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Move-Out Overview

Follow these three steps for single student housing to help make your move-out experience go smoothly.


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Note: Requests for an extended stay following the spring semester are not possible. ResLife's summer conference season begins the next day, and rooms will be in use. You may want to look into registering for summer housing. The OSU Housing Portal  opens April 15, 2024, for summer contracts. 

Step 1. Schedule Checkout Meeting with CM

  • Checkouts can only be scheduled when desks are opened during checkout week:
Griffith Community Center, Pattillo's Community Center
University Commons-West, Wentz, Bennett and Stout Desks

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Villages A is open 24/7

  • Schedule your checkout appointment with your community mentor (CM) at least 24 hours in advance of your move-out. Failure to do so will result in an improper checkout violation.
    • Move-out must be completed 24 hours after OSU's last finals (Saturday at noon).
    • Graduating seniors have until Sunday at 1 p.m. to move out.
  • If your CM is not available at your desired checkout time, the CM can refer you to another CM or you will need to schedule a different time .
  • If you cannot make your appointment, let the CM know as soon as possible. Missing your scheduled checkout will result in an improper checkout violation.

Step 2. Prepare Room for Checkout Meeting

By your scheduled appointment with the community mentor (CM), you need to be sure the following tasks have been taken care of. Failure to do so will result in an improper checkout violation. 

  • Remove all personal items from the room. See Property Abandonment for details.
    • The only thing that should be in the room at checkout is university-issued furniture.
    • Check dresser and desk drawers to make sure you have everything .
  • Clean the room.
    • Clean all surfaces—including desk/dresser, bookshelf and inside drawers–of dirt,
       grime and gunk.
    • Clean windows and mirrors.
    • Remove contact paper from counter and bulletin boards.
    • Remove tape residue from furniture, walls and windows.
    • Leave peel-and-stick adhesive hooks (such as Command™ Brand) in place. These will be removed by facilities management. Removal can cause damage to the walls that will result in damage charges.
    • Sweep, mop and/or vacuum floors.
    • Place dirt, debris and trash in dumpsters, not in the hallway.
    • To empty the water from fish tanks and/or turtle tanks down the drain, use strainer to catch rocks. Run cold water for two minutes afterward.
  • University-owned furniture.
    • Beds must be assembled and secured.
    • Move furniture back to its move-in configuration. 
    • Closet doors are installed. 

Step 3. Attend Checkout Meeting with CM


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