Students on move-in day.


The fall semester is nearly here!  Classes begin Monday, August 26.

Move-In Tips

  • Students are encouraged to talk with their roommate to decide what items will be shared (television, mini-fridge, etc.). Click here for a detailed suggested list of items to bring (and not bring).
  • It makes it easier if you pack items in bags rather than boxes, when possible.
  • When unpacking after moving in, recycle cardboard and other recyclable materials in dumpsters outside the residence halls, keeping the hallways clear for important fire safety reasons.
  • Dress comfortably, keep hydrated and ask staff for needed assistance.
  • Post your move-in day moments to social media with #HoodisHome19 and make sure you're following Hood on social media for helpful tips and move-in day coverage.


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New first-year and transfer students move in between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Move-in is staggered by room number to plan for a more efficient parking and unloading area near the buildings. Housing assignments with room numbers are emailed July 31.

  • (TIMES ARE TENTATIVE - due to construction on the new residence hall, times for move-in may change)
  • Students with odd-numbered rooms only may move in from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.  
  • Students with even-numbered rooms may move in from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

New students and their helping family members and friends will arrive to campus from Rosemont Avenue onto Ferndale Avenue to briefly park at the Whitaker Campus Center parking lot. 

The student, with a photo ID card in hand, will go inside Whitaker to pick up their room key (and get their student ID card, if they did not previously get one). They will then receive their new student orientation materials and will be able to ask any logistical questions. Next, they will depart the Whitaker lot and follow signage and staff directions to park temporarily (for no more than 15 minutes) at their building to unload belongings. Once the vehicle is unloaded, the car must be moved to a permanent parking lot, so others may unload. A move-in crew will be on hand to assist unloading; so it is important for each student’s belongings to be packed and labeled with their name and building/room number. In large lettering, write this information on boxes and securely attach a sheet of paper on bags and other items.

After moving in, students and their family members will get settled, have lunch in the dining hall, and then at 2 p.m., attend the Opening Session for New Students and Families in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center's BB&T Arena.  Family members will say farewell between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. so students begin their four-day orientation before classes begin that Monday.

Returning students may choose to move into their housing assignment on either Saturday, Aug. 24 or Sunday, Aug. 25, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students must plan to arrive before 5 p.m. to present a photo ID in order to pick up their key from Whitaker Campus Center switchboard. With key in-hand, students may then park near their residence to quickly unload belongings. Once unloaded, students and/or their helping families/friends must move vehicles to a parking lot, so others are able to unload.

Note: meal plans begin on Sunday, Aug. 25. Students moving in the day prior will be responsible for their meals.

A limited number of students are sponsored by Hood College departments to arrive to campus earlier than the above dates (such as international students and these fall athletic teams: women's volleyball, women's field hockey, men's soccer, and women's soccer).

Students approved to move into their residence early will be notified of their approval and instructions at their Hood email account by July 31. Students moving in earlier than Aug. 25 are responsible for all meals unless their sponsor provides meals.

If you would like your student account charged $30 per day for early move in housing, click here to submit a form. This form is also for those wanting to be a part of the Move In Crew to help new students move into their rooms.

Students without permission to arrive early will be charged a daily housing charge of $50. Because of summer conferences/camps and various building renovations, some rooms may not be available for early move-in; in these cases, if approved to arrive to campus early, staff will provide a temporary room during the early arrival period (and the student will be able to later move into their permanent assignment).