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Find out all you need to know about Freshmen, Transfer, Upperclass, and Graduate Move-in

Freshmen

When Can I check in?

  • All freshmen students may check-in on Thursday, August 24, at or after their assigned check-in time.
  • All first year and transfer students registered for New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 23, may check-in on Wednesday, August 23.
  • Please view assigned check-in times (PDF) here. All check-in times are based on assignment.

Can I check in early?

First year freshmen students are not allowed to check-in early unless participating in a university sponsored activity or registered and attending the August 23 New Student Orientation. All students registered for the August 23 orientation will receive an email with early move-in instructions.

Where do I check in?

Check-in for all freshmen on August 24 is centralized via Neighborhood until 4:00 PM. It is important that you follow directions and enter campus as instructed for your assigned neighborhood. You can view and download move-in maps of each neighborhood:

Rappahannock (Commons, Commonwealth, Dominion, Piedmont, Hampton Roads)

Shenandoah (Presidents Park)

If you are assigned to the Shenandoah Neighborhood (all Presidents Park buildings), you are to enter campus via Braddock Road onto Roanoke River Lane. Look for signs and volunteers. You will remain in your car for check-in and then proceed to your area for unloading.


If you are assigned to the Rappahannock Neighborhood (Commons, Piedmont, Commonwealth, Dominion), you are to enter campus via University Drive and proceed to park in the Rappahannock parking deck. You will exit your vehicle and proceed to Hanover to complete your check-in.

If you arrive to campus for move-in after 4PM on Thursday, August 24, please park your vehicle in a campus visitor lot and proceed by foot to your assigned neighborhood desk. Here, you will receive a temporary parking permit as you unload your belongings.

  • Shenandoah Neighborhood (all Presidents Park buildings): Eisenhower Desk
  • Rappahannock Neighborhood (Commons, Piedmont, Commonwealth, Dominion): Piedmont Desk

Before You Arrive:

  1. Review the instructions for your move-in time/location and print your move-in map. Check your Mason email, and fully review the informative move-in email that goes out to students on August 1st. 
  2. Label every item with your last name, building, and room number (including: boxes, luggage, totes, trunks, loose items).  This will help our volunteers and staff get your items to the correct room.  Please refrain from packing in trash bags, if possible.
  3. Sign-in to eLiving to confirm that you have completed your full emergency contact registration information. All students must have both an emergency contact and a missing student contact listed, by federal law. You will not be able to complete your check-in on move-in day until all fields on that form are completed. 
  4. Check out the packing list (PDF), and talk to your roommate(s) about who is bringing what.  Remember, there are stores near campus – you don’t have to bring everything on the first day! 

Avoid over-packing and over-filling your room. Consider what items you will need now and what access you may have to other belongings at a later date. For example, if you intend to go home before the weather cools off, you might leave your winter wardrobe at home, for now.
Check out our Housing and Residence Life Facebook page for updates and helpful reminders.

Move-in Tips:

If you have family or friends arriving to assist you in vehicles that do not contain any belongings for unloading at your room, those folks should bypass the move-in process and go directly to parking. Please instruct them to enter campus on Roanoke River Lane and go directly to Lot K to park. From there, they should take the move-in shuttle provided and meet you at your building (ensure they know what neighborhood and building you have been assigned). This will expedite their arrival process and better enable them to assist you.


Ensure you have your Mason ID and neighborhood, building, and room assignment easily accessible when you arrive on campus.


Familiarize yourself with the move-in map before August 24th, and pay close attention to directional signage as you get close to campus. This will ensure that you enter campus at the right points off of the appropriate roads, in order to access the check-in process.

