Information for Returning Students


Residence Halls open at 9:00 AM on Sunday, August 25, 2019 for returning students. Travel arrangements should be made according to this date and time. Students who arrive early without formal approval from the Office of Residential Life will not be permitted to access the halls, and will be responsible for securing accommodations elsewhere until the opening of the residence halls on August 25.

Returning students who have been approved for an Early Arrival may move in during the time slots listed below. These times are when staging areas will be staffed to ensure traffic continues to flow, as well as when Rectors and hall staff are guaranteed to be available to check students into their residence hall, give them their keys, etc. Students may arrive after their approved move-in time if travel restrictions make it impossible to arrive to campus during their move-in slot, but may not arrive earlier.

  • Wednesday, August 21: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 22: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Friday, August 23: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 24: move-in time coordinated between approved students and their hall staff

Please read the following carefully for more information on the move-in process.

Quick Links

Dashboard Move-In Cards

Dashboard Card

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.

Staging Lots

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


Baumer (Dillon Community)



Welsh Family

Rugby Lot approach from Douglas Road






Pasquerilla West



St. Edward's




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)




O'Neill Family


Fischer Lotapproach from Douglas or Twyckenham




Pasquerilla East

Parking After Unloading

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.

Vehicle Restrictions

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.

Hall Storage Trailers

Summer storage trailers for those halls that chose to organize them will arrive for unloading on Monday, August 26, from 8:30 - 11:00 AM. They will be available in the same location near the hall where they were loaded.

Early Arrival Information

For information regarding Early Arrival policies and procedures, click here.

International Students

Returning international students living on-campus are expected to move in with other returning students on Sunday, August 25, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. A limited number of students may be permitted to move in prior to this date, in the case of extraordinary travel circumstances. For information on how to request an Early Arrival, please visit the Early Arrival information page. All requests for an Early Arrival must be submitted no later than July 12, 2019 for consideration. Not all requests will be approved.

What to Bring to Campus

Looking for suggestions on what to bring and what not to bring to campus? Click here!

Questions? Visit our FAQs page. Should you have questions that are not answered on these pages, please contact the Office of Residential Life at or (574) 631-5878.