Undergraduate Move-In Dates
Dates for the Fall 2021 move-in process will be as follows:
- Lawn residents: Friday, August 13
- Incoming first-year students: Wednesday, August 18 or Thursday, August 19, depending on your room assignment *
- Incoming transfer students: Friday, August 20 *
- Returning second-year students: Friday, August 20 *
- Returning third-year and fourth-year students (except Lawn): Saturday, August 21 or later
* To help manage traffic flow on move-in days, move-in appointments will be assigned to incoming first-year students, incoming transfer students, and returning second-year students in July. Students who are unable to move in during their assigned appointment will have the ability to select a different appointment time (but not a different date) on the housing portal, beginning on July 7.
Note that the appointments relate to your arrival time and initial car unloading only. After unloading and moving your car, you are welcome to take additional time getting settled in your new home.
Due to the University's temporary masking policy announced on Friday, August 9, masks will be required during Fall 2021 Move-In for all on-Grounds residents, parents, guests, and Greeters who are participating. Residents and their parents/guests must wear masks for the duration of their move-in appointment time while transitioning into on-Grounds spaces.
Fall 2021 Move-In Webinar
Watch our video webinar that's all about Fall 2021 move-in! Topics include tasks to complete prior to arrival, what to bring, move-in dates and appointments, what to expect during move-in days, and much more! We also share links to online resources where you can find additional information about life on Grounds at UVA. Note: this webinar was required prior to the temporary masking policy announced on August 9. Please see the masking requirement for Fall 2021 Move-In, above.
First-Year Buildings by Date
Please see below for the schedule of first-year housing move-in by date. Note that first-years will be assigned a specific move-in time on the date for their building.
Wednesday, August 18
- Dillard - suites 131, 249, 331-356
- Gooch - suites 103-113, 122-130, 201, 301-309
Thursday, August 19
- Brown College (all buildings)
- Dillard - suites 132-160, 357-360
- Gooch - suites 114-121, 310-330
- Hereford College (all buildings)
- IRC (all buildings)
Undergraduate Early and Late Arrivals
- No early arrivals will be permitted before Monday, August 16.
- If you are part of a University group that requires your presence on Grounds before your scheduled move-in date (such as Greeters or athletes), your program leader will contact Housing & Residence Life to coordinate the approval for early arrivals.
- Students who are part of a University group as described above but wish to move in before the required arrival date, and returning students who are not part of a sponsored group but wish to arrive early, need to submit an Early Arrival Application (available beginning on July 7 on the housing portal).
- Incoming first-year students are generally not allowed to move in before their scheduled date unless they are part of a sponsored group.
- If you are approved for an early arrival, you may check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on your approved move-in date.
- The deadline to request an early arrival is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021.
- We recommend incoming first-year and transfer students arrive on their scheduled move-in date in order to participate in Wahoo Welcome events. Returning students may arrive later, if they choose.
- All students planning to arrive after their scheduled move-in date should inform Housing & Residence Life by email.
- There will be no prorated or refunded housing charges for students who remain enrolled at the University, but arrive late or fail to move in.
Students arriving from abroad should make their travel plans known to the International Studies Office by completing this survey so the University can advise them about their arrival. Student Health has created a COVID-19 FAQ page with helpful information.
Required Tasks Prior to Move-In
- All incoming (new) students who do not yet have their University ID card must submit an ID card photo.
If you still need to complete this task, submit your ID photo to the UVA ID Card Office as soon as possible at their Online Photo Submission page (idoffice.virginia.edu/photo-submission), which contains photo requirements and instructions.
- Any returning students who need a replacement ID, or who only studied remotely in the past, should make an appointment with the UVA ID Card Office to pick up their ID card.
- In order to be cleared to move into on-Grounds housing, students must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to Grounds.
The deadline to submit your proof of vaccination or exemption form to the HealthyHoos patient portal (using NetBadge) is July 1, 2021. Students who are still in the process of being vaccinated should submit their documentation as close to July 1 as possible, and are not permitted on Grounds for any reason until they have done so. Students may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement, but if approved, will be subject to pre-arrival testing, weekly prevalence testing, and likely other public health measures. Please see the FAQs at UVA's Vaccinations page for questions you may have about this requirement.
