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Move-In Information

Arrival Guide

The Arrival Guide includes the move in schedule, opening weekend activities and other resources that you will need during opening weekend.

See the Parking and Transportation website for more details on arriving to campus and move-in parking.

My Move In Flow Chart

Move in flow chart

Other FAQs

Looking for more information about the residence halls, roommates, room changes or meal plans? Check out our expanded FAQ for answers to the most common questions received by our office.

Questions About Moving-In

When can I move into my residence hall?

Where do I check in?

  • Most hall check-ins will be at the respective staff office of the building or complex to which you are assigned. During move-in there will be signs and staff that will instruct you to your check in location depending on your hall assignment.

Where can I find detailed information about move in?

  • Click  here for driving instructions, evening activities, and other special information related to fall opening.

What can I expect during my first week in the residence hall?

  • When you move in you can expect to meet a lot of new people. You'll be meeting other students like yourself as well as becoming acquainted with various staff members. You will meet the Housing & Residence Life in-hall staff who are responsible for creating a positive living environment and helping you adjust to college life. Most important will be your Resident Assistant (RA). They are a student like you. Each RA is assigned to a floor section for which they are responsible. Your RA is trained to answer your questions, foster community living, and be a resource to you. During the first few days, your floor section will meet with your RA to discuss the activities and hall guidelines. The emphasis is on creating a safe and healthy living environment. As a member of a new community, you have input and a responsibility to create your community and maintain a comfortable living area.

    You may also meet the Residential Custodial Services staff (RCS), who are responsible for keeping public areas such as the bathrooms and lounges of your building clean. They appreciate and expect your assistance in maintaining and preserving public areas. Bromley, Adams, Tanaka, Sowle, Carr, and Luchs Hall residents are responsible for cleaning their own shared bathrooms and should bring their own cleaning supplies. You are responsible for the cleanliness of your own room and for your own trash removal.

What should I bring to campus with me?

  • -Alarm clock
    -Bedspread, pillow, and mattress pad
    -Blankets and sheets (for 80" extra-long twin bed)
    -Clothes hangers
    -Comfortable walking shoes
    -Desk lamp
    -Dust rag, dust spray
    -First aid kit
    -Laundry supplies (high efficiency detergent)
    -Non-wall damaging adhesive for posters or decorations, we recommend 3M/Command products (not allowed in Carr, Sowle, Luchs, and Tanaka Halls)
    -Notebooks, pens, pencils, tape, stapler, paper clips, and scissors
    -Rain jacket/umbrella
    -Rolls of quarters (if not using Bobcat Cash) for laundry/vending
    -Shower caddy (to carry your shower supplies)
    -Shower shoes/flip flops
    -Towels and washcloths
    -U.L. approved GFCI surge bars or power strips with a long cord

    Can bring, but not necessary:

    -Carpet or rug
    -Computer, Ethernet cable, printer, ink cartridges, paper
    -Dish soap
    -Memo board or bulletin board
    -Molding hooks and removable adhesive (we recommend 3M/Command brand products)
    -Mugs and glasses
    -Paper towels
    -Room decorations and posters
    -Sewing kit
    -Shoe bag or rack
    -Silverware and microwave-safe dishes
    -Television and coaxial cable
    -Under-the-bed storage boxes
    -Bike with bike lock (we recommend a ULOCK and registering your bike with OUPD)

Is there anything I shouldn't bring?

  • Yes.For your own health and safety, the following items are PROHIBITED in the residence halls:

    The use or possession of dangerous weapons or materials within the residence halls is strictly prohibited. This includes firearms, other weapons and ammunition. Dangerous weapons or materials include, but are not limited to: handguns, automatic and semiautomatic firearms, compressed air guns (e.g. CO2 air guns / air-soft guns / paintball guns), pellet guns, bb guns, or a weapon of any description, including but not limited to ballistic or explosive devices, incendiary devices, fireworks, ammunition, or knives used to either cause or infer harm to self or others.

    -Cooking appliances, including crock pots, grills, toasters, or toaster ovens
    -Alcohol (if you are under the legal age of 21)
    -Drugs (illegal)
    -Fishnet or paper lanterns
    -Hot plate or any open-coil cooking appliance
    -Personal microwave or refrigerator (refrigerator and microwave provided)
    -Personal air-conditioning units
    -Pets (other than fish)
    -Posters that will cover more than 25 percent of your walls
    -Duct/masking tape or other wall/furniture damaging tape product

    Review the full list on the Student Housing Handbook [PDF]

What if I need to ship some items before my arrival?

  • You may ship items to your campus address and they will be delivered to your designated green mail center, a list of green mail centers can be found here. Please time such shipments so that they correspond with your arrival. Packages will not be received by US Postal Services until the Monday prior to the semester opening. When a student’s package arrives at a mail center, the package will be logged and an email message will be sent to the students OHIO email account notifying them that a package is ready to be picked up.