It’s That Time of Year Again

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Before some students even know where they’ll live next year or have taken their last “midterm,” in an email sent out tonight, Housing wants you to know your time is almost up. Here are some important dates and times to keep in mind when preparing to move out:

  • 24 hours – This is how much time non-seniors have after their last exam to move out.
  • Saturday, May 15, noon – The last possible check-out time for non-seniors.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 am – Commencement!
  • Wednesday, May 19, 5 pm – The last possible check-out time for seniors.

Moving out is a bittersweet process for everyone: Carmanites will realize they’ll never have it as good, those shafted have just started to become fond of it (really), and seniors will soon be thrown out into the “real world” or something–you know, what college was supposed to be after high school.

So start dusting that room, tidy up, and join Bwog in celebrating (see the counter in the top-left!) that the end is so close yet so far. Housing’s full email after the jump.

Dear Students,

Check-out time is fast approaching! Just a quick reminder that non-Seniors must check out of their rooms within 24 hours of their last final exam, but no later than 12 noon on Saturday, May 15, and Seniors must check out by 5pm on Wednesday, May 19. You may leave earlier if you wish, but please be advised that there are no refunds for early departure.

1)    Be aware of this year’s graduation schedule. There are ceremonies taking place on Friday, May 14, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Check-Out during these times will be possible, but may be much more difficult due to restricted bin use and traffic in some areas. Specifically, bins will not be allowed on the main campus at these times. Throughout the Check-Out process, please be considerate of others and mindful of the events and ceremonies taking place on campus.

2)    Find somewhere to stash your stuff. Storage options are listed on the Housing website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/returning_students/storage.html.

3)    Donate stuff you don’t want anymore! Give + Go Green drop-off locations make it easy. Find out more by visiting http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/begreen/ggg.html.

4)    Make sure you’ve got a ride home.

5)    Clean your room! Remember that the clear plastic bags distributed by Facilities are for trash only, not for personal belongings. You will not be compensated for personal items that are thrown out by Facilities.

6)    Let your RA know when you are leaving.

7)    Bring your signed Check-Out envelope, with any room keys inside of the envelope, to the nearest Express Check-Out Box located at the security guard desk of each building or at the Hartley Hospitality Desk. If you use your Columbia University ID Card as your key, you still need to return a signed, but empty, Check-Out envelope to an Express Check-Out Box to check out properly and avoid Check-Out fees.

Please review the full Check-Out information on the Housing website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/returning_students/checkout/index.html.
You are responsible for all of this information, especially as it pertains to loss/damage charges and late Check-Out fees. Remember that if you do not leave your room and Check-Out by the scheduled time, you will be charged a late Check-Out fee of $100 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour. This INCLUDES a late Check-Out through the Express Check-Out Box.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected], or feel free to stop by the Customer Service Center (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or the Hospitality Desk (24/7), both located in Hartley Hall.

Best of luck with the remainder of the school year!
Housing Services

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  1. ehh

    i stayed like 3 extra days last year, housing doesn't know when your last exam is (i.e. my last exam wasn't on the last day of exam period)

  2. Um...  

    Yeah, do they check that? My plane ticket is for Saturday and I don't really want to pay $100 an hour starting Thursday. If you explain politely do they let you stay?

    • Anonymous  

      They don't check. I stayed like 3 or 4 days after my last final last year, and I know very few people who actually left within 24 hours of their last final.
      I asked my RA about it last year and he said that policy is basically to discourage people from staying at school and being loud/disturbing people who still have finals left, but they definitely don't check.

      • tip

        if someone were to ever try to call you out on it (which would never happen) just pull the old "oh i have to write a paper, take an exam, do a presentation for professor x which isn't listed on the schedule." before they would have time to mobilize the massive bureaucracy to figure out the truth of the matter, you would be long, long gone anyway.

  3. uh

    graduation is the 18th.

  4. Anonymous

    if you have additional questions you can also use socialtopics.com its new but i got some good feedback on questions about ibanking.

  5. Who on earth  

    decided that "Carmanites" will never have it "this good" again? Besides McBain and debatably Wein, nothing sucks more than Carman.

  6. RA  

    You have to tell your RA when your last exam is, but unless your RA is a massive douchebag, she isn't going to care. Just don't cause trouble and it is no big deal.

  7. undercut spookery  

    I REALLY APPRECIATE housing's select use of capitalization.

  8. Anonymous  

    FYI, the check out deadline for Barnard residence halls is *10am* on Saturday, May 15. More information at http://barnard.edu/reslife/move-out.html

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