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Winter Quarter ‘23 Move-In

Welcome to Winter Quarter! Below is information regarding moving in for Winter Quarter for both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact our office at housing@northwestern.edu if you have any questions.  

Information for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Halls Reopen at 12:00 p.m. on Jan 1 

The undergraduate residence halls and residential colleges open at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2023. All residents returning from Winter Break and new residents may move in beginning at this time.  

Watch your email the morning of January 1 with a link to complete the self-check in form. This will activate your building access. When you arrive at your room (and after you complete the self-check in form), tap your Wildcard on the electronic lock on your door, wait 45 seconds, then tap again for entry.   

Unloading and Parking 

If you are unloading or moving in on January 1st or 2nd, 2023, a parking permit is not required when actively unloading items from your vehicle. If you are unloading from a fire lane, a driver must remain with the vehicle at all times, or a parking ticket may be issued. We ask that you move your vehicle away from your building once you have finished unloading. Additionally, please avoid parking in a spot that is designated as "Reserved-24hr enforcement".  These signs are purple and are posted in the front of the parking stall. If you are moving in after January 1st or 2nd, understand that permits are required in all lots Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Visitor permits may be purchased in-person at the Parking Office located at 1841 Sheridan Rd at the daily rate of $9.   

Additional Information for New Students

If this is your first time living on campus, you can follow the same procedures as above to check in using the self-check in form.  

  • If you do not have a Wildcard, visit your Area Desk to get a temporary access card. Tap this card on the electronic lock on your door, wait 45 seconds, then tap again for entry.  
  • If you are assigned to 1871 Orrington or Jones Hall, visit the South Area Desk at Allison Hall to receive your room key.  
  • Move-in carts are available at the Area Desk. Please note that not all buildings have ramps or elevators.  

Information for Undergraduate Students in Winter Break Housing 

To prepare for and move back to your Winter Quarter assignment, please: 

  • Pack all of the belongings in your apartment and plan on moving them to your undergraduate assignment on Sunday, January 1st between 12-5pm. Moving assistance will be provided.  
  • On January 1, check out of the graduate residence hall (Engelhart Hall, Garrett Place, or McManus Center) by turning your key in to the front desk between 12:00pm and 5:00pm.  Those students leaving Garrett Place should return their key to Engelhart Hall. 

Information for Graduate Students

Graduate housing remains open over Winter Break. Current residents do not need to take any action.  

Information for New Residents 

If you are moving into graduate housing for the first time, you may do so starting at 8:00 a.m. on December 22, 2022. Please check in at your front desk. Students living in Engelhart or Garrett Place should go to the Engelhart Desk (1915 Maple, Evanston, IL) to check in and receive their keys. Students living in McManus should go to the McManus Desk (1725 Orrington, Evanston, IL). If the desk is closed, a number will be posted to contact a Graduate Resident Assistant for assistance with the check-in process.  

Unloading and Parking 

If you are unloading or moving in on December 22, 2022, or on or after January 3, 2023, permits are required in all lots Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Additionally, please avoid parking in a spot that is designated as "Reserved-24hr enforcement".  These signs are purple and are posted in the front of the parking stall. Visitor permits may be purchased in-person at the Parking Office located at 1841 Sheridan Rd at the daily rate of $9.   

If you are unloading or moving in between December 23, 2022 and January 2, 2023, a parking permit is not required when actively unloading items from your vehicle. If you are unloading from a fire lane, a driver must remain with the vehicle at all times, or a parking ticket may be issued. We ask that you move your vehicle away from your building once you have finished unloading. Additionally, please avoid parking in a spot that is designated as "Reserved-24hr enforcement".  These signs are purple and are posted in the front of the parking stall.