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Important Residence Hall Move Out Information

Hall Closing Information and Expectations will be posted at the beginning of May in the halls on the resident floors and in the main hall lobby. The information below is several key points of knowledge. 

End of the academic year hall closing dates and times:

Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, Stalnaker Halls (first-year halls - Friday, May 17, at 5:00 pm.

Goodwin-Kirk, and Jewett (upper-class halls) - Sunday, May 19, at 12:00 pm.

Summer Hall Opens: Friday, May 17, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Contact the Office of Events for more information at: (

Additional Move Out Information: 30th Street and Forest Ave will have limited access on Thursday May 16th, Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18th. Des Moines Police and Drake Public Safety will have the intersection of 30th St. and Forest Ave through 25th St. and Forest Ave blocked off for through traffic due to the State Track and Field event.

Please make sure that if you are planning to move out of the Quads Halls (Stalnaker, Crawford, Carpenter, and Herriott) on any of these days, that you communicate with your student to get a copy of the approved vehicle dashboard sign. This sign will need to be completed with the requested information and place it on the passenger side dashboard so that Police Officers directing traffic can view it. Without this signage, the ability to pull up near the residence hall would not be possible on these dates. Students will be provided the link to these signs no later than May 10. We request that students and families limit curbside parking for the loading of vehicles to a 30-minute time frame. Additionally, we encourage individuals to lock their vehicle(s) when not present.

If you, and any guests here to assist in move-out, do not have this dashboard sign, Des Moines Police will not allow you access to Forrest Avenue to load.

Please note: Due to limited spacing for loading, you will be limited to 30 minutes per vehicle. We encourage residents to have their rooms packed and ready for loading prior to your arrival at campus.  Park your vehicle in the appropriate parking lot(s) when not actively loading the vehicle.  

Other points of information to consider as you plan your students move out.

Mail and Packages:

  • The student should contact and change their address with Amazon, their bank, credit card company, doctors/dentist/medical professionals, or businesses they regularly order from and any other entities of importance.
  • Mail and Packages from the school year WILL NOT be forwarded to residents. All 1st-class mail will be returned to the sender, bulk/junk mail will be discarded/recycled.
  • Shipping things to their residence hall for Fall 2024 – mail and packages should NOT arrive any earlier than Monday, August 19, 2024. The items will be denied and returned otherwise.

Move Out time:

  • Students are not required to register for a move-out time slot.
  • An Express Checkout Form will be used for the Spring semester move out by residents (just like at the end of the Fall semester).
  • Should a resident want to check out in-person with their RA, they will need to make the arrangements with their Resident Assistant (RA) a minimum of 24 hours in advance for a mutually agreeable check out time.
  • The Express Checkout Form will be returned to their residence hall front desk (along with their room key) to the designated location.

Not returning to Drake for the next year:

  • Submit a change of address on the students myDRAKE account.

To submit a change of address with Drake go to the students myDrake account, then to their “My Drake Profile” and then to “My Information”.

  • If you are not returning and registered for classes for Fall 2024, contact your academic advisor/academic department to notify them and cancel your class requests through your myDrake, through “Classes and Registration”.
  • To cancel their housing contract if they signed up for housing for the 2024-2025 academic year they would go to their myDrake account, click on the Fork and Knife icon, in Campus Resources, click on the Application Cancel
  • The deadline to cancel their housing contract for their housing deposit refund (minus any fees/costs) is May 1, 2024.

After this date the students’ housing deposit will be forfeited.

Room Cleaning:

  • Students will need to leave the clean room, and furniture is placed back in its original condition, location, AND bed height like when they moved in, or they will be charged for the cleaning/placement. The furniture reset fee is $45.00.
  • Commonly assessed room cleaning fees: room vacuumed-$29.46; bed railing missing-$45.00; Tape/Decal Removal-$29.46-$41.24 each; Painting of a wall-$82.47, touch up-$58.91 and Improper Checkout Fee-$25.00.

Room Key:

  • All students will need to return their room key upon their departure/move out. Failure to do so will result in a $50.00 lock change fee being assessed to their Student Account, as well as a $25.00 Improper Checkout Fee.
  • Keys should be returned by the resident to their residence hall front desk and deposited in the designated location in the envelope provided. Late keys will not be accepted after hall closing.


  • There is no storage on the Drake University campus. However, should the student want to exercise storage options in the Des Moines Community – some local options could be: Affordable Family Storage; CubeSmart Self-Storage; Storage Mart and U-Haul Moving and Storage.
  • Storage and Shipping could be considered by using:

 *Drake University does not support or endorse any of the companies noted. These are some options as resource 

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