Residence Move Out April 2017

Move-out begins on April 9 – April 28 at 3 pm. The majority of students are vacating residence at 3 pm on April 27 – 28. Any student seeking an extension should be directed to Residence Admissions in Commons 101.


Message for Parents from Housing and Conference Services

Dear parents: Where has the time gone?!

It seems like just yesterday when you helped move your students’ into residence and wondered how all of their “stuff” was going to fit!

As the school year is coming to an end and students clean out their residence rooms, they typically find that they have more “stuff” than they are able to take home. Please encourage your student to pack ahead of time and bring loads home early wherever possible.

To help students plan for a successful move out this month, all residents were sent an e-card outlining important dates and move-out procedures in late March. This information is intended to ensure that a student’s final days in residence are spent studying for exams rather than packing or cleaning their rooms.

Please read the following information carefully. These time saving tips will help make the final move out smooth and stress-free for you and your student. If you have any questions or concerns about the move-out process, please call 905-525-9140 ext 24223 or email housing@mcmaster.ca.

We are glad that you have been part of McMaster’s extended residence community and we hope that your students’ residence life experience has been a memorable one.

Got Stuff?

We will be collecting donations of new or lightly used school supplies and new toiletries in donation boxes located in the lobby of the Commons Building and the lobby of Mary E. Keyes Residence Building on behalf of Humanity First.

What to expect during move out:

As the majority of students are moving out between April 9 and 28, 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. The peak move out time tends to be during late afternoon/early evening, Monday to Friday. You may want to plan ahead with your students to avoid these times during move out.

North Quad Students:

( Brandon, Hedden, Edwards, Les Prince, McKay, Whidden and Woodstock)

– Key Return:
Service Centre located in the lobby of the Commons Building

Parking Info April 7-22 & 24th

  • Regular parking applies. The following lots accommodate visitor parking: B, C, D, E, H, I, M, P and underground parking at the Stadium or Wilson Building.
  • Students will be able to ask for an exit parking voucher at the Service Desk when returning their residence keys.

Parking info April 22, 23, 25-28

  • You will be directed by a move-out parking attendant to park at a gated lot.
  • Students will be able to ask for an exit parking voucher at the Service Desk when returning their residence keys.

NOTE: Due to the Peter George LLC Building Construction: cars will not be permitted to pull up in front of residence buildings and park (exceptions will be made for those with accessibility needs). Students will need to move their belongings from their residence room to the “holding area” before a vehicle is permitted to pull in front of the residence building to load up their belongings.


West Quad Students:

(Bates, Mary E. Keyes, Matthews, Moulton & Wallingford)

– Key Return:
Service Centre located in the lobby of Mary E. Keyes

Parking info April 7-22 &24th

  • Regular parking applies. The following lots accommodate visitor parking: B, C, D, E, H, I, M, P and underground parking at the Stadium or Wilson Building.
  • Important: Parking is not permitted in the Keyes circle due to fire regulations!
  • If you park at a lot – Your student will be able to ask for an exit parking voucher at the Service Desk when returning their residence keys.

Parking info April 22, 23, 25-28

  • You will be given a time-stamped parking pass for your car dashboard to allow for one hour parking in a designated move-out parking zone. Long-term parking is located in Lots I, M, and P.

**Shopping carts may not be available for use. If you would like to use a cart or dolly you will be responsible to bring your own and keep track of your belongings.

When is your student required to move out of residence?

Students are required to vacate their residence by 3 p.m. the day following their last exam. This is done to assist security in the building and out of consideration for students who are still studying for exams.

There is a minimum $50 fine for every day that a student stays in residence past his or 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 to the service centre (located in the lobbies of Commons Building or Mary E. Keyes Residence). If students realize they have failed to do so, they need to contact the service desk ASAP at 905-525-9140 ext. 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.