Move Out

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. 

Five steps to a successful move out

Step 1: 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

Step 2: Remove all garbage + recycle

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

Ensure your room and shared space (if living in Townhouses and CCIC) is free and clear of garbage. Anything left behind could result in a charge to you.

Download the garbage map: Garbage Map 

Step 3: 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.

For more information regarding how to clean visit our Cleaning page. 

 Downloadable cleaning checklists:

McTaggart          Towers             Shell House     Townhouses

Hamilton Hall        CCIC Studio      CCIC 2 Bedroom

Step 4: Return your key on time

Return your key to avoid the lock change charges.

Hand in your key and make sure to get a key receipt (or drop key in the after-hours key drop box at the office). 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. 

Step 5: Update your mailing address

Update your 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: CCIC Residents can forward their mail via Canada Post.


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

Type Fee
Lost key/lock change fee $155
Cleaning and damage $125 average