Fall 2024 Move-In for New Students

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Housing & Residential Life does its very best to make the process as easy and simple as possible in order to help get all residents settled into their new homes away from home.

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Practice Sustainability – Bring Your Water Bottle!

In partnership with GreenU Sustainability and ECO Agency, the Move-In and ‘Cane Kickoff programs are committed to positively impacting our environment. To support these efforts, we ask students and family members to bring their own reusable water bottles, which will greatly eliminate the negative effects of single-use plastic bottles.

As you make your preparations to arrive on campus. please review the information below regarding your move-in appointment time, our partnerships with numerous vendors, and a list of items to consider bringing with you to campus.

Campus Map

Move-In Appointments

Cruise Ship Move-In™

To make move-in day as convenient and stress-free as possible, we partner with University and Student Services (USS) for Cruise Ship Move-In™ for first-year students living in Mahoney, Pearson, Coral, and Ibis Residential Colleges USS will bring all of your belongings from your car to your room. Students living elsewhere on campus will be responsible for moving their own belongings to their rooms.

U-Haul type vehicles or moving trucks are not permitted to go through the Cruise Ship Move-In process.

What to Bring

In addition to the suggested packing list below, remember to view specific information about each of our residential areas, including room layouts, included amenities, and more. You should also consult our Guide to Living on Campus to become familiar with our policies and procedures for living on campus.

As you complete your packing list, also review Green U's move-in resources to start the year with an environmentally conscious approach to living on campus

  • Microwave and/or mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker (only machines with no open heat element)
  • Cups, dishes, and silverware
  • Can opener
  • Food storage containers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Travel coffee mug

  • Sheet set (review bed sizes specific to each of our residential areas)
  • Mattress pad
  • Bed risers (may not lift the bed higher than 24" off the ground)

  • Shower shoes
  • Towel set
  • Shower caddy
  • Tissues
  • Broom and mop
  • Air freshener
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry detergent/fabric softener
  • Dish soap/sponge
  • Personal cleaning supplies
  • Small vacuum
  • Personal protection equipment (face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.)

  • School supplies (notebooks, pens, etc.)
  • Chargers and cables for electronic devices
  • Closet and drawer organizers
  • Garbage bags
  • Rain gear and umbrella
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Desk/floor lamp
  • Batteries
  • UL-Listed multi-outlet strip/surge protector
  • Removable adhesive hooks
  • Prescription medications
  • Identification documents (passports, license, etc.)
  • Business Attire (check out the Toppel Career Center’s graphic for Dressing for Success)

The University has ended its partnership with BedLoft (including its MicroFridge rental program) and will no longer allow students to loft their beds.

  • Candles and incense (used or unused)
  • Hookah pipes (used or unused)
  • Outdoor grills (charcoal or propane)
  • Items with an open heating element (i.e. George Foreman Grills)
  • Pets (Other than fish in a 10-gallon tank or less)
  • Extension cords
  • Weapons
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Beer pong table, funnel, kegs, etc. (regardless of age)
  • Alcohol
  • Non-prescription drugs
  • "Hoverboards"
  • Lava lamps or lights with halogen bulbs

Note: students may not have prohibited items even if used for decorative purposes only (i.e. empty alcohol bottles).

Vendor Information

Property Insurance

Via On-Campus Housing Portal

Personal property insurance is strongly recommended should any valuable belongings become stolen or damaged.

Laundry Services


Tide Cleaners is the only approved laundry service for resident students. By enrolling in Tide Cleaners laundry service, you save up to 80 more hours over the academic year!

Students, Faculty & Staff bring dirty laundry to our secured laundry lockers conveniently located across campus. Tide Cleaners separates by color, then washes, dries, and folds your clothes into a tidy package for return to campus two business days later. Service runs August-May.

On-Campus Housing Portal

Your on-campus housing assignment, roommate information and your mailing address (once released) are always available in your On-Campus Housing Portal.

To view details about your on-campus housing assignment in the portal: 

  1. Log in to the Housing Portal 
  2. Once inside the housing portal, select Application
  3. Your assignment is listed within the box titled Academic Year 2024-2025
  4. Your mailing address (once released) will also be available on this page