 

Welcome Events & Opportunities:

After you drop off your belongings, you get settled in, and you take advantage of lunch on the lawn, we have a full schedule of events to get you connected, learn more about Mason, and prepare you for your first day of classes.  Just to name a few:

STUDENTS:

4:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner in Southside

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Residence Hall Floor Meetings

9:00pm – CLUB 4400 on the President’s Park Lawn

 

PARENTS, FAMILIES, and LOVED ONES:

Loved ones are invited to join the neighborhood professional staff at 5:00pm in the Taylor Hall Multipurpose for the Shenandoah Neighborhood and in the Ridge for Rappahannock Neighborhood room on move-in day to enjoy some light refreshments and meet the housing staff committed to serving students and families this year. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide contact information. A brief introductory presentation is scheduled for just after 5:00pm, and staff will remain on hand until 6:00pm. We look forward to meeting and serving you this year! 

Upperclass & Transfer

When Can I check in?

Returning & Transfer students may check-in on Saturday, August 26, at or after their assigned check-in time (PDF).
All first year and transfer students registered for New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 23, may check-in on Wednesday, August 23. 

Can I check in early?

Upperclass students may request to move-in early via eLiving. The first day to request to move-in early is Sunday, August 20. If approved to move-in early you will be charged $50 a night depending on the day you checked in. More information on early arrival check-in will be emailed to your Mason email account in early August.

 

Any upperclass student who successfully volunteers for Freshmen Move-in as part of our Move Crew will be credited the early arrival charge back to their student account.  Students who wish to sign up to be a Move Crew volunteer can do so here: https://getconnected.gmu.edu/form/start/128635

 

Where do I check in?

Upperclass & Transfer move-in on Saturday, August 26, will take place in the lobby of your assigned building from 9:00am until 4:00 PM. Please park your vehicle in an adjacent lot to your building and proceed by foot to your building where you will receive a temporary parking permit for move-in.

If you arrive to campus for move-in after 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, please park your vehicle in a campus visitor lot and proceed by foot to your neighborhood desk. Here you will receive a temporary parking permit as you unload your belongings.

  • Shenandoah Neighborhood (Liberty Square and Potomac Heights): Eisenhower Desk
  • Rappahannock Neighborhood (Hampton Roads, Blue Ridge, Sandbridge, Piedmont, Tidewater, Northern Neck, Eastern Shore): Piedmont Desk
  • Aquia Neighborhood (Townhouses, Student Apartments, Rogers, Whitetop): Whitetop Desk
  • Mason Global Center Desk

 

Before You Arrive & Helpful Tips:

  1. Review the instructions for your move-in time/location and print your move-in map.
  2. Sign-in to eLiving to confirm that you have completed your full emergency contact registration information. All students must have both an emergency contact and a missing student contact listed, by federal law. You will not be able to complete your check-in on move-in day until all fields on that form are completed. 
  3. Check out the packing list and talk to your roommate(s) about who is bringing what.  Remember, there are stores near campus – you don’t have to bring everything on the first day! 
  4. Avoid over-packing and over-filling your room. Consider what items you will need now and what access you may have to other belongings at a later date. For example, if you intend to go home before the weather cools off, you might leave your winter wardrobe at home, for now.
  5. Check out our Housing and Residence Life Facebook page for updates and helpful reminders!  
  6. Ensure you have your Mason ID and neighborhood, building, and room assignment easily accessible when you arrive on campus.
Graduate

Welcome Graduate Students!  If you are a graduate student living in Townhouse A you are allowed to check-in to your assignment beginning at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 1st. Please have your Mason ID ready and go to the Aquia desk located in Whitetop to check-in and receive your key. Then you can drive and park in front of Townhouse A to unload your belongings. 

Upperclass Early Arrival

If you are an upperclass returning student, not a new transfer or freshmen student, then you can request to check-in as early as Sunday, August 20. The application is still live and accepting requests. 

Upperclass students may request to move-in early via eLiving. The first day to request to move-in early is Sunday, August 20. If approved to move-in early you will be charged $50 a night depending on the day you checked in. More information on early arrival check-in will be emailed to your Mason email account in early August.

Any upperclass student who successfully volunteers for Freshmen Move-in as part of our Move Crew will be credited the early arrival charge back to their student account.  Students who wish to sign up to be a Move Crew volunteer can do so here: https://getconnected.gmu.edu/form/start/128635