Move-In Information

Residential Life staff are excited to welcome students and families to UMBC!  We want to make sure you have all of the information you need to make your move-in day fun and easy.

Move-In Dates & Times

New residents will receive an email with their specific move-in date and time prior to the start of the semester.  Move-in times are based on the student’s room assignment.


New Students

Returning Students

Fall 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Spring 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Check-In Procedures

  1. Students should go directly to their community to start the check-in process. View this interactive map for instructions on where to go.
  2. You will have 15 minutes to unload your vehicle.
  3. Once your vehicle is unloaded, cars will need to be moved to long-term parking (usually no more than a 5- to 10-minute walk back to the residential community).
  4. University Police will monitor traffic and parking conditions.
  5. Please keep in mind that there will be no campus-provided moving assistance, as a measure to reduce contact. A limited number of moving carts will be available.

Pre-Move-In Checklist

COVID-19 Move-In Safety Instructions

  • We strongly recommend that you bring no more than one (1) additional person to support you with your move-in.
  • Students, and those helping with their move-in, are required to wear a KN95 or equivalent masks in all spaces where masking is required. More information, including locations to obtain free masks, is available here.
  • You should also consider bringing other personal protective protection equipment (PPE) including gloves and hand sanitizer.
  • Students and their families should not travel to campus to move-in if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, headaches.

After You Move-In

Take your time to settle in and make your room your new home! Check out your new community, get connected with your roommates, and attend Welcome Week activities.

At some point during your first few days on campus, you should complete your Room Condition Report and start to review the Roommate Agreement.

If you are looking for dining options during move-in weekend, please visit

Requesting a Move-In Date or Time Change

If you are able to come to campus on your original day, but cannot bring your belongings to move in, please consider coming to campus at your assigned time, and returning with your belongings at a later date or time which is more convenient.

Alternatively, students are welcome to check-in any time after their assigned time and do not need to formally request to check-in late. However, if your intended arrival date is after the start of first day of classes we request that you submit an RT Ticket letting us know what date you will be arriving.

No early arrival requests will be considered for unless you are part of an approved Welcome Week group or have other prior approval. Students with extenuating circumstances are encouraged to contact Residential Life submitting an RT Ticket.  Be sure to indicate your conflict and preferred date/time for move-in.  Please note that there are a limited number of students permitted to check-in at a given time due to social distancing. Please do not submit requests prior to August 1 for Fall Move-In or January 1 for Spring Move-In.

If you are in isolation or quarantine during your scheduled move-in day because of a positive COVID-19 test, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact our office to schedule a new check-in date.

COVID-19 Questions

Anyone coming from an international location, may be required to quarantine upon arrival. Please visit for more information.

For information about Residential Life COVID guidance and residential student expectations please visit our COVID page or our Spring 2022 COVID FAQs.

For more information about UMBCs approach to COVID, including testing and vaccination please visit the Retriever Ready website.

Campus Card & Student ID Questions

In addition to being the official photo ID of UMBC, your Campus Card is also your meal, retail dining, library, gym, and transit card. Your card can provide access into swipe controlled residential halls, apartments, labs, and classrooms across campus.

As the physical UMBC campus remains closed and to maintain social distancing standards, we are requiring all new members of the UMBC community to submit their Campus Card photo online.  Once your photo has been accepted, Campus Card will pre-print and distribute your card, as part of the move-in day registration process.  There is no need to come to campus prior to your move-in day.Please bring with you a valid, government-issued photo ID to obtain your new Campus Card. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Drivers License, Learners Permit or State ID (International licenses/IDs are accepted).
  • Passport or passport card.
  • Military/Dependent ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Any form of photo ID with birth certificate.

As the physical UMBC campus remains closed and to maintain social distancing standards, we are requiring all returning members of the UMBC community to submit an RT 7 days prior to Move-In, requesting that a new Campus Card to be produced.  Campus Card will pre-print and distribute all replacement cards as part of the move-in day registration process.  There will be no need to come to campus prior to your move-in day. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and campus closure, for requests made 7 days prior to Move-In, Campus Card will be submitting all replacement campus card charges to Student Business Services for invoicing. Individuals requesting a replacement card within 6 days of Move-In , will need to request a new card at Campus Card and Mail Services, located in the University Center, UC 112, on their day of move-in.