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Fall 2022 Move-In Information for New First-Year and Transfer Students

Welcome to Northwestern! This website is designed to provide you with 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 2022 Opening Dates and Times

Move-In Dates and Times

New first-year and transfer students will move in on Monday, September 12, 2022, between 8:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m. See the "Prior to Arrival" section below for steps to take prior to arrival, including signing up for a move-in appointment. 

Move-In Process Overview

Prior to Arrival
  • Sign up for a move-in appointment 
    • Between August 15 and August 17, students will select a move-in appointment (to take place on September 12) based on their assigned unloading zone. All students have the same opportunity to select their desired appointment time as students assigned to different unloading zones do not compete for appointments. The appointments selected on Monday will not impact the availability of appointment times for students selecting on Tuesday or Wednesday. The schedule is as follows and all times are Central:  
      • Monday, August 15, 9:00 – 11:59 a.m. - Campus Drive 
      • Monday, August 15, 1:00 – 3:59 p.m. - University Place 
      • Tuesday, August 16, 9:00 – 11:59 a.m. - Sargent & Jones 
      • Tuesday, August 16, 1:00 – 3:59 p.m. - Elder & Allison 
      • Wednesday, August 17, 9:00 – 11:59 a.m. - Patten & FWN 
      • Wednesday, August 17, 1:00 – 3:59 p.m. - Locy & Chapin  
  • All parking lots will be available at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18. You can view the move-in map and guide to view the unloading zone locations and assignments, and your unloading zone is listed above with your assignment. 
  • After signing up for your move-in appointment, you will receive a link to print your unloading permit. This permit will allow you to enter your unloading zone near your residence hall or residential college on September 12. 
  • Review the Items to Bring
  • Submit a lofting or bunking request on or before August 26
    • Many of our buildings have loftable beds, including: 630 Emerson (Hobart), 640 Emerson, 710 Emerson, 720 Emerson (SAI), 2307 Sheridan, 2313 Sheridan, Allison, Ayers, Bobb-McCulloch, Elder, Foster-Walker, Jones, Kemper, Shepard, Slivka, and Willard. East Fairchild and West Fairchild have bunkable beds. The cost to loft/bunk a bed is $100. This charge will be added to each student’s university account upon completion of the request. 

      The standard set height for beds is 27" from the floor and the lofted height is 55". 

      Students can submit a Maintenance Request for lofting or bunking on the Housing Portal starting today. Requests submitted on or before August 26, 2022 are typically fulfilled prior to Move-In Day. Requests submitted after August 26, 2022 will be completed within the first two weeks of the start of the quarter, by October 3, 2022. 

Move-In Day (September 12, 2022) 
  • Use the Self-Check In link emailed to you the morning of September 12 to expedite 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 unload the vehicle and move items to the student room
    • Students living in 1871 Orrington and Jones will bring their Wildcards to the building lobby to receive their room keys. Students who do not have a Wildcard will report to their Area Desk to pick up a temporary card. 
  • Once the vehicle is unloaded, the driver moves the car to a designed parking location (see Parking on Campus After Unloading below)
  • If you arrive after 4:00 p.m. or after September 12, utilize the Self-Check In Form and head to your room, or stop by your Area Desk if you need assistance. The link to the Self-Check In Form can be found in your email (sent your scheduled move-in day or on QR codes at building entrances). 

Unloading Zones

On September 12 at the time of your move-in appointment, head to the following designated unloading zones where professional movers will unload your vehicle and bring your belongings to your room. Please note that you will not be permitted to enter the unloading zone outside of your assigned time or to make repeat trips to the unloading zone.

