Move Out

Residential Life

Move-out Deadlines

Each resident is required to depart within 24 hours of the completion of their last final or by 7:00pm Tuesday, May 11, whichever comes first.

  • Residence Halls close to non-graduating seniors on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm.
  • All Residential Halls close for graduating Seniors on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6pm.
  • An after-finals housing request approval are required for all non-Seniors requiring housing after May 11, 2021, and all Seniors requiring housing after May 13, 2021.
  • If you have questions about Summer Housing, see more information here

As you plan your departure from campus, please read below for detailed move-out/check-out information. 

Check your door for a move-out process envelope or pick one up from the Residential Life office - you will confirm a departure time, move-out your belongings and prepare your room, and then return your key to Residential Life to confirm your move out. 

Preparing for Move Out 

Before students leave, they need to complete all tasks listed on the check-out envelope. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Remove all personal belongings. Double check dressers, closets, drawers, etc. (Charges assessed based on quantity/size of left items)
  • Take all garbage out to the dumpster and clean the garbage/recycling bins (minimum $25 charge, more based on volume)
  • Dust all surfaces (desk, dresser, heaters, etc.), Wipe out desk and dresser drawers. ($25-75 charge for room cleaning, depending on amount needed)
  • Floor clear of debris ($25-50 based on cleaning that needs to be done by staff)
  • Ensure all original furniture is in room and assembled completely/correctly (charge per missing/disassembled item)
  • Set bed so that the top bracket is resting on the fourth rung from the bottom. ($25 charge for incorrect height)
  • If you are returning a rented refrigerator unplug & defrost it 24 hours before returning it to avoid puddles or gross smells. Apartments/Houses – You do NOT need to defrost the College refrigerator.
  • Return items rented from to BedLoft ($150 improper checkout charge if items left in room/Hall).

Note: you should not paint, fill holes, or attempt to repair any damages. Physical Plant will re-do it and you will still be billed for the damage. If you have issues removing a 3M tab - leave it there! Physical Plant will remove it safely to prevent damages.

Staff will use your Room Condition Report (RCR) from move-in and compare the condition of your room after you leave. All damages not specified when you moved in, aside from normal wear and tear, will be recorded and charged to you. Charges which cannot be attributed to a single roommate will be divided equally between roommates. If you would like to take responsibility for a specific damage now, please email 

The Checkout Process

All checkouts will be done using a contactless system. Checkout will not require you to wait for a staff member to be present to check out of your room and leave campus.

  • Starting May 1 Residents can book a departure date/time via The time you book should be the date and time that you will physically move out of your space and leave campus. 24-hours advanced notice required. (Note: Graduating Seniors received a separate move-out link for departures on Thursday, May 13).
  • Residents may have 2 helpers with them to assist with moving out. We ask that residents try to be as quick as possible to reduce crowds on campus.
  • Masking and social distancing expectations will still be in effect during move out.
  • Your helpers do not need to be registered as guests for the purpose of helping move residents out. They are not approved for overnight housing or to stay in your residence hall room.
  • The # of residents allowed to check out during each time slot will be limited.

Each resident will receive an envelope with checkout instructions on their door by May 1.

  • This envelope will have all move out instructions, as well as a checklist for the resident printed on it.
  • Residents should complete all move-out tasks according to the checklist on their envelope.
  • Once the checklist has been completed, residents will place their room keys in the envelope, seal it, sign it, and return the envelope with their key(s) directly to the Residential Life Office (Campus Center 105). For after-hours departures, there is a secure drop slot outside the door and keys will be checked in the next morning.
  • After a room is fully vacated, Residential Life staff members will check the condition of rooms and will use the Room Condition Report completed during move in to assess any damages.
  • If you are leaving campus prior to May 1, please email to notify us of the date and time.
  • If a student would like to request a “traditional checkout”, which involves a face-to-face appointment with Res Life staff or CF, you must make that request at least 48 hours in advance of your intended departure date, email
Other Closing Information
Quiet Hours: 24-hour Quiet Hours will begin on Thursday, May 6 at 10pm and continue until Tuesday, May 11 at 3pm. Violating quiet hours will result in an automatic noise citation; no warnings will be given by Residential Life staff. 

Trash/Dumpsters: All items from your room must be taken home or thrown away. Dumpsters will be parked near the building beginning May 5. Items left in your room or in the hallway will result in additional charges at checkout. Check the sanitation kits in your building (laundry rooms/bathrooms) for trash bags and spray cleaner/sanitizer - be sure to return immediately after use).

Improper Checkout: $150 Students will be charged for improper checkout for any of the following (in addition to any cleaning/trash removal fees). - not returning their rentals directly to the company, leaving non-Gustavus furniture in rooms, not scheduling a move-out time and returning their key directly to the Residential LIfe office. 

Lofts/ Rentals: All lofts should be disassembled prior to the start of 24-hour quiet hours (Thursday, May 6 at 10pm). will be on campus (outside of Pittman Hall and in the parking lot between Norelius Hall and The Campus Center) for loft returns during the following times:

  • Thursday, May 6: 9am - 3pm
  • Saturday, May 8: 10am - 4pm

Damages: Look around your room now. Is there anything that needs to be repaired? If so, please submit a work order (via the Physical Plant maintenance request form). If anything is broken at the time of your checkout, you may be charged to have it fixed. Staff will use your Room Condition Report (RCR) from move-in and compare the condition of your room after you leave. Any and all damages that were not specified when you moved in, aside from normal wear and tear, will be recorded and charged to you. If one roommate does not take responsibility for a specific damage, charges will be divided equally between roommates. If you would like to take responsibility for a specific damage now, please email

  • ‘Storage out’: All items that are currently in storage must be removed by May 2 at 10pm. To retrieve items from storage, you can contact a CF on Duty from 6-10pm on Sunday, May 2; or from 8-10pm any day prior.
  • ‘Storage in’: Limited storage space is available for students who live farther than 350-miles from Gustavus. Items can be put into storage starting May 7 (Reading Day) between 6- 10pm, and during normal duty hours after that through May 11.
    You will store your items in the hall you are living in NEXT YEAR (look for duty signs to contact the CF on duty nightly starting at 8pm).
    • Arbor View will store in Pittman
    • College View & Chapel View will store in Norelius
    • Prairie View will store in Southwest
    • ILS Houses will store in Rundstrom. 

Note: Refrigerators, bicycles, furniture, carpet, and wood may NOT be stored in the residence hall storage.

Gustavus Adolphus College assumes no liability for items lost or damaged while in storage. Any items abandoned in storage (remaining for 1 year) will be disposed of.