• 2020 Residence Hall Move-In

Be well. Be prepared.

We are happy to welcome you to the campus community September 15-20. Move-in is changing significantly this year due to COVID-19 to support physical distancing, limit congestion in shared spaces, manage the limited elevator capacity, and avoid exposure of residents, helpers, and staff.

All residents are required to move during a scheduled move-in appointment. This allows us to work together to ease the bustle that is a normal part of move-in and to keep our community safe from the start.

Appointments must be scheduled by September 10. After that date, Housing staff will assign appointment times. Please review the detailed instructions and requirements below to ensure you are fully prepared before, during, and after move-in. Visit our Fall Housing FAQ for additional information.

Before You Arrive

Before You Arrive

All are encouraged to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Students and their move-in helpers are also encouraged to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival on campus, including avoiding group gatherings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Schedule your appointment

All residents are required to move during a scheduled move-in appointment (UMN login required, instructions coming by September 4). This allows us to work together to ease the bustle that is a normal part of move-in and to keep community safety at the forefront. 

Appointments must be scheduled by September 10. After that date, Housing staff will assign appointment times.  

Make a plan

We strongly encourage students to talk with their families before coming to campus to make a contingency plan. We have spaces for isolation and quarantine. However, if a student has another place to complete isolation or quarantine which may provide better support, such as their family home, they may choose to do so off-campus.  

Boynton Health will determine when a student should be in isolation or quarantine housing. Isolation is for students who have either tested positive or who have symptoms and are awaiting a test. Quarantine is for students who have been determined to be a close contact of someone who is positive. Learn more about the steps students living on campus will take with a confirmed or possible COVID-19 diagnosis. 

COVID-19 Screening Form

University leaders and public health experts determined that all students assigned to on-campus housing must complete a COVID-19 Screening Form (instructions coming September 13) before you can move into University housing. Note: residents cannot check-in at their building and receive keys without completing the screening form in advance.

The form asks seven yes/no questions regarding your health status and actions prior to your arrival on campus. This information is for internal use only. Depending on your answers, you may need to delay your arrival to campus. Our staff will work with you to reschedule your move-in appointment. Your health and the health of your neighbors and building team are a top priority. 

Pack smart, bring less.

Focus on essentials, including a digital thermometer, cleaning supplies, reusable face coverings, and hand sanitizer. Consider which things you might purchase after you are settled to streamline your move. Note: you may start shipping items to your address now.

Move-In Day

Move-In Day

Reminder! If you or one of your helpers are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus before consulting Boynton Health or another healthcare provider. We will help you reschedule your appointment as needed.

The following are expectations of all residents and helpers: 

  • Continue to practice good health habits such as hand hygiene and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance from others.
  • Face coverings (masks) are required at all times. 
  • Roommates must coordinate in advance to move in at different times. 
  • No more than two helpers per resident are permitted inside the building.
  • Respect posted occupancy signs for shared spaces and elevators.

General Move-in Process

These and other details are also available in the Fall Move-In Guide and on our Fall 2020 FAQ.

  • Arrive at the designated time and park in the designated location. Find detailed directions and parking instructions by building.
  • While helpers are parking or unloading, the resident will check-in at the front desk.
  • Bring your U Card or another form of ID. Students can pick up their U Card at the U Card Office through September 11 or at their residence hall during move-in. 
  • After receiving your keys, U Card or other materials and instructions, pick up two moving carts and return to your vehicle (carts might be available near the parking area in some buildings).
  • Students and their helpers load the carts. No more than two helpers per resident may go into the building to take items to the room.
  • Carts are unloaded in your room and quickly returned to the information desk or parking area (wherever you obtained it from).
  • You may do whatever room set up you can as long as you are within your 60-minute appointment window.
  • Helpers must depart the building at the end of your 60-minute appointment

We expect all residents to complete this process within their 60-minute appointment window. We understand this comes at the loss of fully setting up your room with loved ones, and how this may be a challenging time for many in our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and for doing your part to respect community safety and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Contact us at [email protected] if you need to request an accommodation for mobility or other health concerns.

Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan

Move-in marks the beginning of the approximately 10-day “stay home” period. As soon as a student completes their move-in, they should adhere to the expectations outlined in Step One. Only students assigned to the room are allowed in residential rooms during Step One, so move-in helpers will need to depart immediately after your move-in appointment.

During Step One, students will live and learn almost exclusively within their assigned residence hall. Review the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan and our website to learn more about Step One, its expectations, and potential exceptions. Housing staff can help determine if a student’s individual circumstances align with any Step One exceptions.

    • Classes

      Move-in is taking place while classes are in session (largely via online instruction), and there will be residents trying to focus on their coursework over the course of the week. Be respectful of others and mindful of noise during your move-in appointment. 

      Anyone seeking guidance on their coursework while moving into a residence hall should contact their instructor(s). 

    • Dining

      Residential meal contracts begin Sept.19, but meals will be provided at no additional cost Sept. 16-18 for residence hall students who have moved in. Note: Dinner will also be provided on Sept. 15 from 4-8 pm.

      Visit M Dining for mealtimes for each residential dining location. Visit our website for more about residential dining during the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan.