Moving Out of Residence: The Struggle is Real
Congratulations, you made it through your first year at Western! Now is the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer break.
Before you bust out the flip flops and sunglasses, you're going to need to move out of that building you've called home these last eight months. Moving shouldn't be too hard to handle, right? Well you might be surprised to learn that things will be a bit different this time around.
Here are some things to consider along with tips to ensure that you have the smoothest move-out possible:
- You should be receiving your final exam schedule well before the actual start of exams, which will provide you with plenty of time to plan out your move.
For those who require wings instead of wheels to get home (I'm talking to you, out-of-province and international students), you'll want to wait until your FINAL exam schedule has come out before booking any flights home, because you will need to coordinate your flight with your last examination.
- You will be expected to move out within twenty-four hours of your last exam, so that biology final that you and half of the building have on the same day will make for a hectic set of move-outs. If for some reason you need more than a day to move out of residence, you will need to fill out an extended stay request form. These forms should only be filled out if there are extenuating circumstances keeping you here longer than you should be (i.e. an exam date changed after the finalized schedule was posted), and will not be accommodated for those looking to get to the start of their lease on May 1st.
- Do NOT leave packing until the last minute! Remember how much preparation it took to get everything ready to move in? Plan with that in mind, because chances are that you've accumulated some books and purple merchandise that'll take up more space than you initially had when coming to residence.
- It's always a good idea to move your things out of your room in stages, to ensure that you're not stuck hauling everything the day of your move. A great time to start this is during the Easter weekend, where you can take back some of the bulkier items while leaving the essentials in your room.
- Unfortunately, your sophs are going to be busy studying for their exams, so they will not be coordinating this move-out (even though they'd like nothing more than to help out!). This means that you will be responsible clearing out your room and loading up your vehicle.
- Move-outs are a busy time, with the bulk of a building's students usually having their last exams at the same time. The twenty-four hour rule comes into play when this becomes an issue: If it's going to be too busy following your last exam, try waiting until later that evening or the next morning to move out; It'll be smooth sailing in comparison.
- Once your room (or your side of the room if you are not in a single room) has been cleared out, be sure to check in with the front desk before leaving. A staff member will assess any damages that were not addressed upon move-ins (if there are any) and then give you the green light to go ahead. Keep in mind that the last roommate moving out is responsible for all garbage left in the room/suite.
- Following your room inspection, you will be asked to check in with the front desk staff regarding any outstanding floor damages or personal damages, so be sure to remember to stop by. And that's all she wrote, folks. It's hard to believe that just eight months ago, you were taking your first steps into residence and starting your life here at Western. Although your time as a first year student has come to an end, your university career has just begun, so enjoy every second of it.