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Move-In Day


Our residence halls will re-open to invite new and returning residents for the spring semester during the times outlined below.

Student Group Move-In Day
International Students (New Spring Semester Residents) Friday, January 19, 2024 10:00 a.m.
Approved Early Arrivals, Panhellenic PNM Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Noon
New-to-Housing Students Sunday, January 21, 2024 8:30 a.m.
Returning Residents Sunday, January 21, 2024 10:00 a.m.

Important note:
There is a televised men’s basketball game at noon on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Therefore, traffic near the Xfinity Center will increase between 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Please continue to read for suggested campus entry points, unloading, and parking realities to help reduce wait times and ensure a smooth move-in.

Coming to Campus

On Sunday, January 21, 2024, during the basketball game, we strongly suggest entering campus at Route 193 & Stadium Drive or the Main or South Gate entrances off Baltimore Ave. Please follow UMPD and staff instructions in all instances, as some roads may be closed or rerouted during the basketball game.

After the basketball game, all campus entrances are open and operational.

Unloading and Check-In Logistics

To help reduce wait times and keep traffic flowing, the unloading drop-off locations near residence halls are limited to 10 minutes. Unload your vehicle in 10 minutes or less and then relocate your vehicle to long-term parking (see details below). Honoring the unloading zone times helps out your fellow Terp families and residents by allowing them the chance to unload near their residence hall. Thanks for your cooperation!

We recommend bringing a dolly/moving cart and two move-in helpers to assist you – one to wait with your items curbside and another to move your vehicle from the unloading zone to long-term parking.

aerial view of cars parked in loading/unloading zone in front of a residence hall during moving day

Unloading Zone/Parking

  • Enter campus, make your way to your residence hall or service desk, and temporarily park your vehicle in the marked unloading zones for move-in.
  • Unload your belongings curbside within 10 minutes and then move your vehicle to long-term parking.
  • On Sunday, Jan. 21, during the basketball game, long-term move-in parking is available in Lots Z, 1, 2, or 19 (Mowatt Lane Garage) and Regents Drive Garage (after basketball parking operations end at 1 p.m.).
  • On Sunday, after the basketball game, long-term move-in parking is available in Lots Z, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage), 9, 11, 15, 16, J2, 19, and Regents Drive Garage.
  • On Monday, Jan 22, and Tuesday, Jan 23, long-term parking is available in Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 15, 16, J2, and 19. Do NOT park in Lot Z or Regents Drive Garage on Monday or Tuesday, January 22 and 23.
student retrieving key from service desk during move-in

Check-In & Room Key

  • Check in at your service desk and receive your room key(s).
  • Return curbside to help gather and bring belongings to your room.
  • Unpack and set up your room!

Winter Welcome

students doing arts and crafts

Join our Winter Welcome program for a fun way to kick off the start of a new semester! Make connections, find community, and take part in campus traditions.

From check-in to the day before classes start, enjoy a variety of special events both in your community and around campus. Be involved! So many Terps to meet and so much to learn!

Winter Welcome Events

Spring Move-In Webinar

Learn about helpful tips on how to prepare for a successful transition to living on campus at the University of Maryland! In this webinar, we discuss preparations to consider for spring move-in, roommates and sharing a living space, safety in the residence halls, and the fun connection opportunities planned before spring classes begin.

Move-In FAQs

Room assignment, roommate name, contact information, and other key details will be available on the Housing Portal starting January 16, 2024.

New to housing students are invited to move into the residence halls on Sunday, January 21 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Once the residence halls reopen, the Residence Hall Service Desks are open 24 hours each day to assist.

New student and returning dining plans start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2024. South Campus & Yahentamitsi dining halls will open at 4:00 p.m. 251 North reopens at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

New to housing students will have their hand bio-scan completed at the New Student and Family Welcome Reception scheduled for January 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Stamp Colony Ballroom.

The request for an early arrival will be available on the Housing Portal after assignments are released. Room readiness will determine if an early arrival request will be approved.

We can only accept items to the buildings after your arrival. Any items shipped before your arrival will be sent to our central receiving location off campus.

More Info

What to Pack

Pack light and only bring the essential items you need, like bedding, bathroom supplies, and small room items.

Items to Bring

Bed Lofts & Fridge Rentals

Students can rent bed lofts and refrigerators from Collegiate Marketing, Inc. and, respectively.

Vendor Information

Roommate Relationships Tips

Learn how to create a healthy roommate relationship with tips we call the "4 C's" of campus living. 

Connecting with Roommates

Contact Us

We’re here to help! Email us at or call (301) 314-2100 with any questions about the move-in process.

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