As the school year comes to an end, there are a lot of things to consider aside from classes. Keep in mind that if you are living on campus, you have to move out of your RIT housing by Saturday, May 23rd. To try and alleviate some of the stress, here is some advice for moving out:
- Move out day is Saturday, May 23rd by 10am. If you are a graduating senior or working graduation this is extended to Sunday, May 24th by noon. If you are unable to leave by these respective dates, contact housing as soon as possible to request an extension. You may have to pay a fee, but it’s better than losing your belongings. Another route you can take is volunteering with Goodbye, Goodbuy! between 5/18-5/24. Students who work the program past the 23rd are eligible to stay in their RIT Housing later at no extra cost.
- Speaking of your belongings, if you don’t plan on keeping some items, consider donating them to an organization. This year RIT launched the above mentioned “Goodbye, Goodbuy” program, which aims to address the 130+ tons of items thrown out every year by RIT students during move-out. Bins will be set up in the Dorm and Global Village lounge areas. For the on-campus apartments, bins will be located near the dumpsters. If you live in Park Point or Province, you can still use the donation bins at the nearest RIT apartments.
- If you are unable to bring everything you own back home for the summer but still want everything next year, look into alternative storage options in the Rochester area. As noted in RIT’s housing guidelines, it’s against the rules to leave them in your on-campus housing even if you give permission to roommates to use or watch over them. Many storage companies in Rochester are willing to work out deals with students though. For more information on storage, feel free to contact RIT housing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When moving out of your housing, make sure you leave your room or apartment as clean as possible. It takes 30 FMS workers 5 days to clean up after students and failure to keep housing in the same condition it came in as will result in a fine to your student account.
- Don’t forget to return your dorm key to the housing office in Grace Watson Hall! Really, tons of people forget.
- Secure transportation to where you need to go. If you have a car and plan on driving, this won’t be an issue. If you require transportation, be sure to post online on the RIT subreddit or the RIT Rideshare site. It’s a great chance to make a new friend, and generally pay less than a bus or plane ticket.
- For those who don’t plan on living in Rochester for the summer, but have a lease that extends over the summer, consider subleasing. I know from personal experience that it can save you a lot of money. The open housing group on Facebook is a great place to post as well, since it’s only open to RIT students.
Any other great move out ideas? Post them in the comments and help. For more information about move out day, check out the RIT Housing page