Residence Hall Move-in Guide

What you need to know about moving

This guide covers all the information you’ll need to make a smooth transition to campus life here at Indiana University Bloomington.


As noted in your housing contract, IU does not assume any financial responsibility for the personal property of students or large-scale unintentional damage that students cause to housing property. We strongly encourage residents to obtain renters insurance prior to moving on campus.

You may purchase renters insurance through any provider. IU has partnered with GradGuard to make their renters insurance plan available at preferred rates. Please visit the GradGuard website if you have any questions about coverage, exclusions, and pricing.

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Shipping and Your Mailing Address

Students who wish to move fewer things to campus in August may ship items directly to their assigned residence hall.

Please arrange for your items to arrive on or after August 3.

All packages (regardless of time of year) shipped via USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, DHL, etc. must include your campus mailing address as outlined below:

Resident's full name:Jaylen Smith
Resident's assigned building and room number:Union Street Center, Cedar Hall, Apt. 23
Street address of assigned residence hall445 N. Union Street
Bloomington, IN 47406

Residential Life staff at the Front Desks are not authorized to give the package to a resident unless the mailing address is listed in the above format, and are required to Return to Sender if not appropriately labeled.

Residence hall street addresses are available here.

Necessary Items

  • Bathrobe, shower shoes, towels, and washcloths
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothing hangers
  • Command hooks, tacky putty, or painter's tape (for hanging decorations)
  • Cups, cutlery, dishes, or mugs
  • Detergent
  • Extension cords and surge strips and protectors with LCDI technology
  • Extra-long twin bed linens, mattress cover, blankets, and pillows
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Personal toiletry items and a small, plastic bucket for carrying the items
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Umbrella and rainwear

Optional Items

  • Bed risers (cannot be used with bunk or loft beds)
  • Bicycle
  • Board games
  • Charging station
  • Christmas lights
  • Coffee maker (i.e., Hamilton Beach, Keurig, Mr. Coffee)
  • Computer or laptop
  • Flashlight
  • Flexible lamp
  • Hanging closet shelves
  • Microwave
  • Multi-purpose furniture (i.e., futon, storage cubes)
  • Refrigerator (three cubic feet or less)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Snack food and beverages
  • Sporting equipment
  • Streaming media player
  • Streaming TV

Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners and windowless air conditionersunless approved by RPS for medical needs
  • Alcohol and alcohol containers of any kind
  • Antennas and satellite dishes
  • Combustible liquids—including pressurized butane canisters
  • Crockpots
  • Drones
  • Electric open-coil heaters or any appliances with exposed burners
  • Firearmsincluding BB guns, Paintball guns, and pellet guns; slingshots and other weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Full-size refrigerators and freezers
  • Indoor charcoal, electric, and propane grillsincluding George Foreman and Cuisinart Griddlers
  • Halogen lights and lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Hoverboards
  • Immersion coils for heating water
  • Incense and incense burners
  • Pets
  • Portable washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Power tools
  • Smoking devices (e.g., hookahs, pipes, electronic cigarettes, vapes)
  • Stoves and camping stoves
  • Sun lamps and tanning beds
  • Toaster ovens

Set Up Your Room

Residence hall rooms come with:

  • Campus streaming services (cable TV connection at some locations)
  • Closet or wardrobe 
  • Desk and chair (one per student) 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Single bed and an extra-long twin mattress (one per student)
  • Wastebasket 
  • Window coverings

Before doing anything to a room, please read the A to Z Guide about modifications.

Furniture configurations within your room may not be changed.

Information About Your Parking Permit

Parking for students living on campus is extremely limited. The few residential parking permits available are sold on a seniority basis. We advise new students to leave their cars at home.

Parking permit ordering instructions can be found on the Office of Parking Operations website. Learn more about purchasing your Student (ST) permit.

CH enforcement will begin on Monday, August 24 and in ST purple, white and blue lots enforcement will begin on Tuesday, September 8.