Broom Clean Information

When you move out of your room, please make sure to leave it in a “broom clean” condition; an industry standard in residential facilities management. This means:

  • All furniture is returned and remains in the room.
  • All personal items are removed from the room including all drawers, closets and cabinets.
  • All trash removed from the room. 
  • Remove any items or decor from walls carefully. 
  • All perishable items to be removed. If you want to donate any unwanted unopened and non-perishable items to the Store, there will be a box provided to you in the lobby of the building. 
  • Clear and clean floors. 
  • Turn off all lights. 
  • Close and lock all doors and windows. 
  • Close all blinds and/or curtains. 
  • Check that faucets and showereheads are not running and/or dripping, toilets are not running, and that the radiators are not leaking. 

Want to know more about what Broom Clean is? Check out this video or these pictures!

Not Broom Clean

Still have questions?  Please contact your Community Coordinator.

Please submit a FIXit request today for any maintenance concerns in the room. 

Once all residents have moved out, rooms will be inspected a final time and fees may be assessed and placed on your student account for the following:

  • damage to the room beyond normal wear-and-tear
  • not leaving the room in broom clean condition
  • not returning room or mailbox keys


  • $250 per resident fee for additional cleaning*
  • $150 fine for improper checkout fee (charged to any student who has not moved out by their designated deadline, and was not previously approved for Extended Stay Housing)
  • $75 per key for missing or unreturned room and mailbox keys
  • Charges for damages to the room are assessed based upon the extent of the damage and is divided by the number of residents assigned to the space
  • If a room has damages, the cost for repairing that damage will be split equally between the roommates unless one person takes responsibility for that damage

*The broom clean charge is a per student fine, it is not the cost of removing items and cleaning the room.

Students will be notified via their GW email address if any move-out charges have been assessed.

As students are cleaning and packing, please consider taking advantage of our Green Move-Out program, which provides students an opportunity to donate their unwanted items to non-profit organizations in the DC area. 

Appeal Process

For students who are assessed a damage charge or broom clean fine, there is an appeal process:

  • All students who wish to appeal a charge must appeal individually, one student cannot appeal on behalf of an entire room.
  • Appeals based solely on the fact that a student was not the last person to move-out of the room will not be granted.
  • Students should utilize their HM, CC, or AC to record any issues within their space that they do not believe they are responsible for prior to leaving. NOTE: Requesting staff to record this information does not guarantee that you will not be charged.

All communication regarding move-out charges will be sent to your GW email account.