Move-In Day
August 15, 2020*

*International students, Deneb STARS, and fall varsity athletes may have a different arrival date than Saturday, August 15th.  Please confirm with your program director or athletic coach.

If you need to request an early arrival move-in date of Friday, August 14th for medical, religious reasons, or other extenuating circumstances, please fill out the early arrival request form. Early arrival requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Move-In Arrival Time

To help manage traffic, domestic students will be assigned a designated move-in time between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in late summer 2020. We are requesting you arrive to campus within your designated move-in time. Staff and volunteers will be present to assist you with your move-in.

Bear Beginnings activities for new students will begin at 5:00 p.m. on August 15.

Please know, that we are moving in well over 1500 students on August 15. Help make the transition a smooth one by adhering to your assigned time and move-in instructions once you receive them this summer.

Check-in is Located in the Lobby of your Residence Hall

At check-in, you will receive your Bear Beginnings packet which includes the schedule, your Student ID, and your U-Pass. You will also receive your room key and other important information and documentation from Residential Life.  Please be sure to bring a photo ID as only you may pick up your packet; family members are not able to do this on your behalf.


On move in day, you will have plenty of time to unpack and begin to meet your Residential Advisors (RA), your Residential College Directors (RCD), and your Washington University Student Associates (WUSA). Don’t forget to eat at Bear’s Den and visit the many information tables located around campus. There will also be tours of campus available and several receptions to attend.

To ensure a smooth Move-In, please label all belongings with your first and last name, residence hall, room number, and cell phone number.  Consider using painters tape for labeling your belongings, particularly luggage or larger items.

If your family is planning to drive to campus, visit to understand how parking works on campus. Because Move-In is occurring on a Saturday, parking on campus will be FREE. There will be no long term parking available on the South 40. More information will be made available in late Spring of 2020.

Hotel Group Rates

First-Year Move-In: August 14, 2020 – August 17, 2020
Drury Hotels has special rates available for Washington University families during First-Year Move-In. Stay with Drury Hotels for discounted rates from Friday, August 14, 2020 through Monday, August 17, 2020.
To reserve a hotel room within this rate via links below.