Move In Day Checklist & Tips

The most anticipated day of the summer is approaching quickly! Move in day is August 18th this year. Here are some things you can do to be prepared to move in!

First let’s start off with what you can and can’t bring:

What To Bring

  • Alarm clock and desk lamp
  • Pillows, blankets and bed linens for an extra-long twin bed (Ackell & Broad & Belvidere residents should bring bedding for a full bed)
  • Bath linens, toiletries, shower caddy and shower shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Surge protectors with on/off buttons
  • Microwave, mini fridge, TV with QAM tuner, gaming systems (check with your roommate so you only bring one of each!)
  • Plants, posters, wastebasket, mirror (except Johnson Hall)
  • Non-flammable curtains

Students living in suite-style residence halls should also bring toilet paper, toilet plunger, and bathroom cleaning supplies. Students living in apartment-style residence halls should also bring dishes, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, toilet paper, shower curtain, toilet plunger and kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies. We recommend that students contact their future roommate(s) about possible duplication of items prior to arrival on campus. Only one microwave and mini fridge is allowed per bedroom.

What Not To Bring

  • Additional furniture – wait until you have seen your room and how much space you have before bringing an extra chair. All VCU-provided furniture must remain in its assigned room. Non-VCU mattresses are not permitted without permission from Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.
  • Loft materials (construction of loft beds is prohibited) or cinder blocks to raise beds (only designated bed risers are permitted)
  • Personal air-conditioners or space heaters
  • Landline telephones (courtesy phones are located in each building)
  • Pets that are not fish
  • Extension cords and items that require a flame to operate or that produce heat, such as candles (including decorative), incense and incense burners, plug-in air fresheners, grills, lanterns and halogen lights (a full list of prohibited fire/safety items can be found in our policy manual
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, chemicals, firearms and weapons of any kind. Students are expected to abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Now that you know what to bring, here are 7 tips to survive move in!

  1. The earlier you get to move in day, the better! Move In Day is arguably the worst traffic day on campus of the year. The sooner you get there, the sooner you check in, and finish carrying all your stuff to your room.
  2. There will be staff and other students at each residence hall to help direct and carry things to your assigned room.
  3. Bring in all the heavy stuff first. Elevators have limited space and there are several people trying to use them at once. Get all the heavy stuff in and if you’re on a lower floor, opt for the stairs for the lighter stuff. You’ll get done faster this way.
  4. Get a good nights sleep and eat a good meal before you move in. Moving in is a lot of work and can be exhausting.
  5. The sooner your room is set up the sooner you can relax!
  6. There are a lot of events going on during move in, so take some time to explore whether it be with your parents or new roommates!
  7. You’re not the only nervous one! Ask your roommate to go eat dinner with you or walk around campus to find your class buildings.

Kick off your VCU experience at a Summer Send-off event

VCU’s Office of New Student and Family Programs and VCU Alumni are thrilled to invite new VCU students and their families to a Summer Send-off event! It’s our way of saying welcome, and it’s a great chance for you and your family to meet other incoming students and alumni. You can build your circle of friends while enjoying good food and hearing about the experiences of alumni and current students.

Make VCU real for you — reserve your spot for a VCU Summer Send-off!

Philadelphia, PA: Sunday, July 22 from 4-6 p.m.

Richmond, VA: Wednesday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Charlotte, NC: Wednesday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Virginia Beach, VA: Monday, July 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Washington, DC: Wednesday, August 1 from 6-8 p.m.

Roanoke, VA: Thursday, August 2 from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, call New Student and Family Programs at (804) 828-3700 or e-mail

5 Myths About Transferring to VCU – Busted

The deadline to transfer to VCU for the Fall 2018 semester was March 15, which means transfer admission decisions will be sent out very soon. Being a transfer student means you are not the traditional college student. Transferring from one university to another can make you feel out of place and out of the loop, especially transferring in between the fall and spring semesters. However, the experience is survivable, and I will share some key things that I learned in the process.

