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Move-In and Check-Out


Discover Your Life on Campus

This is one of the most exciting times in your life – starting college! With all the excitement, we want you to be prepared. So we’ve included some helpful information & tips to get you started on the right foot & make your stay with us a success!


Housing COVID-19 Response and Social Distancing Resource Sheet


Move-In Requirements 

To live in the residence halls, submit a Residence Hall Agreement by mail, online via MyCentral, or in person at our Housing Office.  You must have your Meningococcal immunization on record with the University Health Center before picking up your keys.  View detailed information at the University Health Center's Immunization Information page.

In support of UCM's Learning to a Greater Degree, UCM requires first-year & sophomore students under the age of 21 to reside on campus as part of a two year residency requirement.  Freshmen & sophomores are also required to have specified meal plans.

Due to UCM's response to COVID-19, fall move-in will be restricted to one student and two guests to assist with move in.  We appreciate your cooperation as we create processes to carefully consider health and safety of our students and families.


Move-In 2020: First Year Emules

Emules are a way to get all the information for move-in that is included below and more!  A total of 4 editions will be issued via email and provided on this page.

Guide to On-Campus Living & Move-In

Everything You Need to Know!

Move in Banner


You must have your Meningococcal immunization on record with the University Health Center before picking up your keys.

Move-In Date & Times


Fall 2020: 

The residence halls open Thursday, August 13 for those first-year students who have signed up for the UCM Experience Kickoff.  Check-in will be 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  As part of our response to COVID-19, Students will be required to sing up for a check-in time via a form that will be emailed directly to them in mid/late July.  

Freshmen who do not sign up for Kickoff & upperclass students can check in on Sunday, August 16.  Check-in will be 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.   As part of our response to COVID-19, Students will be required to sing up for a check-in time via a form that will be emailed directly to them in mid/late July.  

Due to UCM's response to COVID-19, fall move-in will be restricted to one student and two guests to assist with move in. We appreciate your cooperation as we create processes to carefully consider health and safety of our students and families.

Learn more about Kickoff here.


Spring 2021 Move-In:

Students returning to housing for spring 2021 may come back starting at 12 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2021.  

Students who are NEW to living on campus for spring 2021 may start moving in at their building starting at 8 am on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Can I Move In Early?

Because of security & logistical reasons, you will not have access to your room until you check in during the designated times. Some groups will have a coordinated early arrival (staff, pre-season athletics, etc.); those students will be contacted by the group coordinator regarding check in times.

Building Addresses

To find your hall address (including mailing address) visit our contacts and address page.  Note that you will be given specific instructions via email as to what building door you will need to use for check-in.  Please also note that front desks are not staffed until the first date of first-year student move-in.  

Unloading Your Items on Move-In Day

Look for specific check-in instructions when you arrive at your hall. Volunteer crews may be available for unloading your vehicle if you sign up to move in early on Thursday. 

Once you unload, we ask that all students/families move vehicles to parking lots.  For 2020 move-in, we ask ONLY students enter building at first to get key before moving  belongings in.

Find your building and parking lots on our map

Opening day can seem really hectic. For your own peace of mind, please make sure a family member stays with your belongings while unloading to ensure that no other family accidentally moves it into a different room.

How to Pack

Your room will be your home for several months, so you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Some suggested items are:
  • bed linens/pillow
  • posters/pictures
  • laundry & cleaning supplies
  • desk lamp/supplies
  • rugs/carpet
  • towels & toiletries
  • power strips

NOTE:  For 2020-2021, rooms in Nattinger-Bradshaw are expected to have one desk, chair, and bed.  Rooms will be single occupancy across campus.  All other buildings will have 2 desks, 2 chairs, and 2 beds.

Also new for fall 2020 and beyond, students will be required to bring their own shower curtain liner.  We recommend 72x72 inches.  Shower hooks are provided. 

View our 


View Our Packing List!

View our amenities list further down the page.

In order to avoid purchasing two of everything or not having room on move-in day, discuss with your roommate/suitemate(s) who might be bringing the following:
  • Mini-refrigerator (6.0 cubic feet AND uses 1000 watts or less); see below for rental options
  • Microwave* (1000 watts or less)
  • Carpet or rugs,
  • Curtains
  • QAM ready television, DVD player
  • Video game console 

Items allowed in student room, but only when student is present:  curling/straightening irons (and similar products), coffee pots, slow-cookers, candle warmers

Items prohibited and to be LEFT AT HOME INCLUDE:

  • Toaster ovens
  • Grills (including kitchen electric grills
  • Space heaters
  • Hot plates
  • Candles/incense (no burnt wicks allowed, but battery operated candles are allowed)
  • Hoverboards
  • Halogen lamps/lava lamps
  • Weapons including but not limited to all forms of firearms, any mechanical or gas operated mechanism that propels a projectile, ammunition, fireworks, knives with blades that are more than four (4) inches in length, throwing stars, swords, and related items. 


