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!
To live in the residence halls, fill in a Residence Hall Agreement in the mail, online via MyCentral, or in our Housing Office. You must have your Meningococcal immunization on record with the University Health Center before picking up your keys.
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.
View all our editions of Emules! Emules are a way to get all the information for
move-in that is included here and and more! A total of 4 editions will be issued
via email and provided below.
The residence halls open Thursday, August 15 for those first-year students who have signed up for the UCM Experience Kickoff. Check in is between 9 a.m.-1 pm. Freshmen who do not sign up for Kickoff & upperclass students can check in on Sunday, August 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Learn more about Kickoff here.
Spring 2020 Move-In:
The residence halls open Sunday, January 12th at 8 am (for NEW students to housing) and 12:00 pm for returning residence hall students.
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.
Look for specific check-in instructions when you arrive at your hall. Volunteer crews will assist you in unloading your vehicle if you sign up to move in early on Thursday. Their job is to get your belongings moved from your vehicle to the sidewalk as quickly as possible so that your vehicle can be moved to another location.
Once you unload, we ask that all students/families move vehicles to parking lots.
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.
Items allowed in student room, but only when student is present: curling/straightening irons (and similar products), coffee pots, slow-cookers, candle warmers
Your relationship with your roommate 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.
When you move onto campus in the fall, you will create a new home for the next nine months.
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:
All room furniture has been recently updated. Each residence hall room comes with the following items:
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.
All residence hall beds can be bunked. For safety purposes, students cannot build home-made lofts. Lofts can be ordered online at www.collegeproducts.com/ucm. 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.
Fall Move-in Loft Pickup
Refrigerators can be rented from the United Student Housing Association (form located on Housing Services page) or students may bring their own refrigerators as long as they are 4.5 cubic feet in size or less OR 1000 watts or less.
Reserved refrigerators can be picked up from Nickerson Hall (entrance off Washington Street) during the following hours:
A limited number of refrigerators may still be available to rent. Even if you have not pre-ordered a unit, stop by Nickerson Hall during the hours above!
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.
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.
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.
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.).
There are numerous dining areas on campus. The residence hall Dining Centers are located in
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 students are required to be on a first-year meal plan. 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 here or 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.
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.
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.
University policies as well as specific Housing policies can be found in the UCM Guide to Good Decision Making found here. Specific Housing policies can be found here in our Housing Student Guide below.
Students are expected to be knowledgeable and follow policies at all times.