Move Out

Summer Move Out 2024: August 17, 2024

If you are moving out, please refer to the information on this page. Utilize the cleaning guides we have created for each building. Make sure to clean your (shared) space, return your key and move out on time to avoid the charges. The Move out instructions apply to all residents living in both the Burnaby and Vancouver residences. 

Moving Out with Hannh (vlog)

Follow Hannah as she takes you through her move out process, tips for moving out and more. 

Summer 2024 MOVE OUT


Date: August 17, 2024

Time: By 12:00 p.m. Noon (late fees will apply)


Date: Last day of the month

Time: 12:00 p.m. Noon (late fees will apply)

Five steps to a successful move out

Update your mailing address

Update your goSFU and correspondents with your new mailing address.
SFU Residence and Housing will not accept mail if you are no longer a resident and will return all mail to sender.

Please Note: Chang Centre and Family Housing Residents can forward their mail via Canada Post.


Report any maintenance issues

Avoid the charges: make sure you fill out the form a few weeks before moving out. Room inspections happen right after move out.

Any maintenance issues with your unit/room must be reported to our Residence Facilities team via a maintenance request through MyPlace@SFU

Clean your (shared) space

Clean your (shared) space to avoid the cleaning charges.

Everyone's responsibility is to clean their shared spaces including Bathroom, Kitchen, Fridge, Stove and Living Room.

Our maintenance staff will take photographs of any rooms that are left unclean, untidy, or damaged. Refer to the room condition/inventory form you completed when you moved in. Any damage or items needing repair will have been reported on this form and this will be the standard used to assess whether your room is left in the same condition it was received.

Downloadable cleaning checklists:

Remove all garbage + recycle

Clean your (shared) space to avoid the cleaning charges.

Ensure your room and shared space (if living in Townhouses and SFU Residence at the Chang Centre) is free and clear of garbage. Anything left behind could result in a charge to you.

Download the garbage map: Garbage Map (PDF)

Return your key on time

Return your key BEFORE NOON to avoid the late fees or lock change charges.

Please LOCK YOUR DOOR, then drop off your keys with our team at the Front Desk in the main office or through the mail slot.  

If you are remaining in the same room for the next term, you should not return your key.

Burnaby: Return your key to SFU Residence and Housing office.
Vancouver: Return your key to the drop box located beside the mail boxes in the lobby. 

Borrow a cart and Return within an hour

Burnaby Campus: Carts are available to borrow from the Front Desk in the main office on a first-come, first-served basis.


Late returns will incur a fee of $50 per hour, up to a maximum of $350.

Vancouver Campus: Carts are not available at this location.

Off Campus Storage

Residence and Housing does not provide any on campus or off campus storage to residents who are moving in, moving out, or staying in between terms. Each student is responsible for researching and finding adequate off campus storage that is suitable for your needs.

Additional things to know

  • Upon moving out, there will be no storage available
  • Burnaby Residents: No parking on campus roads

Avoiding charges

To avoid the charges return your key and clean your (shared) space prior to move out.

Type Charge
Lost key/lock change charge
$25 - $400  
Lost fob/not returned $20
Cleaning and damage   $140 average (where assessed)
Improper check-out/overstay  $80/day
Moving cart late return charge

Overdue rental charge $50 per hour (or each portion of an hour) to a max of $350
All charges can be found on Charges PDF