Students in Orchard Hallway

Moving Out

Everyone living in a residence hall room is responsible for the condition of that room at the time of check-out. It is important for roommates to develop a plan together for cleaning and getting the room back to its original move-in state. Arrangements must be made with Housing and Food Services before finals to collect anything that may be in storage. There is no storage available for students leaving in spring who will be returning for the fall semester. All students must check out and depart from the residence halls by 2:00 p.m. the day following their last final examination.

To avoid charges for damages and additional clean-up, please follow these move-out instructions:


  • Remove all personal belongings from your room.
  • Remove all decorations, stickers, and tape/putty from surfaces.
  • Clean the furniture, including the interiors of drawers, shelves, etc.
  • Clean any common areas in your room – bathrooms, hallways, study areas, etc.
  • Sweep/vacuum the floor.


  • Clean the entire unit inside and out.
  • Defrost refrigerator, but make sure to keep the unit plugged in and turned on.


  • Return furniture to its original location.


  • Take all trash to the dumpster.


  • Schedule an inspection time with Housing and Food Services.
  • Staff will inspect the room and make note of any damages.


  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock and secure your door.
  • Return room key to the Housing and Food Services office. It is important that you do not place your key in U.S. mail, leave it with a friend, or leave it in your room. Room keys not returned to the Housing and Food Services office within 24 hours after student's last final exam will be replaced. A new core will be installed and charges will be assessed against the student account. Please check with Housing and Food Services or your RA if you have any questions regarding check out.
  • Any charges incurred from damages or for additional cleaning will be assessed by Housing and Food Services after check out.