Winter Term

Funding, Housing, and Meal Plans

a student starts the day at a local coffee shop with coffee and croissants.
Dance major Kora Sikorski ’17 starts the day with a morning shift at a local coffee shop before turning attentions to her Winter Term project.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Funding

Limited, need-based funding is available from the Office of Winter Term. Students have the opportunity to apply for this competitive, need-based funding when registering for their project in the fall. 

Office of Winter Term funding may be used to cover materials and supplies needed to complete project work. For off-campus individual projects, funds may also be used to assist with the costs of transportation, housing, or meals.  

Students applying to group projects that have a student fee may apply for funds to assist with that cost. Additional funds are available through other on-campus administrative and program offices and academic departments.  

This budget template can help students determine the costs of participating in an individual Winter Term project. Download the Excel spreadsheet and enter project costs and funding sources, and the spreadsheet will autocalculate estimated project costs.  

Housing

On-Campus Group and Individual Projects

For students who live in Residential Education housing during the fall and/or spring semester, there are no additional fees for living on campus during Winter Term.

But, students must complete the Winter Term Housing Form, available on the Office of Residential Education webpage

Off-Campus Individual Projects

For off-campus projects, Oberlin alumni sometimes host students over Winter Term.  Send an email to alumni@oberlin.edu to inquire about these opportunities. The Career Development Center also has resources for identifying housing options.

Meal Plans

For students who are enrolled in a Campus Dining Services meal plan during the fall and/or spring semester, there are no additional fees for dining on campus during Winter Term. Students will have three swipes per day during Winter Term. 

Students who are not enrolled in a Campus Dining Services meal plan during the fall and/or spring semester may purchase a three-swipes-per-day meal plan for $17.50 per day. 

Winter Term Dining Locations and Hours

Location Hours
Stevenson Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lord-Saunders Sunday–Thursday, 5–7:30 p.m.
Clarity Sunday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.
Talcott Sunday–Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.
The DeCafé

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2–8 p.m.

Umami Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2–8 p.m.
Azariah’s Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sky Bar Closed January 22 through February 17
Biggs Closed January 22 through February 17
Rathskeller Closed January 22 through February 17
  • Winter Term hours effective January 23 except for the DeCafé (January 22).
  • Normal hours for all locations resume February 21 (most locations open at night on February 20).