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Moving In and Out

Moving is exciting — and stressful. Knowing that, Saint Louis University tries to make the process of moving to and from campus as easy as possible.

If you’ll be returning to campus housing next year, you can even arrange to leave your packed items in your room at the end of the semester and find them waiting for you next fall in your new room. 

Moving In

With the exception of some student leaders and staff, most students arrive on SLU’s campus during Fall Welcome in August. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we currently are planning  for new first-year students to move in over three days, from Tuesday, August 11 through Thursday, August 13. Returning students will move in beginning August 14. If you are a first-year student, it is very important that you plan to move in during your assigned time block.  

Learn More About the Move-In Process

Find Your Move-In Time

Important Housing Dates and Times

Fall 2020
New Student Move-In
(Freshman and Transfer Students)

August 11-13, 2020, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Students are assigned time blocks for move in based on their room assignment and social distancing best practices. It is important these time blocks are followed to have a safe and smooth move-in. 

Meal plans begin with breakfast on August 11, 2020
Returning Student Move-In
(Upperclass Students)
August 14-16, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Find your move-in time.)

Thanksgiving Break/Winter Break November 25, 2020 (halls close at 8 p.m.) to January 15, 2021 (halls open at 9 a.m.)
All residence halls will close for the 2020 Thanksgiving/Winter break.
Meal plans end with lunch on November 25, 2020
All residence halls close for winter break with the exception of Marguerite Hall, Spring Hall, and the Griesedieck Complex (Griesedieck, Walsh and Clemens). On-campus apartments remain open during this break. Students who do not live in a building that remains open must find an alternate space with friends or family and will not be able to remain in their closed building. 
Spring 2021

International Student Move-In

January 22, 2021, halls open at 9 a.m.

Residence Halls Open January 22, 2021, halls open at 9 a.m. ( Official communication will be coming soon as we are awaiting COVID-19 testing plans in order to return to the halls)
Meal plans begin with dinner on January 22, 2021
Spring Break

March 13, 2021 (halls close at 10 a.m.) to
March 21, 2021 (halls open at 9 a.m.)

All residence halls close for spring break  with the exception of Marguerite Hall, Spring Hall, and the Griesedieck Complex (Griesedieck, Walsh and Clemens). On-campus apartments remain open during this break. 
Semester End

Residence halls and apartments close at 8 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

Students who are graduating or staying with us over the summer in summer housing will be able to remain on campus until 12 p.m. on May 23. 

Summer residents will transition from their spring assignment to their summer assignment on May 23 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

Meal plans end with lunch on May 18, 2021

Access During Breaks

For the 2020-2021 academic year, please note that Grand Hall, Fusz Hall, Reinert Hall and DeMattias Hall all close for Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break. Spring Hall, Marguerite Hall, the Griesedieck Complex (Griesedieck, Walsh and Clemens), and all on-campus apartments will remain open for breaks. 

Students will not be permitted to enter closed buildings during breaks and must make housing arrangements with family or friends during these times. Students will be able to leave their belongings in the room during break periods, but they may not reside in the space.

Moving Out

You are expected to leave your room or apartment in as good or better condition than it was found. Failure to clean your space appropriately will result in charges, as will any damage. All personal effects must be removed, and failure to do so will also result in additional fees. SLU is not responsible for abandoned personal property. 

Checking Out

Meet with your resident adviser before your move, then choose either the regular or express methods of checkout.

Regular checkout: Check out of your room with any resident adviser from your building, using the room or apartment condition inventory form on file.

Express checkout: Place your key in an express checkout envelope and turn it in at your building’s service desk. Your room or apartment condition inventory form will be reviewed after you leave by housing and residence life staff. When using the express checkout option, you implicitly accept that review.


Cleaning the space upon move-out is the responsibility of everyone in the room or suite. To leave your room in the best condition possible, take the following steps:

  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Vacuum and sweep floors. Dust wall trim and baseboards. Use a wet mop on hard surfaces.
  • Remove scuff marks, spots and spills.
  • Clean any dirt, hair, soap film or stains in the sink.
  • Scrub sink, tub and shower with disinfectant.
  • Scrub toilet inside and out.
  • Clean mirrors with glass cleaner.
  • Remove tape, adhesive, stickers, posters and marks from walls.
  • Wash down walls, light socket covers, A/C units and heater vents.
  • Wipe down all shelves, surfaces and drawers, as well as window sills and blinds.
  • Remove all garbage, and clean trash receptacles.
  • Remove all food from refrigerator. Clean the appliance inside and out.
  • Clean stovetop and sink, inside oven, under and around burners.
  • Clean hood fan and vent filter.
Summer Storage

If you’ll be coming back to housing at SLU next year, Hazzard Moving and Storage can remove boxes from your current space, store them for the summer, then deliver the items to your fall room assignment.