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Moving Out

Moving Out

Students may move out or move off campus, or move out of a room on campus to a new room on campus anytime of the year for many reasons. Majority of students move out at the end of spring semester, which is the end of the academic year. The Moving Out information below applies to students who move out, going off campus/home, or moving to another room on campus any time of the year. Please check your UC Merced email for move out information from Residence Education. Please contact your Residence Education Coordinator, your RA, or the Residence Education Desk at Terrace Center anytime if you have questions: residenceeducation@ucmerced.edu, 209-228-4663.

Moving Out Summer 2020

All residents assigned to summer housing and UROC must complete their checkout of Mariposa hall by 4:30pm, Friday, August 14th. Residents with approved fall housing contracts will remain in their current assignment until their fall assignment is completed.

How to check out:

  1. Pack all of your belongings and remove them from your room or apartment. Dollies will be available at the Valley Terraces desk between 11am-6pm.
  2. Clean the room and common spaces of your suite.
  3. Remove trash and return furniture to its original condition.
  4. Return assigned keys to the Valley Housing Office before leaving campus using the On-Campus Check-Out Envelope.
  5. If you have a bike, be sure not to leave it here.
  6. Cleaning fees will be assessed if the space has not been thoroughly cleaned.
  7. Contract cancellation fees will not be applied during this process. All students that wish to move-out and cancel their housing can do so. Below is a list of charges for common cleanings and repairs.? Actual charges are based on time and materials
    • Trash Removal....................$25
    • Carpet Cleaning..................$60
    • Painting Room....................$15/hr
    • Painting Door......................$45
    • Screen Repair.....................$50
    • Light Fixture Cover.............$25
    • Carpet Repair.....................$90/Sq. Ft.
    • Key Replacement...............$100

Any damage charges will be assessed if there is damage to the room. Please refer to the Housing Handbook to see more detailed information about the damage charge process.

  1. Choose your check out method (explained below). Please read this section carefully as you will be charged for each day until the Housing office receives your keys.
  2. Questions or concerns, contact your Residence Education Coordinator.

Cleaning Checklist

ALL Residents

  • All amenities accounted for - bed, desk, chair, 2 sets of drawers, mattress, and 1 trash and 1 recycle can per room.
  • Furniture must be completely emptied and wiped down.
  • Remove all personal items from your room, bathroom, and living room if applicable.
  • Trash and recycling must be taken out to the dumpsters.
  • All personal furniture must be removed.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Close and lock all windows. Leave drapes open.
  • Please return any Dining Center dishes and utensils to the Dining Center before moving out.

Sierra and Valley Terraces ONLY

  • Suite should contain: 1 toilet plunger, 1 small broom/dustpan, and 1 cleaning tote.

Check Out Methods

Room Inspection by Housing and Residential Education Staff Member (optional):

  1. If you want to have your room inspected prior to move out. You can make an appointment with your Residence Education Coordinator, Lizzy Gomez. She can be reached at egomez65@ucmerced.edu.
  2. You must be fully moved out and ready to return keys prior to the inspection time.
  3. During this time, the staff member will assess any damages to your room/suite and collect your keys.
  4. Return your key to the Valley Housing Office desk.

Please note that any damage that has been incurred while you have been living there will be charged to your account

Express Check Out (This is the quicker process of the two options):

  • This option allows you to leave at your convenience.
  • You must pack up and remove all your belongings from your room.
  • You are responsible for cleaning the space and removing your belongings and trash.
  • Report any damages that have occurred while living in the room/apartment. Your room/apartment will be inspected after you move out, and you will be charged for any damages, missing items, and/or cleaning charges. Damages, missing items, and/or cleaning that no one claims responsibility for will be divided equally among those living in your room/apartment.
    1. Go to your Valley Terraces Front Desk for a check out envelope.
    2. Put your keys in the envelope and seal it.
    3. Fill out your name, ID number, room number and time of check out.
    4. Sign the envelope and return it to the Front Desk Assistant or Drop Box (in front of mail room, next to the Valley Housing Office).
    5. Charges for any additional individual room/suite/apartment damages that are found by staff after check out will be charged to the student's account.

If you forget to return your key before leaving, you may use the following procedure to return your key:

  1. Mail your key to the following address: Valley Housing Office, 100 Terrace Center, 5400 N. Lake Road Merced, CA 95340.
  2. Please use a padded envelope or other means to prevent the key from being lost in transit. You must mail the package with a tracking number.
  3. Email the tracking number to residenceeducation@ucmerced.edu.

Keys must be shipped no later than Monday, August 17th. Any key not returned, or shipped, by 5pm, Monday, August 17th will be replaced and billed to your student account (cost = $100.00).

Meals

Cat Dollars roll over until the student leaves the institution (for Catdollars refund because you are leaving the institution or graduating, please check out the refund process here: http://catcard.ucmerced.edu/

Mail

Check your email or the Smiota app to ensure you have all your mail and packages from the desk. If you have mail, please visit the Valley Housing Office to claim it before departing campus. Update your mailing addresses with Amazon, Chegg, my.ucmerced.edu and others. All mail and packages will be returned to sender starting Monday, August 17th, 2020.

