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Moving Out

December 2022

Undergraduate students 

Undergraduate residence halls close for the fall semester at 2pm on Sunday, December 18, 2022.  If you have not yet responded to notify us of your plans for departure or move-out for fall semester, please Log in to the Portal to complete the form. Please read carefully for important check-out process information.

Closing Checklist for Residents 

  1. Pack essential items, such as prescription medication, laptops, chargers and important documents (passport, ID cards, driver’s license, proof of COVID vaccination, etc.)  Access to your residence hall room after your arranged departure time slot is not permitted.  If you are returning for spring 2023, most items can be left in your room.
  2. Remove items not permitted based on the Housing License and/or House Rules.  Fire safety checks are performed by the City of Ithaca and/or State of New York Fire during the break period.
  3. Dispose of perishable food items in your MicroFridge or your community refrigerator. If you leave non-perishable items in the community refrigerators, label them with your NetID. Examples:  Ketchup, mustard, etc.  Non-labeled items will be removed and disposed of by Building Care.
  4. Take down all holiday decorations.

  5. If there is an empty bed in your room, make sure that part of the room is clean and clear of your belongings.
  6. Close and lock all windows and close blinds.
  7. Set heat on the minimum setting.
  8. Unplug all appliances – computers, lamps, clocks, etc.  If you have an approved fish tank in your room, that can remain plugged in. (Exception: Townhouse refrigerators should remain plugged in.)
  9. Unplug your MicroFridge, clean it out, and prop open the door. If you need to refrigerate non-perishables in your MicroFridge, you may leave that plugged in. Please remove all items from common area fridges as these will be removed during winter break.
  10. Remove all trash from the room.  This includes any perishable foods from your MicroFridge.  Snacks and dry goods should be stored in a sealed container to avoid attracting pests.
  11. Clean your bathroom and kitchen (if applicable).

  12. Return all dining items to the nearest dining room – no questions asked!  Do not throw them away!
  13. Return your reusable container to your Dining Room. Pick up a sanitized container at the beginning of the spring semester! 
  14. Take all valuable items with you, including laptop computers, etc. Remember to take passports and medications! You will not have access to your hall/room during the break.
  15. Take fish and plants with you.
  16. Lock your windows, close your drapes and/or shades, and turn out all lights.
  17. Lock and double-check your room, suite, and/or apartment door.

  18. Key Return (only if you are NOT planning to return for spring 2023) - Students who are vacating will receive information about returning keys in early December.  If you need to return keys by mail because you took them off campus with you, please mail your key(s) back via FedEx or UPS to ATTN: Service Center Keys, 107 Robert Purcell, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 to have us receive them by January 6, 2023.
  19. IF you are staying for winter break and/or returning for spring semester, you do NOT return your keys. Keep them in a safe place with you for when you return to campus in January. 

If you are planning not to return to campus for the spring semester, please log in to the Housing Portal to request a cancellation of your spring housing by December 1, 2022. 

Shipping & Storage

Vendor information for you to contract on your own is available on the housing website.

Arrange pickup for departure

  • If your family, support or friends are planning to come into the building, please advise them to park in A Lot until you are ready to leave campus. Avoid parking tickets by ensuring drivers are following all signage and not blocking fire lanes, ADA parking spaces, or parking on designated walkways.
  • Students are responsible for bringing personal belongings from their room to the vehicle picking them up. 

Loading/Access Areas for North Campus: It is important that you adhere to these loading locations, and do not drive on any pedestrian walkways. Please park in A Lot while you prepare your room for departure. 

  • Mews Hall loading dock
  • Helen Newman parking lot
  • Dickson Hall loading dock
  • Donlon Hall loading dock
  • Robert Purcell Community Center parking lot off of Jessup Road:  specific parking spaces designated as loading zones OR Parkmobile
  • Appel Community Center parking lot:  specific parking spaces designated as loading zones or Parkmobile
  • Program House Drive:  specific parking spaces designated as loading zones
  • North Side of Jessup Road loading spaces
  • Risley parking lot loading spaces
  • Latino Living Center parking lot loading spaces
  • Ecology House parking lot loading spaces
  • Akwe:kon parking lot loading spaces (accessible off of Triphammer Road)

Loading/Access Areas for South Campus: It is important that you adhere to these loading locations, and do not drive on any pedestrian walkways. Please park in Williams Street Parking Lot while you prepare your room for departure.

  •  Residents of Cascadilla Hall
    Please note that there is no parking between the Gorge and Cascadilla Hall. You must not park in fire lanes. The best locations for you to park and load are the City of Ithaca Garage just to the south of Cascadilla Hall and the Williams Street Parking Lot at the corner of Williams Street and Stewart Avenue. 
  • Residents of Sheldon Court
    Limited parking spots are available in the Sheldon Court loading dock. The best locations for you to park and load are the City of Ithaca Garage just to the south of Cascadilla Hall and the Williams Street Parking Lot at the corner of Williams Street and Stewart Avenue.
  • Residents of Schuyler House
    Please park and load in designated building parking lot. 
  • Residents of 112 Edgemoor
    Please park and load in designated building parking lot.

Loading/Access Areas for EEC/Veteran’s House/McGraw Place Residences: It is important that you adhere to these loading locations, and do not drive on any pedestrian walkways. 

  • Residents of Equity and Engagement Living Learning Community
    Please park and load in designated parking spaces only on West Ave and Forest Park Ave. 
  • Residents of 109/118/122 McGraw
    Please park and load in designated building parking lot.  
  • Residents of Veteran House
    Please park and load in designated building parking lot. 

Loading/Access Areas for West Campus House System: It is important that you adhere to these loading locations, and do not drive on any pedestrian walkways. Please park in University Avenue Parking Lot while you prepare your room for departure.

Gothics Way and Becker Drive above the Loading Dock will be closed. 

  •  Along West Avenue:
    • Across from Baker Tower: parking spaces designated as loading zones
    • Across from Founders & Lyon: the pull-off loading zone on the Slope side
  • Along Stewart Avenue: 
    • The parking spaces along Stewart Avenue (ParkMobile)
  • Near Bethe & Keeton:
    • Mary Ann Wood Drive (just behind William Keeton House): parking spaces designated as loading zones
    • West Ave: parking spaces designated as loading zones
  • Near Cook House
    • The loading spaces along McGraw Place

Personal Security and Theft

The need for residential security increases when there are fewer residents present (from now through closing). Protect yourself and your personal belongings. Wallets and bags, packages, and electronics are all more vulnerable at this time. Keep your doors locked at all times. As always, do not allow nonresidents access to the building unless a resident accompanies them. Any unusual observations should be reported to Campus Life or Cornell Police at (607) 255-1111. If it is an emergency, please dial 911.