Residence Life and Housing

So You Wanna Get Your Deposit Back?

You're busted - your suite is a smelly, cluttered, dirty, disorganized mess. Laundry is piled up to the ceiling, you ask yourself was my shower white when I moved in? You have some how collected magazines from before you were born; you find stray socks under your sofa and ask yourself Is this mine? Your floor has turned a mysterious shade of black.

It's the end of the year and you have papers to write, finals to study for, pack up your apartment to move home and friends you want to spend time with, how are you going to do all that and still leave your suite clean and damage fee free?

Ok, here is the plan;

1.Pick a day don't forget to consult your roommates if you are lucky enough to be able to split up the chores.

2.Get prepared supplies you will need:

  • Vacuum (there is one in the office to check out)

  • Broom, Mop and Bucket (yep we have that also in the office)

  • Liquid Disinfectant (like Pine Sol or Mr. Clean)

  • Glass Cleaner (Windex or Glass Plus will work)

  • Scouring Powder (Comet or SoftScrub or Scrubbing Bubbles)

  • Scrubbies (Scotchbrite or 3M)

  • Bleach (Clorox)

  • Sponges and Rags (not your roommates favorite sweater!)

  • Paper Towels

  • Rubber Gloves (especially if this is the first time you have cleaned your toilet)

  • Trash Bags

3.The day arrives, put on some old clothes and put on your favorite CD and take a deep breath and jump in!

4.Start in your bedroom (see room by room Expectations below) and work your way out…next the shower, toilet and vanity area. Ok you are tired and your back hurts don't give up you have your living room to go yet. YOU CAN DO THIS!

5.Take out all the accumulated trash and take a shower in your sparkling yes, white shower! Sit down and take stock of your labors!

Helpful Cleaning Hints:

  • Formica Counter Tops: Soap and water should be good enough to clean most of it, if you have stains use a little baking soda and water, make a paste and apply to the stain; an old tooth brush will work great for this. If the stain persists use a little diluted bleach but be careful, don't let it set for more that 90 seconds rinse with water.

  • Floors: Sweep up all debris, use hot water with your disinfectant (Mr. Clean), dip your mop and go in straight lines, if you are using a rag mop go in a figure eight. For tough stains or scuffs use a plastic scrubbie (please DO NOT use a metal scouring pad).

  • Toilet: Ok this is the most disgusting thing you will need to clean. Put on your rubber gloves, get a rag, bowl brush and some cleaner (yep bleach will work here as well just be careful of spilling on the floor; it will eat away the color in the tiles and take care with the fumes). START to SCRUB!

  • Shower Stall: Spray down with Scrubbing Bubbles or the best way to rid your shower of soap slime is to use a mixture of household bleach ¾ cup and a gallon of water. This mixture will both sanitize and rid your shower of unsightly mold. When using bleach or any other chemical in a small enclose space turn on the vent and keep the door open to keep fresh air moving and take frequent breaks!

Expectations for Cleaning and Damage FREE Apartments or How to Have the Perfect Check Out:

Make an appointment with your RA (make it at least 24 hours in advance), remember they have all the same things to do as you are cleaning, finals, spending time with friends, so don't expect to be able to find them always at your convenience! If you miss your appointment with your RA you will be charged $50.

The following is what is expected when your RA arrives to check you out:


  1. Your furniture should be in the position that you found it when you arrived, your bed must be de-lofted and the lofting kit returned to Residence Life. The charge for not de-lofting your bed is $200. Remember when you are packing to leave the university phone!
  2. Furniture should be dust free and all shelves and drawers empty yep that means no single socks left or crumbs or small bits of paper.
  3. Floor should be swept and mopped.
  4. Walls should be free of all posters, etc.
  5. Wardrobe empty.
  6. Dust off your blinds and take a quick swipe on your windows with the Windex!


  1. Toilet should be clean and sparkly.
  2. The floor should be mopped.
  3. Shelved dusted.
  4. Shower stall should be white and free of soap, scouring grit and what not!
  5. The floor should be mopped.
  6. The shower curtain should be hung and free of mold.

Vanity Area

  1. Sink should be scoured out and chrome should be shiny.
  2. All drawers, medicine cabinet and under the sink should be free of all trash and wiped out.
  3. Mirror should be cleaned and free of tooth paste spittle.
  4. The floor should be mopped.

Living Room

  1. Floor swept and mopped.
  2. Blinds dusted and use that same Windex bottle on your windows!
  3. Furniture should be clean (vacuum the sofa and chair, dust the wood pieces).

Return your suite/room and PO box key to your RA.

Mail can be forwarded to another address for the next thirty days. Keep in mind that only First class will be forwarded, any magazines anything with Presort will be thrown out! So make sure you do a change of address with the actual publishers!Click Hereto fill out the change of address form.

Point out any major damage or cleaning that didn't get cleaned. REMEMBER the RAs do not assess cleaning and damage charges, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will do a final inspection of your suite and room!Just because your RA says you are all set to leave doesn't mean you wont have a charge

Sign your Check Out Form

Have a safe trip home, a great summer and best of luck for next year!

The Menu of Charges

You now know what we expect when you leave your suite and room, should you decide to not clean here are some charges to expect as well as some basic damage charges:


Bedroom Starts at $40
Bathroom Area Starts at $50
Living Room Starts at $50


Wall Damage Starts at $40 per wall for patch and paint
Furniture Damage Starts at $25

Missing or Damaged Beyond Repair Furniture Charges:

Desk $379
Desk Chair $225
Dresser $289
Bookcase $229
Wardrobe $736
Bed $279
Mattress $150
Sofa $450
Chair $350
End table $175

Missing or Damaged Blinds

Starts at $50 for Repair, $75 for replacement