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Move-In Guide

This guide is for first-time residents moving to campus who will live in the residence halls beginning August 2017. 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 16, 2017 at 8 a.m. Please plan to arrive before 10 p.m. to check in.

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 enforcement in the CH zones will begin at 11 p.m. on Sunday, August 20.

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

Beginning July 15, residents wishing to move in August 13 – 15, must register for Experience IU. An additional housing charge of $40 per day for moving in on August 13 – 15 will be billed to the residents bursar account.

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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
  • Drones
  • 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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Residents who want to move fewer things to campus may ship items directly to their assigned residence hall after August 1, 2017. These shipments must be addressed with:

Items will be held in a central storage area at each residence hall. See the center desk for instructions on retrieving these shipments.

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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 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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