What will Move-In Day look like this year? Dates, times, procedures, more

The University-provided map of State Farm Center for students moving in from Aug. 16-21. Students will pick up their room keys, PPE kits and personal maps to get to their hall.

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The University-provided map of State Farm Center for students moving in from Aug. 16-21. Students will pick up their room keys, PPE kits and personal maps to get to their hall.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

To maximize student safety, University Housing has modified traditional move-in procedures for fall 2020.

If you’re one of the thousands of students moving into a residence hall in the next couple weeks, here’s what you need to know before you pull into Champaign-Urbana.

Dates and Times

This year, you must sign up for a move-in slot via MyHousing.

If you’re opting for an Early Arrival move-in, here are the move-in dates, costs and times.

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Aug. 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ($40 with no meals)

Aug. 17 or 18: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. ($60 per night with three daily meals)

If you’re staying in a Living-Learning Community (LLC) this year, there’s a two-day window to move in (Aug. 17-18: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.) You’ll have three meals per day, and all costs are covered by the orientation fee billed to your student account.

If neither of those applies to you, here are your move-in times.

First-Year Students: Aug. 19-20; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Returning Students: Aug. 21; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

There are two additional weekend days to move in (Aug. 22-23: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with slightly different procedures.

Centralized Check-In

All students moving in from Aug. 16-21 are required to check in to the State Farm Center from First Street.

  • If you’ve been assigned an Urbana hall (Babcock, Carr, Blaisdell, Saunders, Oglesby, Trelease, Allen, Busey-Evans, Sheldon, Leonard or Townsend Hall) enter the circle drive on the west side of the State Farm Center.
  • If you’ve been assigned a Champaign hall (Nugent, Hopkins, Wassaja, Weston, Barton-Lundgren, Snyder, Bousfield, Taft-Van Doren or Scott Hall) enter the parking lot on the northwest side of the State Farm Center.

Before you get your PPE kit and room key, you’ll complete a COVID-19 test. Remember to bring your i-Card for this, and you should not eat, drink, brush your teeth, use mouth wash, chew gum or use tobacco up to 30 minutes before submitting your saliva sample. Results will be available within 5 to 48 hours.

If you’re moving in on Aug. 22 or 23, make use of one of campus’ 16 COVID-19 testing locations. After you get tested, check in at your hall’s area desk.

  • Nugent, Hopkins, Wassaja, Weston or Barton-Lundgren Halls, go to the Nugent Hall Front Desk
  • Snyder, Bousfield, Taft-Van Doren or Scott Halls, go to the Snyder Hall Front Desk
  • Babcock, Carr, Blaisdell or Saunders Halls, go to the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR) Front Desk
  • Oglesby or Trelease Halls go to the Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR) Front Desk
  • Allen Hall, go to the Allen Hall Front Desk
  • Sheldon or Leonard Halls, go to the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls (LAR) Front Desk
  • Busey-Evans Halls, go to the Busey-Evans Front Desk.
  • Townsend Hall, go to the Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR) Front Desk.

The Move-In Itself

Along with your room key and PPE equipment, you’ll get a map with directions from the State Farm Center to your residence hall. Following the hall-specific directions is important — you’ll help reduce traffic congestion.

There will be a designated unloading area near your hall. Once you unload your belongings from your vehicle, University Housing staff will direct you to a specific parking location. Have one person stay with your belongings while the other parks.

There are several new safety precautions to heed while you’re moving in.

  • You are allowed two guests to help you move.
  • You must wear a face-covering over your mouth and nose at all times unless you have a medical condition that disallows you from doing so.
  • Only one family/move-in group is allowed in an elevator at a time.
  • Though hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and moving carts are available in Housing, please consider bringing your own to limit exposure.

Ethan is a senior in Media and former resident adviser. 

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