1. There are more transfer students at VCU than you think there are. 

After being accepted to VCU for the spring 2018 semester, I registered for and attended a New Student Orientation specifically for transfer students. I was surprised to see that I was joined by good company – over 200 other transfer students were present at this orientation alone. It was eye-opening to realize there were so many other students who were in the same situation as me, and that I would not be alone in the transfer process to VCU.

2. Nobody can tell if you are a transfer student.

Unless you choose to tell anyone, no one will be able to tell that you are a new student at VCU! Although being a transfer student is nothing to be ashamed of, it can be intimidating to think that the traditional students will somehow be able to tell that you transferred. The truth is that your status as a transfer student is obvious to no one else, and absolutely nobody will judge you for it if they do know.

3. The academic advisers care about you just as much as their traditional students.

One fear I had when coming into VCU was that my academic adviser would not be as focused on helping me out as much as their students who had been there for longer. I was extremely mistaken; upon transferring to VCU, I was assigned an adviser specifically for transfer students. The advisers are enthusiastic to help you out, even with your unique situation. If anything, they want to devote as much energy as possible to making sure you feel acclimated!

4. There were enough on-campus housing options for me.

Entering halfway through the year meant I would have to find on-campus housing but would not have the traditional experience of picking my own roommate and room. Though I was not able to pick a roommate, the university did give me several options for housing and I was able to choose my residence building. If you apply for housing when the application opens and before the deadline, you will likely receive your first preference of housing and do not need to worry.

5. Making friends and joining clubs is possible.

A common myth I heard before transferring was that everyone has already settled into their friend groups and that you will be left out of already-established friend groups and student organizations. However, since new courses start at the beginning of each semester anyway, everyone, not just transfer students, will be finding themselves in new courses with new people. Most student organizations also hold interest meetings at the beginning of every semester to attract new/transfer students, meaning they are open to new members at any time!

Ultimately, transferring to any university will pose challenges, but the myths that most commonly plague us transfer students’ minds are not real. Transferring to VCU is not as intimidating as you think it is, and there are plenty of resources available to help you in your transition.

If you have any questions or concerns about transferring to VCU, please contact the VCU Transfer Center.

(804) 827-1349

What You Need to Know About New Student Orientation

Once you have accepted your offer of admission at VCU, it’s time to prepare for new student orientation.

New student orientation is the time for you to meet other students in your major, pick your class schedule, and pick up your VCU ID! It also allows you to experience a night on campus. Staff provides you a night to stay in a residence hall to experience campus life. Staying the night on campus gives you a chance to mingle with other incoming students as well as get familiar with the campus. Orientation is based on a first come first serve basis, so those who come to the first sessions get the first pick at classes! It also lets those get ahead if there are any summer assignments for your classes (Univ classes usually assign a book reading, summer reading projects never really go away).

You may also submit your own VCU ID photo, therefore allowing you to skip the line for pick up. The requirements for a submission can be found here. Prospect students will be emailed if their submission has been accepted or denied.

Make sure to take any necessary placement tests online for science, math, or a language before you arrive. Taking these online placement tests allow advisers to place you in the correct classes.

If you have further questions about NSO, please contact New Student and Family Programs at (804) 828-3700.

Summer Studies: There’s still time to register!

Looking to earn extra credits to graduate early? Want to take a class this summer while in RVA? Register for Summer Studies from now up until the first day of your summer class!

To register as degree-seeking (VCU students):

Register for classes in eServices under Summer 2018. Each summer course is designed to give one semester’s worth of work. With careful scheduling, students can earn as many as 15 credits during the summer if coursework extends over the full Summer Studies calendar.

Click here to view all information about degree-seeking registration.

To register as non degree-seeking:

Nondegree-seeking students may register for up to 11 credit hours at Virginia Commonwealth University during Summer Studies. Read more about nondegree-seeking admissions.

Students currently seeking a baccalaureate degree at another college or university can register as a transient student if they:

Click here to view all summer session dates.
Click here to view all summer 2018 courses.
Click here to view tuition, billing & payment information.

Hope to see you this summer!

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