Moving In - Residence Halls

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Moving In Residence Halls

Whether you are a new or returning student, moving in can be both fun and exhausting. We’ve worked with our students and staff to make the process more efficient. We offer suggestions on what to bring and what to leave at home, preparations you might need to make, move-in times, dining hours, helpful tips for moving in and more.


Fall Semester Move-In Schedule

  • NEW STUDENTS: The Wednesday before classes begin.
  • RETURNING STUDENTS: The Friday - Sunday before classes begin.
    • Due to summer transitions, training of student staff, and maintenance projects, we are unable to allow students to return earlier than the posted opening date and time.
    • If you are part of Dawg Days, SIU Athletics, or Marching Salukis you will receive direct communication from the organizers of those activities regarding your arrival date.

If you can’t move in on your designated day, you may do so on the following day. Go directly to your assigned residence hall beginning at 9 a.m. to check in. Siblings may move in on the same day.

If you will move in later than 5:00 P.M. or will arrive after Sunday, contact your Area Office: East Campus 618-453-3889, West Campus 618-453-2471.

New Student Move-In Information

Students with last names beginning with A-M  8:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Students with last names beginning with N-Z  1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Park and unload your vehicle where directed. Leave someone with your belongings and move your vehicle to Lot 45 (in Rinella Field). With your student picture ID in hand, proceed to the check-in area in your residence hall to complete the check-in process and receive your key/fob. Proceed to the elevator and load your belongings. Lower floors may use stairways. NOTE: Rolling carts are available to help expedite move-in.

Go to your building and unload curbside. Leave someone with your belongings and move your car to Lot 4 (Communications Building corner lot), across from Thompson Point, or in overnight lots: Lot 23 (behind the Communications Building) or Lot 59 (past Greek Row). With your student picture ID in hand, go to Lentz Hall to complete your check-in process and receive your key/fob. There will be signs posted to direct you to the correct location.


Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. With your student ID in hand, check in at your assigned hall.

Note: Anyone checking in after the assigned times will need to call the Residence Life duty phone at 618-453-3889.