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Spring Move-In 2021

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.

COVID-19 Mandatory Testing

Mandatory Testing Requirement

All students moving to campus must be tested seven to ten days prior to move-in. Out-of-state students may contact to request a mailed testing kit. Students may also obtain testing on their own and upload the results to the Rutgers Student Health Portal. Learn more about campus clinic dates and other information about COVID-19 testing.

If students experience COVID-19 symptoms prior to their move-in date, we ask that they begin immediate quarantine per CDC guidelines. Students must be cleared to live on campus by Rutgers Student Health Services.

Testing is just one tool to create a safer environment. The university has already developed thorough plans to deploy additional risk-mitigation strategies in alignment with CDC and NJDOH recommendations such as, symptom monitoring, decontaminating and cleaning, physical distancing, barriers installation, distributing of masks, and more. Along with testing and these additional measures, the New Jersey Department of Health’s contact tracing efforts are also critical to maintain our community’s path to recovery. Contact tracers may reach out to provide test results or inform students that they may have been in close contact with another person who is confirmed to have had COVID-19.
Visit for additional information about the university’s testing strategy, including a robust FAQ section.

Mandatory Quarantine Requirement

The Governor of New Jersey mandated a 10-day quarantine travel advisory that requires students traveling from other countries or any U.S. state or territory except New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to quarantine for 10 days. If this applies to an incoming student, the student has two choices:

  1. Come to NJ 10 days before classes begin (January 19, 2021) and stay in a hotel or with friends in NJ.
  2. Spend the first 10 days on campus in quarantine housing. Students are asked not to unpack because they will move to their permanent assignment after the 10 days.

When in quarantine, students will not be allowed to leave their suite or apartment. Food will be brought to student rooms via Dining Services. This will be charged to a student’s meal plan if they have one or students will be billed for meals at the end of their quarantine. Students will have a Residence Life staff member assigned to work with them on any other needs.

Move-In Dates & Appointments

Mandatory Move-In Appointments

In order to prioritize the health and safety of all of our campus residents and staff, while also maintaining social distancing guidelines, students will be required to schedule a move-in appointment to move all their items into their residence hall. Students will only have ID access to their residence hall beginning at their scheduled date and time.  Move-in dates will be by appointment only on your designated move-in date. Dates will range from January 13 – 18, 2021. Expect an email with further directions on how to sign up for a move-in appointment.

Move-In Safety

  • 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 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.

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Fill Out Your Forms

Filling Out 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.

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.

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.

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-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.

Packing List

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

Explore Rutgers

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!

Now that you’re settling in, be sure to review your class schedule 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 via one of the Academic Advising centers?

Within Your Hall

Painting the Athletic R

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.

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, be sure to contact them.

The first available meal will be lunch on Saturday, January 17, 2021. Learn more about dining options by visiting

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

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.


Quick Contacts

For safety purposes, we encourage our students and families to call before visiting our offices in person. 

Busch Campus
Phone: (848) 445-2561
55 Bevier Road (Buell Apartments)
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Livingston Campus
Phone: (848) 445-4086
70 Joyce Kilmer Avenue (Lynton South Tower)
Piscataway, NJ 08854

College Avenue Campus
Phone: (848) 932-7209
590 George Street (Clothier Hall)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Cook/Douglass Campus
Phone: (848) 932-9363
45 Biel Road West (PAL Building)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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.

International Students FAQ

Graduate Student Housing Information

Family Housing Information

Find Your Residence Hall

Busch Campus

Livingston Campus

College Avenue Campus

Cook/Douglass Campus