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.
Newly Admitted Students
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021 & Monday, August 30, 2021
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 (Tentative)
We strongly recommend that you bring no more than two (2) additional people to support with your move-in.
- Students should go directly to their community to start the check-in process. View this interactive map for instructions on where to go.
- You will have 15 minutes to unload your vehicle.
- 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).
- University Police will monitor traffic and parking conditions.
- 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.
- Report your vaccines or request an medical or religious exemption at least two weeks before move-in
- Submit medical documentation, immunization, and meningitis documents by to University Health Services
- Request and/or pick-up your UMBC ID
- Review and pay your E-bill statement online
- Consult the Residential Life Packing List
- Review the UMBC Residential Life Rights & Responsibilities Guide & Retrievers Return Roadmap site
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.
If you are looking for dining options during move-in weekend, please visit https://dineoncampus.com/umbc.
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.
Early Arrival Check-In
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.
Quarantine & Isolation
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.
I do not currently live in the United States, do I need to move-in early for isolation/quarantine purposes?
Anyone coming from an international location, may be required to quarantine upon arrival. Please visit covid19.umbc.edu/faq-for-international-students-fall-2021 for more information.
What do I do if I have questions about symptom tracking, testing, and/or that were not answered here?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question. Please allow 48 hours (2 business days) for a response.
Campus Card & Student ID Questions
Why do I need a Campus Card?
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.
How do I get a Campus Card?
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.
What if I am a returning student and I lost my Campus Card?
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.