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Moving In

Fall 2019 Schedule

Move-in happens over several days. Please refer to the chart below so you know when to arrive.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

New international students

Check-in time to be announced. If you arrive prior to this move-in date, please make arrangements for other accommodations until you can check in.

Move-in for students in Goldsworth Valley Apartments, Stadium Drive Apartments, Spindler Hall is to be determined. Western View Apartments move-in is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Friday, Aug. 23

First-Year Seminar, Final Freshman Orientation, Honors, MLK Academy, ROTC and AFROTC

A to G: 1 to 3 p.m. EST
H to P: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST
Q to Z: 9 to 11 a.m. EST
ROTC and AFROTC participants move in from 9 to 11 a.m. regardless of last name. Floor meetings for all students at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24

New students participating in Fall Welcome

A to G: 1 to 3 p.m. EST
H to P: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST
Q to Z: 9 to 11 a.m. EST
New transfer students participating in Fall Welcome move in from 9 to 11 a.m. regardless of last name. Floor meetings for all students at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Returning and transfer students

Halls open at 9 a.m. EST.

The residence halls will not open their doors prior to the official move-in time, so you do not need to arrive early to “beat the rush.” We have already taken care of spreading out arrival times to minimize your wait for unloading, checking in and the elevators.

Can I move in before my scheduled date?

Students are not able to move in earlier than their assigned move-in date. If you have a conflict, you are welcome to move in at a later time than your scheduled arrival day.

Can I move in after my scheduled date?

You are welcome to move in any day after your assigned move-in date. Students who will be moving in after the first week of school should contact the Residence Life office so their room can be held. Fall Welcome participants who will not be arriving on their move-in day should contact the Office of Student Transition at (269) 387-2167 for directions on checking into the program. You will need a program book, ambassador group assignment and name tag to eat.

What to expect on new student move-in days

1—Arriving on campus

Follow the housing move-in maps for the best way to get to your hall. Some roads are changed to one-way for move-in. Housing volunteers will greet you and give you an unloading pass to put in your vehicle window. You will need to know your room number! Students should go inside the hall to start checking in. Your move-in helpers will unload the car onto the grass and then go park it. 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. An assortment of carts and dollies will be available to check out to help get things up to the room. You are also welcome to bring your own.

2—Check in

Check-in will consist of several stations, such as receiving your room key and student policies, and completing paperwork. This includes a health insurance policy number, so please bring the appropriate information with you (if applicable). An important part of check-in is the Student Information Folder. It includes a room inventory section. Take this folder 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.

3—Fall Welcome program

Students arriving Aug. 23 and 24 will have a mandatory floor or hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. After the meeting, students will head out to meet their Fall Welcome ambassador and eat dinner. Activities usually keep students busy until 8 p.m. when optional evening activities start.


WMU 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. Students needing to purchase a parking permit may do so at the Bernhard Center and satellite locations established by Parking Services. Information will be posted in the residence halls.

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 is a great way to see all the options for students and not have to move the car once it is parked!

Move-in tips

Additional ideas to consider that will make your move in easier are cutting handles in boxes for easy carrying or using storage totes. 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.

Before you arrive

Helpful information is posted on the New Students web page to help you make decisions prior to your move-in day. Find out more about the variety of services and amenities available to you.

What to bring

Once you are ready to pack, please review the Residence Life What to Bring/Not Bring web page to find out what is included in your room, which items are recommended, and a list of items that are prohibited.

Large dumpsters will be 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.


Mail will begin to be delivered to the residence halls the first day of move in. Details about sending and receiving mail are available on the housing website.

Hall postings and events

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. Each residence hall will host multiple social events the first week to help students meet one another.


Housing and Dining employ more than 1,000 students annually in a variety of positions. First year Residence Life Student Employees work in residence halls as front desk receptionists or fitness room workers. Student Employees in Dining Services fill a variety of positions in the dining centers, work as cashiers in the Campus Cafés, or even drive trucks.