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Office of Residence Life

Room or Apartment Care

Taking Care of Your HomeHaving your own living space is exciting and it entails some responsibilities for you and your roommate(s). The Roommate Agreement allows you to create a cleaning schedule with your roommate(s) to properly take care of your space. Keeping your apartment or room clean will help reduce roommate conflicts and maintenance problems, especially when you check out at the end of the year or leave for breaks. Our maintenance staff will do safety checks over the winter break, so you will want to be sure that you are properly taking care of your space.

Housekeeping & Maintenance

For health, safety, and pest control reasons, please keep your room or apartment clean. It is strongly recommended that showers, toilets, ovens, stoves, and carpets be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. Cleaning on a regular basis will help you avoid excessive cleaning at the end of the year and unnecessary cleaning charges.

If repairs are needed in your room or apartment, please complete our online maintenance request.

If maintenance workers have to enter your room or apartment to make requested repairs when you are not present, maintenance personnel will leave a signed form to let you know that they entered your residence.

End-of-the-Year Closing Procedures

To avoid charges, make sure the following applicable measures are taken prior to you and your roommate(s) departure. We strongly recommend you and your roommates discuss what responsibilities belong to each individual with the use of the "Responsibilities for Cleaning Form" issued to all residents.

We recommend non-abrasive cleaners, liquid detergents, and dry powder detergents for cleaning. Be sure to always follow the instructions on the label.

End-of-the-Year Closing Checklist:

  1. Carpets/Floors:
    • Vacuum carpets.
    • Sweep and mop tile/vinyl flooring.
  2. Surfaces (cupboards, countertops, medicine cabinents, shelfs, and vainities)/Furniture (desks, dressers, chairs, and sofas)
    • Dust and wipe inside and out.
    • Remove cushions from sofa and chairs and vacuum. Clean spots from upholstery with a damp cloth or cleaner.
  3. Bathroom/Vainity Area
    • Clean toilet inside and out.
    • Clean mirror, shower, and sink.
  4. Walls
    • Remove all tape and/or poster putty.
    • Wipe down, as needed.
  5. Tack Strips/Corkboards
    • Remove all tacks and nails.
    • Wipe down, as needed.
  6. Recycling Bins/Waste Baskets
    • Remove all trash and recyclables from your room.
    • Clean bins inside and out.
  7. Windows
    • Clean windows and remove any window clings
    • Close and latch all windows.
    • Close blinds or curtains.
  8. Closet/Storage Areas
    • Vacuum/sweep floor.
    • Any residence hall closet doors that were removed MUST be properly re-installed.
    • Any dressers placed in closets must be removed and place in the main part of the room.
  9. Kitchens (Applies for Apartments only)
    • Remove all items from refrigerator and clean inside and out.
    • Turn refrigerator to lowest cooling level, but do not turn off. Leave refrigerator plugged in with the doors shut.
    • Clean outside of stove/oven. Leave the unit plugged in.
    • Clean inside of oven thoroughly.
    • You can find in-depth oven and stove cleaning instructions for Private Room Apartments and Shared Room Apartments here.
  10. Remove all personal belonings and check-out. Failure to check out will result in $50 fine.


Your personal property is not covered by University insurance. Examples include, but are not limited to, personal belongings that are: stolen; placed in storage; damaged by clothes washers/dryers, smoke/fire, or water; or left in your room after checkout. Renter's or homeowner's insurance is strongly recommended. Please consult with your insurance agent prior to residing on campus

Should something need repair in your room or apartment, be sure to submit an online maintenance request in order to allow our maintenance staff to assist you. Don't leave damage unreported until winter break or until the end of the year. There is no cost for repair of normal wear and tear items. For emergency situations, contact your Resident Assistant or the Community Center, (920) 465-2040.

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