Residence Hall Move In

Given the need for physical distancing and no physical contact between people and personal belongings, move-in will be “no-touch, self-service.” Move-in will be spread out over the course of a week. The first two days are referred to as “Pre Move-In” when you may sign up to come to campus, move in your belongings only, and then leave campus for the rest of the week. ll students will be assigned to a move-in day and timeblock to promote physical distancing from others who are moving in. You will receive your assignment email from the Campus Services Center no later than July 15, 2020.

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as people arrive on campus, we ask that everyone be especially vigilant about physical distancing for the two weeks prior to your move in day. Rather than asking students to isolate on arrival, we ask that you take this important precaution to keep our community healthy.

On the day of your arrival before leaving your home or hotel for campus, each person in your move-in party should take their temperature and do a symptom self-assessment. If anyone has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or is experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), they should not come to campus that day and the student should contact to request a different move-in appointment. You will be asked to confirm this symptom assessment upon arrival before being permitted to enter the residence halls. We want everyone to start the term healthy, and if you need to delay your move-in, we will work with you to ensure a smooth start to your semester.

Pre Move-In

Your housing assignment email will include the opportunity to sign up for "Pre Move-In." During Pre Move-In, students come to campus, drop off their belongings in their room, set up their room, then leave campus. Students may not stay overnight before or after they participate in Pre Move-In. This option is open to all students, but is particularly aimed at those who live within a few hours from campus.

First-year students who participate in Pre Move-In should return to campus on Friday, August 14 by 5 pm. Upper class students should return to campus on Sunday, August 16. 

Families should not enter the residence halls when they return to drop their students off on campus at the end of the week.


To promote physical distancing, you will be assigned a move-in day and time in your housing assignment email, which will be sent no later than July 15, 2020. If you misplace that email, contact the Campus Services Center. 

  • First-year students will be assigned a move-in date between Monday, August 10 and Friday, August 14.
  • Upper class students will be assigned a move-in date between Wednesday, August 12 and Sunday, August 16.
You will be assigned a morning (9 am to noon) or afternoon (1 pm to 4 pm) time slot. If you are unable to move in during your assigned day and time, you may request an exception through the link in your assignment email. 

Some students who are participating in a particular program (e.g. pre-semester programs such as Miami Bound or MADE@Miami, marching band, etc.) will move in early. These students will receive separate communication from the office that sponsors the program.

New Students

When you arrive on campus, please check-in with Residence Life staff in your residence hall lobby. Staff will issue your University ID and give you other arrival information. If you have not submitted an ID photo in advance, you will have to go to the Campus Services Center to have your photo taken and ID issued. This is why it is important for all new students to submit an ID photo before arriving to campus.

If you are approved to arrive prior to August 8 for a pre-semester program, you should go to the Campus Services Center in the Campus Avenue Building.

Returning Students

Returning students should also check in with the Residence Life staff to receive their move-in materials.


Families should plan to leave campus the same day students move in. A corridor meeting is scheduled for 7 pm each day of move-in. Most students will join other students in their corridor for dinner at the nearest dining hall that evening before the meeting. The corridor meeting is followed by other Welcome Weekend activities. Most family members depart after helping their students get into their rooms and somewhat settled.


  • Do not come to campus if you are sick, are not feeling well, or have a fever.  
  • In addition to the typical “what-to-bring” list, you should also bring:
    • Face coverings/Mask(s) - Students should bring several reusable face coverings for use on campus during the semester. Everyone helping students move in must wear a face covering while they are in the residence hall.
    • Cleaning supplies - The residence hall common areas and all student rooms will be sanitized by the Physical Facilities Department, but we are recommending that students bring cleaning supplies so they can also continually clean surfaces.
    • Hand wipes
    • Hand cart for move-in. We will provide some bins and carts for move-in with wipes to clean the carts off before and after each use, but bringing your own cart will be helpful and safer for everyone.
    • Refillable water bottle - We typically experience hot weather during move-in. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle.  
  • Come to campus with as few people as possible. Please leave siblings and extended family members at home if you can.
  • Shop at home, if possible, or order locally for a pickup order rather than going into stores.

Parking During Move-In

When you arrive on campus, you should pull up as close as you can to your residence hall to unload your vehicle. After unloading, you should immediately move your vehicle to a designated parking area. Parking will be free and does not require a permit during move-in week. Parking locations are shown on the move-in maps available on this webpage. Do not park in blue disability parking unless your vehicle has a disability parking permit. Do not park in front of dumpsters, as they need to be emptied frequently during move-in.  


Every year, many families ship belongings to campus before arriving. The Mail and Package Center 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' housing portal webpage. 

All packages for students arrive to the Mail and Package Center at the Shriver Center. When a package arrives, the mail center will email 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 3 or they will be returned.  

Boxes and Recycling

Most families collapse boxes and take them home. If that is not possible, unwanted cardboard boxes 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 in 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.

Questions about Move-In

Please review 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 8: 10 am - 2 pm
  • Sunday, August 9: 10 am - 2 pm
  • Saturday, August 14: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, August 15: 8 am - 5 pm