First Year Student Move In

Move In Day Questions and Answers

When do first-year students move in?

Most first year students move in on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Some students arrive early if they are associated with a particular program (e.g. pre-semester programs such as Miami Bound or MADE@Miami, marching band, etc.). These students receive separate communication from the office that sponsors the program. Students assigned to Emerson Hall and Hepburn Hall move in on Wednesday, August 21 to alleviate congestion on move-in day. The Residence Life staff in Emerson and Hepburn Halls will organize optional social opportunities for Wednesday evening.

Do students have a designated time on August 22, 2019 when they must move in?

Yes. Students will be notified by the Campus Services Center in their assignment e-mail in early August. If you misplace that e-mail, contact the Campus Services Center. Anyone may arrive between 3 pm and 5:30 pm. There is no advantage gained by arriving early in the morning or before your assigned timeframe. Students should arrive by 5:30 pm.

Once students are moved in, how long should families stay on campus?

An all-hall meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 22. Most students will join their corridor for dinner in the nearest dining hall at 5 or 5:30 pm. The all-hall meeting is followed by corridor meetings. Welcome Weekend activities continue that night and go throughout the weekend. Most family members depart after helping their students get into their rooms and somewhat settled. 

Where can I pick up pre-purchased carpet on move-in day?

A student organization sells carpet as their main organizational fundraiser. Many students pre-order carpets in response to a mailing sent by the organization. You can still walk up and purchase a carpet on the spot. The student organization carpet sale pick up will be in the following locations:

  • South Oak Street near Heritage Commons Apartments across the street from Anderson Hall
  • East Quad at the northeast corner of Cook Field near Wilson Hall,
  • North Quad near the flagpole in front of Millett Hall,
  • Western Drive near Thomson Hall.

Will there be help moving students belongings in on move-in day?

Hundreds of upper class students volunteer to help new students move into the residence halls. These students are from student organizations including fraternities, sororities and athletic teams. We cannot guarantee that a volunteer will be at your car when you pull in, but many students and families get assistance from these volunteers. Staff from the Physical Facilities Department may also be on hand to help you unload. There are no volunteers to help second-year students move into the residence halls.

Where may we park our vehicle once the student is moved-in?

After you have unloaded your vehicle, you may park for free in the North Campus Parking Garage (near the Baseball Stadium), the Campus Avenue Parking Garage (near the Rec Center), or in the Millet Hall or Ditmer parking lots.

If I show up before 9 am may we start moving in early?

No. The Residence Life staff will not be ready to check students in until your assigned arrival time. There is no advantage to getting to campus early. In fact, most traffic back-ups occur early in the morning.

Do the buildings have elevators for use during move-in?

Many of the residence halls for first year students have elevators for use during move-in. Even if your building does not have an elevator, the good news is that our buildings are only three stories high.

May we ship students' items to campus?

Every year many families ship belongings to campus before arriving, so University Mail Services is well prepared for this to occur. Please follow this example on the labels of your packages:

Student Name
Miami University
Room Number and Residence Hall Name
Residence Hall Street Address
Oxford, OH 45056-Zip Ext.

The street address is available on students' MyCard webpage. 

All packages for students arrive to the University Mail Center at the Shriver Center. When a package arrives, the mail center will e-mail the student at their Miami e-mail address to inform them of the package. Students go to the mail center in the Shriver Center to claim their packages. Delivery is available to the residence halls for a fee. Packages should NOT arrive before August 12 or they will get returned.  

What should we do with extra boxes after we unpack on move-in day?

Any cardboard boxes which you do not want to keep should be collapsed and taken out to the pile next to the trash dumpster outside of the building. The Physical Facilities Department will collect the cardboard for recycling. The cardboard tubes on which carpets are wrapped should also be recycled. Do not throw cardboard boxes in the trash dumpsters as they take up valuable space for trash. Miami is committed to recycling as much as possible.

Where can we eat on campus on move-in day?

Most dining halls are open on campus beginning at lunch on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Students may begin to use their meal plan at this time. Family members are welcomed to eat in the dining halls using cash or credit card.

What is the first thing students are required to attend on August 22, 2019?

Students will join their hall mates for dinner at a dining hall at about 5:30 pm. All students must attend the all-hall meeting at their residence hall at 6:30 pm. At that meeting they will meet the residence life staff in their residence hall, begin to meet other residents of the building, and hear important information about the building. Immediately after the all-hall meeting, students will meet with their RAs and corridor-mates to begin the community building process.

What if we get delayed and cannot arrive by 5:30 pm on August 22, 2019?

Contact the Campus Services Center at 513-529-5000 to make check-in arrangements and guarantee your room assignment.

Who can I call if I have further questions not answered here or in the video above?

Contact information for Residence Life and the Campus Services Center, and an explanation of the responsibility of each office. 

Additionally, the Campus Services Center has extended hours during the weekends before and after move-in:

  • Saturday, August 17: 12pm-4pm
  • Sunday, August 18: 8am-5pm
  • Saturday, August 24: 8am-5pm
  • Sunday, August 25: 8am-5pm