Move-In Guide 2021
Roll up. Unload. Roll out.
Our team prides itself on a safe and efficient move-in process. It is a lively day that is exciting, stressful, and bittersweet for students and families.
- Face coverings (masks) are required for residents and helpers when inside any University building.
- Be prepared to unload curbside into provided moving carts.
- Only bring 1-3 helpers to minimize congestion.
- You may bring your own hand cart or dolly, but DO NOT bring a trailer or oversized vehicle.
Carefully review the information below to take some of the pressure off of your next big move. Also, check out our On-Campus Living Orientation for additional tips and details.
Students assigned to on-campus apartments (Keeler, Radius, Wilkins, Yudof) may move in anytime after 8:00 am on August 15. Apartment residents manage their own moves, unassisted, though carts are available to check out.
We strongly recommend moving before August 29 to avoid congestion with residence hall appointments.
Move-in appointments for residence hall students are required according to the following schedule: First-years August 30-31, second-years and transfers participating in Welcome Week September 1, and returners September 4.
See "Residence Hall Dates" below for details.
All residence hall students are required to arrive during a scheduled move-in time to support a safe, efficient, and organized process. Login with your UMN ID to schedule your appointment.
First-Year Students: August 30-31
There will be volunteers available Monday and Tuesday to help you unload so your helpers can quickly move their vehicles to nearby parking to make room for other families. Also, lunch and dinner will be provided for meal plan holders in the dining halls.
Second-Year & Transfers Students: September 1
This date is held for sophomores and transfer students participating in Welcome Week activities. There will be moving carts available for check out from your building Information Desk on these dates, but no volunteer assistance.
Returning Students: September 4
This date is held for all other returning students assigned to residence halls. There will be moving carts available for check out from your building Information Desk on these dates, but no volunteer assistance.
Earlier move-in dates may apply for students participating in specific programs (e.g. Marching Band, MCAE Kickoff, and certain student jobs). Limited unassisted appointments are available August 29 (fees may apply).
We ask all residents and their helpers to plan for an expedited move (from your vehicle to your room) to reduce congestion in lobbies, elevators, and stairwells. 45 minutes for unassisted moves, and 15 minutes for first-years moving in on August 30-31 when volunteer assistance is provided.
You can take extra time to set up your room, but be mindful that vehicles must be moved into long-term parking and many other families will need those spaces throughout the day.
Pack smart, bring less.
The number one thing we hear each year is "I brought too much!" Focus on essentials, including bedding, bathroom supplies, tech gear, health and wellness items. Talk with your roommates to plan ahead and consider which things you might purchase after you are settled to streamline your move. Note: you may start shipping items to your campus address after August 27.
Practicing healthy behaviors is pivotal to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other illness in our community. Simple measures like handwashing, wearing a mask, staying in when you're not feeling well, and getting vaccinated all play a part in a successful return to campus. Protect yourself and each other and get the vax today!
Wearing a face covering is required when inside any University building, including all shared spaces inside our residence halls and apartments (hallways, lounges, bathrooms, etc). There are limited exceptions such as when assigned residents are inside their residence hall room or apartment. However, masks are required when any guests are present.
Additionally, we respect the many reasons people will continue mask usage in other situations on- and off-campus.