Move Out Schedules
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- All residence halls close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Students should make plans to vacate their room assignment by this time. This also applies to students that have left belongings in their room. For students departing between May 2 – 7, your Hall Director may ask you to schedule a check out appointment to prevent gathering in the hall lobbies.
- Students must check out in person at their halls Community Center Front Desk. Brief paperwork will need to be completed and your BuffOne Card will be deactivated.
- Before departing for the summer, students should:
- Remove all belongings and trash from room (closet, dresser, fridge, bathroom, cabinets)
- Wipe down all furniture so it is free of dirt and dust
- Confirm all furniture is assembled properly and arranged as it was when you moved in.
- All decals, stickers and tape removed from the ceiling and walls. Leave 3M hooks on walls to avoid damage charges.
- Return mailbox key to UPS Store
- Clean, lock and close windows and blinds
- Sweep and mop floor
- Vacuum rug
- Set mini fridge to low and clean the inside
- Clean microwave
- Take out trash and recycling to dumpster
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Preparing for Move-out
Preparing Your Room for Move-Out
Before Spring Break: students, make sure to attend the spring move-out floor meeting. RAs will share important information including how to set up a mandatory room check-out with them.
Before move-out in May: Students should ensure the room is properly prepared (see the cleaning checklist for more information) before checking out to avoid any charges or fees. Professional staff will compare the room move-out condition form to the room move-in condition form filled out at move-in to determine any applicable charges or fees.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Students who are traveling home during spring break should consider taking some things they won't need for the rest of the semester home with them.
- Students can store items over the summer with The UPS Store, no matter where they will be living next year
- Give-and-Go donation bins will be available to students April 30-May 3 for donating unneeded items.
- Students can earn up to 50 PIPs for donating up to five items. Ask the CA on duty to scan the donation QR code.
- If it's not clear which roommate is responsible for damage, charges will be shared by all roommates.
- Notification of charges will be emailed to students within approximately four weeks of move-out at their colorado.edu email and the charges are posted to the students’ Bursar account.
- Students have 14 days from the email date to appeal any charges they will are incorrect
- The student may appeal in writing by emailing their hall director. Please use the colorado.edu email address for all appeals.
- Students who did not formally check out and complete the move-out room condition form with their RA, are not eligible to appeal charges.
Mailbox Key Return
- Students must return their mailbox key to the UPS Store® within seven days (no later than May 15) of moving out.
- Students should return the mailbox key to the UPS Store® (where the student’s mailbox is located) during their operating hours, and bring their Buff OneCard.
- Failure to return the key will result in a $45.00 lock change fee.
- Do NOT turn in mailbox keys to the hall staff—return it only to The UPS Store.
- For students who do not return the key before leaving campus:
- Use a bubble mailer (or other thick envelope)—keys can tear through regular paper envelopes.
- Include a note with the key with your name, mailbox number and hall.
- Send to:
The UPS Store
Attn: Key Return
2480 Kittredge Loop Dr.
Boulder, CO 80310
- Students sending the key back by mail must have the parcel arrive by May 15.
Change of Address
Students’ USPS mail will automatically be forwarded to their permanent address on file for 90 days. To have mail forwarded to another address, students can submit a request two ways:
- Go the UPS Store® (where the student receives mail) and speak directly with one of the front counter associates, OR
- Send the UPS Store® an email at email@example.com with the student’s full name and new address. In the subject line, write: Change of Address
UPS will forward all first-class mail and parcels for 90 days. Pre-sorted standard and non-profit mail will be recycled. If a student receives mail from carriers other than USPS (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) they will be notified via their Colorado.edu email address with the following options:
- Pay to have the package forwarded to the student’s address
- Pick up the package at The UPS Store
- Have the package returned to sender
If no action is taken, the package will automatically be returned to sender within several weeks of being received by The UPS Store.
The UPS Store® locations at CU Boulder offer a summer storage program for all returning students both on and off-campus. This program offers a variety of sizes and options for your selection. It’s simple. The UPS Store® provides the box—you fill it up and return it to one of our conveniently located stores on the campus. They seal it, store it for the summer off-site in a climate-controlled, secured warehouse and have it awaiting your return for pick-up. The items will be available at your choice of on-campus locations at a convenient time during move-in.**
For additional information or to secure your summer storage, please visit usummerstorage.com or call 303-442-2601 ext. 101.
The UPS Store® locations at CU Boulder offer everything you need for shipping. Let our certified packing experts help you select from our competitively priced shipping options and variety of packaging materials. Their certified packaging experts are great resources for fragile and high-end items. Every item they pack comes with their Pack and Ship Guarantee: If we pack it and ship it, it's 100% guaranteed!
