Moving Out

When is move-out for the Fall 2022 semester?

Residents who are not returning for the Spring 2023 semester or who are moving to a new space on campus must complete these moves by 5pm on Tuesday, December 20th.

If you have plans to move out mid-semester, please fill out the Housing Withdrawal Form on the SAIC Housing Portal.

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

162 N State Street Loading Zone

We encourage everyone who can to move out on or before Tuesday, December 20th.

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.
Street parking should only be utilized for loading the vehicle and drivers should remain present with the car at that time.

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 have street parking available.  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. 

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.

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 Intention Form online.  Intention forms opened to on campus students on October 18th. This form inquires about students' plan for housing in the Spring 2023 semester.  This is the perfect time for residents who plan to move out to reach out to family to finalize move out plans. If you do not have finalized move out plans when filling out the form, you should indicate that you plan to stay on campus. If your plans change, return to the form to update it with the most accurate information. Complete the form by 12pm on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.
  2. Attend the Final Floor Meeting. On Sunday December 4, 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 semester 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 Buckingham 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 Tuesday, December 20th. Don't forget to check your mailbox as well!

Bike Removal

Residents will have until Tuesday, December 20th 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 spring semester, you do not need to remove your bike between sessions.

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

Starting on Wednesday December 14th, 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 December. Please donate items in the following places: 162 N State St 4th floor office, Jones Hall 3rd floor office, Buckingham basement.

Residents should place all trash in the designated trash rooms on their floor.

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.