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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.

  • New students are tentatively scheduled to move in on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
  • Returning students are tentatively scheduled to move-in on Monday, August 30, 2021.

Students will receive specific move-in information around July 15, 2021. Please check back in the coming weeks for more information about Fall 2021 Move-In Weekend.

When can I check in?

  • Residents are assigned a check-in (testing) date and time. Check-in times have been designed to support physical distancing during our new centralized move-in process, which includes required University Health Services facilitated COVID-19 testing, Campus Card distribution, and Residential Life check-in.

What happens if I can’t make my check-in 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 for testing and check-in at your assigned time, and returning with your belongings at a later date or time which is more convenient. Students must be tested by University Health Services before they will be permitted to access their room.
  • 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?

  • 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:
    • Complete UMBC’s online symptom tracker every day, seven days a week beginning 14 days in advance of your move-in date. The form takes about 30 seconds to complete and includes a field to note your temperature and simple check boxes to indicate any symptoms or exposure. Respondents who indicate possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure may receive a follow-up call or other instructions based on their specific responses. We also encourage you to bookmark the symptom tracking site in your web browser.
    • 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 2021-2022 UMBC Residential Life Rights & Responsibilities Guide, which includes detailed information on your role in protecting campus community health and safety during the pandemic. You will be required to complete a Return to Campus Student Module and Retriever Community Agreement at a later date. More information on the module and Retriever Community Agreement is available on the Retrievers Return Roadmap site.
    • Visit the UMBC Retrievers Return Roadmap site for information about campus services.

    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 Maryland, do I need to move-in early for isolation/quarantine purposes?

  • Anyone coming from an international location (residing, working/interning, or vacationing), will be required to quarantine upon arrival. Students self-quarantining after campus arrival will be re-located to a temporary apartment unit with campus support for meals.  Additional information on the quarantine process will be shared with residents after arrival.  If you are arriving in Maryland earlier than your scheduled campus arrival date and time, we recommend that you explore the following local accommodations. In the event that Maryland and local quarantine/isolation guidance expands to additional states and locations, we will contact those out-of-state and international students via email.

How do I access the Return to Campus COVID Awareness Blackboard course and/or sign the Retriever Community Agreement (RCA): 

  • All students who have not already completed the Return to Campus COVID Awareness course and signed the Retriever Community Agreement are required to do so by August 20, 2021. To access the training, please use the following instructions:
    • Log in to your UMBC Blackboard site.
    • Select the “Organizations” section located on the left side of your screen.
    • Select the training “Return to Campus COVID Awareness.”
    • Select Module 1 to begin the course.
If you are having any issues accessing the training, please follow the instructions located at this FAQ page to self-enroll in the Return to Campus COVID Awareness.
I received communication that I need to sign the Retriever Community Agreement and/or take the course because I am a new residents, but I have lived on campus before Fall 2021. Do I still need to take the course/sign the RCA?  
  • All students who have not already completed the Return to Campus COVID Awareness course and signed the Retriever Community Agreement are required to do so by August 20, 2021.
My.UMBC page says I’m out of compliance with testing, but I can’t test until I move in.
  • All residents will test when they arrive on campus. Once you have done so your page will update accordingly. If you believe you should test sooner due to communication from UMBC (because you are an athlete, student staff, WAA residents etc., please refer to the communication from UMBC/your supervisor etc.)
When should I start symptom tracking/I haven’t been symptom tracking, will I be able to move in?
  • All residents must be in compliance with symptom tracking expectations in order to move in. If you have not symptom tracked 5 out of the previous 7 days when you arrive at move in you will not be able to move in.
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, which includes required COVID-19 testing.
  • When you arrive, you will see a COVID-19 Testing Tent outside.
  • You should exit your vehicle, pick-up a test kit from the bin, and return to your vehicle to complete the test. Please make sure you install the MarylandGenomics SampleScanner (available in Apple and Google Play stores) on your device prior to arrival in order to complete the test. Before you arrive you should receive an email from MarylandGenomics with a QR Code unique to you. DO NOT share this code with others, they will receive their own unique code as well. If you do not have a device that will allow you to install the app, please pick up your test kit from the tent and then enter your building for further instruction.
  • After you complete the test and secure the vial, please continue to your community desk with the vial and your UMBC ID.
  • You will drop off your test at the desk and have your campus card programmed, while a passenger stays with the vehicle in the unloading zone. Students must complete a COVID-19 test onsite before they can receive their keys/card access.
  • 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.

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. Only one (1) support person will be permitted in the student’s room at a time.

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!