Move-Out Information for Students & Families

Just like the move-in process, we want to make your move-out process as smooth as possible. In most cases, you must be completely moved out of your room and complete the checkout process prior to noon on the final day of your housing contract. Late stay options may be available at an extra cost and must be approved. Check your Purdue email and direct questions to your hall front desk or resident assistant (RA).

Need to stay after December 19, 2021?

If you need to stay after December 19, 2021, at noon, but no later than Wednesday, December 22, 2021:

  • Visit the housing portal and complete the late stay form.
  • You will be assessed a $32/day room only charge for staying late if you live in a traditional residence hall.
  • When departing from your late stay you must complete the steps for Departing for Break and Returning in the Spring, listed immediately below.
  • Any student needing to stay beyond December 22, at noon should plan to complete the Winter Break Housing application and will be responsible for the full $500 charge of winter break housing. The Winter Break Housing form may also be located at the housing portal.

Departing for Winter Break and Returning in the Spring

If you are leaving for break and are planning to return for the spring semester, please complete one of the following:

  • Log into the housing portal and complete your checkout for winter break.
  • Or stop by the main office of your assigned residence hall or the designated residence hall main office and checkout.

Leaving Campus and NOT Returning in Spring

If you are leaving University Residences for any of the following reasons:

  • Co-op
  • Leaving to Study Abroad
  • Returning from Study Abroad
  • Graduating
  • Marriage
  • Withdrawal from the University
  • Transferring to another institution
  • Transferring to another Purdue Campus
  • Military
  • Medical

and are planning NOT to return in the spring:

  • Complete the Contract Release Form in the housing portal. Should your plans change, and you return to Purdue West Lafayette for the second semester, your contract will be in force, and you should contact University Residences Central Assignments Office at 765-494-1000 or by email.
  • Plan to move out prior to Sunday, December 19, 2021, at noon. Anyone needing to stay later than December 19 should apply for late-stay approval, by completing the late-stay request form.
  • Complete the Express Check Out Form:
    • Pick up the "express check out envelope" at your hall's main office.
    • Drop the completed "express check out envelope," with the key inside, off at your assigned hall's drop-off location after removing your belongings and cleaning your room.
    • The room must be in the same condition it was when resident moved in.
    • Lost key (not turned in at check out): $50 per lost key to replace the lock.
    • Residents will be billed for any damages that have occurred as determined by the university facilities team inspection or assessed to the hall community.

Improper Checkout/Items Left Behind

Please note, you may be charged $32/day room only and/or a $50 improper check-out fee for:

  • failing to properly move out/check out when departing.
  • failing to designate an escort to assist with retrieving your belongings.
  • failing to properly or timely remove all belongings. 



I need to stay after December 19, how much does it cost and what do I do?
Students needing to stay after December 19, but no later than December 22 at noon should complete the housing late stay form located on the housing portal. Students will be charged $32/day room only charge for each night they stay beyond noon, December 19.
I need to stay longer than December 22, how much does it cost and what do I do?
Any student needing to stay after December 22 at noon should plan to complete the winter break housing application located on the housing portal. You will be charged $500 for a room-only stay. This fee is not prorated. Students staying over break will be able to select a meal plan as an additional option during this time.
Will I lose any unused Dining Dollars?
Dining Dollars will carry over from fall semester to spring but will expire at the end of the academic year.
I am leaving the University at break; how will I get my mail?
Be sure to change your forwarding address in MyPurdue. First Class mail will be forwarded. Most hall mailrooms will be closed for winter break. Packages will be returned.
A moving company is coming to pick up my belongings after I am gone, what do I do?

If you are using a moving company to move and/or store your belongings you must be here to escort them when they come to pick up your items. If you have already left campus and/or are unavailable to escort them, you must designate another resident of this community to be an escort for you in your absence. You need to inform the hall front office/Purdue Village Administration Building (for apartment residents other than Hilltop) of who the person (the escort) is ahead of time in writing (send an email to the hall/community center email inbox or give to the front office in writing ahead of time).

It must include:

  • Student (your) name, room number and cell phone number
  • Escort name, room number and cell phone number
  • Date and time of scheduled pick up
  • Name of company picking items up
I forgot to complete the express check out envelope and turn my key in when I left for break, what do I do?
Please contact the main office of your assigned residence hall as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that main office hours may be restricted due to winter break. If you are unable to reach anyone at the main office of the hall you are assigned, please email the hall at the hall email account. Make arrangements with the main office to return your key if possible. You may be assessed a $50 improper check-out fee and if you are unable to return your key in a timely manner you may be assessed $50 for a lock change.