Move In Dates and Process

As part of the university’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy, Housing Move In will be conducted over four days, Friday, 14 August through Monday, 17 August.

Each resident will be assigned a date and time for Move In.  As part of the university’s overall COVID-19 mitigation strategy limiting the number of residents in each building, as well as each apartment or suite, will help to ensure social distancing and minimize opportunities for community spread.  University Housing will be providing the specific date and time to each resident in the mailing that will come out in late July.  If there are conflicts about the assigned time, University Housing will attempt to accommodate a change, while ensuring that the COVID-19 mitigation strategies are maintained.

Learn more about COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols for Move In Day

Early Move In

You must move in during your assigned time unless you have a valid reason that Housing approved upon your completion of the Early Arrival Request Form.

Early arrival dates are only grated for university related activities, such as participating in the Leadership Retreat, serving as an Orientation Pacesetter, or being required to return for athletic training. Please complete your request on the form which is linked below. 

The deadline to submit the Early Arrival Request Form is Monday, August 3, 2020.

View Early or Late Arrival Request Form

Housing Contracts

All housing contracts are for the full academic year, this includes both fall and spring semesters.  Please read the terms of the contract prior to submitting your application.  Your contract begins once you sign your occupancy card and pick up your keys.

View University Housing Agreement/Contract

View Housing Agreement Addendum Notification

View Housing Agreement Addendum

View Fall Move In 2020 Follow Up Letter

View Move In Packet Update Letter

View Dining Services Move In Hours

View What to Bring List

View Move In Day Map

View Move In and Room Assignment Update


End of the Year Check-out Procedures

Students who have submitted a summer housing application and who have been assigned to a space do not have to move out. However, University Housing will contact you about your Summer Session Housing assignment and provide you with dates and times in which to move to your new assignment. 

All personal property must be removed from the apartment/suite. The resident must take all personal property with them upon their departure. Any property left for 30 days after vacating the apartment/suite will be considered abandoned and will become the property of USC Aiken.  Items left will be disposed of as the University sees fit. Failure to remove items from the suite/apartment will result in removal charges and storage fees starting at $20 per item.

Each resident must sign up for a time through the Sign Up Genius site, complete the Online Check-Out Form, and return their keys in an envelope at the outgoing mailbox in their community, either Pacer Commons or Pacer Downs.

Failure to complete the checkout processes will result in a minimum $50 fine for improper check out. Any charges incurred for the removal of all personal property and possible storage charges will also be charged to the resident. Final apartment/suite inspections will be conducted by a professional staff member of USC Aiken Housing after the departure of the resident. 

Damages outlined in the Housing Community Guide will be assessed within 30 days after checkout and notice of damage charges will be sent to the residents’ permanent address. Any damages incurred by residents who will not return to University Housing the following academic year will be taken from the $125 security deposit. Any remaining amount will be refunded to the resident.


Security Deposit Refunds

Security Deposit Refunds are processed by USC Aiken and then forwarded to USC Columbia for checks to be issued. Please make sure you update your mailing address in Self-Service Carolina (SSC) so that your deposit refund check gets mailed to the correct address. This process takes 6-8 weeks. 

View the Online Check-Out Form

View Check-Out FAQ