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Early Arrival Housing Requests

The standard 2014-2015 Housing License Agreement begins on August 21, 2014, and for security and logistical reasons, residents are not permitted to check into campus housing before the established check-in dates.  There are exceptions for specially approved groups participating in orientation, athletics, or transitioning from campus Summer Housing and those students will be notified of their early check-in date via Andrew email.   Please know residents CANNOT store their belongings in their fall assignment prior to their actual move-in. If students arrive early without pre-approval and gain access to their rooms, they will be charged US$100 per room night through their student accounts.

If you are part of a pre-approved group

CAs, RAs, athletic teams and ROTC are some of the pre-approved early arrival groups. If you are a member of one of these groups, please DO NOT apply for an inidividual request.  Your early arrival request should be sent to the Housing Services office via your advisor or coach who will be able to advise you the status of your early arrival application status.

If you are an individual

The online early arrival request form will be available from July 18 to 5 pm, August 8, 2014. After submitting an early arrival request, you will receive an acknowledgement email that is not an approval of your request. You will receive a separate approval or denial message once your request is reviewed. Please know that any requests received after 5 pm on August 8 will receive an automatic denial message. It is recommended that requests be submitted as early as possible for consideration. Your request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and a decision will be emailed to your Andrew account.

The majority of individuals requesting early arrival status are denied with limited exceptions. Residents are provided with the official move-in dates early in the academic year in a variety of means, so that appropriate living and travel arrangements can be made. In addition, our housing facilities are extensively used during the summer for our summer housing residents and Conference & Event Services guests. During the last few weeks before classes, we need to prepare the buildings for your return. Lastly, the Residential Life staff is in training and is not available as a resource to early arrival residents.

Click here to submit an individual Early Arrival Request


  • Friday, August 8 at 5 pm — deadline to submit an early arrival request.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 — First-year international student check-in
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 — First-year student check-in (9 am – 2 pm)
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Returning student check-in begins
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 — First day of classes

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