Wesleyan's campus, Jan. 2, 2013.

So you’re back on campus. Maybe you’ve made it back for Wesleyan’s first-ever winter session, maybe you’re trying to write a thesis, or maybe you’re just squatting somewhere and hiding under piles of dirty clothes every time Physical Plant comes into the room. Either way, you’ve probably come to the realization that you have no idea what’s open, no idea what to do with your time, and you’re not really willing to try and answer either of these questions because it’s cold outside.

Here’s a brief run-down of winter at Wesleyan amenities:


Options on campus are pretty sparse for food and drink. Most excitingly, Espwesso is open during the day time, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. They’re taking points, Middletown cash, and real cash. They’ve got all the regular drinks, so try and get over to Allbritton when you can. 

The Usdan Marketplace (“upstairs Usdan”) will be serving buffet-style brunch from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 PM from January 6 to January 20. However, you can only eat there if you bought a winter break meal plan last semester. Athletes staying on campus will automatically be registered for a meal plan.

Nothing else will be open until next semester. That includes Weshop, Usdan Cafe, Pi Cafe, WesWings, Red & Black Cafe, Star & Crescent, Summerfields, etc.

That said, the Daniel Family Commons is open for lunch from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Like usual, you can only go there if a professor takes you, but if you or the professor gets a “take a student to lunch” voucher, one professor can take 3 students.

Those looking to shop without a car may consider the Middlesex Fruitery on Main Street (priced like Weshop, but with pretty good fruit and a solid selection of teas) or taking a bus to Price Chopper. Route C will take you from campus to Price Chopper without much difficulty. Price Chopper is also open 24 hours a day, which is a plus.


Most academic buildings are open on a roughly 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM schedule, Monday through Friday.

Usdan will be open from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Most places in Usdan – the mail room, Cardinal Technology Store, and Box Office, to name a few – are open regular hours. For more details, click here.

Olin, SciLi, and Art Library will be open for limited hours until the spring semester starts on January 23.

Winter Session: January 8 – January 22, 2014
(MLK Day, Jan. 20 – All Libraries are open)

Special Coll.
& Archives
Scores &
Monday -Thursday 9am-10pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Friday  9am-5pm    9am-5pm     1pm-5pm       9am-5pm       9am-5pm   9am-5pm
Saturday noon-5pm noon-5pm closed closed noon-5pm closed
Sunday noon-8pm noon-5pm closed closed noon-5pm closed
January 21-22
9am-5pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm

Freeman Athletic Center will be open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday through Friday (with the side entrance opening at 6:30 AM) and 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The pool is open from 7:15 AM – 1:00 PM on weekdays and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on weekends. Most other areas of the Athletic Center close 15 minutes before the building, but check the full daily schedule because some areas, like the Field House, are closed on certain days.


Many winter sports teams are back early and have some home games. Feel free to go check them out and support your friends. The full winter sports schedule is located here.


The Book Bower in Main Street Market is a pretty great place to check out used books and CDs. It’s a good place to check out if you’re looking for pleasure reading.

The Buttonwood Tree has concerts and art exhibits. Check out piano player Warren Byrd and trumpet player Saskia Laroo this Saturday from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, or any of their other weekend events.

On Tuesdays, La Boca hosts a trivia night. This starts around 7:00 PM.

On Wednesdays from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM, go learn Scottish Country Dancing for free at First Church at 190 Court Street (across from Klekolo).

There’s also a yoga studio in Middletown that has a student discount. It’s located over at the corner of Washington and Main Street.


There’s also a Facebook group – Wes Winter 2013-14 Facebook Group. While the group consists almost entirely of thesis writers, it’s open to anyone who is on campus during these intervening weeks before the semester starts. Check it out for some spur-of-the-moment plans.

Enjoy your winter break! Leave something in the comments section if you’d like to see it added to this post.

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2 thoughts on “WINTER AT WESLEYAN!

  1. Wesleyan Career Center

    The Career Center is hosting a film series open to all students in Olson Commons from 1/15-1/22 starting at 1:15pm–popcorn provided. Movies in this order: The Graduate, Working Girl, Office Space, Devil Wears Prada, The Internship.

    ALSO–the CC & APR are hosting an alumni WESpeaker Series open to all including topics such as “Building your personal brand,” Wes to the Workplace” and “Skill Gathering: Building your Career Toolkit”–watch for more info to come but these will be in the evenings in Olson Commons.

  2. Catherine

    Middletown’s public library, Russell, is also an awesome choice. Corner of Court and Broad. With your ID you can get a temporary library card, and there’s lots of work space. They’re open until 8:30pm Mon-Th.

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