Dear On-campus Residents,

We want to thank everyone for their continued understanding as we work to balance students' needs and our responsibility to make critical decisions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Your health and safety remain the University's top priority. 

As the current health threat progresses, we will keep this web page updated with any housing updates you need to know. Some important highlights right now are:

  • Ohio is under a stay-at-home order from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through April 6.
  • The residence halls are now closed for the remainder of the semester. We will re-open them for an official move-out week once COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
  • We offered an early move-out option for students with extenuating circumstances who needed to retrieve their belongings between March 17 - 22. If you missed this window and it is essential you move-out before it's deemed safe to return, please email us at and we will work with you on an individual basis.
  • The Residence Life staff is working remotely and is here to assist you with any of your housing needs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. You can reach us at or 419-372-2011 or connect with us on Facebook Messenger

While there is a great deal of uncertainty during this time, please know our office cares deeply about you and we are here to support you. Please spend some time and read through this web page in detail. If your questions are not answered on this page, please contact us through email at and you can continue to find updates about on-campus housing through the University’s coronavirus website



Josh Lawrie, Ph.D.
Office of Residence Life


If you did not move out of your room yet, that's okay. Please stay home and wait to retrieve your belongings when COVID-19 is no longer a threat. We will plan an official move-out when it’s deemed safe to return. Your items will be kept safe and any refunds/credits you are owed will not be affected if you wait until the official move-out.

Ohio is under a stay-at-home order from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 through April 6. In this order, it states “travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning” is permitted during this time. However, we are asking you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stay home unless the items you need to retreive are essential to your online learning.

If it's essential for you to gain access to your room to collect a few items or move-out completely, please contact our office at to coordinate a time to return to campus. It’s important to know, for the safety of our staff they will not be able to assist you in person and only the front door will be made available. 

Official 2020 Move-Out 

MOVE-OUT WEEK: To be determined when COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

Once it is deemed safe to return, we will let you know what the official move-out week will be. If you haven't moved out, you will be required to collect your belongings during this time.

More information will be provided about what move-out will be like once we get closer to that time. If you need to coordinate a time to come to campus before the official move-out, you will have to follow the process outlined below.

Early Move-Out Checklist
  • Email our office and we will coodinate a time with you
  • Get familiar with the check-out process
  • Review the parking and loading zone details
  • Check your mailbox and set up mail forwarding



  1. Arrive on time. Stick to the time you coordinated with our office. You will only have access to the building during that time.
  2. Limit the number of people you bring to help you. Please only bring individuals to campus who can assist you with your move. Ideally, this should only be one or two people.
  3. Complete your move-out within two hours. Once you arrive to campus, please complete your move-out within two hours of your scheduled time.
  4. Pack and clean your space. Make sure you bring with you boxes, totes, dollies, ect. for you to use to pack up your items. The big box carts you used at move-in will be available for you to bring your belongings down to your car when you are fully packed up. IMPORTANT: You need to review our Packing & Cleaning Guide for imporant information and tips to ensure you leave your room the way you found it.
  5. Fill out paperwork and drop off University owned items. Once you are completely moved out, you must complete the following:
    • Check your mailbox to ensure you have collected all of your mail.
    • Find an envelope and paperwork located at the front desk.
    • Write your name on the envelope and place your room key, mailbox key and PED/PROX card into the envelope.
    • Fill out the check-out paperwork.
    • Follow the signs at the front desk to turn in your envelope and paperwork.
    • Once keys have been turned back in, access will no longer be allowed
    • Please Note: To ensure the safety of all those on campus and to promote greater social distancing, Hall Staff will not be completing room checks with students and are not able to assist with moving items out of the residence halls. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Parking & Loading Zones car

It's important everyone does their part to ensure our loading zones have continuous movement throughout move-out. In order to do this, you should park in the lot that your parking permit is assigned to or in Lot 12 and walk to your residence hall. You may drop off packing materials at your residence hall prior to parking but you may not be able to pull into the loading zone due to students needing access to pack up their vehicles.

You should not bring your car into the loading zone until you are 100% ready to load your car. 

  • Once you have completely packed up your room and returned your key and paperwork to the front desk, bring your items down to the lobby.
  • After your items are in the lobby, retrieve your car and pull up to your residence hall loading zone.
  • You will have 5 minutes to pack up your car until you will have to leave the loading zone.

Mail Forwarding mail

All on-campus residents who are moving out early must provide a mail forwarding address by Sunday, March 29.

  • You can update your address by logging in to your My BGSU account. MyBGSU>Student Center>Profile>Addresses
  • After you have found the address tab, click on your address displayed in the "Mailing Address" box to update and save your new mailing address.  -Or -Select the Plus sign in the "Mailing Address" box if an address does not exist to edit.

Packing & Cleaning Procedures sweep


  • Pack and remove all personal items from your residence hall room.
  • There is no summer storage available in the residence halls. 
  • Personal items left behind will be considered abandoned property.
  • Items that are in good condition, and no longer wanted, can be donated to When You Move Out. Collection boxes are available in lobbies.


  • Basic cleaning supplies will be available at the front desk.
  • Take out all room trash and recycling.
  • Dust desks, closets, cabinets, etc.
  • Clean the toilets, showers, tubs and sinks in the bathroom(s)*
  • Vacuum and sweep.
  • Clean out and check all drawers for remaining belongings
  • Do not leave trash, cardboard boxes and personal items in the hallways, recycling bins or outside the building.
  • Deposit trash in dumpsters or trash chutes and large items should be carried to designated locations.
  • Clean and sanitize the refrigerator, oven and microwave and clear out all kitchen cabinets. **

* For Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, Founders Hall and University Apartments only.
** For University Apartments only.


  • All room furniture (including bed ends) needs to be in the room and in the correct location.
  • All furniture needs to be moved back to the way it was at Move-in.
  • Students will be billed for missing or damaged furniture.
  • Damage Billing is determined by the room inventory completed at Move-In.


  • Lock room window
  • Set thermostat to 72 degrees* (70 degrees if you live in the University Apartments)
  • Do one last check under the bed, in the closet and in the drawers for personal items
  • Ground floor rooms: close blinds/curtains
  • Second floor rooms and above: open blinds/curtains
  • Turn off all lights
  • Lock the door and return keys and PEDs to the front desk

* For Centennial Hall and Falcon Heights only.