Living in the Halls

Move Out

All residents leaving the residence hall are required to check out of their room with Residence Life staff before leaving campus.

Failure to properly check out or return the room/suite key(s) will result in financial charges to the resident’s account. This may include a room re-key fee and improper check out fee.


Check Out Steps

A Residence Life staff member will check to ensure that the resident has cleaned their room and will document any damages. Residence Life staff members will not check the room until the resident has finished cleaning the room and removed all personal belongings.

To schedule a check out appointment, residents can choose one of two options:

Option 1

Schedule a check-out appointment with a Residence Life staff member 24 hours, or one business day, in advance.

Option 2

Work with the Resident Assistant (RA) on duty between 6:30-10PM each day. The RA on duty can be reached at the RA kiosk in the hall lobby or by calling the RA on duty phone number. Phone numbers are posted at the exterior doors of the residence halls.


Prior to meeting with a Residence Life staff member to check out of the room, residents need to complete the following:

  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Remove all mail from residence hall mailbox.
  • Return all university property to its original order and location.
    • Unloft the bed (except in Hathorn Center). Set the bed frame on the fourth rung from the top of the bed end. Loft ends should be placed on top of the mattress. To help unloft the bed, rubber mallets may be available upon request.
    • Follow the image(s) below.
      Furniture Layout
  • Clean The Room:
    • Walls/Ceiling/Mirrors: Remove all posters, tape, stickers, and adhesives. Clean off all writing, marks, and adhesive residue off all surfaces.
    • Floor: Sweep, vacuum and/or mop the floor. Do not sweep anything into the hallway.
    • Door: Remove all stickers, tape, and door decorations from both sides of the door. Clean off all writing, marks, and adhesive residue.
    • Windows/Screens: Close and lock windows, remove all tape, stickers, adhesives.
    • Furniture: Wipe down all furniture surfaces including chairs, desks, dressers, window sills, etc. There should be no stains, smudges, tape, or sticky spots left.
    • Micro Fridge/Refrigerator: Remove all food. Defrost the unit (this takes more than 24 hours) and empty water tray. Leave unit plugged in and set to “three.” Inside of unit should be clean and dry.
    • Wastebasket/Recycling bins: Empty and wash.

When a resident checks out of their room, the check in and check out sections of the Room/Suite Condition Report are compared to help assess damages that may have occurred in the room during occupancy, beyond normal “wear and tear. Approximate charges for damages are listed in the "Damages" section on the Administrative Policies web page.


To request a room move, please see the "Move Out" link on the Res Life home page.

To request a contract termination, please review the Residence Hall Contract Termination Request Form here. Residents who have withdrawn from the university have 48 hours to check out of their residence hall.

Contact Us

Department of Residence Life
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B3 East Hathorn Hall