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.