Do’s and Don’ts When Leaving Dorms | Catering and accommodation

The finals have arrived, and so have the campus moves. Halls of Residence work with residents to ensure they are ready to move and to ensure they know what they can do to prepare.

With so many people preparing to return home for the summer or move into new apartments, houses, or other dorms, here are some tips to use as you pack your bags and prepare to move.

Waste and recycling

Be sure to get rid of all trash in your dorm. Recycle what you can and only leave what is meant to be in the room. This saves you from being charged cleaning fees, which start at $50.

Recycling can also mean items like clothes, dishes or furniture. If there’s something you don’t want, you can always see if your roommate or someone on your floor or in your dorm could use it so you don’t throw things away.


Receive all your maintenance requests as soon as possible. You don’t want to risk being charged for something you haven’t reported since it broke. This goes for furniture, large spills or leaks, your AC unit, and even towel racks. Receive these requests to reduce stress and damage costs.


In each residence, there are donation bins in the halls. These are for non-perishable food items, clothing, furniture and more. Anything you don’t want, need or see yourself using during finals week can be donated. Residence halls then bring these bins to various organizations on campus who accept food and clothing.

You can also make an individual donation to Smokey’s Closet, The Free Store, and Big Orange Pantry. Or, you can take your items to various thrift stores around Knoxville or even local shelters.


Be careful when packing. You might look at an item differently than when you first bought it and decide to give it away. You can also label your boxes and bins in certain ways so you know what’s in each box.

Be sure to look at all of your items so you know what you are packing. It helps you know what’s in each box or bag and it also helps you know what you’ll bring back with you if you return to campus or your own space.

Also, make sure you have tape and boxes. You don’t want to rush out at the last minute to get these items.


As you pack and clean your dorm, think about everything that happened in that space and in the hallway. You may have studied really hard in space and passed an exam that was stressing you out, or you may have met your best friend while moving in. Maybe you took part in an amazing program or maybe you just didn’t have the best time in your dorm. .

Dorm life has shaped you in a way, and it’s important to look back on all of that and think about where you are now and where you’re going.


Make sure you give yourself enough time to pack your bags. If you have a meeting time, be sure to start packing so you don’t miss it.

Something else to think about: if you’re able to take some of your items home now, go ahead and do it. This saves you time and will leave you with little time to move by the time your appointment arrives.

Don’t wait until the last minute to pack or clean up. Try to allow enough time between studying, packing and cleaning. It will save you time and allow you to do everything.

No matter where you go next, be sure to do what you can to make your move as smooth as possible. Take your time and take breaks if you can. It can get stressful, so make sure you are able to make this time as relaxed as possible.

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