Leaving us? We're sad to you see go. Here's what you need to do before you depart.

  • Check your departure day - by logging in at accommodation.york.ac.uk
  • Clean your room and your communal areas
  • Recycle or donate your unwanted items
  • Sign out your keys at your college reception

Will you be loading a vehicle outside or near to your accommodation block when moving out? Don't forget to put a note in your windscreen window to let staff know that's what you're doing, otherwise you may be issued a ticket.

Moving out checklist

To avoid being charged, make sure to complete all of the tasks on our moving out checklist. 

3 - 4 weeks before

  1. Check your departure date at accommodation.york.ac.uk.
  2. Speak to your department if you're planning to leave before the end of Week 10.
  3. Change your address and consider redirecting your mail at royalmail.com/redirection.
  4. Check your subscriptions and cancel any that you will no longer need, such as food delivery subscription boxes.
  5. Put your name and planned departure date on the post in your kitchen.
  6. Begin sorting out all unwanted items and put donatable items in your college's British Heart Foundation bank.
  7. Leaving your bike over summer? You'll need to let us know. Read the instructions on our cycling webpage.

2 - 3 days before 

Clean your bedroom

  • Remove items and adhesives from your noticeboard and clean marks from your walls.
  • Dust and wipe down your surfaces (including skirting boards) and empty your bin.
  • Clean your sink, taps and mirror and make sure that they are streak free.
  • Clean the inside of your window and make sure the glass is streak-free.
  • Empty and wipe your desk, shelves, drawers, wardrobe and other storage.
  • Vacuum your carpet and leave it stain-free.
  • Empty your bin.

Clean your ensuite (if you have one)

  • Clean your walls, toilet and shower/bath. Wipe down your door and sink light.
  • Sweep and wet clean/mop your ensuite floor. Empty your bathroom bin.
  • Clean your sink, mirror and taps and make sure they are streak-free.

Clean you communal areas with your housemates

  • Empty cupboards, surfaces and your fridge-freezer.
  • Clean the floor, cupboards, surfaces, fridge-freezer shelves, oven and microwave.
  • Empty the recycling and waste bins into the external bins.

On the day

  • Close your window, turn off your light and lock your door.
  • Put any final rubbish/recycling in the external bins.
  • Check your mailroom/box.
  • Sign your keys back in with your college receptionist.

Room inspections

We'll let you know if you've accrued any standard charges after a room inspection, and notify you within 28 working days of the end of your contract. We’ll compare the condition of your room to the inventory you completed when you moved in, to make sure we don’t charge you for any previous damage.

What to do with your things

You can’t leave anything in your accommodation when you go, so we recommend that you start to clear out your unwanted items a few weeks before you’re due to leave.

Recycling and waste

During the departure period please plan ahead and make the most of the reuse and recycling facilities to reduce waste generated during departure.

Summer storage

If you’re in 38, 40 or 44-week let room, your accommodation doesn’t include the summer vacation. 

With YUSU's summer storage, you can store your belongings until your next room or house is ready to move into.

Simply pay per box with Kit Keeper, and use the student discount code 'YUSU' to receive 10% off.

Find out more at the YUSU reception or on the YUSU website.

Further accommodation

Summer accommodation

If you’re in a 38, 40 or 44-week let room, your accommodation doesn’t include the summer vacation. 

You may want to take advantage of our summer accommodation until your next room or house is ready to move into. You can also book on-campus accommodation for your graduation. Rooms are subject to availability.


Accommodation for next year

If you haven’t organised accommodation for next year there are a few options to consider: