Closing and Move-Out Information

The Office of Student Living and Learning facilitates move-out for the three academic semesters: fall, spring and summer.  Students will receive detailed information regarding check-in via their Rensselaer email account prior to moving out.

Fall Semester (Winter Recess) Closing

All residential facilities will close at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. After this time, card access for residence halls/apartments will be deactivated and students will no longer have building access. Anyone who does not vacate on time may be subject to a fine of $150.00. Students who have Spring Assignments who are planning on staying on campus for Winter Recess will need to fill out the Winter Recess Housing Application by 11:59pm on Friday, December 9, 2022.  

Take home what you need:

Remember that the residence halls will be locked from December 21, 2022 at 12:00pm noon – January 8, 2023 at 9:00am. Students should take home any belongings they may want or need during the break. The halls are secured for protection and safety. Entry will be arranged only in case of emergency. Retrieval of books, ski equipment, etc. does not qualify as an emergency. Rule of thumb: if in doubt, take it home with you

Parking for Winter Recess:

If you are leaving your car on campus over the break, please follow the below instructions:

The College Avenue parking garage will be made available starting at 5pm on Friday, December 16 for registered campus parking permit holders to store their vehicle for the break. Vehicles must be parked on the 4th floor of the garage with permits displayed from the rear-view mirror. Vehicles stored for winter break must be removed from the garage no later than noon on January 9, 2023. Any temporary vehicles in the garage after that date and time, or vehicles during the break without a valid permit, will be removed by Kennedy’s Towing (518) 272-3881. 

No vehicles may be left in any other parking lot on campus or they will be subject to fines, loss of parking privileges, and/or towing.

Before you leave your room

  • Close and Lock all Windows!
  • Clean your rooms– Please clean your room and pick up items off the floor.
  • Ground floor residents—close blinds/curtains.
  • Upper floor residents—leave blinds/curtain open.
  • Personal refrigerators should be emptied, unplugged and propped open. Refrigerators provided by the institute (i.e. in apartment kitchens) do not need to be unplugged.  Personal refrigerators that are not unplugged will be unplugged by staff and any perishable items will be disposed of.
  • Dispose of or take home all perishable foods and all trash.
  • Unplug all items from electrical outlets.  Any items left plugged in may be unplugged by staff during closing.
  • Do NOT turn off the heat! Staff from our Physical Plant will be entering each vacant room/apartment and adjusting the heat accordingly. This is to ensure that the heat is at an appropriate level to prevent maintenance concerns.
  • Take home all valuables, medications, fish, etc.. Rensselaer is not responsible for stolen or damaged items.
  • Lock your door.
  • Due to the possibility of power outages, you should NOT leave articles which may be adversely affected by temperature changes. Plants, sensitive electronics, etc. are items which you may want to take home or store elsewhere.

If you are not returning to RPI for the spring 2023 semester due to participation in a co-op, off-campus internship, graduation, taking a leave, etc. and currently have a housing assignment for the spring 2023 semester, you are required to fill out the housing cancellation form online.

We ask that all students check-out 24 hours after your last final or no later than 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, December 21, 2022; whichever comes first. Your check-out will be completed after you have removed all of your belongings and when you return your keys to the Office of Student Living and Learning located below Commons Dining Hall.  After hours, keys may be returned to the drop boxes in the Student Living and Learning vestibule.  Your room will be assessed for damages upon closing of the residence halls. Failure to comply will result in a $150 improper check-out charge.

Please change your address in the Student Information System (SIS) to receive mail at your new address. The Student Mail Center can be reached at (518) 276-2707 with questions regarding mail services.


Students going away for the Spring Semester and Returning to Rensselaer in the Fall can elect to store their belongings off-campus.  Dorm Room Movers offers study abroad storage that students participating in their Arch Semester Away or Study abroad may be interested in.

Students interested in applying for Winter Recess Housing should check out this pageStudents approved for Winter Recess housing will receive emails to their RPI email account with further instructions on what they will need to do to move from Fall Housing to Winter Recess Housing.

Spring Semester Closing

Current residential students will be asked to fully vacate their Spring room assignment 24 hours after their last final and no later than noon on May 7, 2022.  Check-out information will be posted here when available.

Students participating in commencement will be able to remain on campus until 6:00pm on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  Students remaining on campus may be relocated to temporary assignments between May 7 and May 21 depending on the needs of the institution.



Students returning to Rensselaer in the Fall can elect to store their belongings off-campus.  Please check out our storage page.

Spring to Summer Transition

Current residential students will be asked to fully vacate their Spring room assignment 24 hours after their last final and no later than noon on May 7, 2022. Students will not be able to move into their summer residence hall until Summer Move in Day (May 22, 2022).  Check-out information will be posted here when available.

Recess Housing

Limited recess housing may be available for students who cannot travel during this recess period.  Students will be relocated to a temporary room during the recess period and will be charged $1050.00.  Residential Dining Facilities will be unavailable during this time.

Storage during the Spring to Summer Transition

Students will be unable to store belongings in the residence halls during this period.  Any items left behind may be discarded.  

We have coordinated a special with Dorm Room Movers to offer a storage solution for any student who may need to store items during the semester recess period.

Dorm Room Movers is offering a special 30% off per item storage discount for students who will only need storage for the 2 week recess period. Students taking advantage of this option should use the code RPI2022 before processing your registration payment. In addition, any student who uses short term storage will receive an email after delivery is completed with a $50 credit to go towards your second service.   We will be sending additional information regarding this storage option in the coming weeks. If you have questions regarding this option we recommend reaching out to Dorm Room Movers directly by either, text (856) 369-3676 or call (480) 418-4855.

Please note: Due to the timing of deliveries for Dorm Room Movers, we recommend if using this option that you avoid storing items that will be essential for the first few days of residence (bedding, toiletries, summer academic materials, etc.).

Summer Term Closing

Please check back later for up to date move-out information.

Please check back later for up to date move-out information.

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