UMass Amherst Move-Out

UMass Move OutTraffic Patterns | Parking | Move-Out Bins | Donate Used Items | RSD Hours | Additional Reminders

Residence Halls close Friday, May 17, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Over 11,000 residents have their last final on Wednesday or Thursday. If possible, move out prior to Wednesday, May 15 to avoid significant traffic and wait times.

Traffic Patterns

Please be aware that this year the Graduate commencement ceremony will be held at McGuirk Stadium at 10am on Friday, May 17. If your Move-Out plans include inbound travel to your residence hall any time between 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., you may want to reconsider your plans. Very HIGH incoming traffic to attend the ceremony will interrupt normal travel routes and timing getting to your residence hall. Additionally, access to local Uber, Lyft, or other ride share services may be limited and/or unavailable that morning.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY – On Friday, May 17th Graduate Commencement will be taking place at McGuirk Stadium. To support this major event, the section of University Drive in Southwest will be closed to traffic from 8AM – 2PM, making access to some residence halls more challenging. If you cannot avoid moving out during this time frame, please take note of the move out directions specifically for the halls listed below. Halls with an * will experience the most impact of this road closure.

  • Cance
  • Coolidge
  • Crampton
  • *Emerson
  • Kennedy
  • Mackimmie
  • *Moore
  • Patterson
  • *Pierpont
  • Prince
  • Washington

Traffic patterns including one-way designations for streets, concourse travel and loading zones will change on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 for Southwest and CHCRC.

Please use the following links to discover the designated traffic pattern for each residential hall:

*Please note vehicle height restrictions for Southwest and CHCRC one-way routes.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Route 9 will be undergoing paving from the Amherst Town Line to the intersection of Route 9 and Route 202 in Belchertown for the duration of the Move-Out. Expect delays arriving to campus should you choose this route.


Parking near the residence halls is not permitted during Move-Out. Vehicles being actively loaded with students’ belongings are allotted 20 minutes near the halls before they must be moved. If a ride arrives before the student is ready they must park in the following lots until the student is ready to load the vehicle:

  • Southwest – Lots 33 and 22
  • Orchard Hill and Central – Lot 49s
  • Sylvan and North – Lot 44s
  • CHCRC – Lots 25 and 12

All vehicles planning to park on campus must purchase a valid parking permit or pay to use a parking facility (garage or meters). Permits may be purchased in advance or same day from either Parking Services location. For more information and a parking map please visit the Parking Services.

Access to Move-Out Bins

Move-Out bins will be available for use in buildings with elevators. Staff will set up centralized locations in these areas to sign out bins throughout closing week. Learn more about using Move-Out bins.

Donate Used Items to New2U

UMass provides sustainable options for Move-Out through the New2U Move-Out Collection. Donation tents will be available between Monday, May 13 and Monday, May 20 in every residential area. Students can drop off items they no longer need such as furniture, clothing, lamps, and electronics. Students interested in helping at New2U can do so in their online volunteer sign-up.

Residential Service Desk (RSD) Hours

Saturday, May 11          Noon – 11:00 p.m. (Reading Day)
Monday, May 13 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Final Exams begin)
Tuesday, May 14 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Final Exams End, Halls close 6:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 18 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Commencement)
Sunday, May 19 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Commencement)
Monday, May 20 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.


Additional Reminders

  • Need to Stay Late? Students with a legitimate need to stay after halls close on May 17 at 6:00 p.m. can submit a request. Learn more about Permission to Stay Late.
  • Mail Delivery ends on May 15. In order to receive mail or packages from domestic senders before May 15, we recommend they be sent no later than Monday, May 8. Please remember to update your mailing address in SPIRE under My Personal Information > Addresses and with any online stores prior to leaving for the semester. Forgot to pick up or reroute your mail? Learn more about Mail After Move-Out.
  • Complete a Proper Check Out! If you fail to broom clean your room, return your key to your RSD, and complete a proper checkout, you will be charged additional fees. Learn more about Check-Out or ask your Residential Service Desk for information.
    • Forgot Key Return If you have already left campus and did not return your key, view instructions for mailing back your key. All keys returned by mail will be assessed a $100 mailed key fee. Failure to return your key to your RSD at checkout will result in a $250 recore fee.
  • Need a Storage Unit? UMass has partnered with Dorm Room Movers to offer students a convenient summer storage option with the added benefit of having your belongings delivered during Move-In. Please note: No other vendor will be allowed on campus during Move-In.

 Question? Contact us.