FALL 2021 MOVE-OUT AND CHECK-OUT




Please read the information below on how to properly Check-Out or Move-Out of the Residence Halls for the Fall 2021 Semester

Make sure you talk to your RA and attend
your Closing Floor Meeting for
Check-Out Information

Residents not returning for spring must schedule a move-out appointment through the Housing Portal by December 11. They must move-out of their space and return keys to their front desk by 12 p.m. on December 16.



What’s the difference between Move-Out and Check-out?
  • Move Out is for residents who are moving all items out of their room and not returning to FAU housing for the spring (due to graduation, not enrolling in spring classes, away from campus for an internship, or approved for a housing contract release through the appeal process). You should have canceled your spring housing and received an email confirmation for your housing cancellation. Or been approved for a release from your housing contract through a housing appeal. If you move-out and have not canceled your housing contract or been approved for a housing appeal, you are financially responsible for spring housing and meal plan charges.
  • Check out is for residents who are leaving for the winter break but returning to housing for the spring semester. You may keep your items in your room over the winter break and keep your room keys. Please take valuables home with you during the winter break. Your residence hall access will be removed starting on December 16 at noon. You may return to housing starting on January 6, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Winter Break Housing is available to fall residents who are enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours for the spring semester, have an active housing contract for fall 2021- spring 2022 academic year and do not have a university balance greater than $300. There is no cost for break housing. The deadline to request winter break housing is November 29 at 5 p.m. The break housing request form is available through the Housing Portal between November 5 – 29.

Important Dates:

Nov. 5 Break Stay Request Form available to spring residents with a Summer 1 or 2 housing contract. Access the break housing form through the Housing portal. Students must be registered for a minimum of six credit hours for the Summer 1 or 2 term. Current spring residents requesting break housing must not have a past due university balance greater than $300
Nov. 30 Winter Break Stay Request Form deadline is 5 p.m.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3 RA’s will host In-PERSON CLOSING floor meetings. Residence hall bulletin boards will also display important instructions.
Nov. 14 to Dec. 16 Move-out appointments are available for residents who are not returning for the spring semester. Schedule a move-out appointment through the Housing portal. During your move-out appointment visit your front desk to return your keys and sign the express check-out form. Please remember to return keys after you have moved out all items from your room
Dec. 3 24-hour Quiet Hours begin at 10 p.m. through 12 p.m. December 15
December 11 Deadline to schedule your fall move-out appointment in the Housing portal. Approved break housing students do not need to schedule a move-out appointment.
December 16 at 12 p.m. Building access will be removed at 12 p.m. for students who are not approved for break housing. Fall residents who are not returning for spring must have removed all personal items from their room, returned keys to their front desk and completed and signed their check-out form.
January 6, 2022 Returning residents may return to their rooms for the spring semester starting at 9 a.m. on January 6. Please stop at the front desk of your assigned residence hall to active your Owl card.





FAQ's About Closing



When do the Residence Halls and Apartments Close?
  • December 16 at 12 p.m.
  • Residents should move out 24 hours after their last final exam or by April 30 at 5 p.m., WHICHEVER COMES FIRST!
  • Any student who is not approved for break housing must move-out. Building access will be removed on April 30 for students who are not approved for break housing.
What are 24 hour Quiet Hours and when do they start?
  • 24 hour quiet hours are observed in the residence halls during reading days and final exam periods.
  • START: 10 p.m. on December 3
  • END: December 15 at 12 p.m.
I’m staying in this exact same room in the spring. Am I allowed to leave my stuff in here?
  • Students who are returning to the same room for the spring semester may leave their items in their rooms.
  • Please remove all of your personal items from community shared spaces and restrooms so we may prepare these areas for any new spring residents moving in to the suite.
Are there any storage options for me?

Yes, Smartbox is a storage option for students who will not be returning to live on-campus for the spring. They are Pods/Boxes you are able to put your items in, and they will store them for a cost. Please communicate directly with the company (http://www.smartboxmovingandstorage.com/) if you are interested in storage for the summer.

Prior to leaving for break you are responsible for reviewing the items on the Residence Hall Winter Break checklist posted on Residence Hall bulletin boards. This will also be shared during your closing floor meeting with your Resident Assistant. Some of the important items to note include:

  • Clean & Defrost your refrigerator if you live in an apartment, discard your food in the refrigerator when you check-out for break or move-out if you are not returning.
  • Remove all food and trash from the living space
  • Make sure your room and/or suite is clean
  • Clean your restroom
  • Set thermostat to 78 degrees or mid-setting
  • Make sure all lights are turned off
  • Make sure all water faucets are off.
  • Do not forget laundry in the washer or dryers
  • Clear your mailbox. If you are leaving for the summer, complete a forwarding mail form at the mail center
  • Return your keys at your front desk and sign the express check-out form.
What happens if I do not move out and check out of the building by 12 p.m. on December 16?
  • Students who are not approved for break housing must be completely moved-out and check out with keys returned by 5 p.m. on April 30.
  • Students who are not returning for spring must be completely moved out by December 16 at 12 p.m. If you are not moved-out, with your keys returned and check-out form completed by your assigned check-out time you will be charged $150 improper check-out fee and must vacate your space. The fee will be added to your student account. Make sure you check your student account and pay any improper check out fees, damage fees, and lock changes due to lost keys.
  • Only students approved for break housing will be allowed to stay after December 16 at 12 p.m.
What should I do to prepare for move out?
  • Schedule your fall move-out appointment in the Housing portal by December 11. You will receive an email confirmation after you schedule your move-out appointment.
  • Remove all items from your room space and shared community areas.
  • We ask that you leave your room cleaner than you found it, once all of your belongings are out of the room and the room is clean, then go to your Front Desk of the building to complete your Express Check Out form.
  • Do not forget to return your keys in the Express Check out envelope to avoid lock change fees and replacement key fees.
How do I properly check out?
  • Schedule your fall move-out appointment in the Housing portal by December 11. You will receive an email confirmation after you schedule your move-out appointment.
  • Move-out appointments are available November 14 to December 16. You must complete your move-out by 12 p.m. on December 16.
  • Remove all items from your room space and shared community areas.
  • Go to the front desk of your residence hall or apartment community during your scheduled move-out appointment to return your keys
  • Remember to return your keys and sign your Express Check Out Form.
  • After you leave, housing staff members will conduct final inspections of all rooms.
What do I do to avoid getting charged for cleaning?

Work with your roommates/suitemates to fill out a Roommate/Suitemate Agreement, these are available in the Housing portal. Please read the Agreement carefully, as ALL those living in the room must agree and sign the form. Also, we encourage students to leave their spaces cleaner than they found them.