Moving Out


Checkout Steps

All students leaving on-campus housing are required to check out of their room with hall staff before leaving campus. Failure to properly check out will result in financial charges to the student's account, which may include an improper checkout fee and room re-key fee.

A Residence Life staff member will check to ensure that the student has cleaned their room and to catalog any damages. Staff members will not check the room until the student has finished cleaning the room and removed all of their belongings.

The following description should be used by students as a guide to follow prior to checking out of their room:

  1. Remove all personal belongings.
  2. Return all University property to its original order and location.
    • Unloft the bed (Except in Hathorn Center or Ames). Rubber mallets are available at the front desk to help in this process.
  3. Clean room - this includes the following:
    • Walls/Ceilings/Mirrors: Remove all posters, tape, stickers and adhesives and clean 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 from both sides of door and clean off all writing/marks and adhesive residue.
    • Windows/Screens: Close and lock windows, and remove all tape, stickers, and adhesives.
    • Furniture: Empty all drawers and wipe them out, remove all tape, stickers, and adhesives.
    • Micro-fridge: Remove all food.
    • Wash all furniture surfaces - chairs, desks, dressers, window sills, etc. There should be no stains, black smudges, tape, or sticky spots left.
    • Wastebasket/Recycling Bins: Empty and clean.

When a student checks out of their room, the check-in and check out sections of the Room Condition Report are compared to help assess damages that may have occurred in the room during the student's occupancy, beyond normal "wear and tear."

Improper Checkout

This includes, but is not limited to, the room not being ready, resident not checking out correctly, improper arrangement of furniture, loft not being taken down. The administrative fee associated with an improper checkout is $50.

Contact Us

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