DormSmart Living Blog: My job needs me to work over my next school break but my RA tells me our dorm is closed. What can I do? I need a place to stay... Get the Dorm 411!

November 11, 2011

My job needs me to work over my next school break but my RA tells me our dorm is closed. What can I do? I need a place to stay... Get the Dorm 411!


Don’t stress! With the proper planning, you are sure to find a safe place to stay near your college campus and keep your job. Here are a few suggestions:

Campus Housing Programs
Check with your campus housing officials to see if they have an alternate housing option available to you (i.e., a residence hall that remains open for students who cannot go home over break or a host family program…).

Friends | House Sitting
Stay with a friend who lives off campus. Even if they are going home, your friend may want someone to house sit for them while they are away, especially if they have pets.

Co-Workers
If you are good friends with a co-worker, see if they need a roomie over break.

Sorority | Fraternity House
If you are a member of a sorority or fraternity, see if you can stay at the house.

Campus Organizations
Check for campus organizations (i.e., churches, alumni mentor programs…) that may have rooms in their facility or host families with an extra room in their home where you can stay. For example, Tulane University has the Town Mom Program that consists of area alumni who are there to assist students.

Extended Family of Friends
Check to see if any of your friends have extended family near the campus who can host you.

Just remember when you find a place to stay to be a good roomie. Help your host with the added expenses, cooking, and cleaning. Be respectful of their house rules.

Live Dorm Smart!

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