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2019 Fall 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.

When should I expect my housing assignment?

  • For students who met the May 1 application deadline, Housing Assignment information details will be emailed to your UMBC email account on or around July 15, 2019 and will also be in your Residence Account:

When can I check in?

  • New residents (freshmen & transfer students) check-in is on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at or after their assigned check-in time.
  • Returning student check-in is on Monday, August 26, 2019 at their community desk at or after their assigned check in time.
  • Please check your UMBC email for your assigned check-in time. All check-in times are based on your housing assignment.

What are the steps for parking and unloading on move-in day?

  • Use this handy guide for the 4 steps for moving in on move-in day!
  • Use this interactive map to see your unloading and parking route once you arrive on campus!
  • University Police and traffic attendants will help direct you as close as possible to your residence hall. Our goal is for each vehicle to remain in the unloading zone for no more than 15 minutes in order to keep the move-in process traffic flowing steadily.
  • Unloading attendants will direct you to the closest available unloading zone and as soon as your vehicle is unloaded, will redirect your driver to long term parking usually no more than a 5 to 10-minute walk back to the residential community. Shuttles will also be available to bring you back to the student’s community.
  • It’s best to have at least three people in your party, so the driver can move your vehicle out of the Unloading Zone (within 15 minutes after you pull in) while the student is inside getting their room keys and a passenger stays with belongings that have been unloaded onto the curb. We understand this may not be possible and tags will available to mark unloaded items if they need to be left unattended by those in your party.
  • University Police will monitor traffic and parking conditions.

What should I bring?

  • Check the UMBC resident packing list, a check-list of items to bring/not bring on move-in day, and don’t forget the big three:
    • Support RSA by ordering your linens, bath supplies, care packages and other essentials through On Campus Marketing, and you’ll be contributing to the fun events they sponsor throughout the year.
    • Bring your UMBC ID, or pick it up from Campus Card before you arrive
    • Make sure you fill out your meningitis form. Students will not be able to move into their room without meningitis information on file at University Health Services
  • We recommend that roommates and apartment-mates communicate about appliances and other shared items prior to coming to campus in order to communicate about items, like TVs, fridges and microwaves.
    • Microwaves are allowed only in residential apartments (Hillside, Terrace, West Hill and Walker Avenue).
    • Microfridge units, are allowed in residence halls (Susquehanna, Chesapeake, Potomac, Patapsco, Erickson and Harbor). Rent a MicroFridge through MyFridgeRental. Residents should keep only one MicroFridge unity or microwave in their bedroom. August 20, 2019 is the order-by date to ensure your microfridge is here on move-in day.
    • Apartments are equipped with refrigerators, apartment residents should not bring additional refrigerators. Residence hall residents may have one refrigerator per bedroom, up to 4.3 cubic feet.
  • Bedlofts are available for rent to increase your room space, though are only permitted in residence halls (excluding triple rooms).
  • For more information on appliances and items to leave at home review the Rights and Responsibilities Guide.

Can I ship items to campus for move in?

  • Please do NOT ship any items to campus prior to your arrival!

How will I know about important campus communications about closings/emergencies?

  • Before coming to campus be sure to sign-up for e2Campus alerts.  Alerts allow the campus staff to communicate with you regarding emergencies, inclement weather, closings and more.

Can I check in early?

  • No early arrival requests will be considered for fall 2019 unless you are part of an approved Welcome Week group or have other prior approval.

When do classes begin?

  • Classes begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Please note, all information is subject to change, please check back daily and remember to review your Residence Account.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Residential Life at 410-455-2591 or