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Apartment move-in (12 month)

Like most things, move in will be a bit different this year as we work hard to ensure proper physical distancing between you and our staff and volunteers. We still want your move-in day to be memorable, but we also want it to be safe.

We are confident, and you should be too, that during all this uncertainty and disruption, your Husky Home will be a place of safety and comfort while you focus on the school year. 

We are excited to welcome you to your new Husky Home!

Move-in process

  1. Save the date! 12-month apartments move-in September 13
  2. You will receive an email with your assignment information and a move-in appointment email
  3. On your move-in day, navigate to your assigned building on campus
  4. Check in, get your keys, and move your belongings in to your apartment

Coronavirus rules for move-in

Over the coming weeks, UW will be sending email which provides guidelines based on current public health recommendations, for students returning to campus. These guidelines may include limiting gatherings prior to arrival, COVID-19 testing recommendations, and how to report if you receive a positive test.

Guests: A limit of two people can arrive with you to help you move in. No pets are allowed during move-in.

Vehicles: Only one vehicle can be used per student to move in.

Face coverings are required: At the UW when you are inside, when other people are present (this includes common areas, such as hallways, stairways, restrooms and elevators) and outdoors when keeping a six-foot distance from others may not be possible. Please ensure you are wearing a face covering when you arrive to move-in.

Sanitization: Carts will be available for you to move belongings from the check-in location to your room. Carts will be sanitized between each use using EPA-registered disinfectants.

Staff and volunteers: All staff and volunteers assisting during move-in will be required to wear surgical masks. All staff and volunteers will complete daily attestation forms before arriving to assist with move-in.

Your move-in appointment and assignment

You will receive an email with your move-in appointment day and one-hour time slot. That email will include a survey that you must complete if your appointment slot does not work for you.

How to get to your check-in area

When you arrive on campus, please follow these instructions to your check-in area. Instructions are organized according to your transportation and building assignment.

Private vehicle

Drive to your check-in area using the directions below:

Building Arrival instructions
Cedar Apartments

Students moving in to this building should proceed directly to Cedar  Apartments to check-in. Click here for Google Map directions to this building.

Directions to Cedar Apartments (from I-5):

  • Take exit 169
  • Take the NE 45th St. exit and proceed east on NE 45th St., towards the University of Washington
  • Move to the right lane as soon as possible and turn right on to Roosevelt Way NE
  • Move to the left lane. After a few blocks (prior to crossing the University Bridge) turn left on to NE Campus PKWY at the stoplight. Please note: turning left on red at this stoplight is legal.
  • Move to the left lane and after one block, turn left on to 12th Avenue NE.
  • Proceed straight for one block and turn left on to NE 41st St. Cedar apartments will be immediately on your right.
  • Enter and park in the Cedar Apartments garage.
Mercer Court D&E

Students moving in to this building should proceed directly to Mercer Court to check-in. Click here for Google Map directions to this building.

Directions to Mercer Court (from I-5):

  • Take exit 169
  • Take the NE 45th St. exit and proceed east on NE 45th St., towards the University of Washington
  • After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane. Turn right on 15th Ave NE
  • After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane. Turn right on NE Pacific St.
  • After a couple of blocks, turn right on to Eastlake Ave NE, next to Mercer Court Building E
  • Enter and park in the Mercer Court garage
Nordheim Court

Students moving in to this building should proceed directly to Nordheim Court to check-in. Click here for Google Map directions to this building.

Directions to Nordheim Court (from I-5):

  • Take exit 169
  • Take the NE 45th St. exit and proceed east on NE 45th St., towards the University of Washington
  • After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane
  • Continue on NE 45th St., past the main campus entrance and down the hill towards University Village
  • Stay in the right lane and. At the Y at the bottom of the hill, keep right and turn right on to Montlake Boulevard
  • Almost immediately, turn right on to NE 44th St.
  • At the first light, take a right on to 25th Ave. NE
  • Just past University Village you will arrive to Nordheim Court on your right
  • Enter and park in the Nordheim Court garage

 

Taxi, Uber, Lyft or shuttle

If you are coming to campus directly from Sea-Tac Airport, there are several transportation options. Please visit Sea-Tac Airport’s main transportation page to decide the best way for you to travel.

Please direct your driver to your check-in location below:

Building Arrival instructions

Cedar Apartments

Mercer Court D&E

Student arriving in a taxi/ride-share/shuttle to these buildings should arrive to the Lander Desk for check-in.

Directions to Lander Desk (from I-5):

  • Take exit 169
  • Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington.
  • Move to the right lane as soon as possible and turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE.
  • Move to the left lane. After a few blocks (just prior to crossing the University Bridge), turn left at the stoplight for NE Campus Parkway. Please note that turning left on red at this stoplight is legal.
  • On the right in front of Lander Hall, park in the taxi drop off area, marked by signs
Nordheim Court

Students arriving in a taxi/ride share/shuttle should proceed directly to Nordheim Court to check-in. Click here for google map directions to this building.

Directions to Nordheim Court (from I-5):

  • Take exit 169
  • Take the NE 45th Street exit and proceed east on NE 45th Street towards the University of Washington
  • After a couple of blocks, move to the right lane.
  • Continue on NE 45th Street past the main campus entrance and down the hill towards University Village.
  • Stay in the right lane and. At the Y at the bottom of the hill, keep right and turn right on to Montlake Boulevard.
  • Almost immediately, turn right on to NE 44th Street.
  • At the first light, take a right on to 25th Avenue NE.
  • Just past University Village you will arrive to Nordheim Court on your right.

