By Kellie Woodhouse
Ann Arbor is about to get a lot calmer.
Thousands of students are moving out of their on- and off-campus apartments in the next few weeks as University of Michigan‘s winter semester comes to an end.
Some 9,300 undergraduates live in U-M’s residence halls, and they must move out by May 2. The school estimates that another 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students live in the areas surrounding the campus, and many will be spending their summers outside of Ann Arbor.
Move-out means a lot of discarded furniture and trash.
Last year, for example, on-campus students discarded 73 tons of trash, recycled 35 tons of paper, plastic, glass and metal and donated 10.6 tons of household items and unused nonperishable food during move-out weekend, according to Peter Logan, with University Housing.
Yet unlike move-in, which usually occurs in a condensed two- to three-day period, move-out occurs over the period of two to three weeks as students finish classes and exams.
“It’s a much milder process than move-in, because it’s not condensed in a specific period of time,” Logan explained.
U-M sets out trash, recycling and donation bins for students moving out of their dorms.
Students moving out of their off-campus apartments must still follow local ordinances for disposing of trash, including making sure all trash and recycling outside their apartments is in receptacles.
For students living off campus, a free solid waste drop-off site will be available at the intersection of East University and Oakland starting Tuesday, April 29, until Saturday, May 10. The site will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
Classes ended April 22, and finals began April 24. U-M’s undergraduate commencement ceremony is set for 10 a.m. May 3 at Michigan Stadium. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is the speaker.
Student move-in for the 2014-15 academic year is scheduled for late August. U-M plans to start renovations of West Quadrangle residence hall this summer.