Moving Out

When is move-out for the Spring 2022 semester?

Residents must be completely moved out of the residence halls by 5pm on Sunday, May 15th.
Graduating residents must be completely moved out of the residence halls by 12pm on Monday, May 23rd.

SAIC sponsored move-out dates are:
Saturday May 14
Sunday May 15
*Note: residents are welcome to move out before these dates
**Those who still have classes on Sunday, May 15 will still be expected to be fully vacated from the reisdence halls by 5pm. Students should plan accordingly with packing up items and moving out by 5pm that day. 

162 N State St & Jones Hall Move Out Information (PDF)

162 N State Street Loading Zone

On Saturday, May 14th, Couch Place (the alley north of the building) will be available for loading.  Please pull into the alley from State Street and you will be directed out to Dearborn Street when it is time to leave.  Please remember to only use this space when you are actively loading your vehicle.  

On Sunday, May 15th, Couch Place will likely be unavailable until 12pm.  We have secured permits and will load on the west lane of State Street from Randolph Street to Lake Street. Please remember to only use this space when you are actively loading your vehicle.  We will update students via email and update the SAIC Residence Life website with updates if there are further changes.

We encourage everyone who can to move out on or before Saturday, May 14th.

If you need to park while you are packing, you may use the parking garage at 181 N Dearborn (Dearborn & Lake).  We have $18 discounted parking passes that are used when you vacate the garage.
All guests must wear a mask while assisting with the move out process. 

Buckingham Loading Zone

As a friendly reminder, SAIC does not have the permit for the parking lot surrounding the Buckingham.  If you want to use this space, it is at your own expense.  Do not load your vehicle from the back door of the Buckingham unless you are choosing to pay for parking; you will receive a ticket if you are in the parking lot more than a few minutes.  

The South lane of Van Buren Street, from the Buckingham west to Wabash Avenue and the east lane of Wabash Avenue south of the Van Buren Street are available for loading.  Please remember to only use this space when you are actively loading your vehicle.  

If you need to park while you are packing, you may pay for the use of the parking lot surrounding the Buckingham or pay for street parking
All guests must wear a mask while assisting with the move out process. 

Jones Hall Loading Zone

Jones Hall residents can load their vehicles in the south lane of Madison Street anywhere between State Street and Dearborn Street. Please remember to only use this space when you are actively loading your vehicle.  

If you need to park while you are packing, you may use the parking garage at 181 N Dearborn (Dearborn & Lake).  We have $18 discounted parking passes that are used when you vacate the garage.
All guests must wear a mask while assisting with the move out process. 

What does a resident have to do to officially move out?

The move out process is fairly simple. Follow these simple steps to have a smooth and successful move out.

  1. Fill out the Move-Out Form online. On Tuesday, April 19th, residents received an email inquiring about their plan for moving out of the residence halls.  This is the perfect time for residents to reach out to family to finalize move out plans.  Complete the form by 12pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. If your plans change, return to the form to update it with the most accurate information.
  2. Attend the Final Floor Meeting. On Sunday April 24, RAs will host the final floor meeting of the semester. It is important that residents attend this floor meeting, as it will highlight move-out instructions and answer any questions you may have.
  3. Pack Your Belongings. After a year of school, you will have accumulated a lot of items which can make packing to move out a challenge. For this reason, boxes will be available for purchase. Boxes are for sale at the 162 N State Street and Jones Hall Residence Life desks (3rd floor jones, 4th floor 162). Boxes may only be purchased with students' ARTICard; cash and checks will not be accepted.
  4. Clean your Room. Residents are responsible for cleaning their entire room, including kitchen and bathroom, to return it to the state it was in at move out. Limited cleaning supplies, including brooms and dustpans, will be available at the hall desk.  Residence Life anticipates normal wear and tear on a room during the year; however, any excessive damage or cleaning needs will incur additional charges.  If you are concerned about damage to the room, or cleaning arrangements with your roommate(s), please speak with your RA. Residence Life staff will go into the room after you have moved out to check for any damages beyond wear and tear.
  5. Remove your items from the room. All items must be removed from the room.  (Don't forget the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets!)  To assist in the move-out process, residents will be allowed to check out carts from the office.  As move-out is very busy time, we will ask that residents only check out a cart once they are ready to move belongings. Guests must wear masks when assisting with moving out belongings. 
  6. Check Out of the Room. Students must complete a check-out form. The process is simplified for an easy and quick departure.
    1. 162 N State Street & Jones Residents - Once you have removed all of your belongings and cleaned your room, scan the Check-Out QR Code. Find the QR code on the Check Out Checklist on your door (posted around May 1st), in the lobby of your buildings, or at the Residence Life Desk (3rd floor Jones, 4th floor 162). Once you have filled out the form, you are free to leave and start your summer break!
    2. Buckingham Residents - Once you have removed all of your belongings and cleaned your room, you will need to complete a check-out envelope with Bickingham security. You will complete the necessary information and place your key card, room key, and mailbox key in the envelope. Once that is complete, scan the Check-Out QR Code. Once you have filled out the form, you are free to leave and start your summer break!