- Almost all residents (except those living on the Lawn) will need to set a PIN for the keyless lock on their apartment, suite, room, or bathroom. The lock opens through a combination of your University ID and a PIN, and using both offers a high level of security. For more information, see our Locks & Lockouts page.
Front doors to buildings will be unlocked when that building has move-in appointments. Each student's University ID card will be activated (allowing access to that student's room) on the day of their move-in appointment, as long as the required pre-arrival tasks have been completed. You may arrive at any time during your assigned appointment.
Also note that your two-hour appointment window covers the initial unloading and transfer of belongings to your room. You may return after your appointment to take more time to settle into your new home!
Incoming first-year and transfer students: As you arrive and enter your building for the first time, you will need to check in. Resident Advisors (RAs) from your building will be at a table (usually located in front of the building or in the building lobby) to check you in and issue your University of Virginia ID card. You will need to show a valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport or US military ID). Students who are approved for early or late arrival will receive instructions for picking up ID cards on their approved date.
What to Bring
Specifics related to Housing & Residence policies for permissible items can be found on our What to Bring page.
Packing Tip: You can save packing space by removing items from their packaging. This step will eliminate your need to dispose of boxes during move-in, too! Packing items in plastic bins instead will make them easy to transport, and will protect your belongings from moisture and pests. After arriving, you can use the bins to store your items under your bed or on top of your closet.
Parking close to residence halls is only available during your scheduled move-in appointment time. You will be able to temporarily unload your car relatively close to your building. Look for signs directing you to your area once you arrive on Grounds. You will have 15 minutes to unload your belongings and a driver must stay with the car at all times. It is important that you then move your car to longer-term parking as quickly as you can. Moving your car will help with the traffic flow on Grounds and in the local community.
Note that your two-hour appointment window covers the initial unloading and transfer of belongings to your room. You may return after your appointment to take more time to settle into your new home!
Please see Parking and Transportation's Student Move-In page for detailed information regarding the parking process and rules as well as housing area maps for fall move-in.
Greeters are available during scheduled move-in times to help first-years, second-years, and incoming transfer students transport items to their rooms. Look for volunteers wearing brightly-colored t-shirts! Greeters are not available to set up rooms, however. Also, if you arrive outside of your assigned appointment, greeters will not be available to assist.
Lowering or Raising Beds
If you would like to lower or raise your lofted bed and you have access to a rubber mallet, we recommend that you bring it with you. While we have a limited supply of mallets for students/families to borrow, it would be helpful for your to bring one if you have it, given the time constraints of move-in day appointment.
To change the level of your lofted bed, remove the mattress from the bed, and then use the rubber mallet to tap underneath the metal frame at each of the four corners. Once the frame is free, it can be moved to the new height. Then use the mallet to tap on the top of the frame at each corner to hook it back on to the headboard and footboard.
The following protocols will be in place for Fall 2021 move-in:
- Due to the University's temporary masking policy announced on Friday, August 9, masks will be required during Fall 2021 Move-In for all on-Grounds residents, parents, guests, and Greeters who are participating.
- Residents and their parents/guests must wear masks for the duration of their move-in appointment time while transitioning into on-Grounds spaces.
- Facilities Management housekeeping staff will provide cleaning of high-touch surfaces during the move-in period.
- Hand sanitation stations will be available on the entry level of hall-style buildings.
- Students or guests with any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100.0 degrees or greater, shortness of breath, cough) should not come to Grounds.
Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff
Your move-in date is specified on your housing agreement. You can pick up keys at the Housing & Residence Life offices (425 Tree House Drive) at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the day your agreement begins.
After you arrive on Grounds, you may find the following resources helpful as you meet your resident advisor and get to know your roommate (if you have one). You'll want to check out computing information for new students, and learn about cell phone service at UVA and television/online media options.
See below for other helpful links as you started on your UVA journey.