Your relationship with your roommate and suitemates is very important to your success at UCM.

Students at UCM agree that getting in touch before you arrive takes pressure off the first day. You are encouraged to contact your roommate. Begin by laying the groundwork. Get to know each other. There are some things you should discuss with your roommate before the big day.

Find out what TV shows, types of music, or activities your roommate likes. Discuss class schedules, morning routines, and most importantly, who is going to bring what! Remember, we are all unique and different in our backgrounds, values, and attitudes.

Roommate/Suitemate information will be available via MyCentral no later than June 21.

Required Move-In Day Floor Meetings

Residents on first year floors will start meeting Thursday evening of check-in. Signs will be posted to let you know the location of your meeting. Please be unpacked & ready to go by this time.

Your Room


 Make Our Halls Your Home

Decorating Your New Home

When you move onto campus in the fall, you will create a new home for the next nine months.

  • Posters, pictures, & flags are a great way to personalize your new home, but please use an adhesive that can be easily removed without leaving any residue.
  • Please don’t damage the walls with nails or other permanent mounting devices.
  • For those that would like to hang window treatments, approximate window dimensions are 7 ft wide by 5 feet in length 
  • We suggest using 3M Command adhesives, 3M Command adhesive hangers, or Scotch Magic removable mounts.
  • Just remember to have fun & be creative, but follow the decorating guidelines.
  • NOTE:  Only t-pins are allowed to hang or place items on walls in The Crossing.

Room Condition Report

When you check in, make sure to fill in any issues in your room on the Room Condition/Inventory form that is given to you at check-in.  Reporting ALL issues helps prevent unnecessary charges at the end of semester/year.  Be completely detailed and list defects/issues.

See a sample form below:

Room Condition Report UCM

Room Amenities & Dimensions

All room furniture has been recently updated.  Each residence hall room comes with the following items:

  • Two, extra long twin beds
  • One dresser
  • Two or three closets (see hall pages for closet dimensions and specifics)
  • Wastebasket & recycle bins
  • Mini blinds
  • Two desks & two chairs
  • Bathrooms come with shower curtain provided

NOTE:  For 2020-2021, rooms in Nattinger-Bradshaw are expected to have one desk, chair, and bed.  Rooms will be single occupancy across campus.  All other buildings will have 2 desks, 2 chairs, and 2 beds.

Also new for fall 2020 and beyond, students will be required to bring their own shower curtain liner.  We recommend 72x72 inches.  Shower hooks are provided.  See our packing list below as well!

All room furniture must remain in the room during your stay with us. No storage is available for room furnishings or personal belongings.

See our room amenity & dimension sheet below for details!   Building pages will have specific overall building amenities.


Room Amenities & Dimensions

Bed Lofts & Linens

All residence hall beds can be bunked. For safety purposes, students cannot build home-made lofts. Lofts can be ordered online at  College Products provides lofts for rent at an affordable cost.  Lofts are a great way to maximize the space in your room. Lofts create 23 square feet of additional living space in your room.  Order yours by August 1 to save $20.

Move-in Loft Pickup:

College products will email studetns with pick-up dates/in times for our move-in days (August 13 & 16)



University Housing is partnering with a company to provide linens guaranteed to fit both our standard & our extra-long mattresses. Many options & packages are available.  Other items include decor and bath necessities.  Check it out at

Mini-Fridge Rentals & Carpet Pick-Up

Refrigerators can be rented from the United Student Housing Association (located on Housing Services page) or students may bring their own refrigerators as long as they are 6.0 cubic feet in size or less OR 1000 watts or less.

Pick- Up 

Fridges will be available for pick-up at Nickerson Hall lower level (facing Washington St.).  It is first come, first serve of fridge color/option.

Thursday, August 13:  8:30 am - 4:15 pm

Sunday, August 16:  8:30 am - 4:15 pm

Unfornately, due to volume of orders, we are maxed out on the number of rentals we can accept for fall 2020


If interested for spring semester only, please send an email to Jay Hicks ( to schedule a pick-up arrangement.

A limited number of refrigerators may still be available to rent.

Cable Television

Cable is provided in ALL residence halls; however, our cable system is customized for the University and we do not allow any other outside services on campus.  The signal that is established in each building also does not allow for any additional services because of the way that the signal is customized.  