unloading zones
Residence Hall / Residential College Unloading Zone Address for GPS Notes
630 Emerson University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
636 Emerson University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
640 Emerson University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
710 Emerson University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
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 Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
1838 Chicago University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
1856 Orrington University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the curb near your building
1871 Orrington University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the
curb near your building
2303 Sheridan Sargent Lot 2245 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive
2307 Sheridan Sargent Lot 2245 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of Tech Drive
2313 Sheridan Patten Lot 2343 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60201
Look for a purple sign reading
“Northwestern Entrance J"
2347 Sheridan Patten Lot 2343 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60201
Look for a purple sign reading
“Northwestern Entrance J"
2349 Sheridan Patten Lot 2343 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60201
Look for a purple sign reading
“Northwestern Entrance J"
Allison Allison Lot 619 Clark St,
Evanston, IL 60208
Lot is also labeled as Northwestern Lot
#226. Entrance is on the north side of Clark,
east of Sherman and Orrington and west of
Sheridan.
Ayers Campus Drive 2255 Campus Dr,
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 Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of
Tech Drive
Chapin Chapin Lot 750 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter University Place, then turn right into
the lot just past Chapin Hall.
East Fairchild Fairchild
Alley/Locy Lot
1850 Campus Dr,
Evanston, IL 60208
Turn into campus near the Segal Visitors
Center and turn left into the lot
Elder Elder Lot 610 Lincoln St,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter from the north on Lincoln Street
Foster Walker Foster Walker
Lot
650 Foster St,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the driveway and parking lot
on the north side of the building
Goodrich Campus Drive 2255 Campus Dr,
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.
Hobart University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
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 Dr,
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 Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of
Tech Drive
McCulloch Campus Drive 2255 Campus Dr,
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 Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the
curb near your building
Rogers House University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the
curb near your building
Sargent Sargent Lot 2245 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Enter on the east side of Sheridan, north of
Tech Drive
Schapiro Hall Patten Lot 2343 Sheridan Rd,
Evanston, IL 60208
Look for a purple sign reading
“Northwestern Entrance J"
Shepard Hall University Place
Lot
700 University Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the
curb near your building
Slivka Campus Drive 2255 Campus Dr,
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 Pl,
Evanston, IL 60208
Unload from the parking spaces or along the
curb near your building
West Fairchild Fairchild
Alley/Locy Lot
1850 Campus Dr,
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

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

parking after unloading
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.  

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 Monday, August 29, 2022. We encourage you to schedule deliveries to arrive after this time. Mail delivery to mailboxes will begin on Monday, September 12, 2022. 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. Items purchased by August 4, 2022, will be placed in your room prior to your arrival.    

Move-In Map

Click here to view and download a printable move-in map. (PDF)

If you are moving in outside of the September 12 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., 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. If you plan to park your vehicle for the remainder of the day in a University parking lot, understand that permits are required in all lots Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Permits may be purchased in-person at the Parking Office located at 1841 Sheridan Rd.

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Early Arrivals

Requests to move on campus as early as 8:00 a.m. on September 7, 2022, 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 a temporary housing assignment.

The charge for early arrival is $50 per night and is applied to the student account unless the students stay is sponsored by a school or department. Any student who desires 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 15-26, 2022. Students who arrive early without prior approval will be charged $100 per night.   

International Student Orientation begins on September 8, 2022. See below for additional information regarding international student arrival.  

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. If you plan to park your vehicle for the remainder of the day in a University parking lot, understand that permits are required in all lots Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Permits may be purchased in-person at the Parking Office located at 1841 Sheridan Rd.

Early arrivals will check in at their area desk.   

Pre-Fall Arrivals

Pre-Fall Arrivals are students who are required to arrive early as members of athletic teams, marching band, or bridge programs. Housing costs associated with Pre-Fall Arrivals are covered by the student’s program. These students will move from their temporary summer assignment to their fall assignment on Tuesday, September 6 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. If you are a Pre-Fall Arrival you do not need to apply for Early Arrival nor do you need to select a move-in appointment unless your family will be returning on September 12 to move in additional items. 

 

International Student Arrival

Students who will be arriving for International Student Orientation should be sure to notify and register with the International Office. The International Office will supply a list of those students who are pre-approved for early arrival. Students are still responsible for the early arrival housing charges based on the date they move in.  

International students arriving early will need to check in at their Area Desks. 
International students with questions about arriving prior to September 8, 2022, should email us at housing@northwerstern.edu

September 12 Programs

First Night Northwestern Programming

After move in, students have the opportunity to participate in several activities to begin meeting other residential students. Information will be posted in each residence hall and residential college.

4:00 p.m. Residential College Welcome Events
5:00 p.m. Dinner and Welcome Meetings with Resident Assistants
8:00 p.m. First Night Northwestern activities (click here for a map)

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. Questions can also be directed to housing@northwestern.edu.