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Winter Services: Housing, Dining, and More

Virginia Tech Pylons in the Winter


If you are not currently residing in a 10-month contract facility (East/West Ambler Johnston, Main Campbell, Cochrane, Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, Harper, Hillcrest, Newman, New Hall West, and select Oak Lane houses) but will be attending Winter Session, you need to register and pay for housing during that time.

In addition, consult the important dates section for closing and re-opening dates.

Registration for Winter Break will be available  in the StarRez Portal with the winter form active from December 1. You must register before occupying the residence halls during any break.

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.

For more information about winter 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