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Move-In FAQs

Information for New Undergraduate Students

Fall 2019

When do I move in?
To ensure a safe and efficient move-in experience, new students will be assigned a move-in appointment (date and time) during one of the folllowing days:

     Friday, August 23, 2019; 8am-5pm
     Saturday, August 24, 2019; 7am-1pm

Students will be notified of their individually assigned move-in date and timeslot after housing assignments are released in mid-June. Adhering to your assigned timeslot will allow us to provide the best possible move-in experience. All new students are welcome to participate in programs that take place on Friday, and the University-wide Orientation will begin with New Student Convocation at 2pm on Saturday.

More information on:

How do I get to Cornell and find my residence?
Check the Cornell Maps page to view maps and get driving directions Be sure to follow the signs, and be aware that GPS devices aren't always accurate on campus.

Can I move in before August 23/24?
Unless you've been approved to participate in a special early arrival program, you may not move in to undergraduate residences prior to your assigned arrival day and time.   

Do I have to move in during my assigned move-in time?
You will not be permitted to move in before your timeslot begins, but you may check in after your assigned timeslot. Be sure to follow instructions when you're notified of your housing assignment and be prepared to show your unloading permit to our staff and volunteers.

What will my building / community be like?
Refer to the Your Housing Assignment FAQs.

What will be provided in my room / suite / apartment?
Visit Housing Amenities.

What should I pack?
Visit What to Bring for suggestions about what to bring … and rules about what to leave behind.

How should I pack? 
It's a good idea to mark all belongings with your name, room number, and residence hall.  Be sure to have all small items boxed for easy transfer.  There is no storage available in the residential buildings, so items should be packed in cardboard boxes that can be recycled, or in soft, foldable luggage that can be easily stored in a closet or under a bed. Stackable crates and organizers that fit under the bed can also work well.

Does Cornell University insure my personal property?
Cornell does not insure your personal property. You will want to make certain that your cell phone, laptop, clothing, and other personal property items are covered for incidents that result in damage or loss of your belongings. If you are not currently covered under a policy with your family, consider Cornell University's preferred personal property insurance provider, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  Participation in this plan is optional, but strongly encouraged. Find out more here

Can I ship items to my room ahead of Opening Day?
Yes. Cornell's preferred vendor is Big Red Shipping & Storage, a student-run agency that will have your items waiting in your room when you arrive. 

If you mail any packages yourself, please make sure items are clearly marked with your name, NetID, and mailing address; you can pick up these mailed packages at your Service Center or House Office.

Can I shop for my room once I get on campus?
Yes. Many families, particularly those traveling from a distance or flying, wait until they get to Ithaca before buying items like bedding, towels, organizational units, school supplies, and toiletries. Many items can be bought at The Cornell Store; others can be found at the nearby mall or in stores in downtown Ithaca.

Is storage space available?
Not on campus. Big Red Shipping & Storage, Cornell's preferred vendor, also provides storage service.

What will I be expected to do after I move in? 
Visit August Orientation for information about Fall 2019 Orientation activities. 

When does my meal plan begin?
Cornell Dining meal plans begin at 10:30am on Friday, August 23. Remember to sign up for your meal plan before arriving on campus.

Where can my parents stay overnight?
You can find a list of local hotels, motels, and inns, including availability info, at the Visit Ithaca lodging page.

Where can I find more information?
Refer to any of the links in the upper left-hand menu. You may also contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office.

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