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Winter Services: Housing, Dining, and More

Virginia Tech Pylons in the Winter


Residence halls remain open during the Winter break for enrolled students who are in residence before and after the break period. In order to remain in the residence hall during the academic breaks, residents must register through the StarRez Portal and provide the best information possible about the specific days of planned occupancy. Residents should consult the important dates section for the dates break registration opens as well as residence hall closing and re-opening dates. For students who are in residence for both fall and spring terms, there is no additional charge for Winter Break Housing.

Changes to a registration can be made until the published deadline. If a change is needed after the published deadline, the housing office may make an exception at their sole discretion; a $25 late registration fee will apply. Students noted in residence without an active  break registration may face financial and student conduct penalties.

Students who are newly under contract for the spring term and wish to move on to campus for a winter term course should contact by December 1 in order to secure their move-in for the winter session. Students who begin their residency during a Winter Session will be charged for winter break housing; Housing and Residence Life will provide the amount to the student once an assignment has been determined. 

For more information about winter, or other break housing, please visit



During Winter Session, there are no dining plans available and all dining centers are closed.

There may be limited service at the Au Bon Pain in Squires Student Center on a cash, credit, or Dining Dollars basis dependent on the center's schedule.

List of merchants who accept Hokie Passport payments

Hokie Passport Online Deposit Information Guide 


Services for Students with Disabilities

Winter Session accommodations and requests can be made by completing a survey issued by the Services for Students with Disabilities office. If you need assistance with the accessibility of the survey site, please call 540-231-3788 or email


Inclement Weather

In times of inclement weather or other situations, it may be necessary for the university to close or delay opening at the Blacksburg, Virginia campus or any of the universities locations across the state.

Decisions to alter the normal schedule for the university are made as quickly as possible and are communicated to the campus community in the following ways:

-          The Virginia Tech homepage

-          Campus-wide email to all accounts

-          Electronic message boards in classrooms

-          The weather/emergency hotline (540-231-6668)

-          VT Phone Alerts

-          VT Desktop Alerts

The university weather/emergency hotline can also be used outside of normal business hours at 540-231-6668.  For more information, please call Parking Services at 540-231-3200 or contact Facilities Customer Service at 540-231-4300. 

Campus winter weather parking and emergency procedures.



Blacksburg Transit (BT)

During Winter Session, BT will run a reduced service schedule. Each route provides 30 minute or hourly service depending on the length of the route. Some routes such as the Hokie Express, Patrick Henry and Progress Street do not operate; others such as Hethwood/Harding Avenue may be combined. 

Download the BT4U app for live information about routes. Both iOS and Android apps are available. The BT website also features live route maps.

Weather related service changes will be posted on the BT website and phone system, sent via Blacksburg Alert, and posted on the Town of Blacksburg’s social media accounts.

Contact BT for information concerning routes and or service at 540-961-1185.


Winter Session Hours

Schiffert Health Center

Cook Counseling Center

Newman Library

War Memorial Gym