Where has the time gone?
It seems like just yesterday when you helped move your son/daughter into residence and wondered how all of his/her “stuff” was going to fit.
Well, as the school year ends and students clean out their residence rooms, they typically find that they have more “stuff” than they are able to take home. Encourage your son/daughter to pack‐up ahead of time and even bring loads home early whenever possible.
To help students plan for a successful move‐out, all residence students will be sent an e‐card outlining important dates and move‐out procedures in late March. This information is intended to make sure that a student’s final days in residence are spent studying for exams rather than packing or cleaning their rooms.
We have also created a brief move‐out information guide for parents (below) with answers to frequently asked questions about how you can help your student move out of residence.
Please read the following move‐out information carefully. These time-saving tips will help make the final move‐out smooth and stress‐free for you and your son/daughter.
If you have any questions or concerns about the move‐out process, please contact us at 905‐525‐9140, Ext.24223 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are glad that you have been part of McMaster’s extended residence community, and we hope that your son’s/daughter’s residence life experience has been a memorable one.
See you at move‐out!
- McMaster Housing & Conference Services
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I expect during move‐out?
Because the majority of students are moving out between April 23 and April 29, there will be lots of traffic in and around the residence buildings, elevators, and parking lots.
Arrive early and follow the instructions of the Move‐Out Parking Assistants (students who will be wearing orange safety vests) to avoid traffic congestion on the roads and on campus.
Peak move‐out times and heavier traffic congestion on campus are during late afternoon/early evening, Monday to Friday. You may want to plan with your son/daughter to avoid these times during move‐out.
Move‐Out Parking Assistants will be on duty from 10 am to 5 pm daily between Friday, April 23 and Thursday, April 29. Please follow their directions and all move‐out signs posted. Much planning goes into ensuring that the move‐out operation flows smoothly; please help us in this task by following the guidance of the assistants.
When is my son/daughter required to move‐out of residence?
Students are required to vacate their residence by 5:00 pm on the day following their last exam. This is done out of consideration for students who are still studying for exams as well as to assist with security in the building.
There is a $50 fine for every day that a student stays in residence past his/her designated move‐out date and time.
Please note: a student is only considered officially 'moved out' when they have returned both their access card and room keys back to the service centre (Commons Building or Mary E. Keyes Residence). If students realize they have failed to do so, they need to contact the University ASAP at 905‐525‐9140 x 24223.
Will the move‐out process be the same as the move‐in process?
The assistance you received during move‐in from our enthusiastic upper‐year students will NOT be available during move‐out, as these students will also be writing exams. Please plan accordingly for any help you think you will need with the move‐out process.
The flow of traffic may also be different. Please pay attention to move‐out signage and direction from the Move‐Out Parking Assistants.
Do I need to bring anything to help with move‐out?
Feel free to bring along any move‐out aids and equipment to help with your son/daughter’s departure from residence (i.e. dollies, trolleys, extra boxes, etc). If possible, we recommended that you bring a small vacuum and cleaning/dusting supplies to ensure your son/daughter has the tools they need to leave the space in an acceptable state before departure.
Where can I park at move‐out?
From now until April 22nd, parking will be as per usual. The following lots can accommodate visitor parking: B, C, D, E, G, H, I, M, P, and Underground Parking (see parking map for locations).
West Quad – Between 10 am to 5 pm daily between April 23rd and April 29th, please follow the direction of the Move‐Out Parking Assistants. You will be given a time stamped parking pass to put on your dashboard that will allow you to park for one (1) hour in a designated move‐out parking zone.
North Quad – A move‐out parking voucher is available free of charge from the Service Centre in the Commons Building when your son/daughter returns their keys at move‐out. Please ask for this voucher, as it will entitle you to one (1) hour of free parking in any of the following parking lots: B, C, D, E, G, H, or Underground Parking (see parking map for locations).
Parking Lot Instructions:
Push the button for an entry ticket, park, move‐out, sign‐in your keys and ask for your voucher from the Service Centre in the Commons Building. (Please note: In order to exit the lot, you will need to put in your entry ticket AND your voucher ticket.) Between 10 am to 5 pm daily between April 23rd and April 29th please follow the direction of the Move‐Out Parking Assistants, as they will direct you to your designated parking lots.