Spring Housing Information and Move-In Guide

Important Dates

  • Spring housing assignments will be released to students starting in November and will continue as applications are received and space is available.
  • Incoming new spring students are required to attend a virtual New Student and Family Orientation via Zoom on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
  • Spring residents may begin moving into their assigned rooms Friday, January 7, 2022 through Sunday, January 9, 2022.
  • Winter Welcome Week  January 7-15, 2022
  • First Day of Classes:  Monday, January 10, 2022

What to Expect on Move-in Day

  • Move-in will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, from Friday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.  
  • Move-in appointments are not needed for the spring semester.  
  • Students returning to campus and to their same room from the Fall semester or who are in pre-approved winter break housing are NOT required to complete a spring check-in process. .
  • For new spring residents, you will check-in at your community’s service desk. Only the individual resident should proceed to the check-in location. Any move-in helpers or family members should remain with their vehicle and begin the unloading process.
  • Within 72 hours (before or after) of your return to campus, and regardless of vaccination status, you must upload a copy of a COVID-19 test result into the HealthyPack Portal. Please review your email for additional information and read the TESTING section in our FAQ’s (below) prior to move-in!

Frequently Asked Questions for Move-In

Do I need to sign up for a move-in appointment?

No. Residents with a spring 2022 housing assignment will not need to sign up for a move-in appointment in advance. New residents for the spring semester may arrive between January 7-9, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily to pick up their keys and complete the check-in process.  Returning residents are able to move in anytime after 8 a.m. on January 7.  Please note that arrivals prior to January 7 are not possible.


TESTING: What is the COVID-19 testing requirement for the Spring?

Within 72 hours (before or after) your return to campus, and regardless of vaccination status, you must upload a copy of a COVID-19 test result into the HealthyPack Portal. For all required return-to-campus and weekly testing, the following are now acceptable:

  • On-campus PCR test. See testing locations and hours here. Your results will be automatically uploaded.
  • Off-campus PCR test. Participants must submit test results here
  • Two (2) negative antigen tests (including home tests). Participants must submit both antigen test results together here

Positive test result:

  • If you test before returning to campus and it is positive, DO NOT return to campus.  Upload your positive test results in the HealthyPack Portal and submit the Student (or Employee) Self-Report FormYou can return to campus only once medically cleared by Student Health Services.  
  • If you test positive after returning to campus, you will be emailed isolation/quarantine housing instructions from the University Housing COVID Response Team and must isolate/quarantine as directed until you are medically cleared by Student Health Services.

Negative test result:

  • Return to campus as planned, following university COVID-19 safety precautions.

Weekly Surveillance Testing Requirement:

  • Residents in University Housing facilities who have not provided proof of vaccination (verified by Student Health Services) in the HealthyPack Portal will be required to undergo weekly COVID testing. Testing facilities are available on campus. Testing on campus is free for residents and is automatically recorded into your HealthyPack portal account.  Residents that test off campus will need to upload test results.

Residents who stayed on campus for the winter break are also required to complete a return to campus test

  • The on-campus testing sites in Witherspoon and on Centennial Campus open Wednesday, January 5.  You must complete a return to campus test by Tuesday, January 11.


PACKING: How should I pack my things to make moving in easier?

To be certain that your belongings make it to your room safely, please follow these guidelines when packing:

  • Check out our suggested packing list, make a copy for yourself, and use it to help you plan your packing.
  • Pack everything in suitcases or plastic storage bins.  Loose items are more likely to get lost and create more trips back and forth. In the event of inclement weather, your belongings will be much safer in a box than on their own!
  • Label boxes and bins with your last name, building, and room number.
  • Size matters!  Remember that, in some cases, you may need to use stairs to move your belongings. You will likely want to avoid bulky or heavy items.
  • Be informed!  Make sure that you have read the Community Standards and know what is and is not allowed in your room.  This will save time and effort for everyone.
  • We also recommend you bring a small cart to assist with move-in and a tarp or some type of large covering with you to help protect belongings during the move-in process in case of inclement weather.


GETTING HERE: What directions should I use to reach my residence hall on Move-in Day?

NOTE:  Sullivan Drive will be CLOSED west of Varsity Drive during the early portion of the Spring semester.  Campus will not be accessible from Gorman Street to Sullivan Drive.

We advise residents not to use their GPS directions in most cases when planning their route to campus. Below are recommended approaches to campus for each residential community. Linked maps indicate suggested routes to access each building:

  • West Campus (Bragaw, Lee or Sullivan) — Approach campus via Western Boulevard, entering campus northbound on Varsity Drive.  
  • Wood Hall Approach campus via Western Boulevard, entering campus northbound on Morrill Drive and turning right into the Wood Hall lot or onto Warren Carroll Drive.
  • Central Campus (Tucker, Owen, Turlington, or Alexander) — Approach campus via Western Boulevard, entering campus northbound on Morrill Drive, then turning left onto Cates Avenue. 
  • Central Campus (Bowen, Metcalf, or Carroll) — Approach campus via Western Boulevard, entering campus northbound on Dan Allen Drive, proceeding to the traffic light at Thurman Drive, and turning right into the parking lot at Pullen and Harris Halls.
  • North Hall Approach campus from the east (coming from downtown Raleigh) via Hillsborough Street to the North Hall lot.  
  • East Campus (Becton, Bagwell, Berry, Syme, Gold, Welch, or Watauga) — Residents of the Quad should approach campus via Western Boulevard to Pullen Road, turning left onto Dunn Avenue. Residents of the Triad and Watauga are encouraged to approach campus via Pullen Road, turning onto Stinson Drive or utilising parking available on Pullen Road adjacent to Gold and Welch Halls.
  • Wolf Village and ES King Village — Approach campus via Gorman Street, turning either onto Wolf Village Way (for Wolf Village) or onto Jackson or Ligon Streets (for ES King).
  • Wolf Ridge at Centennial — Approach Centennial Campus via Centennial Parkway, turning onto Blair Drive, then turning left onto Entrepreneur Drive. Wolf Ridge unloading areas are adjacent to Plaza and Innovation Halls.

Google Maps with Recommended Routes for Move-In


























PARKING: Where do I park to check-in and unload?

Residents should claim a Move-In Parking Permit for the move-in period. Residents and family members may temporarily park in residential parking zones, adjacent to University Housing buildings or in specifically reserved move-in loading zones, with a temporary move-in loading permit. Move-in permits will become available on January 2.

Please register your license plate online for a temporary unloading permit using the instructions on our webpage.  Students are allowed a maximum of 45 minutes to unload their vehicles in dedicated move-in loading areas. Plan to park in an unloading zone near your residence hall; then move to a long-term parking area afterwards. 

Once unloaded, please move your vehicle to a dedicated long-term parking area or to visitor parking areas in the Dan Allen Deck, Coliseum Deck, or West Deck.


CHECKING IN: Where should I go to check-in when I arrive on campus?

For the spring semester, new residents will check in at their community’s service desk. Returning residents who will move back into their same assignment as the Fall semester do not need to check-in. A list of Service Desk locations can be found on our site. Only the individual resident should proceed to the check-in station. Any move-in helpers or family members should remain with their vehicle and begin the unloading process.


How many people can I bring with me to move in?

  • You are limited to no more than two (2) people to assist with your return to campus.
  • Maintain physical distancing throughout the return to campus process.
  • Masks are required inside all on-campus buildings. You and anyone assisting you need to plan to bring a mask with you and be prepared to wear them anytime you are inside a university building.