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Moving Out

If you are planning to reside on campus over Winter Break, visit the Winter Break Housing page.

If you are temporarily checking out of your unit for the Winter Break and returning to the same unit for the Spring Semester, you shoudl complete a Winter Break Checkout.

Personal Belongings and Relocations

Residents are not required to move their belongings out of their unit during Winter Break if they are returning to the same unit Spring semester. If you are interested in moving to another unit for the Spring Semester, please contact a member of the professional staff as soon as possible, and see the "Relocation" tab

Winter Break Checkout Guide

As residents are temporarily vacating their units for Winter Break, this particular checkout process focuses on ensuring that units are in a clean and functional condition to welcome new residents in the Spring. For example, a new roommate could move-in to a unit before the existing occupants return from Break.  Checkout tasks are geared towards conserving energy used by appliances, ensuring proper sanitation, and securely locking premises until residents return in Spring.

Winter Break Parking Reminder

Residents leaving vehicles over Break are directed to park in specific areas of our parking lots to allow for effective snow removal around remaining stationary vehicles. Residence Life will advertise these locations prior to and during the checkout process.

Step 1: Sign up for a winter break checkout

Visit the housing desk location in your area to sign up for a winter break checkout. A desk staff member will set up a time with you to meet in your unit, complete an inspection, and collect your keys.

Step 2: Clean and prepare

Utilize the cleaning list below to help you prepare for checkout. Please note that failure to properly clean will result in cleaning charges being assessed at a rate of $50/hour.

  • Remove all tape and stickers from doors
  • Remove any dirt marks from walls, baseboards, and furniture
  • Unplug all electronics - do not unplug any refrigerators
  • Empty all wastebaskets of garbage and clean them
  • Vacuum and mop - pay attention to edges and corners. Vacuum behind and under furniture
  • Fill out any needed work orders.
  • Clean all windows and window sills
  • Remove dirt or smudges from floor boards
  • Set your thermostat to 55 degrees.
  • Wipe down and clean desks, dressers, and wardrobes
  • Windows: Ensure windows are closed and locked, and curtains are closed.
  • For shared rooms which are occupied by only one resident, consolidate all belongings down to one side of the room to make space for possible new roommates.
  • Drawers and Cabinets: clean thoroughly
  • Mirrors/Medicine Cabinets: clean with glass cleaner only
  • Counters, Sinks, Faucets: Wipe down and clean
  • Toilet: Clean thoroughly, including the pedestal, seat, lid
  • Shower/Tub: scrub the walls, floor, curtain/doors
  • Refrigerators: clean thoroughly, inside and out
  • Remove all perishable food items from cabinets and refrigerator
  • Clean out sinks
  • Clean all shelves and cabinets
  • Ensure all surfaces in are clean and wiped down
  • Ensure all upholstered furniture is cleaned, including between and under cushions

Step 3: Complete Your Checkout

When your checkout appointment occurs, a Student Housing staff member will meet you at your unit and complete the following tasks:

  • Complete a preliminary inspection of your unit for easy to resolve cleaning tasks and obvious damage
  • Collect your room key. Please note you must retain your mail key
  • Escort you from the unit

Please note that you must be present for your checkout, and that failure to be fully prepared for checkout will result in the assessment of a $50 improper checkout fee. Failure to checkout or not being present for your checkout will also result in the assessment of this fee.

Step 4: Post-Checkout

Following your closeout, Student Housing professional staff members will complete official inspections of your unit for damages and cleaning needs. 

  • Damage costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor, plus the cost of any specific parts ordered.
  • Cleaning costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor.

If you are moving out of your unit and not returning to Housing, you are completing a Closeout.

By closing out, you must remove all of your belongings from your unit, clean thoroughly, and be prepared to no longer occupy your housing space when you complete your closeout. Follow the steps below to best prepare for closeout.

Step 1: Sign up for a Closeout

Visit or call a desk location to schedule your closeout. A desk staff member will set up a time with you to meet in your unit, complete an inspection, and collect your keys.

If you are closing out at any time other than the end of your agreement period, you must also submit a cancellation form.

Submit a Cancellation Form

If you sign up for a closeout with less than 24 hours notice, you will be assessed a $50 improper checkout fee.

Step 2: Clean and prepare

Utilize the cleaning list below to help you prepare for closeout. Please note that failure to properly clean will result in cleaning charges being assessed at a rate of $50/hour.

  • Remove all tape and stickers from doors, walls, and ceilings
  • Clean door handles and light switches
  • Remove any dirt marks from walls
  • Clean wastebaskets and empty all garbage
  • Vacuum and mop, including behind and under all furniture
  • Fill out any work orders you become aware of
  • Remove dirt or smudges from floor boards
  • Remove all non-university owned belongings.
  • Clean all windows and window sills
  • Clean all blinds
  • Drawers, Desks, Wardrobes: wipe down and clean, interior and exterior
  • Arrange furniture in original configuration
  • Mattress: Wipe down mattress with damp rag and cleaner
  • Bed: Clean bed frame, including under mattress
  • Drawers and cupboards: clean thoroughly, interior and exterior
  • Counters, sinks, and faucets: clean thoroughly
  • Mirrors: clean with glass cleaner only
  • Toilet: clean thoroughly, including pedestal, lid, seat, etc.
  • Shower/tub: scrub walls, floors, curtain or doors.
  • Clean all appliances, including refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Clean inside and out and remember to pull out drawers.
  • Cupboards: wipe out and clean all shelves and exteriors
  • Drawers: wipe out and clean drawers, as well as exteriors
  • Counters: wipe down and clean
  • Remove all food
  • Wipe down tables and chairs
  • Vacuum and clean couch, including below cushions
  • Arrange furniture to standard layout
  • Clean all appliances, including refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Clean inside and out and remember to pull out drawers.
  • Stove: clean surface of stovetop thoroutly and clean the burner bowls. Pull out racks in oven and clean. 
  • Cupboards: wipe out and clean all shelves and exteriors
  • Drawers: wipe out and clean drawers, as well as exteriors
  • Counters: wipe down and clean
  • Remove all food

