December Housing FAQs

December housing is available for all students if they sign up for it. Students are able to select specific weeks of the December break when they would like to stay. Below are some frequently asked questions about December Housing.

Why do I have to move to a new room for December housing? Why can’t I just stay in my current room?

There are very few students on campus during December break. In general, it is preferable for students to live with others, rather than live alone. This ensures that students will be able to call on their suitemates for help when needed. It also helps students who struggle with loneliness feel less isolated.

The second reason is security-related. Having all December housing students live in a few suites ensures that Infra is able to lock all other suites for security purposes. This is especially important because students store items in their suites between semesters. It also ensures that staff on duty are able to find students easily in situations of emergency. Finally, it also ensures that students who have not paid to be on campus are not accessing their suites.

How was the weekly rate for December housing set?

The housing rate was set based on the operating costs of the residential towers for the break. Payments made for December break housing will offset the costs of operating the College’s facilities during that time.

How is financial assistance for December Housing determined?

Financial assistance is determined based on need. If you have need for financial assistance, please email Joanna Lee ( The Residential Education staff will subsequently meet with you to discuss your financial assistance package.

Are students able to apply for NUS housing options for the December break?

Yale-NUS students may apply for vacation housing directly with the other NUS residences.  More information about vacation housing at NUS is available here:

Are meals included in Yale-NUS December housing?

December housing will only include accommodation as the dining halls will not be open for students during the break.

Can students using Yale-NUS December housing have access to butteries?

No. There are too few students on campus during December break to have buttery staff to manage the buttery.