Please follow these instructions to properly check out of your room and avoid an improper check-out and a lock change charge.

For students in all non-Greek housing:

  1. Express Check Out envelopes should be available outside your hall office.
  2. After you have removed all belongings, please place your key in the Express Check-Out envelope and note your name, room, and the date on the envelope.
  3. Slide the Express Check-Out envelope (with your key in it) under your hall office door.

For students in Greek housing:

  1. Notify your House Manager of your check out.
  2. Remove all of your belongings from your room.
  3. Turn your key in, to your House Manager.

The following is always in effect: 

  • Parking Services will continue to enforce all Fire Lanes and Handicap spaces. It is never acceptable for drivers to park in these areas to move out for any length of time.
  • Meters will also be enforced. Students moving out may park at meters only if they intend to pay the meter for the entire time they will be parked.
  • Vehicles should never block other vehicles for any length of time. Such vehicles may be issued parking citations.
  • Any and all parking-related questions or concerns should be directed to Parking Services


If you have any questions about the move-out process, please call the Office of Residence Life at 540-568-4663. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Check Out & Move Out Information & FAQs

Wood and/or cinder blocks must be removed from your room. Any building materials not being kept should be placed next to your hall dumpster (not inside it).

Yes! To keep useful items out of the landfill, you can donate them! Donation areas will be set up in each hall at the end of the academic year - if you are moving out of your room at another time of the year, we still encourage you to donate your items to other locations!

Acceptable Items to Donate

  • Unbroken furniture
  • Clean clothing
  • School supplies
  • Unopened personal hygiene products
  • Functional appliances
  • Functional electronic equipment
  • Books (no textbooks) and games
  • Bikes (remove from bike racks and leave in TV lounge)

Fact: JMU students sent 57 tons of trash to the landfill during check out in 2019

Please enter your forwarding address into your MyMadison account.  JMU will forward your mail to that address.

If students accidently forget to turn in their key, please mail it back to the Office of Residence Life. Please place it in an envelope and ensure it is well secured (i.e., taped to piece of cardboard, index card or wrapped up as well to prevent the key from falling out during mail transit).

Return Address:

James Madison University
200 Huffman Service Drive
MSC 2401 Bus-Ops
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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