Information for First Year Students
Welcome to your home under the dome! We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August. As you prepare to make your way to campus, please take a moment to read the following carefully for important information on the Move-In process. Should you have questions that are not answered below or in our FAQs, please contact the Office of Residential Life at email@example.com or (574) 631-5878. For all other Welcome Weekend questions, please visit welcomeweekend.nd.edu.
- Move-In Times
- Move-In Cards
- Staging Lots
- Parking After Unloading
- Vehicle Restrictions
- International Students
- What to Bring to Campus
First Year Students should plan to move in on Friday, August 23, between 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Students are divided into two move-in times, based on their room number and residence hall. This allows us to monitor traffic flow and reduce congestion around campus and in the halls, and especially to reduce elevator wait times.
- Group 1: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
- Group 2: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Individual move-in times will be communicated to your Notre Dame email by late July. It will also appear on your dashboard card that you should receive to your home address by early August. Students may not change their assigned time, and early move-in is not permitted for First Year students except in rare circumstances.
Your assigned move-in time and parking lot will be included on a colored dashboard card that will be mailed to your home address in early August. It is very important that you bring your card with you, as you will not be allowed to enter campus without it. Once you receive your card in the mail, please write down the cell phone number of a contact who will be with you on move-in day. This will only be used in the event that your car must be moved.
You must display the card with your name facing up on your vehicle's dashboard. If you forget or do not receive your dashboard card, please proceed directly to your hall's assigned staging lot during your approved move-in time, where Move-In staff will issue you a replacement.
Note: International Students will not receive dashboard cards in the mail. To obtain a dashboard card, international students arriving by vehicle should proceed directly to their hall's assigned staging lot during their approved move-in time. For those arriving by bus or alternative transportation, no dashboard card is required.
Your first stop on campus will be your hall's move-in staging lot, listed below. Upon arriving to the appropriate staging lot, you will be directed into your residence hall's "staging line," where Move-In staff will verify your move-in card and release your car to access campus as space becomes available near your residence hall.
Click on your hall's link below to view a visual of the route you will take from the staging area to your residence hall!
Walsh Architecture (Joyce) Lot - approach from Angela Boulevard
Rugby Lot - approach from Douglas Road
Dorr Road Lot - approach from N. Michigan/SR 933
Badin (note: Howard and Badin residents will enter the same line in the Dorr Road staging area)
Carroll (note: Carroll residents do not need to stop at staging. They may proceed directly to the north end of Lake Lot to unload belongings)
Howard (note: Howard and Badin residents will enter the same line in the Dorr Road staging area)
Fischer Lot - approach from Douglas or Twyckenham
Hall drop-off parking is for unloading only. To keep the move-in process flowing smoothly for all our students and families, vehicles must leave the hall and park at a perimeter parking lot as soon as possible to make space for other students to unload their belongings. Available parking can be viewed here.
Due to the limited access to the residence halls, the following restrictions have been placed on moving trucks and trailers.
- Trucks whose box is wider than its cab are not permitted on campus
- Cargo and Utility Trailers of all sizes are prohibited on campus.
- Portable Storage Units are prohibited on campus
If you arrive with a prohibited vehicle/trailer or there is not enough room to maneuver your vehicle near your hall for move-in, you will be asked to move your vehicle to the Lake Lot parking area where you will be asked to unload your belongings. NDPD has a limited number of moving trucks that can assist you in moving your belongings to your residence hall from the Lake Lot. An NDPD official will drive the truck with you and your belongings to your residence hall, where you will unload for move-in.
Click here for an example of prohibited and permitted moving trucks.
Undergraduate International Students living on-campus and attending International Student Orientation must register through the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs. Students registered and confirmed to attend International Student Orientation may move into their residence hall room beginning Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 10:00 AM.
Unlike other students moving on-campus, International Students will not receive a dashboard card in the mail. Students who plan to unload belongings from a vehicle (whether a personal car, rental car, or ride share) should obtain a dashboard card by proceeding to their residence hall's assigned staging lot (see above) during the 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM window on Wednesday, August 21. Students arriving by bus or with minimal belongings are not required to proceed through staging lots.
For more information on International Student Orientation, please contact ISSA at ISSA@nd.edu.
Looking for suggestions on what to bring and what not to bring to campus? Click here!