Residence Hall Move-in Guide

Move-in Dates

We work closely with several university departments and the City of Bloomington to coordinate all aspects of your move in experience. To accommodate the schedules of other departments, these dates have been established for move-in.

Only sponsored IU students or those in pre-approved groups may move in. This includes athletes, Intensive Freshman Seminar (IFS) students, and RPS student employees.

If you have specific questions about moving your sponsored group into the residence halls before August 18, 2019, please email us and you’ll be referred to the staff coordinating these groups.

The housing fee during this period is $18 per night. If you sponsoring department covers this expense, it will be billed to them. If it does not, this expense will be billed to your bursar account.

First-year international students may not arrive before August 8, 2019.

The housing fee during this period is $18 per night and it will be billed to your bursar account.

Any student with a housing contract for 2019-20 can move into their assigned space. You do not need to pre-register. If you and your family need to arrive on one of these days, just go to your residence hall’s center desk and check-in between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Parking times at metered spaces will be enforced. Overnight parking will not be allowed in parking zones CH1 and CH2. At 8 p.m., vehicles must be removed from these lots. Overnight parking will be available at the Memorial Stadium in the purple and white lots. There will be special campus bus routes on these days to help you get from the stadium back to your residence hall.

The housing fee during this period is $42/day and it will be billed to your bursar account.

These are the "official" days with all the excitement. We’ll be fully staffed and ready to welcome you!

When you receive your building assignment information in June or early July, you’ll also receive your assigned move-in date. To help ease the congestion created by thousands of students moving onto campus at one time, we strongly suggested you move on your assigned date. However, if you need to arrive on another day, you don’t need our permission or approval to do so.

You may check in between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight. If you arrive after midnight, call the phone number posted at your residence hall's center desk.

IUPD will be directing traffic and event management staff will help you navigate our 15-minute "Unload and Go" zones. Once you’ve unloaded your vehicle, assign members of your moving party to:

  • park at the purple or white lots by Memorial Stadium and ride a bus back to the residence hall, and
  • stay with your things.

Students should follow the signs to their check in location. Once you’ve completed checking in, it time to move everything to your room. To help you move, some carts will be available to check out at most locations. You may want to bring a dolly with you.

Students moving in for the spring semester should go directly to their assigned residence hall. You may check in between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight. If you arrive after midnight, call the phone number posted at your residence hall’s center desk.

If you don't have an assignment, email, call them at 812-855-1764, or go to the assignment office in the Nelson Administration Building at 801 North Jordan Ave. between the hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Students moving in for a four, six, eight, or twelve-week summer term should go directly to their assigned residence hall on the date specified on the housing contract. You may check in between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight. If you arrive after midnight, call the phone number posted at your residence hall’s center desk.

If you don't have an assignment, email, call them at 812-855-1764, or go to the assignment office in the Nelson Administration Building at 801 North Jordan Ave. between the hours of 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Move-in Directions

Moving to campus in August is sure to be a new adventure! To lessen traffic congestion on campus, please follow the directions for your assigned residential building.

Parking is limited during move-in August 18–21, 2019. After unloading your vehicle, parking will be available in Purple and White lots at Memorial Stadium. Information about shuttles from the stadium will be available at check-in.

Directions and information for each center


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 the following dates:

  • International Students: August 5
  • Domestic Students: August 13

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.

The Packing List

To protect the health and safety of everyone, we cannot permit some items in the buildings. These lists of necessary, optional and prohibited items will help you determine what you need to leave at home.

Please note that all electrical appliances must be:

  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed
  • Equipped with thermostatic controls, when appropriate
  • Rated at 700 watts (6 amps), or less

More information about university safety policies and Indiana Codes is available from the Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims.

Asterisks ( * ) below denote used items that are typically available at the Hoosier 2 Hoosier community sale. Other used items for your room or apartment may be found at the IU Surplus Stores.

These lists are subject to change for 2019–20.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

IU has contracted with Bedloft  to manage room set-ups. Room dimensions determine the bed arrangement options available in any given room. Place your order by July 29 to guarantee lofting and delivery to your room before move-in day. Room configuration options are displayed on once your specific room assignment is available and entered. Beds may only be moved or repositioned by the university contractor. This service is provided for a fee that is agreed upon and shared by the roommates. Cost of furniture setup is $70 if ordered by July 29 and $85 after. The charge will be billed directly to the IU bursar account of the roommate who places the order. Roommates are encouraged to discuss their method of splitting the cost via electronic or check payment, prior to submitting an order. Payments for other products, including MicroFridges, are made directly to at the time of checkout.

If you haven’t received your room assignment yet, you can still pre-order a room configuration and/or microwave-fridge by the July 29 deadline. When you go to to place an order and are asked for your room assignment, enter “Unknown” and room number “0.” You will be able to place an order for room configuration and/or microwave-fridge that you can update at a later date with your room assignment. This will ensure that you can receive the pre-deadline cost and delivery by move-in.

Please note that not all room configurations are available for every room, and you will be able to see the actual options available for your room when you update your order. To ensure that you receive your preferred configuration, you must update your order with an option that is available for your specific room.

Information About Your Parking Permit

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