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Move-In Information

Learn more about our move-in procedures and resources throughout the academic year.

Fall 2024 Move-in Procedure

  • Check-in locations / Date and Times
    • Thursday, August 15 – Saturday August 17 – 8:00AM – 5:00PM by appointment at the check-in location for your assigned residence hall or apartment.
    • Thursday, August 15 – Saturday August 17 – 5:00PM – 8:00PM at the Service Desk for your assigned residence hall or apartment.
    • Sunday, August 18 – 8:00AM – 8:00PM at the Service Desk for your assigned residence hall or apartment, no appointment needed.

Packing for Your Arrival

Check out our suggested packing list, make a copy for yourself, and use it to help you plan your packing. Before you go shopping, be sure to talk with your roommate and compare notes. Some items are better shared between roommates like coffee pots, curtains, lounge chairs, area rugs, etc. Here are some sustainable ideas from our friends at NC State’s Waste Reduction and Recycling department to save you money and room clutter. Remember, often less is more. Make your move-in (and move-out) experience easier by only bringing the essentials. 

Pack using stackable containers, and label each container with your last name, building, and room number. This will be extremely helpful during the move-in process to ensure that your items make it to your room! Plastic bins are also great for storage, can serve as side-tables, and help protect belongings from the elements if you get caught in a summer shower during move-in. We also encourage bringing a small cart/hand-truck as well as a tarp to assist you with moving belongings and to help protect items in the event of rain during move-in.

We encourage you to purchase personal property insurance to cover your student’s belongings. If you have homeowner’s insurance, your student’s belongings may already be covered.

Fall Move-in Procedure – Aug. 15-17, 2024

  1. Plan travel time in order to arrive and check-in within your 1-hour appointment slot.  You are not expected to completely move into your assignment during the 1 hour appointment.
  2. Follow instructions as outlined by NC State Transportation to access campus. Don’t trust your GPS! (See the Plan Your Route section below for details!)
  3. Park temporarily in designated unloading areas for your building/community, following directions from on-site staff. In several areas, you will be asked to have someone remain with your vehicle or to unload and immediately move your vehicle to long-term parking.
  4. Residents should check in upon arrival at the designated location for their building, listed below. Upon check-in, you will be issued your room (and suite/apartment) keys and receive additional instructions. Residents will need their student ID (or another government-issued photo ID) to officially check-in and receive keys. 
  5. While the resident is picking up their key, any move-in assistants accompanying the resident should begin to unload their vehicle. If you are a Tri-Towers (Bowen, Metcalf, Carroll) resident, check out our Luggage Train video below for more information on that move-in process.
  6. As soon as your vehicle is unloaded, it must be moved to dedicated long-term parking areas.  (See the Plan Your Route section below!)
  7. New students should pick up their student ID card prior to 5 p.m. on their arrival day from the Wolfpack OneCard office. Card office employees will be located on Stafford Commons, outside Talley Student Union, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Move-in. A government-issued photo ID will be required to pick up your OneCard. Your student ID will be required for entry to your residence hall or apartment building beginning at 5 p.m. on your date of arrival. If you happen to be on campus prior to Fall move-in, you are welcome to stop by the OneCard office in Talley Student Union to pick up your student ID in advance.
  8. Move-in support and guidance is not available on the Sunday.
    • Alexander – Holmes Hall Room 104/106 (enter from Cates Avenue)
    • Avent Ferry Complex – Avent Ferry Swan Quarter Service Desk
    • Bagwell – Quad Commons Service Desk (enter from Dunn Avenue)
    • Becton – Quad Commons Service Desk (enter from Dunn Avenue)
    • Berry – Quad Commons Service Desk (enter from Dunn Avenue)
    • Bowen – Bowen Hall TV Lounge (North entrance)
    • Bragaw – Bragaw Activity Room (enter from rear, facing Fountain / Lee Hall)
    • Carroll – Carroll Hall TV Lounge (North entrance)
    • Gold – Syme Hall Basement Lounge (North entrance, facing Kamphoefner)
    • Lee – Lee Hall Lobby
    • Metcalf – Metcalf Hall TV Lounge (North entrance)
    • North – North Hall Lobby
    • Owen – Holmes Hall Room 104/106 (enter from Cates Avenue)
    • Syme – Syme Hall Basement Lounge (North entrance, facing Kamphoefner)
    • Sullivan – Sullivan Hall Lobby (enter from Thurman Drive)
    • Tucker – Holmes Hall Room 104/106 (enter from Cates Avenue)
    • Turlington – Holmes Hall Room 104/106 (enter from Cates Avenue)
    • University TowersUniversity Towers Lobby
    • Watauga – North Hall Lobby
    • Welch – Syme Hall Basement Lounge (North entrance, facing Kamphoefner)
    • Wood – Wood Building C Lobby
    • ES King Village and Western Manor – ES King Village Service Desk (ES King Village Commons, 3824 Jackson Street)
    • Wolf Ridge – Tower Hall Lobby (Enter via inner courtyard, facing Plaza)
    • Wolf Village – Red Hall Lobby (Inner courtyard)

Plan your route to campus by reviewing the directions to your assigned residence hall/apartment available from NC State Transportation.

Due to changes in traffic flow onto and around campus during move-in, we ask you to use the directions provided in lieu of GPS directions.

Reserved spaces are for unloading only. Once you have completed unloading, move your vehicle to the areas designated for long-term parking. Short-term parking in unloading areas should only be used during your designated check-in appointment slot. Long-term parking areas include the upper levels of the Coliseum Deck, Dan Allen Deck, West Lot or West Deck, and some portions of other residential lots.

Residents of Tucker, Owen, Turlington, Alexander, Bowen, Metcalf, or Carroll:  You will be asked to unload and then immediately relocate your vehicle to long-term parking.  DO NOT leave your car unattended in designated unloading areas on Cates Avenue or the Student Services Lot (at the intersection of Thurman Drive and Dan Allen Drive).

Early arrivals will be permitted with advance approval for August 13 and 14.  An early arrival fee of $50 per night will be assessed for any resident approved to arrive prior to August 15.  Arrivals prior to August 13 are not possible.  The deadline to request early arrival is 8:00AM on Wednesday, August 7.

Early Arrival Request – will be available after July 1 in your housing portal under “Manage My Housing”

Help NC State strive for zero waste by recycling right during Move In! Learn more at Recycling containers will be located near each residential community. To help ease the amount of waste, you are encouraged to unpack bulky items at home, and repack using reusable containers.

For students that have materials to dispose of after move-in, simply follow the directional yard-signs to the dumpsters.

Some Important Tips:

  1. Flatten boxes and place in RECYCLING dumpsters. Remember to remove styrofoam!
  2. Recycling must be BAGLESS. Plastic bags are NOT allowed in recycling bins, carts, and dumpsters.
  3. Look for special recycling collection bins near dumpsters for styrofoam and plastic bags or plastic film. 
  4. Questions about what can/cannot be recycled or composted on campus? Visit

Luggage Train – Tri-Towers Residents (Bowen, Carroll, Metcalf)