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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.

Move-In Dates

Residence Halls

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.

Review the "Residence Hall Dates" for 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.

Plan ahead

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.

Students on move-in day
What to Bring
Don’t bring too much and think sustainably. Leave yourself room to assess, add, and edit once you’ve got your essentials in place.
Student reading in their Bailey room
Lofting & Beds
Housing provides beds that can be lofted, bunked, or un-lofted. Residents can change their bed configuration if needed.
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Directions & Parking
Review detailed instructions on how and where to unload and park your vehicles during move-in.
Students studying with laptops and mobile devices
Tech Services
Get connected to your building's tech center, Wi-Fi, streaming tv, printing, and more.
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Connecting with Roommates
Living with another Gopher can be a highlight of your campus experience. Be open, honest, and ready to compromise.
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Student Jobs
Find part-time student positions with flexible scheduling and more.
"My M Community is safer because we do our part" above icons of a vaccine syringe, face covering, and testing swabs.

Practicing healthy behaviors is pivotal to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other illness in our community. Simple measures like handwashing, 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!