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Move-In Day

Are you ready to Live the Bulldog Life in a dynamic learning environment? We are looking forward to your arrival on “The Hill!” All students and parents will be expected to adhere to the new procedures established for everyone’s safety. 

  • Check-In Procedures

    The check-in process has been updated to offer a low-contact process in a large venue where physical distancing can be maximized. Students and family members are required to wear face coverings while going through the check-in process.

    Steps To Move/Check-In 

    Check-in: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

    1. Arrive on campus, go directly to the Health and Wellness Center
    2. Check-in will be limited to 3 people including the student. No children under the age of 16 will be permitted.
    3. Each individual’s temperature will be taken at the gym; it should not exceed the CDC guidelines.
    4. With the appropriate temperature, the student/family will be cleared to proceed to step 2.
    5. Students will need to turn in a hard copy of their Negative COVID PCR test results. (new requirement)
    6. A clearance armband will be issued to the move-in party (max: 3).


    1. University Staff will check for clearance armband up arrival at the East Gate on Chase Road.
    2. The cleared party should park in the assigned residence hall parking lot.
    3. The cleared party should check-in at the front desk of the assigned residence hall.
    4. The checked-in party can begin the move-in process.


    1. Housing staff will check for clearance armband, and face mask upon entering the residence hall.
    2. The student will be directed to their room by staff.
    3. The checked-in party can move-in.
    4. Move-in should be completed by 5:00 p.m. (CST) each day.


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  • Students + 2

    The resident and two (2) individuals may enter the residence hall to unpack and help the student settle in during move-in. No additional individuals will be permitted on campus, nor will they be allowed to sit in the car. If you bring additional individuals they will not be cleared, and the student will not be allowed to move/check-in. Similarly, a limited number of staff will be on-hand to allow for increased physical distancing. Face coverings are required. No children under the age of 16 will be permitted. 

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  • Vehicles

    Only personal vehicles will be allowed through the Check-In process. Moving trucks and trailers are not permitted. 

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  • (New Update) New and Returning Students Move/Check-In Instructions    

    New and Returning students will start the move/check-in process on January 16th-18th. Students can move/check-in anytime on the dates listed. We will not have a schedule for the residence halls this semester. Please note, students will need to move/check-in between the hours of 8:00 am-3:30 pm daily.

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  • After-Hour Arrival 

    No After-hour arrivals will be approved. If a student arrives after 3:30 p.m., they will NOT be permitted to move in.

    If a student allows their roommate/suitemate to move-in without following proper procedures, all parties involved will lose their housing privileges.

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  • Early Arrival 

    Due to COVID 19, no early arrivals will be approved.

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  • Arrival Policy

    If you fail to claim your room within the designated Move-In date time-frame, Residential Life and Housing will cancel your assignment. 

    Due to COVID 19, we cannot accept late arrivals beyond your scheduled move-in days.

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  • Questions

    Questions or concerns about your arrival should be e-mailed to (  Be sure to include your name, contact number, A-number, building, and room number in your email. 

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  • Tips for Packing

    Space in the residence halls is relatively limited, and we suggest packing lightly and picking up additional items at a later time.

    Label all items with your name, building, room number and phone number.

    Fold hanging clothes and bring hangers separately. Clothes do not fit well on the moving carts and may get dirty on Move-In Day.

    Leave winter clothes at home. Due to limited storage space, consider exchanging summer clothes for winter clothes during trips home.

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  • Settling In

    Please label your belongings with your last name and room number as an added measure of security (painter’s tape works well). If you are assigned to Foster Complex, please also designate East or West on your belongings. Due to COVID 19, no assistance with unpacking, arranging furnishings, etc., will be provided by volunteers in the event a package or item is dropped or left behind.

    How to Hang Items in Your Room

    You may only use 3M Command Strips to hang items on walls, or furniture. Nails or push pins are prohibited.

    You are not permitted to use wall mount systems for flat screen televisions in any Residence Hall.

    Setting up Your Bed

    Beds adjust up to approximately 30” from the floor in the following Residence Halls: Stephens, Morris, Terry, Palmer, and in select rooms in Normal Hills.

    Height-adjustable beds should be adjusted by Hall Staff, only. Trying to do this yourself may result in a damage charge. Contact your Hall Director to request a change in the height of your bed.

    Do Not use concrete blocks to heighten your bed. They will be removed and a fine may be imposed.

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  • After Settling In

    After you finish unpacking and settling into your room, there are several things to do with your family or your roommates to get acquainted with Huntsville. Here are some ideas:

    Go grocery shopping after moving in. This cuts down on perishables packed in your vehicle. (NOTE: We recommend shopping before  5 pm). 

    Introduce yourself to your Resident Advisor and find out when your first floor meeting will happen. This provides you more information about your community and a chance to meet your neighbors!

    Walk through your class schedule to cut down on confusion when classes start.

    For more information about exploring Huntsville, go to for area events and attractions.

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  • Shopping Near Campus and Around Huntsville
    Bridge Street Town Centre (11 miles)
    365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106 Huntsville, AL    
    Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
    Parkway Place Mall (6 miles)
    2801 Memorial Parkway South Huntsville, AL    
    Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Walmart Supercenter (2.5 miles)
    2200 Sparkman Dr., NW Huntsville, AL 35810
    Open 24-hours
    Target Supercenter (7 miles)
    6275 University Dr., NW Huntsville, AL 35806
    Open Daily: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.


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  • Driving Directions

    Driving Directions and Parking

    Campus Map/Legend found here:

    The majority of the move-in day traffic to the residence hall/apartment community will enter campus through the gate at Chase Road and Buchanan Way (located east of Councill Blvd near Foster Complex). Those halls include; Foster Complex, Stephens Hall, Morris Hall, Hopkins Hall, Thigpen Hall, and Terry Hall.

    Residents of Knight Complex, Student Residence Hall, and Normal Hills Apartment Community should enter on the west side of the campus.

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