New Student Move-In Information

New Student Move-In Day is Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. We’re excited to have you join the OWU community!

New Student Move-In Overview

New Student Move-In Day is Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. All students will check in and pick up their room keys in the tent located on the JAYwalk outside the main entrance of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center before going to their hall to unload vehicles.   

New Student Check-In

All students will check in and pick up their room and mailbox keys at the tent located on the JAYwalk outside the main entrance of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center during their move-in time. Students will also check in for Orientation in the same location. Students who have not completed their Financial Aid verification or set up a payment plan with the Bursar's office will not be able to check in to the residence halls. Financial Aid and the Bursar's office will be at new student check-in so students can complete the necessary steps and check in.  All students will need a photo ID to complete the check-in process. 

Sign Up for a Move-In Time

There are many other strategies being used to keep the check-in and move-in processes safe.  An important one for you to understand is that we are spreading move-in out over the entire day on Sunday, August 16. There are no orientation activities scheduled for Sunday, August 16 so everyone will have ample time to move and settle into their room.  

Sign Up for a Move-In Time - Students will need to log in to their Res Life Portal and navigate to the “Assignments” section on the main page to sign up for a move in time.  Because we are trying to spread out the number of people moving into a building at any one time, we are not able to add additional time slots in an hour once it is full. 

Safety During Move-In

The move-in process brings a lot of people to campus from all over the country and world. In an effort to maintain a safe check-in and move-in environment for everyone, there are some safety guidelines in place that we’re asking each student and all guests to follow:

  1. First, all students, guests, and staff involved in the check-in and move-in process will be asked to practice safe distancing (6ft) both during the check-in process and in the residential communities. 
  2. Additionally, we’re asking that masks be worn while in line for check-in, while inside the residential communities, and whenever you are within 6ft of another person from outside your family group. 
  3. Finally, we’re limiting the number of guests or helpers a student can have with them during the check-in process and while moving into the residence halls to one (1) person. This will help keep the number of people inside and moving around our residential communities lower.

Directions to New Student Check-In & Parking

Please review this map to help you locate where the check-in process will occur for the August 14 early arrival date (athletes, marching band, etc), and August 16.  

Loft Kit Requests

The University has kits that make it possible for students to either bunk two beds together or to loft a single bed high enough to place something like a futon underneath it. Some students like using these because it can create additional storage space in the room. Other students like to keep their beds on the bed ends already in the room, which allows them to raise or lower their bed frame several feet off the ground (high enough to place a dresser underneath it) without the use of a kit.  

If you would like to request a loft kit or a bunk kit, please complete the Fall 2020 Loft & Bunk Kit Request form by August 1, 2020.  

Packing for College

We also encourage you to review the What to Bring to College list and use it as a place to start in packing for your transition to OWU. While it's not inclusive of everything you may need or want to bring with you, it offers some ideas we know students appreciate having. If you are living in a suite (Welch Hall) you will be responsible for cleaning your own bathroom. Please bring appropriate cleaning supplies with you and have early conversations with your roommates about how you'll maintain a healthy and clean environment. If you live in Smith Hall West or Thomson Hall, your community bathrooms will be cleaned by our housekeeping staff each weekday.