Fall 2020 Move-In Information

Fall 2020 classes begin Monday, August 24, 2020.

With over 11,000 students living on-campus, everyone can't all move in at once! Move-in day can be emotional and hectic, but patience, kindness, and flexibility are the keys to making it a success! Here's how the process works and what you should expect.

1. Review your assignment in AccessPlus.

2. Verify when your move-in begins below.

  • Your move-in begin date is based on where you live and whether you're a new or returning ISU student.
  • The listed dates are when your move-in BEGINS. You can come later if that's more convenient!
    • Late Arrival - If you won’t arrive until after classes start, please email housing@iastate.edu to let us know. Otherwise, we may cancel your assignment. 
  • Move-in won't start earlier than the times indicated, so no need to try and "beat the rush".
    • After Hours Arrival - If you will arrive after the posted check-in hours, you can move in by contacting the staff member on duty.
WhoBegin DateTimeLocation
All Frederiksen Court apartment residents
Sat., Aug. 15
9 am - 8 pm
FC Community Center
All Schilletter-University Village apartment residentsSat., Aug. 159 am - 5 pmSUV Community Center
New ISU students in EVEN # residence hall roomsTue., Aug. 188 am - 6 pmThe flagged location
New ISU students in ODD # residence hall rooms
Wed., Aug. 19
8 am - 6 pm
The flagged location
All Returning residence hall residentsThurs., Aug. 208 am - 9 pmYour Hall Desk
  • Early Arrival - For move in before the above dates, please review our Early Arrivals information.  

3. Get here and park

  • Once you get to Ames, don't follow your GPS! The most efficient routes for move-in are marked with orange / red signs.
    • Prepare to be patient. Traffic can be heavy at certain times (first thing in the morning / around lunchtime), but the system works smoothly if everyone cooperates.
  • New students in the halls, your move-in day is assigned based on your room number. But, if that doesn't work for you, just come in on the day that does! 
  • Returning residence hall residents, when you get here, find a parking spot near your building, check-in, unload, and then move your vehicle to the stadium lot.
  • Apartment residents, when you get here, find a parking spot near your building, check-in, unload, and then move your vehicle to a space away from the buildings so others can also move in.

4. Check-in and get your keys

  • Go to the location listed above. Have your photo ID ready.
    • New students in the halls, look for the tall, red, "Welcome" flags near your building.
  • Staff will verify your assignment, issue your keys, and provide you information about your community.
  • Family / helpers should stay with the vehicle and start unloading items, setting them outside the vehicle.

5. Unload and move-In

  • Get everything into your room before unpacking and deciding where it should go.
    • Fall Move-In Crew will be available Aug. 18 and 19 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. They will help you carry everything to your room and they're amazingly fast!
  • When you get your keys, you will also receive a Room / Apartment Inventory and Condition Form. Please take the time to do a thorough inspection. 
    • Find something that needs fixed? Note it on your form and submit a Service Request.
    • Return the form per the instructions and deadline indicated on the form.

8. Get comfortable