The 2020 end-of-year move-out schedule provides students with the time they need to remove their personal belongings in a manner that respects health and safety protocols for students, families, and staff.

All move-out instructions apply only to students who are authorized to return to campus. Students have been provided with specific details on the move-out process and the options we can provide to them. To verify the move-out options available to you, please refer to your MyHousing page.


1. Before Returning to Campus:

All students authorized to return to campus to complete their move-out are expected to adhere to the criteria and guidelines below.

Criteria for Returning to Campus: 

  • Please be aware of the Vermont Travel and Lodging COVID-19 Orders that do not allow anyone traveling to the State of Vermont to stay overnight. Refer to Amendment 7 of the Governor’s executive order for more information about how this may affect you.
  • Students, their guest, and the households of both should not currently, or within 24 hours, have experienced any of the following symptoms: a fever above 100.4° F, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, or a new loss of taste or smell;
  • Students and their guest living outside of Vermont must have self-quarantined and practiced social isolation strategies for at least two weeks prior to the move-out date;
  • No one in a student or guest household has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Even if non-symptomatic, no student or guest is allowed on campus if they have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to coming to campus.

COVID-19 Move-Out Guidelines:

  • Students may be accompanied by one other person in a room to assist them;
  • Students and guest must practice social distancing protocols (keeping six feet apart, frequent handwashing and mandatory wearing of cloth face mask);
  • Students will have up to three hours upon their arrival to pack up belongings and leave campus.


2. During Move-out:

While on campus, adhere to the instructions below for a COVID-19-compliant move-out process.

Operations During Move-Out

  • Checkout envelopes will be taped on your door in advance for your convenience;
  • Trash bags and recycling bags will be available on your floor;
  • Residence hall complex main desks will be staffed during move-out. Be sure to completely fill out your express checkout envelope before dropping it off at your main desk;
  • All trash should be taken to the dumpsters outside of your residence hall. Trash rooms within our residential halls/complexes will not be open during move-out.

Additional Safety and Precautions

  • Custodial staff will wipe down high-traffic areas such as doorknobs and elevator buttons;
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at residence hall entrances;
  • All on-campus buildings except residence halls will be closed;
  • Internal doors will be unlocked/propped to minimize touching of doorknobsand make move-out easier. However, exterior doors will remain locked and student IDs will be required to enter buildings;
  • To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, shared equipment such as moving carts, cleaning supplies, and tools will not be available.


3. Checkout:

Spring 2020 Move-out will be an express checkout for all students authorized to return to campus.

Before you leave,  sign the checkout sheet on your door. Be sure to completely fill out your express checkout envelope and return all keys. If you lost your key, write LOST KEY on the envelope. Drop it in the express checkout mailbox at your main desk. The following charges apply for keys not returned: 

  • Room key: $55
  • Exterior building key (Cottages only): $55
  • Bike room key: $25
  • Elevator key: $500





Each year after move-out, our department completes room inspections to assess damage above the scope of standard wear-and-tear. This year we will still complete room inspections, but will not assess charges to any students beyond what is listed below:

  • Improper Checkout: $50
  • Room key: $55
  • Exterior building key (Cottages only): $55
  • Bike room key: $25
  • Elevator key: $500



All students and family members are required to abide by the following steps while on campus: 

  • Anyone entering a residence hall is required to wear a cloth face mask (gloves are strongly recommended).
  • Only two people will be permitted in a room at a time and trips to a vehicle should be limited.
  • Custodial staff will not clean out floors or rooms until they have been vacant for 72 hours.
  • Residential Life maintenance staff and movers will not respond to any routine (non-urgent) Fix-it requests.


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Not returning to campus because you already moved out? You can mail your key back to our office. Please include a note with your name, building, and room number. Mail your key in a padded, insured envelope to:

UVM Residential Life
Attn: Key Return - Robinson Hall
406 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05405


On move-out day, you will not need a parking permit to park in the regular spaces of residential lots. To be considerate of others, you must pull up to your residence hall as space allows, load your vehicle, and move to an alternate space away from the building.

  • Parking officers will be monitoring to ensure emergency equipment has access through these areas.
  • Parking regulations will be enforced as usual in non-residential lots.
  • No campus shuttle service will be available during move-out.


Microfridges rented through the UVM Bookstore and safety rails installed by Residential Life should remain in your room. All other rented items must be removed from your room. 

  • Residential Life is not responsible for returning rental items; please take them with you upon your checkout.


  • Remember to return any books, DVDs, or other materials you’ve borrowed from any of the UVM Libraries.
  • Do not leave materials unattended outside library buildings.
  • Use the Howe Library book drop to return all library books and DVDs, whether they’re from Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, or Silver Special Collections. The book drop is to the left of the library’s main entrance. (No appointment is required.)
  • Return media equipment to Howe Library by appointment. Email to schedule a time.
  • Questions? Email Howe Library Circulation -; call 802-656-2023; or visit UVM Libraries.


During move-out, we usually have barrels to collect donations. Keeping health and safety in mind, this year there will be no donation bins in our halls. Please review these alternative options:

  • Food Donations: Feeding Chittenden (Formerly Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf) - Food donations can be dropped off at 228 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Household Items: Resource – 339 Pine St. in Burlington - Donations are still welcome. Call to make arrangements for contact-free drop-off - 802-846-4015.
  • Clothing Donations: Goodwill Northern New England – 64 Harvest Lane, Williston –  accepting non-contact, self-serve donations.


Remember to take your bike with you when moving out—and don’t forget to return your bike room key if you have one—to avoid a $25 charge!


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  • All USPS mail will be forwarded to the permanent USA address on record for you.
  • Update your local or permanent address at myUVM under Registrar/personal information.
  • UPS and FedEx packages cannot be forwarded and will be returned to the shipper.
  • Summer mail questions? Contact UVM Print and Mail.