Move-in Directions

1—Arrive on campus.
Follow the move-in maps below for the best way to get to your hall. When you arrive, go inside to get your room key. While you check in, family will unload the car onto the grass and then go park. This allows more people to get in close to the hall and not carry things as far. One person must be with the vehicle at all times while it unloads.

2—Get your room key.
Check-in will consist of several stations, such as receiving your room key and student policies. Paperwork includes emergency contact preferences and, where applicable, health insurance information.

3—Complete the Room Inventory Form.
An important part of check-in will be the Room Inventory Form. Take this form to your room and make notes regarding any damages or wear and tear you see in the room. When you check out in April, this form will be used to compare the condition of your room to August, before you moved in. Any damages not previously noted on the form will be billed to your student account when you leave.

Directions to campus

Campus traffic is routed differently for move in. Please refer to the appropriate move-in map.

Draper/Siedschlag, French, Davis and Zimmerman
Valley Halls
Western Heights


Western Michigan University students and parents can park in any student space in lots designated A, C, F, K and W during move-in week. Cars in employee, reserved and handicapped (unless a permit is displayed) spaces will be ticketed, as well as vehicles on sidewalks and the grass. Thirty-minute loading areas in front of the residence halls will also be enforced.

Dining Centers

The dining centers will open Friday, Aug. 23, with new student early arrivals. Free meal passes are provided for families helping their student move in. It’s a great way to see all the options for students and not have to move the car once it’s parked!

Carts and Dollies

Each hall will have 15-20 large bins students or families can check out to help get belongings to the room. Families can also bring their own dollies to move boxes and belongings.


Move-in brings a lot of cardboard and Styrofoam. Large dumpsters are outside the hall where you can drop off your cardboard. Please remove Styrofoam and break down the boxes. There are large bags staked next to the dumpster for the Styrofoam. In 2018, WMU recycled 7.29 tons of cardboard and Styrofoam during move-in. Visit the Facilities move-in recycling page for more information.

Move-in tips

Additional ideas to consider that will make your move in easier are cutting handles in boxes for easy carrying, and bringing a dolly. We also recommend bringing a few basic cleaning supplies. They come in handy for a quick sprucing up and keeping the room clean during the year.

Logging On - computer, phone, gaming systems, TVs

Once you get into your room, register your computer or phone on the wireless network.  If you have a gaming system or TV, register them on the network too.  The site includes a list of of incompatible devices.

Bronco buddies

Volunteers called Bronco Buddies are there to assist with move in on the three main move-in days. They will help unload cars and carry belongings to your room.


Mail will begin to be delivered to the residence halls the first day of move in. Click here for details about sending and receiving mail.

Hall postings

Please take time to look at the information posted in the halls. This will include information about policies and campus services, as well as information about campus and hall events happening the first week.

Some helpful links

MicroFridge rentals, carpet, futons and more
Move-in schedule
Packing list
What comes in a room
What to bring/not to bring