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Moving In & Moving Out

Moving In

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Visit our Arrival website to learn more about the Arrival process, including the check-in schedule, check-in locations, and checklists.

Moving Out

Each student living in University Housing is responsible for the condition of that room at the time of check-out. Roommates need to develop a plan together for cleaning and getting the room back to its original move-in state. Cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaners are available at each Commons Desk. All students must check out and leave University Housing by the day after their last final examination.

  • Fall semester: University housing closes at 4:00 p.m. on the day following the last scheduled examination for official University courses, as announced by the University Registrar.
  • Spring semester: University housing closes at 4:00 p.m. two (2) days following the last schedule examination for official University courses, as announced by the University Registrar.
  • Summer Session: University housing closes at Noon on Saturday, the day following the last scheduled examination for official University courses, as announced by the University Registrar.
  • Early Building Closures: Due to summer housing needs and construction projects, several residence halls will close a day earlier than the rest of campus. Students assigned to those buildings will be notified in advance. These buildings are used for Maymester housing, which begins on Sunday, the same day as spring closedown. Time is required to clean the building for use.
  • Withdrawals: If a student withdraws from the University, the student must officially check-out within 24 hours.


Move Out Instructions

At the end of the last semester that a student will live in the room, Housing Operations will provide a Move Out Instructions Checklist (the student can also pick up a copy at the Housing Operations office or Commons Desk). The student should follow these instructions to officially move out of University Housing. Adhering to these instructions will avoid damage and cleaning charges being applied to the student's LionPATH account.

Move Out Instructions Checklist and Room Inspection

A Move Out Instructions Checklist form will be provided for each room (the checklist is also available in the Housing Operations office and Commons Desk)

  • All roommates must complete the checklist of items on the checkout form for the side of room occupied, indicate which side of the room they occupied, and sign and date the form.
  • The first roommate to depart may request a courtesy inspection. The last roommate to depart will schedule a courtesy inspection with a RA or Housing.
Clean Room
  • Remove all personal belongings from your room.
  • Remove all decorations, stickers, and tape/putty from surfaces.
  • Clean both sides of room entrance door and closet/wardrobe doors.
  • Clean the furniture, including the interiors of drawers, shelves, etc.
  • Sweep/vacuum the floor.
  • Windows should be closed and locked, and curtains/blinds kept open.
Clean Bathroom (If Applicable)
  • Remove all personal belongings (check vanity cabinet and drawers). 
  • Clean shower, vanity (mirror, sink, cabinet), toilet and stall areas. 
  • Sweep the floor.
Refrigerator/microwave unit
  • Clean the entire unit inside and out.
  • Defrost the refrigerator, but keep the unit plugged in and turned on.
  • Return furniture to its original location.
  • Any Penn State-owned items that were placed in storage must be returned to the room (assembled bed frames, mattresses, desk chairs, desk lamps, etc.).
When you are ready to leave
  • Remove all trash to the designated area - do not leave trash in hallways or fill bathroom trashcans
  • Turn off all lights
  • Lock and secure your door
  • Return room key (in the envelope provided under your door) and Move Out Instructions Checklist form to the Commons Desk. If the Commons Desk is closed, place envelope in the key depository box. Room key should NOT be placed in the U.S. mail slot, left with a friend, or left in in the room. If the assigned room key is not returned to the Commons Desk within 24 hours after student's last final exam, a core change will be processed and the student's LionPATH account will be charged.
  • An email will be sent to confirm that you are officially checked out - do not leave campus until you receive the email.

Please check with Housing Operations or your RA if you have any questions about checkout. Any charges incurred from damages or for additional cleaning will be assessed by Housing Operations after checkout and will be billed to your LionPATH account.

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