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The Indiana Daily Student

What to do when the dorms shut down

When dorms close

When the dorms close, people who are unable to go home are forced to make homes elsewhere. Here are some tips for avoiding the hassle of being homeless during breaks.

Change dorms

IU Residential Programs and Services allows alternate dorm arrangements for students who need to stay on campus during breaks. 

Students can sign up for temporary housing while classes are not in session. 


Volunteer to get the mail, water the plants, feed the pets or make the house look lived in.

Your friends are likely to be on vacation, and many professors leave for research or are otherwise out of their homes when the campus is on break.


Hospitality exchange websites like can also help students locate a place to stay.


The IU Office of Overseas Study offers alternative living plans. In the past, students have travelled to more than 50 countries.

Many student-run organizations offer the opportunity to travel within the United States.

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