Tips for Move-In Day

Freshman Move-In 2013

We are excited to welcome our students and you, their families, to Mason next week.  We will welcome our first-year students to campus on Thursday, August 25 and our upper-class students back on Saturday, August 27.

The Mason community has been preparing for the past several months to welcome our students and families to campus with a stress-free move-in day experience.  Since move-in is right around the corner, we want to make sure you understand the Mason move-in day procedures.  All students are assigned a move-in date, time, and a campus entry point.  Arriving via the appropriate entrance and at your assigned time will assure you the most access to move-in help from volunteers and the greatest availability of moving bins. 

Before you arrive:
Please review our detailed move-in instructions that are available on our website. These instructions were developed to lessen wait times coming onto campus and during the unloading process.  Your GPS may instruct you to take a different route, but please make sure that you follow the move-in instructions so you enter campus with the correct traffic to most easily access your student’s new home away from home.

Review the instructions for your students building and print your move-in map before you leave for campus!

Check the packing list!  We encourage roommates to talk with one another about what they are bringing.  Remember, there are stores near campus – you don’t have to bring everything on the first day!

Construction updates for students living in the Rappahannock and Aquia neighborhoods:
There will be limited unloading areas due to construction projects that impact the Rappahannock and Aquia neighborhood.  Please expect delays in traffic during peak move-in times on Thursday and Saturday.

On Thursday, students moving in will not be permitted to park to unload.  Instead, with the help of volunteers, vehicles will be unloaded and then need to be moved immediately out of the unloading area to ensure a smooth move-in process for all.  A student or family member must stay with the unloaded belongings while volunteers help take items to your student’s room.  Additionally, a student or family member must stay with the vehicle at all times.

Early move-in (upper-class students only):
Families with an upper-class student interested in early move-in can review the information on our website and submit an application.  If approved, the student will receive an email with new move-in information.

We look forward to seeing you and your student on campus next week!

Office of Housing and Residence Life