 

When you check-in

When you arrive at your designated check-in area, you will be directed to the check-in location for your building. You will be asked for your Husky Card or another form of photo ID to receive your room and mailbox keys.

The Husky Card is your key card for access to your building. If you don’t receive your card before you move in, you will need to obtain one from the Husky Card Account & ID Center (Husky Card Office), located on the ground floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Please check their current operating hours.

What you will receive

Keys: You will be given your room and mailbox keys when you arrive to your building. The keys are assigned to you uniquely; avoid switching keys with a roommate. Report lost or stolen keys to your front desk immediately.

Red emergency backpack: New residents are provided with a red emergency backpack when they first check into their residential community. You will receive this at check-in if applicable. This comprehensive kit includes water, food rations and other emergency supplies. The contents will remain viable for several years. Please keep your red emergency backpack for as long as you live with us.

Masks: All UW students with mailing addresses in the United States will receive two cloth masks via mail in early September. International students will receive those masks upon arrival to campus. HFS will provide all residents with an additional cloth mask when you check in at your designated building.

What to bring/what not to bring

You’ve just received your University of Washington (UW) housing assignment and have many questions. You can start finding answers by looking at the web page for your building. There you can take a virtual tour, view a floor plan, and get information about the furnishings included.

We recommend you coordinate with your roommates so you don’t bring duplicates of larger items. The less you bring, the more space you’ll have in your room.

  • Bedding
  • Sheets, blankets, comforter (extra-long twin)Pillows and pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Study lamps (LED)
  • Surge protector and extension cord
  • Residents in apartments should bring kitchen supplies (i.e., pots, pans, utensils)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Cleaning Supplies

Appliances you can bring

  • Refrigerators 4.4 cubic feet or less
  • Television (Note: you will need an Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire Stick to access Husky TV)
  • Blenders and mixers
  • Hot-air popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Hot pots and coffeepots, which must be placed on noncombustible surfaces such as ceramic tile
  • Enclosed coil grills (panini-sandwich type)
  • One 700-watt maximum microwave oven per room (no other appliance may be used at the same time
  • Instant Pot
  • Air Fryer
  • Electric Kettle

Examples of prohibited items

  • Halogen lamps
  • Space heaters
  • All open-flame appliances (e.g., fondue pots)
  • Open-coil appliances (e.g., toasters, toaster ovens)
  • Full-size appliances
  • Multiple appliances that exceed the usage limits of your room

See the housing agreement for details on what is prohibited.

Refrigerators and microwave ovens

You may rent a small micro-fridge (microwave oven and refrigerator) from Collegiate Concepts Inc. (CCI). Arrangements for payment and delivery may be made directly with CCI. Complete information is provided on their website. Alternatively, you may choose to bring your own refrigerator (4.4 cubic feet or less) or microwave oven (700 watt maximum), one per room. We recommend that you coordinate with your roommate(s) before buying or ordering a refrigerator for your room.

Linens

Residence hall beds are extra-long, and XL twin sheets fit best. Residential Life Student Leadership has partnered with On Campus Marketing (OCM) to make sure our students have an easy, affordable way to purchase bedding and campus living needs. Please visit On Campus Marketing for more information and to place an order. Purchasing items through On Campus Marketing directly benefits residents, as our Residential Life student leadership teams receive money from each purchase made that is used to plan fun events for students living on campus.

Things to consider

Email communication: You are responsible for reading the information sent to your mailbox, posted on your room door, and/or sent by electronic communication to your UW email account by HFS. HFS will send most correspondence to applicants and residents via their UW email accounts. Please note that if you forward your UW email to a different account, it may be filtered, refused or treated as spam. HFS is not responsible for emails not received. To ensure delivery of emails from HFS to your email inbox, add hfsinfo@uw.edu, deskservices@uw.edu and wrproc@uw.edu to your email address book or list of approved senders

Obtain personal property insurance: You are encouraged to insure your personal belongings. Check with your family’s insurance policy to see if your possessions are covered under that policy or if you can get renters insurance added. If not, you may wish to purchase insurance offered by an independent company.

Authorize release of your information (FERPA): The Family Education Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from releasing your information, including how much you owe on your housing account, to anyone other than yourself without your authorization. You may authorize HFS to release information about your housing account (e.g., to your parents/guardians) by supplying their names on your HFS student profile.

Note: HFS will not release room numbers to any unauthorized person including friends, parents and relatives.

Shipping items prior to move-in

Packages can be sent to your residential community up to seven days prior to your scheduled move-in. You can find your mailing address on your building's webpage. Please consider that the residence halls will receive thousands of packages around move-in. Bringing items with you when you move in will help you avoid the lines and waiting associated with package pickup.

You will receive a notification to your UW email from HFS Desk Services when your front desk receives your package. Please make sure to add deskservices@hfs.washington.edu as an accepted sender in your email. Upon move-in, any packages that were not previously delivered to your room will be available for pickup at your residence hall’s front desk. Check the contact us page for your desk's contacts and location.