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Fall 2021 Move-In

Information for New First-Year and Transfer Students

Welcome to Northwestern!

This website is designed to provide you the information you need for the move-in process. If you have questions after reviewing the website, please contact us at (847) 467-HOME or by email at housing@northwestern.edu.

Fall 2021 Opening Dates and Times

Move-In Dates and Times

Move-in appointments for new first-year and transfer students will be available on Monday, September 13, 2021, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. New first-year and transfer students are expected to move-in prior to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, to attend Wildcat Welcome orientation events.

Students will use an online system to sign up for a specific assigned 25-minute move-in date and time during one of the timeframes above. A link to sign up for a move-in appointment will be sent on August 16, 2021. Students must sign up for a move-in appointment between August 16 and August 27, 2021.   

Move-In Process Overview

Prior to Arrival

  • Sign up for a move-in unloading permit
    • In early August, each new NU student will receive an email (sent to the u.northwestern.edu student email account) with a link to sign up for a 25-minute move-in time slot. Students must sign up for a move-in time between August 16 and August 27, 2021.
    • After signing up for your move-in appointment, you will receive a link to print your unloading permit. This permit will allow you to drop your items off in an unloading zone near your residence hall or residential college. 
  • Review the Items to Bring

Move-In Day

  • Use the Self-Check In link emailed to you the morning of your move-in appointment to expediate your check-in process
  • Place your unloading permit on your car dashboard
  • Drive to your designated unloading zone (see below) at your assigned date and time
  • While the driver remains in the vehicle:
    • Contracted vendors assist you with unloading the vehicle and bringing items to the student room
  • Stop by your residence hall or residential college lobby to check in with a Resident Assistant, then head to your room to unpack
  • If you do not have a Wildcard:
    • Bring a photo ID to your area desk to receive your Wildcards (which also serve as room keys)
  • If you live in Jones:
    • Bring your Wildcard to the Resident Assistant in the Jones lobby to get your room key
  • Once the vehicle is unloaded, the driver moves the car to a designed parking location (see Parking on Campus After Unloading below)
  • After unloading, students will check in at the Wildcat Welcome Center and complete a COVID-19 arrival test. 
    • The testing center at Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Rd.) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students need to test the day of arrival of by the end of the next day the testing center is open if they arrive at a time that the testing center is closed. 

Unloading Zones

At your assigned date and time, head to the following designated unloading zones. You will not be permitted to enter the unloading zone outside of your assigned time. A listing and map of unloading zones will be posted here by August.

unloading zones

Residence Hall/ Residential College 

Unloading Zone 

Address for GPS 

Notes 

560 Lincoln 

Patten Lot

2343 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 

Look for a purple sign reading “Northwestern Entrance J”

630 Emerson

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

636 Emerson

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

640 Emerson

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

710 Emerson

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

720 Emerson (Sigma Alpha Iota) 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

1838 Chicago 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

1856 Orrington

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

2303 Sheridan 

Sargent Lot  

2245 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 

 Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive

2307 Sheridan

Campus Drive

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

unloading zones

2335 Sheridan

Patten Lot

2343 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 

Look for a purple sign reading “Northwestern Entrance J”

 

2347 Sheridan

Patten Lot

2343 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 

Look for a purple sign reading “Northwestern Entrance J”

 

2349 Sheridan 

Patten Lot

2343 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 

  Look for a purple sign reading “Northwestern Entrance J”

Allison 

Allison Lot

619 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208 

 Enter from Clark Street just west of Chicago Avenue

Ayers 

Campus Drive

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

Bobb 

Sargent Lot  

2245 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 

  Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive

Chapin 

Chapin Lot  

750 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

 Enter University Place, then turn right into the lot just past Chapin Hall.

East Fairchild 

Fairchild Alley/Locy Lot

1850 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 Turn into campus near the Segal Visitors Center and turn left into the lot

Elder 

Elder Lot

610 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL 60208 

Enter from the north on Lincoln Street 

Foster Walker 

Foster Walker Lot

650 Foster Street, Evanston, IL 60208 

 This lot is on the north side of the building. Enter from Foster Street, just west of Sheridan.

