Move Out Guidance for Students March 2020

Dear Students,

Elon University and the Town of Elon have partnered to provide students living in off-campus housing with important information and helpful tips regarding moving out of your local residence during the Stay-at-Home Executive Order issued by Governor Roy Cooper.  With Elon University’s recent decision to transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring term, we understand some students may decide to move out at this time.  Our goal is to provide you with guidance to support a healthy and safe move-out process and to ensure you are following all state and local directives and ordinances.

Please see the following important information and move-out tips:

  • The Executive Order allows individuals to leave their homes for essential activities, including traveling between your places of residence. Family members and friends are permitted to be in the Elon/NC area in order to assist you with your move. Ensure that no more than ten people are present at your residence, including indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Remember that all trash must be placed within your trash receptacle and the receptacle placed at the curb no earlier than one day before your trash pickup. Do not place large items at the curb unless you have discussed this with your landlord (furniture, electronics, appliances, etc.). If you have large items for disposal, contact the Town of Elon’s Public Works Department so they can let you know the fee for this service.
  • If you are the only person living at a residence or the last person to move out, communicate with your landlord regarding your move-out date. Be sure to lock doors and windows and close any blinds. Residences that remain unoccupied for weeks or months may be at greater risk for damages or crime.
  • Coordinate with your roommates and your landlord regarding plans for utilities (water, electricity, gas, etc.). Before you leave, discontinue your water/sewer service unless your landlord specifies otherwise. If you do not turn the water off, you will be billed for any usage even after you have left the home.
  • All students were previously directed to indicate plans for staying in the local area following spring break. If your plans change prior to the end of the spring term, please submit an update at:

The above guidance and is not an exhaustive list of state and local laws and ordinances.  More information on Town of Elon ordinances may be found here.  The Town of Elon has developed a COVID-19 update page found at:  Elon University updates related to COVID-19 are located at

Finally, don’t forget to complete the 2020 Census for your local Elon residence! Students living in the local area should complete the census online at More information may be found at  Please know that completing the 2020 Census with that information is extremely important for future funding and resources that can help make the Town of Elon an even better place to live, learn, work, and otherwise enjoy.

Please reach out if you have questions or if we can assist in any way.

Whitney Gregory
Assistant Dean of Students

Letter from Assistant Dean Gregory