Moving Info

Before You Move Out

Our "Before You Go" checklist outlines resident responsibilities to be met before leaving campus.  The list also provides practical information about storage options, donation and recycling options, mail, and PennCard, as well as other service reminders

To avoid damage and cleaning charges, review guidelines for returning your room to Move-In room condition as well as tips on how to avoid late Move-Out fees and what to do if you forgot to return your keys or are interested in an extension.

  1. Know and plan for your contract end date and be ready to move out and check out of your room and apartment by that time.
  2. Remove all personal belongings, including carpets and personal furniture.
  3. Remove all trash and recyclables and place in the appropriate receptacles.
  4. Make sure all University furniture found at Move-In is in your room.
  5. Close and lock all windows in your room or suite.
  6. Sweep the floor.
  7. If you have a private bathroom, clean the bathroom.
  8. Go to Penn In Touch to update your temporary mailing address so we can forward first class mail.
  9. Visit your mail or package room staff to arrange summer holding if you will be traveling abroad over the summer.
  10. Make appropriate plans for storage if needed.
  11. Donate unwanted furniture, clean clothing, unused school supplies, books, bicycles. PennMOVES accepts these items and more to support the West Philadelphia community.
  12. Make one FINAL check of closets, drawers, cabinets, back of doors. 
  13. Love your door (bedroom and suite/apartment) upon exiting your room.
  14. Check out at your Info Center.

Residential Services staff will be checking rooms to insure that they are vacant. Residents found remaining in their spaces after they have checked out will be charged late move out penalties.

  • Seniors graduating in May or August 2020, RAs and GAs and Sansom Place staff will automatically receive an extension.
  • The Undergrad Move-Out Deadline for spring semester is May 13 at 5 pm.
  • Extensions past the May 13 date are provided only through University departments engaged in official university business.
  • Earn a move-out extension by helping with Move-Out or with PennMOVES. Application survey here for PennMoves; to apply for Move-Out Operations, click here.
  • For more information about Move-Out Extensions, click here.

  • To have mail forwarded, you must enter or update your Temporary Address in Penn InTouch.  Residential Services will use the Temporary Address you have registered in Penn InTouch to forward all mail.  However, if there is no Temporary Address listed, we will use your permanent address.  Mail is not forwarded to points outside of the U.S., per U.S. postal code.  If you are traveling over the summer or leaving the U.S., consider registering for our Summer Hold Program.

  • The University does not provide storage for resident belongings
  • Any College House or Sansom Place resident can use the University's PersonalShip program, allowing them to ship express mail packages via UPS and DHL at Penn's discounted rates.  PersonalShip is easy to use.  For more information, simply visit the PersonalShip webpage.