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Move-In 2018

New Student Move In

New first-year and transfer students move in between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.  Move-in is staggered by room number to plan for a more efficient parking and unloading area near the buildings.  Students with odd-numbered rooms only may move in from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.  Students with even-numbered rooms may move in beginning at 10 a.m. Housing assignments with room numbers are emailed July 20. 

New students and their helping family members and friends will arrive to campus from Rosemont Avenue onto Ferndale Avenue to briefly park at the Whitaker Campus Center parking lot.  Click here for the College map.  The student, with photo ID card in hand, will go inside Whitaker to pick up their room key (and get their student ID card if they did not previously get one).  They will then receive their New Student Orientation materials and will be able to ask any logistical questions.  Next, they will depart the Whitaker lot and follow signage and staff directions to park temporarily (for no more than fifteen minutes) at their building  to unload belongings.  Once the vehicle is quickly unloaded, the car must be moved to a permanent parking lot so others may unload.  A move in crew will be on hand to assist unloading; so it is important for each student’s belongings to be packed and labeled with their name and building/room number.  In large lettering, write this information on boxes and securely attach a sheet of paper on bags and other items.

After moving in, students and their family members will get settled, have lunch in the dining hall, and then at 2 p.m., attend the Opening Session for New Students and Families in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center's BB&T Arena.  Family members will say farewell between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. so students begin their four day orientation before classes begin that Monday.

Returning Student Move In

Returning students may choose to move into their housing assignment on either Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Students must plan to arrive before 5 p.m. to present a photo ID card in order to pick up their key from Whitaker Campus Center switchboard.  With key in-hand, students may then park near their residence to quickly unload belongings.  Once unloaded, students and/or their helping families/friends must move their vehicle to a parking lot so others are able to unload.  

Move In Tips

  • Students are encouraged to talk with their roommate to decide what items will be shared (television, rug, mini-fridge, etc.). Click here for a detailed suggested list of items to bring (and not bring).
  • Where possible, packing items in bags rather than boxes is preferred.
  • When unpacking, students are encouraged to recycle cardboard and other recyclable materials in dumpsters outside the residence halls keeping the hallways clear for important fire safety reasons.
  • Everyone should dress comfortably, keep hydrated, and ask staff for needed assistance.
  • Post your move-in day moments to social media with #HoodisHome18! Make sure you're following Hood on social media for helpful tips and move-in day coverage.  

Moving In Early

A limited number of students are sponsored by Hood College departments to arrive to campus earlier than the above dates (such as international students and a few fall athletic teams).  Students approved to move into their residence early will be notified of their approval and instructions at their Hood email account by Aug. 3. Students moving in earlier than Aug. 23 are responsible for all meals unless their sponsor provides meals. If you would like your student account charged $30 per day for early move in housing, click here to submit a form.  (That form is also for those wanting to be a part of the Move In Crew to help new students move into their rooms.)  Students without permission to arrive early will be charged a daily housing charge of $50. Because of summer conferences/camps and various building renovations, some rooms may not be available for early move-in; in these cases, if approved to arrive to campus early, staff will provide a temporary room during the early arrival period (and the student will be able to later move into their permanent assignment).