The period between academic terms is known as intersession. Although residence halls officially close between terms at 6:00 p.m. on the last day of University examinations, all freshman and transfer students are required to leave housing 24 hours after their final exam and no later than the final day of the exam period. Students with a late exam on the final day of the exam period may leave no later than noon the following day. We encourage you to make your intersession travel plans early, as the end of the fall term coincides with one of the nation’s busiest travel times.

The schedule for first-year law students and some graduate programs differs, so adjust your travel plans accordingly. Also, upperclass, graduate, and law students who live in apartments are permitted to stay on campus if they have a housing contract for the following term. If you have any questions, speak with your hall staff on opening day.

Living on campus is a privilege, not a right. Failure to enter or vacate in accordance with the official move-in and move-out dates will result in formal disciplinary action, which may result in your loss of all campus housing privileges at Northeastern University.

First year hall closings

Residence halls in the first year area close on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7pm. Students are permitted to leave their belongings in the residence halls over the semester break, unless they are not returning to their space for spring semester. If a student has a late final on Friday, December 18, 2015 or has extenuating circumstances, he/she must contact the Residence Director to arrange for an alternate check-out time. All information pertaining to this move-out was e-mailed to your student via his/her HuskyMail.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Students should pack important items such as travel documents, medication and other things needed over the break.
  • If you are not returning to campus in the Spring, you must check out with your hall staff.
  • If there is an open space in the your room, please be sure that you student do not move into that space. It is extremely likely you student will get a new roommate.
  • All bedroom/apartment windows must be closed and locked.
  • All trash must be removed and rooms cleaned.
  • Non-essential items must be unplugged, with the exception of microfridges.

Scheduled move-out
If you are scheduled to move out, you must vacate your space by 6 p.m. on the day of your last final exam unless you have an approved extension from your RD. Contact your building staff prior to finals week to make arrangements to turn in your keys and complete the check-out process. This way, you avoid administrative fees.

Moving to a new space
Contact your new Residence Director to confirm availability and arrange the move before intersession begins. You are expected to move to your new space as soon as it becomes available.

Prepare your room for intersession
Clean the room; unplug appliances; clean and defrost your refrigerator; remove garbage; close and lock all windows; lock your door; and take your keys and your ID card with you. If you are unable to move into your new residence before leaving for intersession, you must remove your belongings from your current room prior to leaving, even if that means taking your belongings home with you. Failure to do so may result in a cleaning and packing fee, and disciplinary action.

Before moving out
Your Resident Assistant will meet with you prior to finals week to complete an inspection form. Staff members also will work with you to complete the check-out process. Finally, clean your room, dispose of trash, and complete a change-of-address card.

After intersession
Pick up your mail. If you are moving to a new building, you may pick up your mailbox assignment and combination at the ResMail office in Speare Hall. Mail procedures vary for University-leased buildings; in most cases, you are required to complete a change-of-address card with the U.S. Postal Service. Also, contact the Customer Service Center if you wish to change your meal plan.