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2019 Move-In Schedule

New international student, University Center Apartments, Sojourner Truth Apartments move-in begins at 8:00am and will continue until 4:00pm.       

Living-Learning, Special Interest Communities, Douglass Residential College (DRC), B.E.S.T. Hall and Honors College move-in begins at 8:00am and will continue until 4:00pm.

  • Living-Learning and Special Interest Communities residents will receive specific move-in information via email
  • Check back for more information regarding staggered move-in time slots for Honors College, DRC, and B.E.S.T. Hall

New first-year and new transfer student move-In begins at 8:00am and will continue until 4:00pm.

  • Check back for more information regarding assigned, staggered move-in time slots

No designated move-in on this date due to Rutgers Football home game! Click here to claim student tickets.

Continuing student move-in begins at 8:00am and will continue until 4:00pm each day.

All remaining continuing and upper-class students who are not a part of a select early arrival community will move in on Saturday, August 31–Monday, September 2. Check back for more information regarding assigned, staggered move-in time slots.

*University Center and Sojourner Truth Apartments move-in on Sun. Aug. 25 during assigned, staggered move-in time slots.

Picking up Your Keys

August 2019 Key Pick-Up Information is not yet available.

Before Moving In

First Thing's First

In order to obtain your room keys, you must be in compliance with NJ State Law on health and immunization requirements.

In addition, you will need to present a valid state/government form of identification such as a: driver’s license, passport, state-issued photo identification card, passport card, etc.

There are important policies with which residents should be familiar. It is expected that all students living in residence have read and understand the policies of on-campus living. Please take a moment to review these policies and the student code of conduct.

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Fill Your Forms

Filling Out Forms

Fill out your emergency contact information through your MyRutgers portal. This information will be kept confidential and will only be utilized by university staff in the case of an emergency.

Residence Life can provide reasonable medical housing accommodations for students. Students requesting an accommodation will need to provide medical documentation.

Contact the registrar to ensure that you are registered for classes and eligible to live on campus. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve created and activated your NetID and password.

Bringing a car to campus? Register your vehicle and apply for a parking permit through the Department of Transportation Services website.

Prepare to Move

Engaging in Social Media

Once you receive your room assignment, consult the move-in schedule. Your move-in date and time will depend on your residence hall, apartment or special living community.

After learning your roommate’s name(s), call your roommate(s) and try to talk several times before move-in day. Share academic plans and common interests. If possible, arrange to meet for a meal or a movie, so you can get to know one another better. Successful roommate relationships begin with reviewing and completing the roommate agreement.

Recruit some help! Have you made arrangements to bring your family and friends join you on moving day? Dress comfortably and be ready to move and work around less than ideal weather conditions. We recommend packing smaller, more moderately sized boxes instead of several large ones as not all halls have elevators. Due to the limited number of available move-in bins, we recommend bringing a hand-truck, etc. to help make your move easier.

What to Bring

Prepare to Pack

After receiving your room assignment, you’ll want to contact your roommate and discuss what you’re planning to bring in order to avoid duplication of large items and electronics. We also encourage you to bring your own belongings to personalize your room.

With that in mind, don’t feel that you have to bring everything on your own, all at once. You can always get it later. Not all halls have elevators, so it may be better to pack a number of moderate-sized boxes that can be handled by one person rather than a few large ones. Be mindful that there is no space for storage in most halls.

In your residence hall and apartment you will find: a twin extra large bed frame and mattress, closet or wardrobe, dresser, desk, chair, drapes or blinds, carpeting or tile floor, microfridge, high-speed internet, and cable television service.

Be aware of what you cannot bring into a residence hall or apartment: pets, candles, incense, refrigerator, toaster, hot plate, air conditioner, firearms, weapons, fireworks, grill and charcoal, lighter fluid, laundry machines, deep freezers, halogen or oil lamps, heaters, hover boards, and drones.

Packing List

Need a packing list to make sure you don't forget anything?

Check out our comprehensive Move-In Guide!

After Arriving

Explore Rutgers

Students Walking Outside

Hungry? Want to get a workout in? Visit the campus’ amenities such as the Dining Halls, Student Centers, and Recreation Facilities. Be sure to check out the hours of operation before heading over.

Oops! Did you forget to bring something to campus? Visit one of the on or off campus retailers nearby.
On Campus Locations:

  • The Plaza on the Livingston campus with retailers such as Kite+Key (The Rutgers Tech Store), Kilmer’s Market (Grocery & Deli needs), and more!

Off Campus Locations:

Catch a bus on the Rutgers–New Brunswick/Piscataway inter-campus bus and shuttle system which is a service provided for all five campuses. It is available to all members of the university community free of charge.

Did you know that student success is directly linked to involvement? As a large major research university and a member of the BIG 10, Rutgers has something for everyone. Get more information on the Fall Involvement Fair, Athletics, and Student Organizations and check out this year’s Welcome Days events!

Now that you’re settling in, be sure to review your class schedule, take a bus to visit your classrooms, and pick up your textbooks!

Get Connected

Visiting Residence Life Website on Mobile Phone

All on-campus rooms are equipped with WiFi, which you can connect to when you arrive. The Office of Information Technology  provides information on getting online and other technology-related resources.

Make sure you have your RUConnection Card, the official university photo identification card, that gets you access to your residence hall, your dining meal plan, your RUExpress account, your library account, sporting events, and more!

Your Rutgers Email is a very important method of communication. Be sure to set up and check your Rutgers email for important announcements; it can be helpful to link your account to your smartphone for push notifications.

Questions about your schedule? Why not chat with a friendly and knowledgeable academic dean or staff member at one of the Academic Advising centers?

Within Your Hall

Painting the Athletic R

Be on the lookout for the date, time, and location of your first Community Meeting held by your RA/AA. This is where you will be officially meeting all your neighbors and receiving important upcoming community information!

Review the Roommate Agreement Guide + Agreement form. This will help you set the tone for a positive roommate relationship! Your RA/AA will review this at your first community meeting.

Every residence hall room is wired for cable television, provided by the RU-tv Network. For more information, including channel line-ups and help connecting your TV.

Get involved within your residence hall! The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the largest on-campus organization at Rutgers University and the largest organization of its kind in the country, made up of over 36 Hall Governments, four residential campus councils, and an executive board that represents over 16,000 on-campus students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please find the FAQ appropriate for you in the links below. If you cannot find an answer to your question, feel free to contact us.

New Students FAQ

Continuing Students FAQ

International Students FAQ

Graduate & Family Students FAQ

International Student Move-In

Important Information

International students can visit our separate page for additional, important information on how to get to Rutgers University, where find your residence hall, and what to bring with you!

New Undergraduate International Move-In Day begins at 8am on Sunday, August 25.
International Student Orientation begins at 9am on Monday, August 26.

Find Your Residence Hall

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