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Fall 2021 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 can I check in?

  • Residents are assigned a check-in date and time.
    • Newly admitted students (first-year, transfers, and graduate students starting at UMBC fall 2021) are scheduled to move in on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
    • Second year undergraduates (those who were admitted to UMBC for fall 2020 and spring 2021) are scheduled to move in on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
    • Returning students are scheduled to move-in on Monday, August 30, 2021.
  • Below are the general move-in windows by floor:
    • Ground Floor- 11AM-1PM
    • 1st Floor- 11AM-1PM
    • 2nd Floor- 1PM-3PM
    • 3rd Floor- 9AM-11AM
    • 4th Floor- 11AM-1PM
    • 5th Floor- 1PM-3PM

What happens if I can’t make my check-in time?

  • Students are welcome to move-in any time after their assigned time.
  • 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.
  • If you have an unavoidable or serious conflict with your assigned check-in day and/or time please contact Residential Life between August 1, 2021 and August 20, 2021 by 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. If we are able to honor your request we will let you know via writing.
  • 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.

Can I check in early (before August 28, 2021)?

  • 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 between August 1, 2021 and August 20, 2021 by submitting an RT Ticket.

What do I need to complete before I move-in?

    • As announced earlier this year, the University System of Maryland and UMBC are requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff. Residents should report your vaccines before July 26, 2021 or request an medical or religious exemption no later than August 2, 2021. We understand that some International Students may not have access to vaccines or off campus quarantine options and may need help arranging for either. We will work with you. Please visit for more information about COVID guidance. In addition to vaccination, UMBC is currently reviewing its fall health and safety requirements. We will share these as soon as they are available and recommend that you check your UMBC email and the UMBC COVID-19 website regularly for updated information about requirements and expectations.
    • Make sure you submit your medical documentation, immunization, and meningitis documents by August 15, 2021. Students will not be able to move into their room without meningitis information on file at University Health Services.
    • Review and pay your E-bill statement online.
    • Check out the Residential Life Packing List.
    • Review the UMBC Residential Life Rights & Responsibilities Guide, which includes detailed information on your role in protecting campus community health and safety during the pandemic.
    • Visit the UMBC Retrievers Return Roadmap site for information about campus services.Prior to arriving, take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In order to work together to try to create a safe community, we need you to comply with the best guidelines for preventing COVID-19 infection and spread, including, when possible, limiting your exposure outside of your home in the weeks prior to arriving on campus; maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask when you do gather with others outside of your home; and practicing good hand washing hygiene. Please do your part to help us start the year with the healthiest possible community, so we can protect the UMBC residential experience for you and your fellow students. Review documentation and submit forms, including but not limited to:
    • Returning students, if you lost your ID over the summer, please submit an RT Ticket with Campus Card and Mail Services  ( to request a reprint prior to August 20, 2021. Campus Card Services will pre-print and distribute all replacement cards as part of the move-in day registration process.

I do not currently live in the United States, do I need to move-in early for isolation/quarantine purposes?

What do I do if I have questions about symptom tracking, testing, and/or that were not answered here?

What are the steps for checking in, unloading, and parking?

  • Students should go directly to their community to start the check-in process. View this 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.

What should I bring on Move-In Day?

  • Students will need have their Campus Card and/or government issued photo ID, if you do not have your Campus Card in order to check-in.
  • Students and those helping with their move-in as asked to wear a face covering; you make also consider bringing other personal protection equipment (PPE) including gloves and hand sanitizer.

What activities are planned for Welcome Week?

How many people can I bring?

  • We strongly recommend that you bring no more than two (2) additional people to support with your move-in.

What dining options will be available when I arrive?

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 prior to August 20, 2021, 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 prior to August 20, 2021, Campus Card will be submitting all replacement campus card charges to Student Business Services for invoicing. Individuals requesting a replacement card after August 20, 2021, 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.

When should I expect my housing assignment?

  • Housing Assignment information will be emailed to your UMBC email account on or around July 15, 2021 and will also be in your Residence Account:

What should I buy or pack for my room?

  • Check the UMBC resident packing list! You can 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • For more information on appliances and items to leave at home review the Rights and Responsibilities Guide.
  • Renting Bedlofts are available for rent to increase your room space, though are only permitted in residence halls (excluding triple rooms).

Can I ship items to campus for move in?

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