Parking

Parking for move out will be in designated areas of the Scholars lot between August 5th and August 14th.

 

Moving Out Spring 2020

How to check out:

  1. Pack all of your belongings and remove them from your room or apartment. Dollies will be available at the Valley Terraces desk between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday thtrough Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Clean the room and common spaces of your suite.
  3. Remove trash and return furniture to its original condition.
  4. Return assigned keys to the Valley Housing Office before leaving campus using the On-Campus Check-Out Envelope.
  5. If you have a bike, be sure not to leave it here.
  6. Cleaning fees will be assessed if the space has not been thoroughly cleaned.
  7. Contract cancellation fees will not be applied during this process. All students that wish to move-out and cancel their housing can do so. Below is a list of charges for common cleanings and repairs.  Actual charges are based on time and materials
    • Trash Removal....................$25
    • Carpet Cleaning..................$60
    • Painting Room....................$15/hr
    • Painting Door......................$45
    • Screen Repair.....................$50
    • Light Fixture Cover.............$25
    • Carpet Repair.....................$90/Sq. Ft.
    • Key Replacement...............$100

Any damage charges will be assessed if there is damage to the room. Please refer to the Housing Handbook to see more detailed information about the damage charge process.

  1. Choose your check out method (explained below). Please read this section carefully as you will be charged for each day until the Housing office receives your keys.
  2. Questions or concerns, contact your RA or your Residence Education Coordinator.

 

Cleaning Checklist

ALL Residents

  • All amenities accounted for - bed, desk, chair, 2 sets of drawers, mattress, and 1 trash and 1 recycle can per room.
  • Furniture must be completely emptied and wiped down.
  • Remove all personal items from your room, bathroom, and living room if applicable.
  • Trash and recycling must be taken out to the dumpsters.
  • All personal furniture must be removed.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Close and lock all windows.  Leave drapes open.
  • Please return any Dining Center dishes and utensils to the Dining Center before moving out.

Valley Terrace Residents ONLY

  • Suite should contain: vacuum cleaner, 1 bookshelf, 1 loveseat, 1 stuffed chair, 1 small end table, 1 round table and 4 chairs.
  • Turn off heat/AC.

Sierra and Valley Terraces ONLY

  • Suite should contain: 1 toilet plunger, 1 small broom/dustpan, and 1 cleaning tote.

Check Out Methods

Check out with a Housing and Residential Education Staff Member:

  1. You can make an appointment with your Resident Assistant to meet you at an agreed date and time to check out.

    If you make an appointment with your RA, contact them when your room is empty and you are ready to turn in keys.

  2. Contact a Residence Education staff member. A Resident Assistant on call will be available between the hours of 5pm – 8am for Residence Halls during weekdays , and 24 hours on the weekends. Once all your belongings are moved out of your room and your space has been cleaned, please call the RA on Call of your community to meet in your room to complete check out. If the RA on call is not available, please visit the Valley Terraces desk between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and ask for a staff member.
  3. During this time, the staff member will assess any damages to your room/suite and collect your keys. 
  4. Return your key to the Valley Housing Office desk.

Please note that any damage that has been incurred while you have been living there will be charged to your account, so please make sure to note any damages on your Room Inventory Form once you move in.

Express Check Out (This is the quicker process of the two options):

  • Students may choose this option if they wish to leave at your convenience.
  • You must pack up and remove all your belongings from your room.
  • You are responsible for cleaning the space and removing your belongings and trash.
  • Report any damages that have occurred while living in the room/apartment. Your room/apartment will be inspected after you move out, and you will be charged for any damages, missing items, and/or cleaning charges. Damages, missing items, and/or cleaning that no one claims responsibility for will be divided equally among those living in your room/apartment. 
  1. Go to your Residence Hall Front Desk for an envelope.
  2. Put your keys in the envelope and seal it.
  3. Fill out your name, ID number, room number and time of check out.
  4. Sign the envelope and return it to the Front Desk Assistant or Drop Box (in front of mail room, next to the Valley Housing Office).
  5. Charges for any additional individual room/suite/apartment damages that are found after check out will be charged to the student's account.

If you have already packed up all of your items and left campus, you may use the following procedure to return your key:

  1. Mail your key to the following address: Valley Housing Office, 100 Terrace Center, 5400 N. Lake Road Merced, CA 95340.
  2. Please use a padded envelope or other means to prevent the key from being lost in transit. You must mail the package with a tracking number.
  3. Email the tracking number to residenceeducation@ucmerced.edu.

Meals

Cat Dollars roll over until the student leaves the institution.

Mail

Check your email or the Smiota app to ensure you have all your mail and packages from the desk. If you have mail, please visit the Valley Housing Office to claim it before departing campus. Update your mailing addresses with Amazon, Chegg, my.ucmerced.edu and others. All mail and packages will be returned to sender starting Monday, May 18, 2020.

Parking:

For the duration of move-out, students and their families will be able to park in Scholars Lot. This is the parking lot located next to the Bobcat Field. They will not be ticketing at this time.

To view a map of campus, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the check-out process, please email your Residence Life Coordinator (RLC). Their information can be found on the housing webpage at https://housing.ucmerced.edu/directory.