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Move-In Guide

The guide is for first-time residents moving to campus who will live in the residence halls beginning August 2016. Before moving on campus, please read the A to Z Guide to Residence Hall & Furnished Apartment Living.

Opening Day

The residence halls will open for fall semester Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m. Check-in before 11:30 p.m. is strongly encouraged.

New students with a housing assignment are to report directly to their assigned residence hall. Short term parking for unloading vehicles will be available in the fire lanes. Parking Zone CH in the lots around the residence halls will be unrestricted through Sunday, August 21.

New students without an assignment must come to the assignment office during business hours at 801 North Jordan Ave.

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Early Arrival

Residents needing to move in before opening day may register online to arrive early.

Students participating in International Student Orientation may arrive as early as Wednesday, August 3 at a cost of $16 per day (August 3–13).

Students employed by RPS, or those taking part in an IU program such as marching band, athletics, IU Beginnings, or International Student Orientation will receive instructions from the department or program.

All other residents may begin arriving on Sunday, August 14. A cost of $36 per day (August 12–16) per day will be assessed. These early arrival charges will be billed to the student's bursar account. Check-in is from 8 a.m. to midnight daily. Arriving before 11:30 p.m. is strongly encouraged. Food service will begin on Sunday, August 14 and I-BUCKS will be accepted.

Online registration to arrive early for the fall semester will open Monday, July 18 and close Friday, August 12.

Sign Up for Early Arrival.

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Packing List

My IU Packing List

To protect the health and safety of everyone, we cannot permit some items in the buildings. These lists of necessary, optional and prohibited items will help you determine what you need to leave at home.

Please note that all electrical appliances must be:

  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed.
  • Equipped with thermostatic controls, when appropriate.
  • Rated at 700 watts (6 amps), or less.

More information about university safety policies and Indiana Codes is available from the Office of Insurance. Loss Control & Claims.

Necessary Items

  • Bathrobe, shower shoes, towels, and washcloths
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothing hangers
  • Command hooks, tacky putty, or painter's tape (for hanging decorations)
  • Detergent
  • Extra-long twin bed linens, mattress cover, blankets, and pillows
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Mug, cups, dishes, and cutlery
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Personal toiletry items and a small, plastic bucket for carrying the items
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Surge protectors and extension cords (LCDI technology is strongly recommended)
  • Umbrella and rainwear

Optional Items

  • Bed risers (cannot be used with bunk or loft beds)
  • Bicycle
  • Board games
  • Charging station
  • Christmas lights
  • Coffee maker (i.e., Hamilton Beach, Keurig, Mr. Coffee)
  • Computer or laptop
  • Deck of cards
  • Flashlight
  • Flexible lamp
  • Hanging closet shelves
  • Microwave
  • Multi-purpose furniture (i.e., storage cubes, futon)
  • Refrigerator (three cubic feet or less)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Snack food and beverages
  • Sporting equipment
  • Streaming media player
  • TV

Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners and windowless air conditioners (unless approved by RPS for medical needs)
  • Alcohol and alcohol containers of any kind
  • Antennas and satellite dishes
  • Combustible liquids
  • Crockpots
  • Electric open-coil heaters or any appliances with exposed burners
  • Firearms (including BB guns, Paintball guns, and pellet guns; slingshots and other weapons)
  • Fireworks.
  • Full-size refrigerators and freezers
  • Indoor grills (including George Foreman and Cuisinart Griddlers)—charcoal, electric, and propane
  • Halogen lights and lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Hoverboards
  • Immersion coils for heating water
  • Incense and incense burners
  • Pets
  • Portable washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Power tools
  • Smoking devices (e.g., hookahs, pipes, electronic cigarettes)
  • Stoves and camping stoves
  • Sun lamps and tanning beds
  • Toaster ovens
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Setting Up Your Room

Residence hall rooms come with:

  • Single bed and mattress (one per student).
  • Desk and chair (one per student).
  • Window coverings.
  • Closet or wardrobe.
  • Wastebasket.
  • Ethernet connection and Wi-Fi at most locations.
  • Campus cable TV connection.

Before making purchases for the room, watch our video for ideas and decorating tips from other residents.

Before doing anything to a room, please read this section of the A to Z Guide about modifications:

Room dimensions determine the bed arrangement options available in any given room. Information for specific rooms will be available at My Housing. Some rooms do not accommodate all the bed arrangements available at a residence hall.

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