Griffith University Village

Departure Guide

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We hate goodbyes!


Moving out of the Village is more than a matter of ripping down the posters, packing up your clothes and legging it out the door… particularly if you want to get your bond back.

So, here are a few pointers to help you organise your last weeks in the Village and make sure you have it all covered!

The Village Team

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How to prepare for your check out

Refer to this list as the big day arrives to ensure you don’t forget a thing when it comes time to leave the village for the last time.

  • Update departure date on the Resident Portal
  • Remove all personal belongings and rubbish from your room & apartment common areas
  • Clean your room and share out the cleaning of common areas
  • Return Bond Claim form
  • Book a departure inspection (if applicable)
  • Account paid in full (check Resident Portal)
  • Report any broken/missing items via the Resident Portal
  • Collect mail/parcels from Reception/letter box and re-direct your mail
  • Return key(s)/swipe and Parking Permit (if applicable) to Village Reception or into the afterhours key drop box located in the Laundry.

Before departing the Village, please ensure that you collect all personal mail and any parcels from Village Reception.

If you have provided your Village address to any external providers (e.g., bank or University), don’t forget to contact them to update your new address! Note, we do not forward mail, including parcels.

You must return a completed and signed bond claim form to Reception in order to receive your bond back. Reception will send your bond claim form to the RTA.

Your bond, less any outstanding amount(i.e. cleaning/damage charges) will be refunded back to the account listed on the bond claim form. The Village does not hold your bond. It will be processed by the RTA directly and processing times may vary. 

Cleaning Information

Take responsibility for cleaning your own room and ensure you share out the responsibility for communal areas – everyone living in the apartment is responsible for the condition of that apartment at the time of check out.


It’s noted an annual cleaning fee was paid at time of confirmation which covers the cost for a standard apartment clean. If it’s determined additional cleaning or damage/replacement fees are required, a charge will be placed on your Village account and a copy of the inspection report will be emailed to you.

Departure inspections can be booked for the day that you are departing, at least 72hrs prior. Departure inspection can only take place during business house – Monday – Friday 9am-4pm. For all departure inspections please email

If you have any unwanted items that can be donated to a charity, check with Reception if there are any donation bins nearby.

TIP! Use our cleaning checklist in this FAQ to help you get the job done!

  • Bedroom: $45.00 Per Person 
  • Bathroom (per bathroom)*: $100.00 Per Bathroom 
  • Kitchen*: $165.00 Per Kitchen 
  • Entire 2 Bedroom Apartments/Villa + 1 Bathrooms: $165.00 Per Person
  • Entire 1 Bedroom Studios / Apartments/Villas+ 1 Bathroom: $125.00 Per Person

 *kitchen and bathroom cost will be split amongst all residents

If upon departure inspection the apartment is considered as needing additional cleaning, an hourly rate will be charged. For any questions on the above cleaning fees, please ask at reception.

Yes, you are required to remove everything from your room and your belongings from the common areas. If you need to store any of your belongings/boxes/suitcases, you will need to make your own arrangements with a local storage company.

Yes, you are required to clean your room and common area to a reasonable standard before departure, otherwise cleaning charges will apply.

Your Cleaning Checklist

  • Remove all personal possessions (anything left will be disposed of and an additional cleaning fee may apply)
  • Remove all rubbish items incl mattress protector
  • Wipe all furniture including desk, bookshelf, wardrobe and cupboards and mirror
  • Clean inside of window including sills and ensure windows are closed
  • Remove any residue and clean walls and skirting boards
  • Vacuum carpet (including under the bed)
  • Wipe skirting board, switches, power points, door handle & lock
  • Dust ceiling fan, if reachable
  • Lock the bedroom door before departing

  • Remove all personal possessions including food
  • Clean inside & outside of cupboards
  • Clean splash back (tiled wall) and rangehood
  • Wipe all bench tops
  • Clean stovetop to remove stains and build up
  • Clean inside & outside of convection oven/microwave
  • Clean inside & outside fridge freezer
  • Wash any dirty dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils etc.
  • Mop kitchen floor
  • Wipe skirting board
  • Remove garbage

  • Wipe/dust furniture
  • Wipe/dust vacuum couch/armchairs
  • Wipe skirting board, switches, power points, door handle & lock
  • Spot clean walls & blinds (scuff marks)
  • Vacuum all carpeted areas and wipe skirting boards
  • Dust ceiling fan, if reachable
  • Remove rubbish, sweep balcony
  • Clean internal glass in common area only (balcony sliding doors)
  • Clean out under stair storage areas (if applicable for your Village)

  • Remove all personal possessions
  • Clean and disinfect toilet/seat & lid
  • Clean mirror, leaving it streak free
  • Wipe skirting board, towel rail, toilet holder, soap holder, shelf, door handle & lock
  • Clean and disinfect washbasin
  • Clean and disinfect shower walls, floor and screen (if applicable) ensuring all mould, mildew and soap scum removed
  • Mop bathroom floor
  • Empty and clean bin
  • Clean exhaust fan/cover (where applicable)

On the day of your check out


On your check-out day, you must return your apartment key, mailbox key and swipe card to the Village Reception. Failure to return your keys will result in a charge, which will be deducted from your Bond.

  1. Settle any outstanding debt (you can view and pay any debt by logging into the online resident portal)
  2. Return your key/swipe card and parking permit (if applicable) to the Village Reception
  3. Sign the check-out register

  1. Settle any outstanding debt (you can view and pay any debt by logging into the online resident portal)
  2. Write your full name and apartment number on the envelope at Village Reception
  3. Place your key(s) and parking permit inside the envelope and seal
  4. Place your envelope in the white checkout box located on the left hand side of the reception desk.

Last but not least

We hope you enjoyed your time at the Village, it was fantastic to have you with us.

We wish you all the best!

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