applications, they should do so by emailing Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team ( before receiving their summer housing approval.  

Last summer, the College was in a fortunate position to be generous with COVID financial assistance, due in part to the financial support from the government. This was especially important in the early weeks of COVID with little time for students and their families to plan. Unfortunately, the College is no longer able to provide the same level of financial support. 

Can I choose my suitemates for summer housing? What if I’m living alone?

Students will not be allowed to choose your suitemates for the summer. Everyone, except graduating students, will be asked to move directly to their AY21/22 rooms.  

Students who are alone in their suites may be regrouped into summer housing holding suites depending on the duration of their stay and suite gender preferences. 

How often and when will I be asked to move rooms over summer? 

Students should expect to move rooms at least once, if not twice, over the course of the summer. Students will be informed of their movement dates at least 7 days in advance (wherever possible). Students should make the necessary arrangements to be available during those dates and cooperate fully with the instructions from the Infrastructure Office and the DOS Housing Operations Team.

May I have guests over to my suite or other residential spaces on campus?

Students may not have any non-summer housing residents or external guests in residential areas over the break due to prevailing COVID-19 health and safety measures. Students in breach of this policy will be subject to a conduct hearing.

What happens if I am found in breach of prevailing housing guidelines and restrictions?

All students living on campus over the summer break would have voluntarily signed a Housing Agreement form agreeing to all prevailing housing guidelines and restrictions. Should they be found to be in breach of this, they will be removed from on-campus housing as per the agreement. 

Summer Housing Fees Table for 2021 

 Additional housing fees will not be charged from 5 Aug 2021, the regular move-in date for AY21/22. 

*Please do note that there is a 2-week minimum length of stay for summer housing.  

** Only available for those exclusively applying for Early Arrival Housing. Please refer to the above FAQs for more information on whether you are available for this category of housing. 

Summer Housing Timeline for 2021

Date  Event 
5 April 2021  Summer Housing applications open.  
18 April 2021, 2359hrs Summer Housing applications close.  
26 April 2021  Penalties will apply for date changes and cancellations to Summer Housing applications after this date. 
10 May 2021, 1200hrs  Official move-out date for non-seniors. Summer Housing begins.

All graduating students staying for the senior week housing extension and Summer Housing Residents are to have their cards reprogrammed.

19 May 2021, 1700hrs  Official move-out date for graduating seniors. 
24 May 2021  Summer Housing Residents without conflicting allocations will be asked to move to their AY21/22 rooms during this week.
31 May 2021  All remaining summer housing residents with previously conflicting room allocations will be asked to move to their AY21/22 rooms during this week. 
28 June 2021  Final Summer Housing move-out date for graduating seniors (By Noon).
12 July 2021  International students who are seeking to return earlier ahead of the start the new AY should target to arrive on campus after 12 July. 
4 August 2021  Summer Housing ends. 

Contact Us

For housing-related questions, please contact Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team (

For any financial and billing-related questions, please contact Student Services (

Winter Housing

For AY20/21, as travel restrictions are likely to remain through the end of this calendar year, international students will be permitted to live on campus over the winter break (Mon, 7 Dec 2020 – Mon, 11 Jan 2021). Students with a local address in Singapore will be required to live at home over the break, but there will be a Winter housing application process for those with a valid reason to remain in campus housing (e.g., unsafe home environment). All students living on campus will be required to pay the normal vacation housing rate and there will be a process to apply for financial assistance for students on financial aid.

Traveling Home: Students that opt to travel internationally over the winter break will be financially responsible for all associated costs such as mandatory SHN fees and swab tests. Limited financial assistance will be available to help cover these expenses only for students who meet ALL of the following criteria:

1) Did not travel home over the summer.

2) Are on financial aid

3) Suffering from mental health challenges or with a compelling reason necessitating a visit to  family (e.g., family member is sick).

Student Services will help students navigate the approval process for re-entry to Singapore, but the College cannot guarantee students will receive approval. Do also take note of the health and safety risks involved in travelling home and returning back to campus.

How do I apply for Winter Housing?

Students will apply for Winter housing through an application form released on Mon, 2 Nov. The deadline for the form is Sun, 8 Nov (2359hrs).

For those who apply for financial assistance, you will be informed of your disbursement amount prior to the start of Winter Housing. Please contact Student Services ( for additional assistance.

As we understand that plans might change due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team ( immediately if you need to cancel your Winter Housing. Cancellations will be considered on a case to case basis.

Who do I contact for help?

For housing-related questions, please contact Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team (

For any financial assistance and billing-related questions, please contact Student Services (

Usage of facilities: Apart from the dining halls (which will be closed), the remaining facilities will be open but subject to prevailing restrictions as stated in the Student COVID Guidelines and Student FAQs.

Do I need a valid reason to apply for Winter Housing?

International students (i.e. students without a local address in Singapore) will automatically be eligible for Winter Housing. However, you are still required to submit the application form.

Students with a local address in Singapore will require a valid reason to remain in campus housing (e.g., unsafe home environment). Your application form will be rejected if you do not substantiate your need for housing over the winter break.

I am graduating at the end of AY20/21 Sem 1. Am I eligible for Winter Housing?

No. If you require more time before moving out, please email Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team ( Extensions until 13th Dec are allowed for legitimate reasons.

How much will Winter Housing cost?

Winter Housing will be charged at $200 per week. The total cost will therefore be $1000.

Will Financial Assistance be available for Winter Housing?

When filling up the application, you will be able to indicate whether you require financial aid. After the application deadline, Student Services will assess your financial situation and inform you of the amount of your aid, if any. You can expect to be notified a few weeks after the deadline.

Please contact Student Services ( for more information regarding FA-related queries.

Is there a minimum stay for Winter Housing?

Yes. You will be required to stay for the entire duration of the winter break, from Mon, 7 Dec 2020 to Mon, 11 Jan 2021.

Do I have to move out from my current room to a different room?

No, you will stay in your current room.

Can I move to a different room or choose my Winter Housing suitemates?

No, you will have to remain in your current room.

Based on the current COVID-19 guidelines, you are free to visit your friends in other suites and RCs throughout the entire Winter Break.

Are meals included in Winter Housing?

No, the dining halls will not be operating over the Winter Break. If you require financial subsidies for living expenses during the Winter Break, please apply for financial aid when you submit your application.

I’ve submitted an application and decided that I would like to return home for the Winter Break. Are there financial penalties involved?

As we understand that plans might change due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Yale-NUS Housing Operations Team ( immediately if you need to cancel your Winter Housing. Cancellations will be considered on a case to case basis.

Can I let external guests stay in my December Housing room/suite?

No. Guests are strictly not allowed to live in your suite over the winter break.

You may be subject to a conduct hearing should you be found in breach of this policy.

When do I have to make payment?

Your final bill (after any financial assistance) will be reflected on the UHMS system 4 – 6 weeks after Winter Housing ends. You can then make payment via the system. For more information, please contact Student Services (

What forms of campus life can students expect of the winter break?

Due to the large number of students on campus, the Dean of Students Office and CIPE will offer limited, scaled-down programming and student engagement opportunities for all students living on campus over the Winter Break.

Update: 30 March 2021