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Spring Break Tips

Spring Break is just around the corner, and we know your student is excited to have a well-deserved break from the demands of their school work! Whether your student is coming home for the week, going to the beach with their group of friends, or taking the opportunity to explore the local Alabama culture, we want to make sure you are aware of how to promote safety and responsibility. While Spring Break is a time to have fun and a prime time to relieve stress, it can also be a time for risky behavior. Use this time leading up to Spring Break to engage in open communication about what your student’s plans are and how they can have fun in a safe way. Make sure you discuss your expectations for responsible decision-making and planning and allow your student to express their expectations for the experience as well. Ask about where your student will be, who will be with them, and what they will be doing. Staying informed is the best way parents and family members can be involved with the Spring Break experience while also providing the space and independence that college students seek!

The Student Health Center has a couple of reminders for you as your student begins to prepare for Spring Break.

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If your students are traveling out of the country (even to the Caribbean), please contact the Student Health Center and Pharmacy to review their list of vaccinations. Some vaccinations take 2 – 4 weeks to take effect, so we want them to come in as soon as possible.

For students who have prescriptions that will be filled during the break at the Student Health Center, please call us at 205-348-6276 to have that prescription transferred to your nearest pharmacy. Once your student returns to campus, that prescription can easily be transferred back to us.

We also encourage students to attend the Safe Spring Break Health Fair on the Ferguson Center Plaza on March 8 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to learn more about Spring Break safety. The first 600 students will also receive free t-shirts!



For students living on campus, only Burke East and West, Parham, the Highlands, and Bryce Lawn will remain open during Spring Break. All other residence halls are closed, and residents must vacate their rooms for the duration of the week. If travel arrangements to and from the airport need to be made, Housing and Residential Communities (HRC) coordinates an Airport Shuttle Service. Available times and dates can be found below:

Spring Break Departure
Reservation Deadline
Thursday, March 9 at 2 p.m
March 6 at 3 p.m.
Friday, March 10 at 4 a.m., 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
March 6 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 4 a.m., 9 a.m.
March 6 at 3 p.m.


Spring Break Return
Reservation Deadline
Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 11 p.m.
 March 6 at 3 p.m.

For more information regarding the Airport Shuttle Service or to schedule a reservation, click here or you can contact the Office of Housing and Residential Communities at (888) 498-BAMA or (205)348-6676.



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