Residence Hall Move-Out Tips and Deadlines

This time of year can be extremely hectic as students cram for exams and arrange plans to leave campus for the summer.  To help you and your student navigate this busy time, we have compiled information about move-out procedures for students living on-campus.  For additional information, please visit the residence halls closing website. 

Students are required to sign up with their Resident Advisor (RA) by May 5 to establish a checkout time. Failure to meet this deadline or communicate directly with an RA about any requests for changes to the established checkout time could result in an improper checkout.

All students must move out of their on-campus housing assignment within 24 hours of their last final exam or by May 18 at noon, whichever comes first. Students seeking an exception must apply for an extended stay.  The extended stay application is available on the eLiving website.

At checkout, students will accompany the RA during a room inspection to assess damage and cleanliness. Before the scheduled checkout time, it is necessary that each room is completely clean, empty and move-in ready. This requires that students:

Remove all trash
Remove all belongings
Wipe down all surfaces
Clean all surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens
Close and lock windows
Close blinds

If the student’s room is not ready at the scheduled checkout time, he or she may not be checked-out in accordance with procedures. This may result in being charged a cleaning, property removal or improper checkout fee. Students should attend their floor meetings or contact their RA to discuss specific checkout procedures for their neighborhood.

Parking and Loading Vehicles
If you are coming to campus to help your student move out of the residence hall your student can go to his or her
neighborhood desk to get a temporary loading pass.  These one-hour loading passes will allow students and families to park in designated areas for ease of move-out.  Please note that Parking and Transportation will continue to ticket vehicles that are left beyond the one-hour limit or are in a space that is not designated for move-out. 

Summer Storage Options at the UPS Store
Consider storing your student’s belonging with the Mason UPS Store this summer rather than hauling it all home and back again in August. The cost to store five 18x18x16 boxes for the summer is $265 and covers storage of the items until your student comes back to campus in August. Students can sign up for this service at the UPS Store on the Fairfax campus, or online. More information can be found here.

For additional information, please visit the residence hall closings website.

Stephanie Milner
Assistant Director
Housing and Residence Life