Move-out Information

Updated: March 18, 2020

Winter Term Move-out

Monday, March 16 - Monday April 6 

If you have already left campus, please stay home until further notice. If you left your belongings in your room, they can remain in place. We are planning to allow students back to remove their belongings in Mid-May. If you do not plan to return to Housing for spring term, please cancel your housing in your portal and mail your keys back to University Housing at:

Attn: Planning & Support Services
Building 31
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

If you are still on-campus and plan to move-out, please remove your belongings and check out at your front desk. Before you leave campus housing, please follow the information below to ensure a proper check out of University Housing, which is necessary to ensure a smooth transition and avoid room charges. Don't forget to cancel your housing in your portal prior to April 6.

Parking & Maps 

During move-out, 40-minute loading is permitted in campus lots near residence halls and apartments. If you park in an alternate lot or plan to stay longer than 40 minutes, a parking permit is required.

Please move your vehicle after you load your car. In Poly Canyon Village only, 40-minute curbside loading will be available around PCV loop during move-out. Obey all signage and traffic laws. Red zones and metered parking rules apply. RVs, oversized vehicles and trailers are not allowed. 

Permits are required to park in campus lots/structures long-term and can be purchased at campus pay stations. Parkmobile is available in Bldg. 131. Long-term parking is available in the Canyon and Village Parking Structures in Poly Canyon Village and Structure 131 on Grand Avenue.

Checking Out

Checking out of your residence hall or apartment is as easy as one-two-three. Follow the steps below to prep for move-out and avoid cleaning fees.

Step 1: Pack

  • Donate items you no longer want either in your lobby or your Community Center.
  • Purchase boxes at the Canyon Post or from off-campus stores.
  • Don't forget your bike! Bikes left on campus during summer will be impounded. Take it home or rent a bike locker for $25. Contact Commuter Services at 805-756-6680 or
  • Green moving bins are near every community. Help make other students’ move out easier by returning bins to your community.

Step 2: Clean

To avoid charges, please make sure that your room is clean and all personal items have been removed.

  • Make sure the trash gets to the trash enclosure. Don't leave your trash in the hallway or common areas.
    • Empty trash and recycling bins. (You don't have to wash them out.)
    • Don't dumpster dive. It's dangerous.
  • Wipe down your desk, bookcases, dressers, counters, window sills, fridge and microwave (if you have one.) Don't forget to wipe out the inside of your drawers, too!
  • Remove all tape, stickers and residue from hard surfaces. 
  • Return all furniture to standard room layouts following signage posted in your community and listed below. Furniture should not block windows or closets. Fridges should be on the floor and plugged into the wall.

Step 3: Checkout

Once you are packed and your room is clean, you're ready to check out! 

How to check-out: 

  • Bring your access card and room key to the front desk of your community to check out with Housing staff.  If housing staff is not available, you must come to Housing Administration (Bldg. 31), to check out and turn in your key (hard and/or key card) 
  • If you are leaving after hours: Deposit your key and access card in an “Express Check-Out Envelope,” available at each checkout location.
  • Each resident must check out and return your key to the front desk. Do not leave keys in your room or with your roommates.
  • Be sure you have removed everything from your room. You will not be able to access your room after you check-out.


  • Damage charges are typically posted to student accounts by late July. Unless otherwise communicated by RA staff, charges for cleaning, damages, or room reconfigurations will be split evenly between all assigned residents of the room or apartment.
  • Residents will be notified of charges through their Cal Poly email and may request a review of any charges assigned.

Room Configurations

Before you head out, be sure to move your bedroom back to its original configuration. Use the layouts below as a guide. Please note: Room layouts can vary, even within the same community. When you reset your room, the furniture should not block doors, windows or closets. Mini-fridges should be left on the floor (not the furniture) and be plugged directly into the wall (not the surge protector).

Donate. Reuse. Recycle.

Last year during move-out, we sent 47.7 tons of material to the landfill. We can do better. This year, we’re giving you more ways to keep things out of the landfill by recycling, reusing, composting and donating.

Here's what we are collecting:

Collecting Acceptable Items Where Are the Bins? Your Donations go to
Clothing Clean, lightly-worn clothing

Red Bricks and North Mountain: The game room

Sierra Madre, Yosemite, yakʔitʸutʸu and Cerro Vista: Community Center

Poly Canyon Village: Building lobby


Local charities
Household items

Items that students can reuse! 

Home goods, kitchen items, school supplies and electronics. 

See above. Clean, reusable items will go to CP Thrift.
Non-perishable food Food with a long shelf life: canned and jarred foods, pasta, soups, and packaged snacks. See above. Cal Poly Food Pantry
Batteries All batteries of all sizes — including AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, 9-volt batteries. The front desk of your community The Environmental Health & Safety Department 
Compost Food waste ONLY. Poly Canyon Village and Cerro Vista: Green bins in your trash enclosures KompoGas Anaerobic Digester Facility in SLO
Recycling Paper, cardboard, plastics, metal and glass. Blue recycling bins in your trash enclosures A local recycling facility

Here are other resources to help you with Move-out:


Item Disposal


How-to: Prep your Room


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