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.

Review the preparation checklist


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 1, 2022.

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
  • Charging cables and station
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothing hangers
  • Command hooks, tacky putty, or painter's tape (for hanging decorations)
  • Computer or laptop
  • COVID-19 tests
  • Cups, cutlery, dishes, or mugs
  • Ethernet straight-through patch cord - Cat 5 or Cat 6 at these buildings
  • Extension cords and surge strips and protectors with LCDI technology
  • Extra-long twin bed linens, mattress cover, blankets, and pillows
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry detergent, and 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

  • Bicycle with a U-lock
  • Christmas lights
  • Coffee maker (i.e., Hamilton Beach, Keurig, Mr. Coffee)
  • Flashlight
  • Flexible lamp
  • Hanging closet shelves
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator/microwave pulls less than six amps, 3.3 cubic feet or less
  • Multi-purpose furniture (i.e., futon, storage cubes)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Snack food and beverages
  • Sporting equipment
  • Streaming media player
  • Streaming TV (no larger than 46")

Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners and windlowless air conditioners—unless approved by RPS for medical needs
  • Air fryers
  • Alcohol and alcohol containers of any kind
  • Antennas and satellite dishes
  • Bed risers
  • Combustible liquids—including pressurized butane canisters
  • Crockpots
  • Drones
  • Electric open-coil heaters or any appliances with exposed burners
  • Firearmsincluding BB guns, Paintball guns, pellet guns, and slingshots
  • Fireworks
  • Full-size refrigerators and freezers
  • Grills of any type including charcoal, electric, and propane indoor grills
  • Halogen lights and lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Hoverboards
  • Immersion water heater 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
  • Wallpaper

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.

Any student who holds an active housing contract may request consideration for issuance of a CH permit by placing themselves on the campus housing permit waitlist. Students who do not have an active housing contract are not considered eligible for CH parking.

CH permits are awarded based on student housing priority dates as well as space availability and the residential zones. The waitlist opens in March, and assignments will be made beginning in early August until all permits available are purchased. The offer of a permit is not based upon when a student joins the waitlist.

CH Permits are issued at the cap of the amount of parking in a given zone to ensure that each permit holder will always have a place to park at all times. Campus housing zones are not oversold.

Not all students who join the waitlist will be offered a CH permit. If an offer for a permit has not been received, a ST permit can be purchased. ST permits will provide parking in the stadium purple lot at gates 9 and 10 off Dunn Street and the 45/46 Bypass. Parking in this lot will not require an ST permit until September 1. If a CH permit is offered after an ST permit has been purchased, an exchange of the permit can be made with the ST fee being applied towards the CH permit fee. CH permits also provide for stadium and evening parking on campus, and so neither ST or Evening permits are needed when a student has a CH permit.

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