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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

End of Spring Semester

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/current/spring/end_of_spring_semester.html

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We hope you have found living in the residence communities a rewarding, convenient, and enjoyable experience!  Whether you are leaving your room at the end of this semester or staying for the summer, every student needs to make an appointment to check out of their room with a Residential Life Staff Member.  The following information is designed to help make your check-out process as easy as possible.


Closing

The residence communities close at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6.  Check-out must be completed by 7 p.m. May 6, or earlier, if your finals end earlier in the week. Failure to check-out of your room by this deadline will result in a $50 improper checkout fee.


Meals 

The last meal served will be lunch on Friday, May 6.  Carkoski Dining Hall closes at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6.


Your Cleaning Responsibilities

Start cleaning your living unit (room, suite, apartment) early!  Begin to take things home now if you are able.

Residents of Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears and Preska:
  • Participate in Spring Cleaning Days, Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21.
  • Make an appointment by Friday, April 29, with your CA to check out of your room during finals week.
  • Your CA will check your room for damages above normal wear and tear and collect your room key at check-out.
  • It is helpful if your roommate can be present during check-out, especially if there is damage in the room so responsibility can be determined.
  • Your room should be clean and empty of all of your belongings at the time of your check-out appointment.  If your room or suite bathroom requires cleaning, you will be assessed labor costs.
  • If you do not properly check out of your room by 7 p.m. on May 6, you will be charged an improper check-out fee of $50 (in addition to any cleaning and/or damage charges you may owe).
Residents of Stadium Heights:
  • Single Rooms: When you leave, mattress covers should remain on your bed.
  • Make an appointment by Friday, April 29, with your CA to check out of your room during finals week.
  • Your CA will check your room for damages above normal wear and tear and collect your apartment, room and mail keys.
  • It is helpful if your roommate(s) can be present during check-out, or arrangements should be made with your roommate(s) in advance to help determine responsibility for any damages in common spaces of your living unit.
  • Your room should be clean and empty of all your belongings at the time of your check-out appointment.  If your room or public spaces in your apartment require cleaning, you will be assessed labor costs.
  • If you do not properly check out of your living unit by 7 p.m. on May 6, you will be charged an improper check-out fee of $50 (in addition to any cleaning and/or damage charges you may owe).

Where will My Mail Be Forwarded?

Residents of Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears and Preska:

Your mail will be forwarded to the address listed with the University as your permanent address. Make sure your permanent address is the address to which your mail should be forwarded.  Please follow the instructions below if you need to change your permanent address to reflect your forwarding address.

  • The United States Postal Service will not accept change-of-address cards from students living in Crawford, McElroy, Julia Sears or Preska Residence Communities.
  • You must notify businesses and individuals directly of your address change.
  • Periodicals are only forwarded for 60 days.
  • Priority and first-class mail is forwarded for only 365 days.
  • Residents living on-campus for summer session will have their mail forwarded to their on-campus summer address.

Need to change your permanent address?

1. Log in to E-services, and
2. Choose "Address Info" under Account Management.  Be sure to edit your PERMANENT ADDRESS.

Residents of Stadium Heights:

Mail and packages are delivered to Stadium Heights residents by the United States Postal Service.  Forwarding address cards are available at any postal office or online at www.usps.com.  Mail is forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service to the address you provide to the U.S. Postal Service.  Mail is not retained or forwarded by the Department of Residential Life. 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Where should I put my trash?    
    • A: Take all trash, discarded furniture, electronics, carpeting, etc. to the dumpster located outside your building.  Do not put any items in the trash room, floor lounge, or hallway.  Do not sweep any trash, dust, or dirt into the hallway.  You will be charged for leaving trash in your living unit.  Do not throw items out the window.
       
  • Q: Are there cleaning supplies available? 
    • A: Yes! Cleaning supplies can be checked out at each community Front Desk, each Stadium Heights CA Apartment or the Stadium Heights Office.  Bring a photo ID.
       
  • Q: What room furnishings stay in my room?
    • A: All furniture in your room at check-in should be there when you check out.  You will be assessed a labor charge for failure to remove personal belongings (trash included) from your living unit.
       
  • Q: Where should I park when I am moving my belongings out?
    • A: Do not park or drive on the grass when moving out.  Parking is permitted in designated spaces only.
       
  • Q: How can I return borrowed dining room items?
    • A: Please return any food service items (dishes, glasses, silverware, etc.) to the Carkoski Dining Hall.  No questions will be asked.
       
  • Q: Where do I bring my To-Go Container(s) to get my $5 deposit refunded?
    • A: To-Go Containers must be returned to receive your refund.  You can return your To-Go Container(s) and use your refund immediately at the following locations:

      * Carkoski Dining Hall by 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 6.

      * Chet’s Place in Carkoski Commons by 4 p.m. Friday, May 6 only.

      * 1872 Grill in Julia Sears by 4 p.m. Friday, May 6 only.

  • Q: What happens to my unused Flex Dollars?  
    • A: Be sure to spend your Flex Dollars before you leave at the end of the semester.  Unused Flex Dollars DO NOT carry over to next year!

Prevent Theft During Check-Out

There is more opportunity than usual for theft during the week the residence communities are closing.  Protect yourself from theft by always keeping your room door secure and by not leaving your belongings unattended in the hallway.


Dumpster Diversion Program

The Dumpster Diversion Program collects useful items you would otherwise throw away and diverts them to area thrift stores so they can be used by others.  This popular program is a joint venture of Residential Life and several non-profits including MVAC Again Thrift & More Store.

You can do your part by bringing your unwanted items during these times:

  • Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dumpster Diversion stations will be set up in the following areas: 

  • In between Carkoski Commons and McElroy Residence Community
  • Julia Sears

Parking

We understand that not all parking lots are located in close proximity to each residence community. During finals week (Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6) we will offer short-term parking at the following locations for students and families who want their vehicle closer when moving items out of the residence communities.You will need to know your license plate number when aquiring a short-term parking permit, so please bring that with you.

Julia Sears

Between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. students of Julia Sears may request a 45-minute parking permit to park along the curb in front of Julia Sears. Short-term parking permits may be obtained at the Julia Sears Front Desk.

Crawford

Between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. students of Crawford may request a 45-minute parking permit to park in designated stalls in Lot 14A (north of Carkoski Commons). Short-term parking permits may be obtained at the Crawford Front Desk.

Preska

Between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. students of Preska may request a 45-minute parking permit to park curbside on Ellis Avenue. Short-term parking permits may be obtained at the Preska Front Desk.

If You Choose to Stay on Campus for the Summer

See our Summer Housing web page.