This final step will let us know that you have officially moved out. Failure to complete the final step in the check out process could result in a $50 improper check-out fee.

Common Area Clean Up & Mail

Please remove your items from all common areas, including the Media Room, Common Area, Kitchen, and Studios by Friday May 13. Don't forget to check your mailbox as well!

Loading of Vehicles

Loading items into your car is always a challenge due to traffic and the busy urban environment. Residence Life has requested that sections of the streets around the residence halls be closed to traffic and utilized as loading zones between 9:00am and 5:00pm Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15th. The requested loading zones are as follows:

  • 162 N State Street Residences - Couch Place (the alley)
  • Jones Hall - South lane of Madison St. west of State Street
  • The Buckingham - South lane of Van Buren Street, from the Buckingham west to Wabash Ave & east lane of Wabash Ave south of Van Buren Street
    • SAIC does not have the permit for the parking lot surrounding the Buckingham. If you want to use this space, it is as the student's expense.
    • Do not load from the back door of the Buckingham unless you are choosing to pay for parkingThe company that manages the lot will charge parking fees for cars that load from the back door.

Bike Removal

  • 162 N State Street and Buckingham residents will have until Sunday, May 15th to remove their bikes from the bike room. Bikes that are not removed by that time will be discarded.  If you have a bike and are living on campus for the summer, you may store the bike in your room until the summer session begins.
  • Jones Hall If you have a bike in the bike room, you must remove the bike by May 2nd. From May 2nd through May 15th, your bike may be stored in your room. Bikes that are not removed by that time will be discarded.

Does Residence Life provide boxes? Where can they be obtained?

Starting on Wednesday April 20, students may purchase boxes for $4 per box at the 162 N State 4th Floor Office and the Jones Hall 3rd Floor Office during normal business hours. Students may only use their ARTICard to purchase boxes; cash, credit cards, and checks will not be accepted. Buckingham residents will be able to purchase boxes from both 162 N State St or Jones Hall.

Is there a "best time" to move out?

It has been our expereince that moving out before 11:00am is the least crowded time. This is especially true at the 162 N State Street Residences. 

How will elevators work?

Elevators will operate normally between all three residence halls; please plan accordingly and wisely with using elevators during move out. 

What about trash and unwanted items?

At move-out, students may realize they have many items that they no longer need. In an effort to keep items out of landfills, Residence Life will be accepting donations; specific items accepted will be announced in May. Please donate items in the following places: 162 N State St 4th floor office, Jones Hall 3rd floor office, Buckingham basement.

Residents in Jones Hall and the Buckingham should place all trash in the designated trash rooms on their floor.
Starting on Wednesday, May 11, residents in 162 N State St should place all trash in the designated trash recepticles in the floor lounges on their floor. 

Storage for Students in Summer Housing

Limited storage is available to students who are contracted to live in the residence halls for Summer 2022.  As all SAIC students live in the 162 North State Street Residences during the summer, all storage will be in the 162 North State Street Residences.

You must box all items (except furniture).  The boxes must be clearly labeled with your name and your summer phone number.  Boxes must be immediately retrieved once you return for your summer session.

Details about summer storage will be sent directly to students with complete summer housing applications in late April 2022.

Summer Storage Options

If you are interested in off-site storage, SAIC has contracted with Collegeboxes, Inc., an independent vendor to provide this service. Collegeboxes will pick up your belongings from your room, store the items, and deliver them back to the residence hall just prior to move-in weekend. Collegeboxes will be on campus to scan, track, and pick up your boxes on  Wednesday, May 18th or Thursday, May 19th. Residents may leave these boxes in their room for Collegeboxes to scan and pick up.  Collegeboxes can also store items for students who will be living off campus in the fall.  For more information about this service or to place an order, visit www.collegeboxes. Students returning to SAIC who have a meal plan balance at the end of the spring semester will have the remaining funds rolled over to be used in Summer/Fall 2022. Students not returning to SAIC will have the remaining balance on their meal plan refunded to their student account after Fall 22 add/drop.

What should I do if I have additional questions or concerns about the move-out process or timeline?

All students parents and family members who would like additional information about the move out process should contact Residence Life via email at reslife@saic.edu.