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June Move Out Information for Undergraduate Residents

As you prepare for finals, you also need to consider the move-out process. Important information about Spring 2021 closing and move-out is included below and if you have any questions, you should contact your RA, ARD or RD.

The residence and board contract states that each student must vacate their building within 24 hours after their last final exam. All undergraduate residence halls, residential colleges, and residential communities close at noon on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Students granted late stay extension from the groups listed below must move out of current assignments by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Students engaged in residential summer programs or with a summer housing contract will have the ability to stay through the start of their summer assignment.

Students who will automatically be approved for late stay include:

Other students who want to stay after noon on Saturday, June 12, 2021, need to apply through the Late Stay Application. The application will be open May 4-28, 2021. The cost from June 15-20 is $50 per night and will be charged to the student account except when a summer program has included the nights as part of their contract. Notifications will be made via email on a rolling basis for late stay requests.

*Note: Even if you are included in one of the above automatically approved groups, you must still apply online to stay late.


To check-out, the following steps must be completed:

Failure to complete either of these steps will result in an improper check-out fee of $50.

Preparing Your Room for Check-Out

Here are the steps to complete your check-out:

Each resident must submit an online Self-Check-Out Form to complete Move Out. 

Failure to complete the checklist items and/or to complete the online Self-Check-Out Form may result in an improper check-out fee of $50. Students who do not check out by the building closing time will be charged a $100 late check-out fee.

What to Expect as you Check Out / Damages

Residential Services staff will review the condition of your room and may assess charges to restore the room to its original condition, remove excessive trash or belongings, and/or cleaning. Charges will be equally split among apartment residents as appropriate. If a student wishes to take full responsibility for a damage charge, they should email a short statement to their Resident Director from their Northwestern student email account. Public area damages, including trash or other items left in hallways, will be charged to the residents who live in the area. Students who receive damage charges will be notified by email. An appeal process will be outlined in that email. Belongings left in the room after checkout will be donated or disposed of 7 days after the student checks out.

Garbage, Recycling & Donating

All garbage and recycling should be deposited in proper locations. Garbage and recycling materials are not to be left in hallways or lounges due to fire egress concerns. Items left in the hallway may result in fines split among the members of the community. To assist with the expected increase in garbage, extra dumpsters will be placed in the following areas from June 7 to June 18, 2021:

Residential Services is working with SustainNU to determine if we are able to offer a Take It or Leave it program to donate items this year.


Move Out Assistance

To help protect the safety of the community, you may have up to two individuals assist you with moving out. These individuals must:

Summer Storage

Residential Services and USS have partnered to bring returning residential students discounted summer storage and shipping prices. Visit USS' website for discounted pricing and additional information.

Other Information


Please contact your Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, or Resident Director.