Undergraduate Move-In

What should I bring to campus?

See the "What Should I Pack?" section on the Residential Services website for a list of what to bring and what to leave at home.

Can I ship items to campus?

Yes! Residential Services has partnered with University and Student Services’ Ship-to-Your-Room program to offer a convenient way to ship your belongings ahead of move-in day. Items can be shipped from August 23 to September 6. See universityandstudentservices.com for details. Please note that Residential Services will not accept packages mailed directly to campus before move-in day; for full guidelines see northwestern.edu/living/services/mail.

Can I move in early?
Special exceptions can be made for students to move in to their residence halls early. Information about early arrival will be available mid-July. Thank you for your patience!
When should I arrive on move-in day?
Students move into their residences at specified times between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on move-in day. Students arriving with hand luggage only may move in anytime after 8 a.m. International students will have already moved in to attend International Student Orientation. Because parking near student residences is limited, Northwestern issues time-specific unloading permits for use on move-in day. The August March to the Arch email will include instructions for requesting an unloading permit online.
On move-in day, where are parents and students permitted to park? How long can we park?
Parking will be available on campus in the North and South garages from Friday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 26. Parking permits will not be required during this timeframe.
Will there be students to assist with move-in?
On move-in day, all Wildcat Welcome Peer Advisers and other University staff will be assisting with your move-in to the residence halls.
When should parents and family members plan on leaving?

Families decide to leave at a variety of times during Parent and Family Orientation, though traditionally families leave in three equal waves: at the conclusion of move-in day (Friday evening), right after March Through the Arch (Saturday morning), or at the end of all PFO programming (Sunday afternoon).  


Once a student begins their orientation programming on Friday afternoon, there will be no concurrent scheduling between a student and family member's orientation schedule except for 15 minutes on Saturday morning at the conclusion of March Through the Arch where there is a pause in the schedule for Kiss'n'Bye. Please take this into consideration when you are planning travel and times to see your student as they set off to begin their college career.