University plans for students staying in residence over the holidays

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 8, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Third year Faculty of Engineering student Jasmeet Singh will be spending his third Christmas in residence.
Third year Faculty of Engineering student Jasmeet Singh will be spending his third Christmas in residence. Photo courtesy of Jasmeet Singh

As the fall semester winds down and final exams are completed, many U of R students living in residence look forward to the Christmas break as a time to head home and reconnect with family and friends. 

Each year, however, a number of students decide for a variety of reasons, to forgo the trip home and remain in a University residence instead. For these students numerous activities are planned to help them celebrate the season with their University family.

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Jasmeet Singh appreciates the
convenience and inclusiveness he has
experienced spending Christmas in
residence. Photo courtesy Jasmeet Singh.

“Our focus in Housing Services is to really go beyond just providing accommodations and meal services to students that decide to stay in our residences over the holidays,” said Bettina Welsh, Director Student Affairs Operations. “We know the holidays can be a stressful or lonely time, including for our students, so we want to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for them to enjoy the break and engage in fun activities with other students and staff. 

Jasmeet Singh, who is in his 3rd year of the Software Systems Engineering program, is an international student who will be staying in residence over the holidays for his third year in a row. When he first came to the U of R in 2018 he decided to stay in residence as it would be more convenient and easier to get used to a new country and then he planned to move out in his second year. 

“In my first Christmas I felt very included in the holiday celebrations and traditions. I met most of my friends here during the Christmas and New Year’s meals and events,” said Singh. “Also it was just so convenient with all the meals and snacks available you don’t even need to leave the University. I actually decided to stay in residence after my first year because I felt the people here cared about us international students.” 

This year Housing Services has plenty of activities planned for students staying in residence; including: an ugly sweater making contest, movies, games and Karaoke nights, attending a Pats game, special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve meals, and other festive programming. 

“Although University operations are scaled down over the Christmas break, the University doesn’t actually close. In addition to our dedicated Housing Services staff, Campus Security, Hospitality Services and other Facilities Management staff continue delivering essential services to our students throughout the Christmas break,” said Welsh. 

The University still has a variety of accommodations available for the Winter 2022 term and students interested in staying in residence can find more information at Housing Services

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