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Last updated - 7/11/2024

Fall Move-In 2024

Residence Life is excited to welcome our Scarlet Knights to the banks of the Raritan! Please review all of the information below, in-depth, and be sure to connect with us should you have any questions! Room assignment information is sent to incoming new residents sometime the first week of August. Be sure to follow us on social media for important updates and events throughout the year! InstagramFacebookTwitter.

Move-in Dates, Check-in, and Key Pickup Locations

Move-In Dates for incoming new students (first-year and transfer students) will be either Tuesday, August 27th, or Wednesday, August 28th.  For incoming first-year and transfer students, your specific move-in date and time will correspond to your housing assignment.  Housing assignments will be sent out the first week of August.  Move-In Dates for continuing students are Saturday, August 31st, Sunday, September 1st and Monday, September 2nd.  Please check website later in summer for specific Move-In times and key pickup locations.  


Once unloaded, please move your car to any Rutgers parking lot. For safety purposes, please do not park in any undesignated lots or fire zones. Questions:


Move-In Tips

  • Move Quickly. Focus on getting all your belongings in quickly. Organize items once all items are inside and you move your car to long-term parking.
  • Hand Trucks. Bring hand trucks/dollies.
  • Have Patience. It will be a busy day. Practice staying calm and be patient while moving in.
  • Dining Halls. For more information about dining options, visit
  • Saying Goodbye. Hug and thank your family after you finish unpacking to send them on their way. There are lots of planned activities after move-in so you don't want to miss opportunities to connect at your first community meeting and Welcome Week activities.

First Things 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. Want the latest information on move-in and important updates from Residence Life? Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Prepare to Move

Your housing assignment will determine your move in date and time.

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. 

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, and high-speed internet. 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.

Packing List

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

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

Explore Rutgers

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

Off Campus Locations: 

Target or Walmart near Busch/Livingston 

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!

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

Get Connected

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 RUID 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 Community Meeting held by your Resident Assistant (RA). This is where you will connect with all your floor neighbors and receive important 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.

Move-In Dining Options 

Meal plans will be accepted. For more information about dining options, visit

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 Student FAQ

International Students FAQ

Graduate Student Housing Information

Family Housing Information

New international students should learn more about moving to campus through our international students-focused move-in page!

Any Questions?

Contact the Residence Life Housing Assignments at 848-445-0750 or