The TV needs to have a QAM (or sometimes known as a Clear QAM) Tuner built in.  (Look in the manual of the TV under setting channels or at the end of the manual in the specifications of the TV.)  If the TV does not have a QAM Tuner built in, then a converter box can be purchased. 

  • The recommended converter box is Channel Master model #CM-7004 which can be purchased at or other retailers. This particular converter box has been tested to work with our cable system. 
  • We do not recommend any other type of converter box because they have not been tested to work with our system.
  • The following TVs have been reported/proven NOT to work with our system and do not have a QAM Tuner:
    • Element
    • Westinghouse
  • The following brands have some TVs that have QAM tuners and some that do not:
    • Some TLC
    • Some Samsungs
    • Some Sceptre
    • Some Hisense 

Please note that our cable system does not support external devices such as DVRs, Roku, Apple TV, additional cable boxes for HBO, etc.  We have a specialized channel line-up and it cannot be picked up via streaming.   Your TV will also need to have a coax cable connection. 

Important Housing Information


 Other Important Information

Housing Assignments

First-year room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis & can be viewed on the student portal no later than June 21 (for the Fall semester). The assignment will detail your room, roommate, and suitemates. As a reminder, the residence hall agreement is for the entire year.

Returning students are able to pick their room, roommates, and suitemates through our online reapplication process beginning in February and ending in April.

Property Insurance

Because UCM does not purchase property insurance covering students’ personal property, you should be sure that you obtain renter’s insurance to protect your possessions from theft or loss due to other damage (smoke, water, etc.).

  • Check with your parents to see if you are covered on their insurance plan.
  • It will only take a few minutes & it may save you a big headache later on.  
  • If you would like to purchase a personal safe those are available at This is a service provided but not required.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Check out our video on bathroom cleaning tips HERE!

Tips on Bathroom Cleaning:

  • With any multipurpose cleaner, please follow full directions  listed on product including how long to let sit on a surface
  • If possible, clean as you go/utilize your bathroom space
  • After showering, spray down the walls, tub, knobs, and wipe down. Be sure to let sit based on product instructions. Give the shower a rinse
  • After using your sink, wipe down the surrounding area including the basin, walls, and even medicine cabinet
  • For ongoing cleanliness, utilize cleaning products including sanitizing wipes for high touch point areas including sink/tub/toilet handles, door knobs, light switches, etc.
  • When cleaning, always utilize a new rag or use paper towels
  • To prevent cross-contamination, consider purchasing rubber cleaning cloves and clean those after use with soapy water

Dining and Meal Plans

There are numerous dining areas on campus. The residence hall Dining Centers are located in

  • Ellis Complex
  • Westside Market in Todd 

The hours of operation will be posted throughout the residence halls & in the Dining Centers. Your meal plan will be encoded onto your student ID, so all you need to have to eat in the halls is your student ID.

First-year and second-year students must have a specific meal plan. The initial cost will be billed to your university account, but additional meals/Dining Dollars can be purchased via the Housing portal on MyCentral or at the housing office. Complete your meal plan via MyCentral.  You may purchase Dining Dollars at any time during the year.  Dining Dollars roll over from semester-to-semester, but meal swipes do not.

Room Change Requests

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make it work. You may request a move to an available space in accordance with established procedures.

  • Room change requests will be accepted approximately three weeks after move-in.
  • Check our Important Dates via the home page to find the exact dates. 
  • If a first-year student would like a single room, they will be allowed to request a single room after the halls open and pending space availability.
  • Room changes cannot be made without prior permission from the Office of University Housing. After you arrive, talk to your CA or Residence Hall Director, who will help you through the process of making a formal request.

Computer Registration

All students need to register their computers when they arrive on campus so they can access outside the university network. Please note that personal routers are not allowed on campus as they interfere with the university’s network. Information will be available when you check in.   Helpful information regarding getting the most out of your WiFi signal can be found here

Housing Policies

University policies as well as specific Housing policies can be found in the student handbook found here.  Specific Housing policies can be found here in our Housing Student Guide below. 


UCM Housing Student Guide


Students are expected to be knowledgeable and follow policies at all times.  

Who is Here to Help?

One thing is for sure: You’ll have all the help you need to settle into life at UCM. Your first line of assistance is your undergraduate staff member. There are Community Advisors (CAs) in all the residence halls. The CAs are supervised by a Residence Hall Director (RHD) who is a graduate assistant pursuing a master’s degree. There is also an Assistant Director who is a full-time professional who provides overall supervision and direction for the halls.
Check Out Information


Check-Out Cleaning List

Please check our Important Dates for check-out information for breaks, including end-of-year.  

Residence Hall Check-Out Cleaning List



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