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Be sure to read and comply with these guidelines to make the move from your room hassle-free.

Before You Go Check List

  • Remove your personal belongings, including carpets and furniture.
  • Remove trash and recyclables and place them in the appropriate receptacles.
  • Place discarded carpets by the nearest dumpster.
  • Make sure all University furniture found at Move In is in your room.
  • Dismantle and remove non-University lofts.
  • Place discarded lofts by the nearest dumpster.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • If you have a private bathroom, clean the bathroom.
  • Reclaim heat producing appliances or microwave ovens confiscated by Housing Inspectors.
  • Reclaim other items confiscated by Public Safety or Housing Inspectors.
  • Fill out a change of address form with Princeton Mail Services if you want to have your first class mail forwarded to an address other than your home address. Magazines are second class mail and are not forwarded by Princeton Mail Services.
  • Make plans for storage.
  • Donate unwanted furniture, clean clothing, unused school supplies, books and bicycles.
  • Close and lock windows in your room or suite.
  • Lock your door.

Princeton Mail Services

Room Inspections

After you move out, your room will be checked by Housing inspectors for cleanliness and condition.

The general rule
Your room should be returned to the condition you found it at Move In. You will not be charged for normal wear and tear, holes in the wall the size of a pencil or smaller, larger plaster chips around holes caused from weak plaster, or bike scuff marks left near bike hooks.

To avoid a fine or charge
Read the "Before You Go Check List" to understand your responsibility for cleaning your room, removing your property, and making sure that all University-owned furniture in your room at Move In is in place.

Rooms left in extraordinarily poor condition
If your room requires excessive cleaning and/or repair to rehabilitate it, you will incur the following penalties:

  • A fine of $300 per resident
  • A charge to all occupants for the cleaning, maintenance, and purchases required to return the room to its original state
  • Disciplinary action

Wall repair and painting
Do not spackle or patch any holes or paint any part of your room. You will be liable for the repainting and repair charges incurred as the result of such actions.

Non-University items left in your room
Any non-University items left in your room after your vacate deadline will be considered abandoned, and you will be charged for the cost of disposal.

Loft removal
You are responsible for any room damage caused by the construction or removal of a loft. If ownership of the loft can't be determined, the repair cost is divided among all residents of the room or suite.

University-owned furniture
All University-owned furniture that was in your room at Move In must be in your room at check out, except for mattresses that you requested to be removed and stored. You will be charged the replacement cost of any missing item(s).

Trash and recycling
Place trash and recyclables into the dumpsters provided. Do not leave them in the hallway or in your room.

Eco-Rep Drive

If you can't keep it or sell it, donate it during the EcoReps Move Out. Abandoned items left on campus will be sent to the landfill, so consider donating your clothing, books and unopened food to the EcoReps Move Out Drive.
Visit  Princeton's Sustainability website for more information.

Donation Sites and Items

GSG Furniture Drive

If your are interested in donating any furniture and other items to the Graduate Student Goverment, please visit https://gsg.princeton.edu/information-for-students/furniture-drive/ for more information and locations.

Vacate Dates and Key Return

Graduating seniors

Your final vacate date is Wednesday, June 7th at 12 noon. At this time, your TigerCard will be deactivated and you will no longer have access to the dormitories or your room. Please make certain you have completely vacated your room leaving it in the condition you found it. Last year many students requested to get back into rooms after the 12 noon deadline because their prox cards stopped working. This will not be allowed this year. You must vacate by the 12 noon deadline. You will not be able to get into your room should you get locked out while moving after this time so please plan accordingly.

Students granted interim housing

Further instructions will be sent to you regarding the move around.  If you are staying in the same room, you will not need to be on campus on May 28th. If you have been reassigned to a different room than your current room, you will either need to COMPLETELY vacate your current room before May 28th or be on campus to complete your move on the 28th. Rooms will be ready to move into at 10 am. If you’re going into a room where some occupants are retaining the room, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your roommates for interim so you can plan accordingly. We are using EVERY bed on campus for interim so please be patient and welcoming to your new roommates. Your final vacate date is Wednesday, June 7th at 12 noon. At this time your TigerCard will be deactivated and you will no longer have access to the dormitories or your room. Please make certain you have completely vacated your room leaving it in the condition you found it. Last year many students requested to get back into rooms after the 12 noon deadline because their prox cards stopped working. This will not be allowed this year. You must vacate by the 12 noon deadline. You will not be able to get into your room should you get locked out while moving after this time so please plan accordingly.

If you have a summer contract, you would stay in your interim assignment until the summer move around.

Students without interim housing assignments

If you do not meet any of the criteria above, you should vacate your room within 24 hours of your last final exam, but no later than Saturday, May 27th at 12 noon.

Key return
After vacating your room, return your kitchen and Sabbath keys to the Undergraduate Student Housing Office on the fifth floor of New South. The Undergraduate Student Housing Office is open for extended hours during Move Out. All card access to rooms terminates at 12 noon on the vacate deadline. No exceptions to this.

Dining Schedule for Move Out

Take a look at the Dining Services website for a schedule of dining and operation hours during the Move Out period, commencement and reunions.

Dining Services - Move Out Schedule