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Moving In and Out

We are excited to welcome you to campus! Whether you're moving into a residence hall for the first time or moving out after graduation, we want the process to be as streamlined as possible. 

Important Dates

Fall move-in dates

  • New International Students: August 21–22, 2023
  • All-In and Live Well Living Learning Communities: August 22, 2023
  • New Students: August 23, 2023
  • Returning Students: August 26–27, 2023

Thanksgiving recess

November 18–26, 2023

Winter recess

December 16, 2023–January 21, 2024

Spring move-in dates

  • New Students: January 18, 2024 
  • Returning Students: January 21, 2024

Spring recess

March 9–17, 2024

Residence halls close

May 11, 2024

Move-In Sign Up

Prior to your arrival, students are asked to select a move-in time to help expedite the process.

Starting August 1, students can log into their MyHousing account and sign up for a time block. We realize that plans will change and that delays due to traffic and events may impact the day and time that you have selected. If you need to update your move-in block, please select from available options on your MyHousing account.

Available Time Blocks 

First Year & Transfer Students

Wednesday, August 23



New Graduate Students

Saturday, August 26 



Returning Students

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27



International Students

Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22



Early Arrival & Late Stay Requests

Students may request to return early to campus at the beginning of each semester or request to stay late at the end of each semester. These requests are not automatically approved and students need to provide the reason they need this accommodation. Approved reasons to arrive early or stay late typically include:

  • Needing to be on campus to complete an academic or athletic obligation 
  • Needing to attend a training or provide a service for an on-campus job or position
  • Experiencing unavoidable travel conflicts

The daily rate to arrive early or stay late is $20 for housing plus any applicable dining fees (if the dining halls are serving meals). For students arriving early or staying late because they are required to be on campus to complete a training, campus service, or other campus-related obligation, housing fees may be charged to the sponsoring department or waived entirely. 

Staffing and services in our residential communities are limited during these periods. Therefore, in order to maintain necessary security, special policies are in effect above and beyond the University and Residence Life and Housing policies.  Please review and submit the Early Arrival Agreement with your request. Residents who receive approval are responsible for abiding by the stated protocols. 

Early Arrival Accommodations

Send a request to [email protected] at minimum three days before your desired early arrival date.

Late Stay Accommodations

Send a request to [email protected] at minimum three days before the close of the residence halls.

What to Expect

University Police car

University Police Assistance

Our dedicated UPD officers will be stationed around campus and near residence halls to help point you in the right direction - literally!  Upon arriving at your residence hall, you will be able to park your vehicle curbside in front of the residence hall to unload all your belongings on the sidewalk. Once all your belongings are unloaded, you will be asked to move your vehicle to one of our designated parking lots.

Four male students laughing and wearing green "Welcome Home" T-shirts stand around moving bins

Laker Move-In Crew Assistance

This is a group of returning students who volunteer to come back to campus early in order to welcome our new students to the residence halls. Their primary focus is to physically assist you with moving your belongings into your room as efficiently as possible.  In addition, crew members will be able to answer any questions you might have or point you in the right direction for any further help you might need!

Students checking in

Checking In

Our friendly residence hall student staff will be ready and waiting to officially check you in to your home away from home! You will receive your room key or code, mailbox information, and walk through a number of other check-in stations providing you with helpful information. One of our friendly Resident Assistants will then show you the way to your room and review your "Room Condition Report" with you to make sure everything is in working order!

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Meet Your Director and Neighbors

Your Residence Hall Director will be present and walking through your residence hall throughout move-in day in order to meet you and your family and help answer any questions you might have. Your RHD is a professional staff member who is there to help support you during your time living with us. They do everything from making sure our halls are in tip top shape to helping students navigate living with a roommate for the first time. They also have apartments and offices right in your residence hall so they are easily accessible to you! Plan to attend a floor meeting on your very first evening here after completing move-in so you can hear more from your RHD as well as meet up with other students on your floor.

Moving Out Procedures

Prior to moving out of your residence, students are reminded to clean and secure their rooms. Please follow the requirements below and see your Residence Hall Director, Resident Assistant, or Village Community Assistant with any questions.

  • Sweep, dust, vacuum, and mop as necessary
  • Empty trash and recyclables
  • Dispose of perishable food
  • Unplug electrical appliances
  • Empty, unplug and defrost refrigerators
  • Turn off lights and alarm clocks
  • Close and lock windows and door

Spring Semester 

Students should remove from the rooms everything except items provided by the university. All furniture must be reset and placed in the rooms it was assigned to. University-owned refrigerators must be defrosted and cleaned prior to leaving. Donation Bins will be placed at the front of Residence halls for reusable items you wish to donate starting the first week of May. Final mail delivery will be Friday, May 10. All mail received after that date will be forwarded or returned to the sender.

All non-graduating students must check-out no later than Saturday, May 11 at noon. 

Graduating students must check-out within 2 hours after their commencement ceremony concludes. Students have two (2) options to check out of their assigned space:

  • Standard check-out: Completed daily from 10am-10pm by going to the front desk of your building. A staff member will start that process. 
  • Express checkout: Completed by obtaining an express check-out form or envelope at the front desk of your building. The express checkout can be done at any time by following the instructions on the form and returning any applicable keys and the form to the front desk. Express Check-out damage assessments will be completed after your departure and students waive their right to appeal of any billed charges.  

Fall Semester 

Students will be billed for any trash or food left in the room. All pets must be removed from the residence hall during winter break.

Special precautions will be taken by the University to ensure building security. Residence hall staff members will thoroughly check all resident rooms after the building has been closed to make certain that rooms are secured and that there are no obvious hazards. Any room entry after closing will be documented with a note informing the residences of the times, date, and reason for entry. Also, the residence halls are patrolled regularly by University Police during the recess period and any unauthorized persons entering, attempting to enter, or found in the building will be subject to arrest. Students should be aware that any materials which violate State laws or University regulations will be confiscated and not returned, and may lead to disciplinary action.

Contact Us

303 Culkin Hall


[email protected]