Tuesday, September 19—Friday, September 22
Congratulations, you're about to embark on an unforgettable journey—living on campus at the University of Washington (UW). Get ready for an incredible experience as you step into your Husky Home—we can't wait to share in the excitement with you!
- Would you like to see a preview of how Move-in works? Watch our Move-in video.
- Are you unsure of what to pack? Review our checklist of items to pack for reference.
Once you unload, if you wish to stay on campus you must move your vehicle to the available on-campus self-serve parking lots.
Get ready! Your very own Move-in appointment time will be sent to you, along with your assignment information, via Housing & Food Services (HFS). If your Move-in appointment doesn’t work for you, you may change it on your MyHFS Homepage (adjusting your appointment time is based on availability and not guaranteed). Admissions & Orientation (A & O) Participants—To ensure a more seamless transition, your appointment will be scheduled based on your registered A & O date.
Please note that it will take approximately 2–3 hours to check into your room and drop off your items.
Residence Hall check-in
- You will be asked to present your Husky Card at check-in. You may check in by showing another form of photo ID.
- You will be given your room and mailbox keys
- Once you have received your keys, you may begin moving into your room. A student volunteer with a cart will be on-site to help you move into your room.
Husky Card: Your UW student ID card allows you access to your residence hall, dining facilities and amenity spaces. 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.
Keys: Your room and mailbox keys are assigned to you uniquely; avoid switching keys with a roommate. Report lost or stolen keys to your residence hall 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 your designated parking lot. 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.
Residence Hall tips
Don’t let those must-have shopping lists distract you, only bring the basics that you’ll need. It’s easier to scale up than get rid of items you never used. We suggest that you revisit the webpage for your building. There you can take a virtual tour, view a floor plan, and find out about the included furnishings.
- Sheets, blankets, comforter
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Surge protector and extension cord
- Toilet paper (except Hansee and McMahon)
- Cleaning supplies
- McMahon Hall residents: Wi-Fi router and Ethernet cable
- Apartment residents: kitchen supplies, (pots, pans, utensils)
Coordinate larger items with your roommates
Coordinate larger items with your roommates so you don’t bring duplicates. The less you bring, the more space you’ll have in your room and the less items you will need to figure out how to dispose of when you move out! Remember, everything you bring with you, you’ll need to take out at the end of the year.
- Refrigerator (4.4 cubic feet or less)
- Microwave (700 watt maximum)
- Television (Residents in McCarty Hall, Madrona Hall, Willow Hall, or Oak Hall will need a smart TV or internet-ready streaming device to use the UW streaming service)
What not to bring
To help keep you and your fellow Huskies safe, the following items are prohibited:
- Halogen lamps
- Space heaters
- Air conditioners
- All open-flame appliances (e.g., fondue pots)
- Open-coil appliances (e.g., toasters, toaster ovens)
- Full-size appliances
- Bidets or water spray hoses
Shipping items prior to move-in
Packages can be sent to your residential community up to seven days prior to your scheduled move-in. To find your address, go to your assigned residence hall's web page. Please be aware that UW residence halls 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.
How to avoid tripped breakers
When too many items are plugged into an outlet the breaker will trip. Power strips only add additional outlets, they do not increase the amount of power from the outlet. Please avoid this issue, residents will be charged for repeated tripped breakers.
Order online to support resident programs
Gear up for an effortless Move-in with HFS exclusive online vendor partnerships—score awesome items for your room before you even set foot on campus! And here's the cherry on top: when you shop through these vendors, you're not only benefiting yourself but also fueling the excitement of our Residential Life student leadership teams, who use the proceeds to create epic resident events and programs. So, shop smart, and let's elevate your college experience together.
Connecting to the internet
Unleash the full potential of your tech-savvy self with our exclusive computing resources at the UW. Check out the ultimate guide on connecting to the UW network.
If you live in McMahon Hall, this building does not have UW-IT managed wireless, so you will need a computer with a 100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet port, a personal Wi-Fi router, and a cat-5e Ethernet cable.