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Closing Dates + Times


Summer/ End of Spring Semester 

Residence Halls and Greek Court close at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022. 

University Court Apartments Contract ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022. 

University Apartments Contract ends on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

The Dining Centers will be consolidated to Thomas Dining on Friday, May 6, 2022. Thomas Dining will close at 6 p.m.

All Residence Hall and Greek Court students must schedule a checkout date and time with a housing staff member (Resident Assistant or Senior Staff Assistant). Failure to check out properly results in a $100 improper check-out charge and a potential $60 lock re-core charge. 

Residents of University Court Apartments should view this link (coming soon) for specific closing instructions. Residents of University Apartments should refer to their copy of the contract for Summer/End of Spring Semester closing information.

After I have scheduled my checkout, what are the move-out steps?

You should plan to complete all these steps prior to your scheduled check-out time.

Step 1:  Pack your belongings and clear everything out of your room. Everything must be taken with you or put in the dumpster.

Your Belongings:

  • All items must be removed from your room – you must take everything with you or put things in the trash. There will be donation stations available for the Haiti Connection and the Newman Catholic Center.
  • You will need to provide your own plastic bins or boxes for transporting your belongings.
  • You should bag and remove all trash to the appropriate outside containers. A limited number of additional trash bags may be available in the lobby.
  • On-campus storage is not available. If you cannot take your items home, you must secure your own off-campus storage.

Step 2: Return your room furniture to the bunk configuration and the room arrangement according to the instructions in the room layouts below.   

Step 3: Clean your room. Wipe down desk/dressers/all furniture and vacuum carpets. Remove sticky tack, tape, etc. off walls.

Step 4: Find your staff member at your scheduled check-out time. Your staff member will come to your room to view it and confirm you’ve moved everything out. You will turn in your keys to your RA at this time. Billing for any cleaning or damage charges will be put on your Student Account.

Additional Information 

Microfridge Return: If you rented a microfridge through Campus Fridges, please leave your microfridge in your room for pick up after closing. You should follow the cleaning instructions at Fridges - Checkout Instructions.pdf.

Mail Forwarding: We will forward all 1st class mail and packages to the permanent address that students have on file with the University.  If students need to update their permanent address, students can send the information to from their Panthermail account, or contact the Registrar's Office for additional instructions at 217-581-3511.

Textbook RentalFor the most updated information about textbook returns please visit the Textbook Rental website here.

Need to stay past closing dates?

If you need to stay beyond May 6 you must fill out a request form available at One of the following conditions must apply to you in order to make this request:

  1. You are graduating
  2. You are participating in graduation in the band or as a graduation marshal
  3. You are a Summer Staff Member (Conference Assistant, RA, Orientation Leader, or Dining Service Student Supervisor)
  4. Your sibling is graduating

Please contact Matt Boyer at 217-581-7482 for additional information.

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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