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Move-In Day

Are you ready to Live the Bulldog Life in a dynamic learning environment? We are looking forward to your arrival on “The Hill!” 

Freshman Convocation/Torch Lighting Ceremony | 5:00pm | Event Center

  • Check-In Procedures


    Steps To Check-In | Fall  2024 

    Check-in: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (gym hours) for new students and returning students with on campus assignments. 

    1. Arrive on campus, go directly to the Health and Wellness Center Gym. 
    2. The student will be checked in at their residence hall table. (students will need to know their student ID number).


    1. Housing staff will check to see if the student has been checked-in and recieve their room key.
    2. The student will be directed to their room by staff.
    3. The checked-in party can move-in.


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  • Students 

    The resident and family members may enter the residence hall to unpack and help the student settle in during move-in. 

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  • Vehicles

    Only personal vehicles will be allowed through the check-in process. Moving trucks and large trailers are not permitted. Families can bring a small U Haul (similar like) trailer. 

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  • New Students: Check-In Schedule August 10th

    New Students: On-campus check-in schedule

    Terry and Thigpen Hall Move-in between the hours of 8am to 12pm
    Palmer and Councill Hall Move-in between the hours of 1pm to 5pm
    Foster Complex East and West Move-in between the hours of 8pm to 5pm
    Hugine Complex: Honor's College Move-in between the hours of 8pm to 5pm
    Knight Complex East and West Move-in between the hours of 8pm to 5pm
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  • Returning Students: On-campus Check-In Schedule August 11th

    Returning Students: On-campus check-in schedule

    Hugine Complex
    Normal Hills


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  • Returning Students: Off-campus Check-In Schedule

    All off-campus students will check-in at the apartment complex directly between the hours of 9am to 4pm.

    July, 23rd and July 24th

    Constellation Apartments

    July 25th and July 26th

    The Kelvin Apartments

    July 30th, 31st and August 1st

    Waterleaf Apartments

    August 2nd

    Dallas Mills

    August 3rd and 4th


    August 6th, 7th, and 8th



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  • Early Arrival 

    No early arrivals will be approved. Please adhere to our move-in schedule.

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  • Arrival Policy

    If you fail to claim your room within 48-hours of your designated move-in date, Residential Life and Housing will cancel your assignment. Email Residential Life and Housing ( if you have an emergency or plan to arrive late.  Be sure to include your name, contact number, A-number, building, and room number in your email. The subject line should read: NOTICE OF LATE ARRIVAL.  

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  • Questions

    Questions or concerns about your arrival should be e-mailed to (  Be sure to include your name, contact number, A-number, building, and room number in your email. 

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  • Tips for Packing

    Space in the residence halls is relatively limited, and we suggest packing lightly and picking up additional items at a later time.

    Label all items with your name, building, room number and phone number.

    Fold hanging clothes and bring hangers separately. Clothes do not fit well on the moving carts and may get dirty on Move-In Day.

    Leave winter clothes at home. Due to limited storage space, consider exchanging summer clothes for winter clothes during trips home.

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  • Settling In

    Please label your belongings with your last name and room number as an added measure of security (painter’s tape works well). 

    How to Hang Items in Your Room

    You may only use 3M Command Strips to hang items on walls, or furniture. Nails or push pins are prohibited.

    You are not permitted to use wall mount systems for flat screen televisions in any Residence Hall.

    Setting up Your Bed

    Beds adjust up to approximately 30” from the floor in the following Residence Halls: Terry, Palmer, and in select rooms in Normal Hills.

    The loft beds in Foster Complex will be adjusted prior to the student's arrival. Housing will consider how low the  loft can be adjusted prior to move-in. 

    Height-adjustable beds should be adjusted by Hall Staff, only. Trying to do this yourself may result in a damage charge. Contact your Hall Director to request a change in the height of your bed.

    Do Not use concrete blocks to heighten your bed. They will be removed and a fine may be imposed.

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  • After Settling In

    After you finish unpacking and settling into your room, there are several things to do with your family or your roommates to get acquainted with Huntsville. Here are some ideas:

    Go grocery shopping after moving in. This cuts down on perishables packed in your vehicle. (NOTE: We recommend shopping before  5 pm). 

    Introduce yourself to your Resident Advisor and find out when your first floor meeting will happen. This provides you more information about your community and a chance to meet your neighbors!

    Walk through your class schedule to cut down on confusion when classes start.

    For more information about exploring Huntsville, go to for area events and attractions.

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  • Shopping Near Campus and Around Huntsville
    Bridge Street Town Centre (11 miles)
    365 The Bridge Street, Suite 106 Huntsville, AL    
    Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
    Parkway Place Mall (6 miles)
    2801 Memorial Parkway South Huntsville, AL    
    Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Walmart Supercenter (2.5 miles)
    2200 Sparkman Dr., NW Huntsville, AL 35810
    Open 24-hours
    Target Supercenter (7 miles)
    6275 University Dr., NW Huntsville, AL 35806
    Open Daily: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.


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  • Driving Directions

    Driving Directions and Parking 

    Directions to Palmer, Terry, and Thigpen

    Directions to Foster Complex

    Residents of Knight Complex, Hugine Complex, and Normal Hills Apartment Community should enter on the west side of the campus.

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