Housing & Dining partners with the Environmental Center (E-Center) each year to create the Give-and-Go Donation Drive. The items collected are given to various local charities including Salvation Army, Globe Med, Boulder County Homeless Shelter, Emergency Family Assistance, Resource Central, US Again and Community Food Share to be repurposed. Did you know that each year we collect over 150 tons of reusable items at move-out?! There will be red donation bins in all residence halls and Bear Creek apartments. Moving out—don't throw it out, donate it! The drive begins Thursday, April 30 and ends Sunday, May 3. Collected items include:
|Appliances (large and small)||Hangers||Skis/snowboards|
|Arts and crafts items||Jewelry||Small electronics|
|Bicycles||Non-perishable food||Small furniture|
|Books||Office supplies||Small rugs|
|CDs, DVDs, clocks||Personal care products||Sporting goods|
|Clothing, hats, purses, shoes||Pillows/bedding||Tools|
|Foam bed pads||Pots/pans/dishes/silverware||TVs/stereos/games|
We will NOT ACCEPT the following items:
|Barbecues||Perishable food||Broken furniture|
|Rug pads||Mattresses/Bed pads||Hazardous materials|
Bike Donation Drive
If you would like to donate your bicycle before leaving, please drop it off at the UMC bike station May 3 where they will be refurbished and sold at the annual bike sale in the fall.
May 6-8, the following areas on campus will also be set up to take your bike:
- UMC bike station
- Williams Village
At those same locations, you can also arrange for summer bike storage:
- Summer bike storage: $10
- Summer bike storage plus a tune-up: $30
Check out the CU Bicycle Program website for more information.
Building Access for Family and Guests
Families and guests should contact their student upon arrival at the residence hall, students can then give access to the building.
During move-out, parking staff will be available to direct traffic during the following dates/times:
- Tuesday, May 5, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Please note: due to commencement activities, all Central Campus and Kittredge residence halls will not allow vehicle access for move out between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Please check our move-out schedules for move-out recommendations for these residence halls.
There are a limited number of wheeled moving carts available to help with student move-out. They can be checked out at the residence hall community center by showing them the student’s Buff OneCard.
Room Cleaning Checklist
Here is a printable checklist to ensure move-out and check-out goes smoothly.
- Rooms should be clean, free of trash, and belongings
- Complete room condition form with RA
- After successfully checking out with a RA, students will receive a Room Check Verification Form
- Students will go to their building’s community center with the completed Room Check Verification Form to complete the check-out process. Failing to do so may result in additional charges or fees.
If there has been damage to the room or furnishings beyond normal wear-and-tear, the student may have charges added to their bursar account. They will be notified of any fees within four weeks of checking out. Additional information about fines, charges and how to appeal, please visit the preparing for move-out section.
Leaving for Breaks
During fall and spring breaks, students may stay in their residence hall rooms. However, during winter break all students must vacate their rooms for the duration of the break*. Anytime a student leaves campus for more than a few days, please keep the tips below in mind, but particularly during break periods.
*Students with academic year plus breaks may stay in their rooms during all breaks.
- Residents must vacate their room no later than 24 hours after their last final exam
- Windows are closed and locked
- Drapes closed
- Electrical appliances are unplugged
- Micro-fridges are cleaned and set to low
- Heaters set on low
- Trash and recycling is removed from the building
- Lights turned off
- Room door completely closed and locked
- Remember to pack all important documents or valuable items such as plane tickets, ID and passport, jewelry, medicines, etc.
- Students with open spaces in their room at Winter Break move-out are expected to have the space ready for a new spring semester roommate and roommate information will be emailed as it becomes available
- It is recommended that students store any bikes in their room during breaks, if space is available and it does not block exits.
Repairs During Winter Break
After the residence halls close, each room is inspected by Residence Life staff to ensure that the building has been properly prepared for the semester break period. Other Housing & Dining staff may enter student rooms over the break period to address maintenance concerns, replace smoke detector batteries, or to ensure that the building continues to be secure.
- Make sure any breakable objects are stored safely away.
- Clear all personal items from floor to prevent damage in case of water pipe or radiator leaks.
- In some residence halls, residents will be notified of any other specific actions they will need to take to prepare their room for special maintenance work.
No Access to Halls During Break
During winter break all halls with the exception of Reed Hall and Willard Hall (to accommodate academic year plus breaks contract holders) will be closed and locked. Residents should remember to take airline tickets, clothes, skis/snowboards, passports, medicine or other items that will be needed during the break period.
*Residents with academic year plus breaks contracts are exempt from this policy