With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many students will be heading home to spend time with their families, eating massive amounts of delicious homemade food and catching up on much-needed sleep.

But what about students who cannot make it home or decide to stay behind and spend their break on campus?

Dean Kennedy, director of Housing and Residence Life at Boise State, urges students who plan on staying over both Thanksgiving and Christmas break to notify housing ASAP.

“We will provide housing for free, as long as they let us know in advance because we have to allocate space for them,” Kennedy said.

Specifically, students who are living in Chaffee, Driscoll, Keiser, Morrison and Taylor halls, which close for break, must fill out an online application (available on the university housing website), notifying university housing of their plans to stay on campus. Although the deadline for Thanksgiving break has passed, housing will take applications up until break begins.

According to the University Housing website, students who live in other university-run housing units can stay in their personal rooms during breaks.

Students who decide to stay over break must relocate to either Towers Hall or University Suites (depending on the number of students) for the duration of the break.

“It’s better for the students to be in a location where we have staff and know where those students are,” Kennedy said. “We want to provide a safe and secure environment for students.”

However, if a student needs to stay in their dorm a few extra days, or arrives a few days early, they will be charged.

“We charge (for these days) because the buildings are closed,” Kennedy said. “It is designed to be more of an inconvenience for students, because we have to provide and pay for staff to be on duty.”

However, if an event comes up where housing is needed, University Housing will find a solution.

“We will work with students if their flight is delayed or something comes up; communicate with us and we’ll work with you,” Kennedy said. “The sooner we know, the better.”

One concern many students may have is the lack of amenities that will be available to them, because most campus-run subsidiaries will either be closed or have limited hours.

“A lot of it comes down to having to justify having the services open, because there are so few students on campus,” Kennedy said.

Students who may be worried about not having sufficient tools, like pots and pans, need not worry.

“We can get students pots and pans and dishes if needed,” Kennedy said. “Our staff is awesome.”

University Housing encourages students to communicate with them any issues they may have regarding their housing during break.

Resident Assistants (RAs) will be available 24/7 during break, with two RAs on shift at all times. Students with questions or concerns can contact a RA by calling the front desk of the dorm they are staying in.

What’s Open During Break?

-The Boise Rive Café (BRC) will have limited hours

Nov. 24-27: Brunch 11am-1pm, Dinner 5pm-6:30p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 29-30: Brunch 11am-1pm, Dinner 5pm-6:30p.m.

Regular hours resume Dec. 1

-Student Union Info Desk will have limited hours

Nov. 24: 9am-6p.m.

Nov. 25-27: 8a.m.-6p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 29: 8a.m.-6p.m.

Regular hours resume Nov. 30

-Rec Center will have limited hours

Beginning Nov. 22, hours will be 6a.m.-8p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

The Aquatic Center will close at 7p.m..

Recreation pool will not be available.

-Albertsons Library will have limited hours

Nov.  24: 10a.m.-6p.m.

Nov.  25-26: 8a.m.-6p.m.

Nov. 27: 8a.m.-5p.m.

November 28-30: CLOSED