Step 3: Complete Your Closeout

When your closeout appointment occurs, a Student Housing staff member will meet you at your unit and complete the following tasks:

  • Complete a preliminary inspection of your unit for easy to resolve cleaning tasks and obvious damage
  • Collect your keys
  • Escort you from the unit

Please note that you must be present for your closeout, and that failure to be fully prepared for closeout will result in the assessment of a $50 improper checkout fee. Failure to closeout or not being present for your closeout will also result in the assessment of this fee.

Step 4: Post-Closeout

Following your closeout, Student Housing professional staff members will complete official inspections of your unit for damages and cleaning needs. 

  • Damage costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor, plus the cost of any specific parts ordered.
  • Cleaning costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor.

If you have indiciated that you are not returning to housing after closeout (i.e. for the next academic year), your deposit will be returned to you minus any damage charges, cleaning charges, or residual balance owed the University. If you cancel your housing agreement, your deposit may be forfeited according to our Refund/Cost Schedule, located on the Cancellation Form.

If you are moving out of your unit and not returning to Housing, you are completing a Closeout.

By closing out, you must remove all of your belongings from your unit, clean thoroughly, and be prepared to no longer occupy your housing space when you complete your closeout. Follow the steps below to best prepare for closeout.

Step 1: Request a Relocation

Prior to relocating within Student Housing, you must formally request to move. Visit a Housing Desk location for more information about requesting a move.

Please note that for moves at the end of the Fall semester, you must request prior to December 1st.

Step 2: Begin Moving and sign up for a Relocation Closeout

Once your relocation has been approved, you will receive communication from a desk location when you can pick up your new keys. Visit or call a desk location to begin your relocation and schedule your closeout from your current unit. Unless you are given permission otherwise, you must complete your relocation and closeout within 48 hours of picking up your keys. A desk staff member will set up a time with you to meet in your unit, complete an inspection, and collect your keys.

If you sign up for a relocation closeout with less than 24 hours notice, you will be assessed a $50 improper checkout fee.

Step 3: Move, clean and prepare

Utilize the cleaning list below to help you prepare for closeout as you move. Please note that failure to properly clean will result in cleaning charges being assessed at a rate of $50/hour.

  • Remove all tape and stickers from doors, walls, and ceilings
  • Clean door handles and light switches
  • Remove any dirt marks from walls
  • Clean wastebaskets and empty all garbage
  • Vacuum and mop, including behind and under all furniture
  • Fill out any work orders you become aware of
  • Remove dirt or smudges from floor boards
  • Remove all non-university owned belongings.
  • Clean all windows and window sills
  • Clean all blinds
  • Drawers, Desks, Wardrobes: wipe down and clean, interior and exterior
  • Arrange furniture in original configuration
  • Mattress: Wipe down mattress with damp rag and cleaner
  • Bed: Clean bed frame, including under mattress
  • Drawers and cupboards: clean thoroughly, interior and exterior
  • Counters, sinks, and faucets: clean thoroughly
  • Mirrors: clean with glass cleaner only
  • Toilet: clean thoroughly, including pedestal, lid, seat, etc.
  • Shower/tub: scrub walls, floors, curtain or doors.
  • Clean all appliances, including refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Clean inside and out and remember to pull out drawers.
  • Cupboards: wipe out and clean all shelves and exteriors
  • Drawers: wipe out and clean drawers, as well as exteriors
  • Counters: wipe down and clean
  • Remove all food
  • Wipe down tables and chairs
  • Vacuum and clean couch, including below cushions
  • Arrange furniture to standard layout
  • Clean all appliances, including refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Clean inside and out and remember to pull out drawers.
  • Stove: clean surface of stovetop thoroutly and clean the burner bowls. Pull out racks in oven and clean. 
  • Cupboards: wipe out and clean all shelves and exteriors
  • Drawers: wipe out and clean drawers, as well as exteriors
  • Counters: wipe down and clean
  • Remove all food

Step 3: Complete Your Closeout

When your closeout appointment occurs, a Student Housing staff member will meet you at your unit and complete the following tasks:

  • Complete a preliminary inspection of your unit for easy to resolve cleaning tasks and obvious damage
  • Collect your keys
  • Escort you from the unit

Please note that you must be present for your closeout, and that failure to be fully prepared for closeout will result in the assessment of a $50 improper checkout fee. Failure to closeout or not being present for your closeout will also result in the assessment of this fee.

Step 4: Post-Closeout

Following your closeout, Student Housing professional staff members will complete official inspections of your unit for damages and cleaning needs. 

  • Damage costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor, plus the cost of any specific parts ordered.
  • Cleaning costs are assessed at a rate of $50/hour for labor.