Tips for Students to Move-out of Off-Campus Housing

Monday, May 2, 2022

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It’s the time of the year when leases are coming to an end for many student tenants. Those students are finishing their final exams and preparing to move back home or to a new location for the summer months.


It is important to give the landlord proper move-out notice to avoid miscommunication and incurring unnecessary fees. Communication with the landlord regarding the relocation timeline beforehand is critical.


Developing a move-out plan can reduce stress, increase efficiency and prevent leaving items behind. For the best outcome, it’s recommended to have a plan in place a couple months prior to move-out with organized deadlines.


A move-out plan should consist of:

  • Creating a list of belongings to be packed and moved
  • Donating or selling unwanted items
  • Purchasing moving supplies
  • Scheduling a moving company or assistance from friends
  • Changing address and giving notice to utility companies and service providers
  • Developing a packing schedule for all belongings (some items can be packed ahead of time, yet others will be needed until the last day)


On moving day, it’s important to:

  • Follow any move-out instructions given by the landlord
  • Organize boxes strategically and carefully
  • Clean the rental unit and remove garbage
  • Double-check all storage spaces and all living areas for loose items not packed
  • Take photos of the rental unit’s condition
  • Shut the lights off, lock windows and doors
  • Return the key to the landlord according to instructions provided


For additional assistance, we’ve provided some templates for students to download and edit for giving the appropriate notice to vacate the rental, as well as moving/packing checklists.


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The Team