FAQ | Moving Out for Students
The move out notice can be submitted through the Housing Portal. Log in and click the “Moving Out” tab.
- We ask residents to submit a move out notice no less than 72hrs before their move.
If the submit button is greyed out and you are unable to submit/update your own notice, please email [email protected].
When a move out notice is submitted by a resident, our office will interpret this as a final move out date. Once submitted, the move out date cannot be adjusted by the resident themselves.
Inquiries for adjusting the move out date should be emailed to [email protected].
The current unit is not assigned to another resident.
You have additional time within the current housing agreement.
Move out notices cannot be retracted if:
Your affiliation has expired or terminated by your School.
Your current unit is assigned to another resident.
Requests to retract a move out notice should be emailed to [email protected].
Prior to Move Out
Clean assigned room and remove all belongings:
- It is recommended that you consolidate all your packed belongings into a small area and thoroughly clean the unit.
PRO TIP! To avoid any fees, you want to be sure to clean all areas of the apartment.
Sweep all corners of the room.
Wipe down furniture with a warm, wet cloth and cleaning products.
Make sure all items/belongings are removed from personal space and common spaces. This includes refrigerators, cabinets, closets, drawers, etc.
Remove posters/pictures from the wall.
Discuss with current roommates about cleaning in shared areas (kitchen, bathroom, cabinets, fridge, etc.)
Remember, all occupants (even if they are scheduled to vacate) are responsible for maintaining cleanliness in the apartment:
Agree on cleaning schedules or action plans. Here is a link to a roommates’ agreement template.
No. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate furniture purchase or exchange. When tenants vacate, they must clear all personal belongings, or they may incur a fee.
Please review the Cleaning and Maintenance information.
Great question! If you move out for the following reasons, there will be a $1000 cancellation fee applied to your student account shortly after the move:
Voluntarily cancelling housing
Leave of Absence
Voluntary withdrawal from School’s program
If you move out for these following reasons, there is no cancellation fee applied:
December graduates: the degree is conferred in February. A move-out is required by December 31st. regardless of the current agreement’s end date.
For example, if graduation was October 19th, 2022, residents must vacate by December 31st, 2022, even if their current agreement ends the following May. A cancellation fee is applied but we recommend completing the Cancellation Fee waiver request to get this charge removed.
If the degree is conferred in February, failure to complete the move out by December 31st will result in an Overstay Fee of $1,000.
- May graduates: the degree is conferred in May. If residents need an additional month in housing, please review the Short-Term Housing Extension information.
August graduates: the degree is conferred in October. The move out must be completed between August 1-31 to avoid the standard $1,000 Cancellation Fee.
*End of housing agreement*
- Only if the move-out is completed in the month the agreement ends.
For Example: for agreements ending May 31st, residents can move out anytime in May, without a cancellation fee; rent is not prorated in this month.
*Official medical leave of absence*
*Transfer to another Columbia Residential unit*
*Required military service*
If residents vacate between May 1-31st, they will be charged for the entire month of May. Rent is not prorated.
If residents vacate before May 1st, rent will be prorated based on the specific move out date but a Cancellation Fee may apply.
On Move Out Date
Clean up! 😊
- Be sure to remove all personal belongings from the unit, including personal property in shared or common spaces.
Check with roommates before removing any belongings from the refrigerator and cabinets
Remove all trash and sweep throughout the apartment.
The “Final Checkout” tab will be grayed out until your actual move-out date. You will only have access to the tab on that date.
- If this is your move out date and it is still grayed out, email [email protected] for support.
Billing / Rent
Student housing through Columbia Residential is billed on a monthly basis. The monthly housing charge should appear on the student account during the last week of each month for the following month.
Once your April move out is confirmed by the Superintendent, the May charge should be removed within 5-7 business days.
Be sure to double check your move out date within the Housing Portal.