Move-out steps

The following steps below will ensure you have smooth departure from campus and a successful move-out experience.

Step 1: Plan ahead

Talk with your roommate (or suitemates) about any room damages that have occurred before you check out of the residence hall. To claim responsibility for damages or for missing items, go to the front desk Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moving carts will be available, but in high demand. Consider bringing a hand cart or dolly, if possible.

Step 2: Complete RA inspection

You are responsible for the general condition of your assigned room, as well as the area outside your room. You are expected to leave your room in a manner similar to the condition at the beginning of your contract period.

During checkout, all rooms will be thoroughly inspected for damage. All residents of your room will be billed equally for any damage and/or missing residence hall property, unless one roommate claims responsibility. 

You will also be checked on the following below:

  • Floors swept/carpet vacuumed.
  • Door (Decorative paint, tape and writing removed).
  • Desks, bookshelves, cabinet and vanities cleaned out.
  • Personal bathrooms/kitchens cleaned.
  • Draperies and screens on windows.
  • Trash and recycling bins present in the room.
  • Sinks cleaned.
  • Closets cleaned.
  • Windows closed and locked.
  • Room furnishings (all present and in good condition).

Step 3: Return your MicroChill (if needed)

If you have a MicroChill you will need to return it before you move out of your room.

East side residents can return between Burge and Currier Residence Halls on May 5 from 1-4 p.m. West side residents can return by loading dock in Petersen Residence Hall on May 6 from 1-4 p.m.

If you do not return during these times, you will be charged an improper check out fee of $50.  

Step 4: Move out of your room

Students must move out of their residence hall by 12 p.m. on May 14, 2022. We ask that students move out of the residence halls within 24-hours after their last final and recommend that you move out earlier in the week if possible to help with the number of people in the building.

Key dates

May 1-8

Extended quiet hours from 7 p.m.-10 a.m.

May 5

MicroChill return from 1-4 p.m. for east side residence halls.

May 6

MicroChill return from 1-4 p.m. for west side residence halls.

May 8-13

24-hour quiet hours begin at 7 p.m. on May 9 and last through May 14.

May 9-13

Final exam week.

May 13

Market Places close at 2 p.m.

May 14

Residence halls close at 12 p.m. (noon). All students must be checked out by this time.

*We ask that all students move out of the halls within 24-hours after their last final.
*Graduating seniors may request to stay until 12 p.m. (noon) on May 15.

Let us know when you are leaving the UI campus.

Checkout options

The following are various ways to check out of your residence hall room. 

Express checkout

When you arrive for your assigned move-out slot, you will complete an express checkout process as described below:

  1. Remove all belongings from your room, clean your room and take all remaining trash outside.
  2. Lock your door.
  3. Check your mailbox one last time.
  4. Return carts.
  5. Got to the front desk, bring your room key and student ID and ask to check out.
  6. Turn in all keys and checked out items.
  7. An RA will check your room for damages at a later date. If there are damages, you will receive that information by email.


After hours checkout

If the desk is closed, please complete the express check out card found at the front desk, place your key in an envelope and label clearly and return to the correct location. 

You must go to the desk to check out or complete the after hours check out process. If you do not, you will receive a $50 check out fee. Additionally, if you do not return your room key, you will receive a $150 lock change fee.

Emergency one-night stay

If you have an unexpected circumstance that prevents you from checking out by 12 p.m. (noon) on May 14, you may request a late stay from your hall coordinator. If the hall coordinator approves this request, a $50 charge will be billed to your university account.

If you are granted a one night checkout extension, you must move your belongings from the residence hall, complete all checkout processes and return your keys by 12 p.m. (noon) on May 15. Failure to do so will result in additional charges for improper checkout and lock changes.

Interim housing

If you currently live in the residence halls and are registered to live with University Housing and Dining for summer 2022, you may request to stay in your spring 2022 room from May 14 until May 17 for a fee of $35 per day. No meal service is provided during this period.

You can sign up for interim housing online with the summer 2022 housing application.You will be emailed when your summer room is ready in Stanley Residence Hall and must be completely moved out of your spring 2022 room by 8 a.m. on May 18.

You will also be responsible for transporting your belongings to Stanley Residence Hall and properly checking out of your spring 2022 room.

Parking and transportation

If you are moving out on the east side of campus, you are instructed to park in the North Campus parking ramp, instead of on the street. Parking is available in the "U" around Daum, Burge, Currier and Stanley halls.

If you are moving out on the west side of campus, you are instructed to park at the metered spots surrounding your residence hall. 

Mayflower residents are instructed to park in the north metered lot or in the back parking lot behind the hall.

Parking near the halls will be limited and for a limited time for active loading only. Please have all items packed and ready to go prior to moving a car close to the residence halls. 

Store your items

You can pack up your items and Storage Squad will store them over the summer.

Cleaning, damage and improper checkout fees

Cleaning, damage and improper checkout fees

Improper checkout


This fee will be assessed for the following reasons:

  • Not being checked out by 12 p.m. on May 14.
  • Failing to check out with the front desk and completing all necessary paperwork.

One hour minimum charge

$25 an hour and per person

Excessive cleaning needed

$25 an hour and per person

Furniture removal

$25 per hour minimum charge


$35 an hour

Holes in wall

$180 starting rate



Room key is not turned in


If you receive damage charges you will receive an email with your final charges. Assessed damages will normally appear on your June university bill. To appeal the charges, you may do so in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Appeals will only be accepted from you (the student).
  • The appeal request should state your name, ID, residence hall and room number.
  • The appeal request must state the specific charge(s) being appealed and grounds on which you are appealing.
  • The appeal request must be received within 30 days of the date on the receipt of the damage email.
  • Appeals must be submitted in writing. We will not accept phone calls to appeal.
  • Appeal requests should be addressed to the assistant director of residence education and emailed to