Rutgers University–New Brunswick has announced plans for a largely remote learning environment this spring. Residence Life has developed detailed plans to welcome specific populations of students to our residence halls with added precautions to set you up for success. By working together and doing our part, we can help this year be a safe, healthy, and successful one. Our students and families can refer to the Spring 2021 Housing Announcement for reference.
Spring Move-In 2021
COVID-19 Mandatory Testing
Move-In Dates & Appointments
- Mandatory face covering. Wearing face coverings will be required for all students, staff, and any individuals that come to assist with move-in.
- Limit TWO individuals that you bring to assist you; there will be a strict limit of two individuals that you can bring for assistance. Any individuals who are currently ill or are at-risk should not accompany you.
- Keep six feet away. If you see friends from the community, remain 6 feet away and avoid shaking hands, hugging, etc. Plexiglass barriers are in place for check-in tables and Residence Life office reception areas.
- Use the next elevator. Wait for the next elevator rather than sharing with another group.
- Move Quickly. Focus on getting all your belongings in quickly. We encourage organization be done once all items are inside.
- Talk Outside. Meet your roommate and their move-in group outside to avoid hallways or enclosed areas for prolonged periods.
- Keep hands clean. Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer – and make sure you dry them thoroughly – after touching doors/surfaces.
- Carts will not be available to assist with move-in. If possible, bring your own hand trucks/dollies.
- Recognize your Resilience. Understand this is a highly stressful and uncertain time for everyone; practice staying calm and patient while moving-in.
Key Pick Up Information
Students should refer to their email from firstname.lastname@example.org for their designated move-in date and COVID-19 testing instructions.
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.
Fill Out Your Forms
All students moving to campus must be tested seven to ten days prior to move-in. Those out-of-state can request to have a kit mailed to them. Students may also obtain testing on their own and upload the results. Learn more about campus clinic dates and other information about COVID-19 testing.
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.
Bringing a car to campus? Register your vehicle and apply for a parking permit through the Department of Transportation Services website.
Prepare to Move
Once you receive your room assignment, consult the move-in schedule.
After learning your roommate’s name(s), call your roommate(s) and try to talk several times before move-in day. Successful roommate relationships begin with reviewing and completing the roommate agreement.
While we encourage bringing help, due to safety guidelines, there will be a strict limit of two individuals that you may bring to assist you. 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. We recommend bringing a hand-truck, etc. to help make your move easier.
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-long bed frame and mattress*, closet or wardrobe, dresser, desk, chair, drapes or blinds, carpeting or tile floor, micro-fridge, high-speed internet, and cable television service. Visit your residence hall page to learn what comes in your room and what you will find in your building.
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, dish washers, deep freezers, halogen or oil lamps, heaters, hover boards, and drones. Review all residence hall guidelines.
*Sojourner Truth Apartments provide a full/double size bed rather than twin extra-long.
Oops! Did you forget to bring something to campus? Visit one of the on or off campus retailers nearby.
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 Student Organizations!
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 via one of the Academic Advising centers?
Within Your Hall
Be on the lookout for the date and time of your first Virtual Community Meeting held by your Resident Assistant (RA). This is where you will be virtually connecting with 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 will review this at your first community meeting.
The first available meal will be lunch on Saturday, January 17, 2021. Learn more about dining options by visiting food.rutgers.edu.
Move-In Dining Options
Dining Services hours of operation for the 2021 Spring semester to serve students, faculty and staff. View up-to-date information via food.rutgers.edu.
Busch Dining Hall (Busch)
Open Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Jan. 18, 2021) | 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Café West (College Avenue)
Monday – Friday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kilmer’s Market (Livingston)
Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For safety purposes, we encourage our students and families to call before visiting our offices in person.