FALL 2020 Move Out

Please read the information below on how to properly move-out of the Residence Halls.

Make sure you talk to your RA and attend
your Closing Floor Meeting for
Move Out/Closing Information.

Only Residents who are not returning to Housing for spring must move-out
their space and complete the check-out process

by 5 p.m. on December 17

Residents returning to spring housing may leave items in their room over winter break.



Important Dates:

November 5 Break Stay Request Form available through the Housing portal at https://Housingportal.fau.edu Students must be registered for a
minimum of six credit hours for the spring, a current fall resident returning to spring housing AND must not have a past due balance.
Week of November 8 RA’s will have VIRTUAL CLOSING floor meetings
December 2 Break Stay Form submission deadline is 5 p.m.
December 11 Deadline to schedule your fall move-out appointment in the Housing portal.
This is only for students who not enrolling in spring classes and are not returning to housing for the spring.
December 17 Building access will be removed at 5 p.m. for students who are not approved for winter break. Students who not returning to housing for the spring you must move out from residence halls and apartments by 5 p.m. If you will not be enrolling in the spring make sure you complete the online contract cancellation form. If you are appealing your contract please complete the housing appeal form by December 1. Submission of a housing appeal is not a guarantee you will be released from your housing financial obligations.
January 7 Fall residents returning to spring housing who are not on-campus for winter break may return to their housing space starting at 10 a.m.

FAQ's About Closing

When do the Residence Halls and Apartments Close?
  • December 17 at 5 p.m. or 24 hours after your last final, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST!
  • Any student who does not have approval to stay for winter break must leave for winter break. Building access will be removed on December 17 for students who are not approved for winter break.
  • Students who have canceled their housing contract and are not returning for spring must check out of their resident hall or apartment by December 17 at 5 p.m. and remove all items from their room and common areas.
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 4
  • END: December 17 at 5 p.m.
I’m staying in this exact same room in the spring. Am I allowed to leave my stuff in here?
  • Yes, students who are returning for the spring semester may leave their items in their rooms.
  • If you are currently in a double room without a roommate or your roommate or suitemate is leaving, you will have a new roommate assigned over the break. Please be sure your room is prepared for their spring semester arrival. The definition of a prepared room is “clean with all belongings occupying only one side of the room.”
  • Please remove all of your personal items from community shared spaces and restrooms so we may prepare these areas for spring move in.
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 virtual floor meeting with your Resident Assistant. Some of the important items to note include:

  • Clean & Defrost your refrigerator
  • Remove all excess food and trash from the living space
  • Make sure your room and/or suite is clean
  • Set thermostat to 78 degrees or mid-setting
  • Make sure all lights are turned off
  • Unplug anything that is used by an outlet: microwaves, blow dryers, personal refrigerators, straighteners, TVs, etc.
  • Make sure all water faucets are off. Do not leave laundry in the washer or dryers
  • Clear your mailbox. If you are leaving for the spring, complete a forwarding mail form at the mail center
  • Lock your bedroom and exterior suite/apartment door
What happens if I do not move out and check out of the building by 5 p.m. on December 17?
  • Students who are not returning for must be completely moved-out and check out with keys returned by 5 p.m. on December 17. If you are not out of the building by your assigned check-out time you will be charged $150 for an improper check-out fee.
  • The only students approved to stay for winter break will be allowed to stay after December 17.
What should I do to prepare for 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.
  • 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 RA or the Front Desk of the building to have a staff member perform your check out.
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 – December 17. You must complete your move-out by 5 p.m. on December 17th.
  • Please make sure you complete the online contract cancellation form if you will not be enrolling in the spring. If you are appealing your contract please complete the housing appeal form by December 1. Submission of a housing appeal is not a guarantee you will be released from your housing financial obligations.
  • 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.
  • After you leave, student and professional 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.