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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, and select Oak Lane houses) but will be attending  Winter Session, you need to register and pay for housing during that time. There is a $312 housing charge.

Students in the buildings above may occupy their rooms starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2019. For more information, please visit Housing Special Considerations section.

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

Housing & Residence Life is moving to a new registration system this year.  Please check back at a later date for the link. Housing confirmation will be sent by e-mail and changes can be made until the published deadline. Registration for access must be made November 28, 2018 through December 16, 2018.

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.


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

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Schiffert Health Center will close on December 21, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   

Cook Counseling Center

Closed December 22, 2018 through January 2, 2019. There will be an on-call service available at 540-231-6557 to students in need of counseling services or other resources. 

Newman Library

Closed December 24, 2018 through January 2, 2019.  The library will be open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

War Memorial Gym

The facility will be open January 3 and will remain open through January 13. The hours will be from 5:30 am. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The weight room, cardio area, gymnasiums, and locker rooms will be open and available for students.

Office of Summer
& Winter Sessions

North End Center, Suite 3500
300 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-4879