Move Out

Moving out can be a process! Schedule a couple of days to move your stuff out and to take care of the following items:

Take Photos

Having the photos of how your property looks before you moved in and as you are moving out can be important if there is a dispute over the return of a security deposit.

Terminate Utility Accounts

If you have utility accounts in your name (gas, electricity, etc), make sure you call to disassociate yourself with the property so the bills are not in your name.

Update your Contact Information

Northwestern University CAESAR

Northwestern uses this information in the case of an emergency to contact you, as well as important other functions. Be sure to update:

  • Your new local address
  • Phone numbers

Lock all Doors and Windows

Make sure the property is secure before you leave so any damages after you moved out are not your responsibility.

Store and/or Ship your Stuff

Check out these Northwestern preferred vendors for your on and off-campus summer storage and shipping options. Show your WildCARD or NU-issued ID card to get a discount.

Get Rid of Your Extra Stuff

Northwestern is committed to taking appropriate steps to minimize our impact on the natural environment. To help in this effort, learn more about recycling options. At the end of the academic year, students will be able to donate clothing, small household items, and food via the Take It or Leave It program. Collection boxes will be placed in every residence hall and in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion lobby during finals week.

Dispose of Large Items Properly

While moving out, you may have large items like couches that you do not want to take with you or sell. If you don't plan to sell or keep the items, you need to call the City of Evanston at 311 (or 847.448.4311 if calling from a number outside the city) or contact them via the Evanston City website to have these items disposed of. The City normally charges a small fee.