First-Year Student Move-In

Friday, September 1 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Are you excited?! Housing and Residence Life is getting everything ready for residents to move in and is looking forward to meeting you on Sept. 1. Please take the time to read through the information posted here—this page contains information to help you pack, figure out where to go when you get here, what to expect when you arrive on campus, along with a ton of other important information you need to know.

We also recommend that you share a link to this page with whomever is helping you move in, too.


What To Do During August

During the month of August, you'll want to start thinking about what to bring to campus. Think about the size of room you'll have here, how much space you have to store your belongings and what items you can (or can't) live without. You'll also want to think about how you are moving to campus—whether you have a larger truck or a small car will impact the amount of stuff you can transport with you.

When creating your packing list, refer to our "What to Bring [PDF]" list. This document suggests items to bring to campus with you, along with a list of items that you should not bring with you.

If you are able, we suggest you reach out to your future roommate prior to move-in. Some students arrange with their roommate, which person will bring the mini-fridge and who will bring the microwave. While you don't have to do this, space is limited in your residence hall space and having two microwaves, televisions, mini-fridges, etc., might get overwhelming!

If you need to purchase items for your room, we recommend that you take a look at OCM for Eastern Michigan University. They specialize in EVERYTHING related to residence hall living and have great packages, bedding sets, as well as bath and storage items.


What To Do The Night Before

Make sure the majority of your packing is done and load your vehicle, if possible. The more you do before move-in day, the less stressed and rushed you'll feel in the morning.

Double check that you have your assignment information, Eagle ID card and E number readily available. If you don't have your Eagle ID card yet, you'll need some other form of photo ID to move-in. Don't lose these items! Put them somewhere you can get to them easily.

Get some sleep and eat breakfast. Move-in day is exciting, energizing, exhausting and emotional, all at the same time. Not only are you moving-in, but First-Four Orientation also starts at 1 p.m., so it's going to be a long day.


What to do on Move-In Day

The doors to the residence halls officially open at 9 a.m. for move-in. You'll need to go to the residence hall in which you've been assigned to in order to check-in. If you are unsure of where you are going, don't be afraid to stop and ask any staff you see. We have Housing and Residence Life staff everywhere to help you.

The hours for move-in are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. First-Four Orientation begins at 1 p.m., so make sure to take this into consideration when planning your arrival time. You'll want to give yourself as much time as possible complete your move-in before you head-off to orientation.

As the student, you'll need to enter your assigned residence hall to check-in before you can move anything into the building. Staff will ask for your Eagle ID card (or another photo ID, if you don't have your Eagle ID yet) to get the process started. You'll do a little bit of paperwork, sign for your keys, take care of any other building or community specific items, then you'll be all set to go.

The Department of Public Safety shuts down parking spaces and roads directly in front of the halls, so students can unload their belongings. Once your vehicle is unloaded, you'll be directed to move it to a nearby parking lot, so others can unload. We recommend that you bring a parent/friend/family member to help you—this way, one person can stay with your belongings while the other goes and parks the vehicle.

Once you have your keys, you can go unlock your room and start moving items in. Here at EMU, we also have this wonderful program called Move-In Magic. Different student organizations volunteer during first-year move-in to help students and their families/friends move their belongings into their residence hall space. Imagine a group of students carrying everything you brought (even that heavy mini-fridge) up to your room...isn't that magical? Of course it is. Move-in Magic students will be everywhere during the move-in hours and will seek out any students to help them move.

Bed, Bath and Beyond will  be on-campus from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. for all of your last-minute or forgotten item needs! Look for the giant tent set-up outside of the Walton Hall, Sellers Hall and Buell Hall area. Or just follow the signs—directional signs are posted on all the buildings to help you locate the tent sale. You can also order items online with Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick them up at the tent sale.


What To Do During Your First Week

During your first week on campus, you might feel a little overwhelmed with all of the things going on. To help acclimate to campus, make sure to attend your first floor meeting. You'll see signed posted all over your residence hall about this. This meeting is super-important, as you'll get to know your resident advisor(s), your floor-mates and learn about our community. Roommate agreements are discussed, as well as the expectations of the EMU campus community.

You'll also want to take some time this week to review the Guide to Living on Campus (GCL). This guide will be discussed at your first floor meeting, but you are ultimately responsible for all the materials within the GCL, so make sure to go through it. The GCL is a great reference to keep on-hand if you have a quick policy question or are looking for a information about Housing and Residence Life.

Take advantage of the many programs and events happening on campus as possible! There will be free food events, job fairs, student organization fairs and a ton of other events going on around campus for students to check-out. Attending these  events is a great way to learn about different academic, social and employment opportunities on campus in a really fun environment.


Other Important Information

This area for all of the other important information you'll want to know about and have access to prior to arriving on campus:

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