Upperclass, Transfer and Family Housing Move-In

Saturday, September 1 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Are you excited?! Housing and Residence Life is getting everything ready and is looking forward to seeing you on September 1! Please take the time to read through the information posted here. This page contains information that will help you pack, help you figure out where to go to move-in, and 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, 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 to campus.

You'll also want to reach out to your future roommate/suite-mate/apartment-mate prior to move-in, if you can. Some students arrange with their roommate that one person will bring the mini-fridge, while the other will bring the microwave. While you don't have to do this, space is limited in your 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 and bedding sets, as well as bath and storage items.

Are you still looking for furniture for your apartment space? CORT offers great furniture rental packages for students. If you have reserved an unfurnished apartment for this school year, you should definitely check out what CORT has to offer.

You should also think about securing renters insurance before you arrive on campus. We encourage you to watch the following video:

You can sign-up for this service from within the 2018–2019 housing application. If you need help with this, please contact ebenn@emich.edu.

What To Do The Night Before

Make sure the majority of your packing is done and pack 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. Put them somewhere you can get to them easily.

What to do on Move-In Day 

Move-in officially begins at 9 a.m. Staff will be making final arrangements and double-checking things before this time, so we will not start checking students in before this time.

Where you need to go depends on where you are living:


Residence Halls

If you are living in one of the residence halls (Best, Buell, Downing, Wise, Walton, Sellers, Hoyt, Pittman or the Village), you need to report to the front desk of your assigned residence hall.


If you are living in one of our apartment options (601 West Forest, Brown, Munson, Cornell or Westview), you need to report to the Apartment Check-In Station located at McKenny Hall. Please note that this location will close at 1 p.m. You must arrive and complete your check-in prior to this time. If you cannot come during this time-frame, move-in for our apartments options will resume at 3 p.m. at the apartments office located in Brown Hall. 

To re-cap, apartment move-in is at McKenny Hall from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. No move-ins/check-ins will be allowed between 1 and 3 p.m. Move-in/check-in will resume at the Apartments Office in Brown Hall at 3 p.m.

As the student, you have to check-in before you can move anything into your space. Staff will ask for your Eagle ID card (or another photo ID, if you don't have your Eagle ID yet) to get the processes 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 drives 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.

For those moving into Cornell Courts and Westview: please don't drive on the grounds or sidewalks. All vehicles must remain in the parking lots or designated unloading areas. Once you are done unloading, try to move your vehicle out of the way so others can easily unload. 

What To Do During The First Week

Make sure to attend your first floor meeting if you reside in the residence halls—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.

Make sure to return your Room Condition Form (RCF) to your building front desk or to the apartments office during this week. We use this document at move-out to determine whether any damage has been done, so it's crucial that you review this document, add any items you think need to be documented, and return it within the given time-frame. If you have any questions about this, feel free to talk to one of your resident advisors.

You'll also want to take some time this week to review the Guide to Living on Campus [PDF] (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 also a great reference materials to keep on-hand if you have a quick policy question or are looking for a information about housing.

Take advantage of as many of the social programs 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 no-pressure events is a great way to learn about different academic, social and employment opportunities on-campus in a really fun environment.

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