Goodrich 

Campus Drive  

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

unloading zones

Hobart 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

Jones

Jones Lot

Near 1820 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208.

Do not stop on Sheridan – turn into and unload from the north/south alley between Jones and 1835 Hinman. The alley is east of Hinman, south and west of Sheridan, and north of Clark.

Kemper 

Campus Drive  

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

Lindgren 

Sargent Lot  

2245 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 

 Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive

McCulloch 

Campus Drive

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

North Mid-Quads 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

Rogers House 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

Sargent 

Sargent Lot  

2245 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 

Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive

unloading zones

Shepard Hall 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

Slivka 

Campus Drive

2255 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

 

Parking lot south of the Walter Athletics Center 

 

Vehicles unloading here will initially pass the unloading zone to line up in a lot away from the building (a “car call lot”). You will be directed to an unloading zone near the building as space clears. 

South Mid-Quads 

University Place Lot

700 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building

West Fairchild 

Fairchild Alley/Locy Lot

1850 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 

Turn into campus near the Segal Visitors Center and turn left into the lot

Willard 

Chapin Lot  

750 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 

Enter University Place, then turn right into the lot just past Chapin Hall.

Parking on Campus After Unloading

Monday, September 13, and Tuesday, September 14, 2021 

Outside of your unloading time, parking will be available in four campus lots:

parking locations

Parking Location

Address

North Campus Parking Garage

2311 N. Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

South Campus Parking Garage

1847 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Lakeside Parking Structure

1 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Ryan Field West Parking

2706 Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208

 

We anticipate that the parking garages and parking structure will fill quickly. Ryan Field is available as overflow parking for both garages and the parking structure. Continuous shuttle service along Sheridan Rd to Ryan Field and back will run throughout the day.  

 

Other Important Information

Shipping Items to Campus

Northwestern University Residential Services partners with University and Student Services (USS) who provides a Ship-To-Your-Room service that allows you to have your belongings waiting for you in your room when you arrive. Deliveries from USS will take place through September 10. Students moving in prior to September 10 should note that their items might not be delivered until this day.

Acceptance of items for regular mail and package delivery for the residence halls and residential colleges begins on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We encourage you to schedule deliveries to arrive after this time. Mail delivery to mailboxes will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. For more information about mail and package services, click here.

Mini-Fridge Rentals and Bedding/Linens

Northwestern University Residential Services partners with University and Student Services (USS) who, in addition to shipping services, provides mini-fridge rentals. Similar to the Ship-to-Room service, your fridge will be placed in your room prior to your arrival.   

Residential Services partners with On Campus Marketing (OCM) who provides options to purchase bedding and linens. Purchased items will be placed in your room prior to your arrival.   

Move-In Map

View or download the printable move-in map here.

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Early Arrivals

Requests to move on campus early are considered based on the needs of the resident, space availability, and appropriate staffing to support students living on campus prior to the designated move-in dates. If approved to move on campus early, residents may be placed in temporary housing. The charge for early arrival is $50 per night and is applied to the student account unless the student’s stay is sponsored by a school or department. Any student who desired early arrival housing should review the Undergraduate Early Arrival Request Policy page for additional information. The early arrival application will be available on the Housing Portal from August 16-27, 2021.

International Student Orientation begins on September 11, 2021.

Students who are approved for early arrival do not need an unloading permit and should be aware that parking policies are enforced between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students can check in online using the Self-Check In form to activate their Wildcards or can go to their Area Desk for assistance with checking in. Students living in Jones will need to go to the South Area Desk at Allison to pick up their room keys. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to common questions regarding move-in. 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about move-in, please contact Residential Services at (847) 467-HOME (4663). We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time on weekdays. Questions can also be directed to housing@northwestern.edu