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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:

  1. Find Out Your Move-Out Date
    You are required to move out within 24 hours after your final exam, test or class, or by noon on May 1 (whichever is earlier). Unless you've received approval for an extended stay, you will be charged $100/day for staying after your designated move-out date.
  2. Plan Your Travel Arrangements
    Now that you know when you're moving, it's time to plan how! If you have someone picking you up, remind them that unattended vehicles in parking circles (fire routes) will be ticketed, but parking lots behind Elgin Hall, Althouse College, TD Waterhouse Stadium, and Springett are coin entry. If you're flying home, check out the USC airport shuttle service and book before spots fill up.
  3. Book Your Accommodations
    Not leaving London right away? Western Summer Accommodations offers affordable short- and long-term stays in Ontario and London Hall. Email to arrange a stay that works with your move-out date. If you have family or friends visiting over the summer, accommodations are open to the public from May 10 to August 18, 2018. Also, if you haven't secured a place for September, we're still taking applications for Upper-Year housing! Apply to live here in your upper years for the 2018-19 academic year before April 13, 2018, and you'll be automatically entered to win a 13-inch MacBook Pro®, or one of our other amazing prizes.
  4. Cancel Cable and Set Up Mail Forwarding
    Now is a good time to call ahead to cancel any services you have set up such as cable, and redirect mail to a summer address. Residences officially close at noon on May 1, 2018, so any mail that arrives for you will not be held and will be returned to the sender.
  5. Clean Up and Pay Your Community Damages
    Ensure your room/suite is clean, all garbage has been removed and furniture has been returned to its original location. All community floor damages are payable either during the exam period, or at the time of check-out at the front desk by debit or credit. All occupants in a double room or suite will be equally responsible for the clean-up and furniture relocation costs. Room damages will be assessed after you move out, and will be reflected on your account which you can access via the myHousing portal.
  6. Pack Up Your Room
    While many Sophs were available to assist with move-in, they are also students writing exams and are unable to assist with the move-out process. You will need to move your own belongings, and a limited number of shopping carts will be available at your front desk to help with your move. If you have non-perishable food or clothing/décor items in good condition (with the exception of mattress toppers), they can be donated to the Food Bank boxes and Goodwill bins in the lobby.
  7. Check Out at the Front Desk
    Once you are ready to check out, ensure your room and suite doors are locked and visit the front desk. We will collect your mailbox and room keys, as well as your laundry card should you choose to not use it next year. If you are planning on checking out between midnight and 8:00am, please see your front desk for details beforehand or visit your closest 24-hour front desk when you are ready.
  8. Stay in Touch
    What a year it has been, and we hope it has been a memorable one for you. Stay in touch with us by following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tag us in your favourite residence moments as well as your summer adventures for a chance to be featured on our pages! We'll miss you.

Graduate Teaching Assistants Negotiations Update

How might a labour disruption affect my move-out, with regard to the ongoing negotiation between the University and the Graduate Teaching Assistants (represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 610)?

In the event of a labour disruption, Western University will remain open and all residence/housing and dining services will continue as usual. You'll follow the same steps above for your move-out process.

If you have arranged with family and friends to come and pick you up at residence, please remind them to prepare for extra travel time to enter and get around Main Campus. Parking lots will operate as usual.

If a strike were to take place, picketers would likely position themselves at entrances to the University. When passing through picket lines, you and your family members should be courteous if delayed or questioned by picketers; avoid arguments and confrontations. If challenged, politely express your intention to exercise your legal right to enter campus.

Should any safety concerns arise, contact Campus Community Police Services at 519-661-3300 immediately.

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