Housing and Residence Life

Freshman Move-In

While many restrictions have been lifted, there still exists a need for precautionary measures to remain in place to keep all community members and families safe and comfortable. The Office of Residence Life has created a move-in plan that meets the needs of many while returning to move-in traditions that are central to the atmosphere we desire to create.

Residential students must follow the following move-in guidelines and procedures:

  • All students, both returning and incoming, will be required to register for a date and time that best meets their family needs. Registration instructions can be found below.
  • Residents must arrive at their designated move-in time in order to maintain desired occupancy, avoid congestion and keep traffic moving smoothly.
  • Because of this coordinated effort, students should not request to arrive in advance of the dates designated for their specific residential area. Students required to return early for a university sponsored event, employment, athletic team or marching band must have their name submitted via their coach, employer or other sponsor by July 15.
  • To speed the unloading process, residents should pack lightly and efficiently, focusing on essentials. Consolidate items into bins and boxes so the vehicle can be unloaded in minimal trips. Residents should not bring additional furniture such as futons, sofas, chairs, etc.
  • Residents must unload in the assigned time frame and move their vehicle from the unloading area as soon as all belongings have been removed.
  • Label all items with student name and room number.
  • Consolidate items into as few vehicles as possible. You can visit nearby stores later to purchase consumables and other items.
  • A limited number of wheeled carts and bins will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis. You can bring your own cart if you wish.

Incoming first year students will receive registration forms via their CNU email soon after they receive their room assignment from Housing Administration in early-August.

  • August 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Register for an arrival time
    • Park near the building and unload vehicle with family
    • Families may bring more than two helpers and more than two vehicles if needed
    • After unloading, move vehicle to allow room for others
    • Return to the room to set up
  • August 14, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Register for an arrival time
    • Pull up to the building and have your vehicle unloaded and belongings brought to the room by our student volunteers
    • Families are asked to bring no more than two vehicles and two helpers
    • Park and return to the room to set up
  • August 15, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Register for an arrival time
    • Park near the building and unload vehicle with family
    • Families may bring more than two helpers and more than two vehicles if needed
    • After unloading, move vehicle to allow room for others
    • Return to the room to set up

  • Residents and families must adhere to the move-in schedule.
  • Select the date and time that works best for you and your family.
    • Students arriving on Friday, August 13 or Sunday, August 15 will have designated unloading zones. This option is suggested for families who wish to have several vehicles or helpers from home. This is also a good option for families who desire to have a de-densified experience.
    • Students arriving on Saturday, August 14 should arrive in as few vehicles as possible (two or less) and limit their helpers from home to no more than two.
  • Pack lightly and efficiently, focusing on essentials, making use of easy-to-handle boxes and storage containers. Do not bring additional furniture such as futons, sofas, chairs, etc.
  • Label all items with your name and room number.
  • Consolidate items to as few vehicles as possible. You can visit nearby stores later to purchase consumables and other items.
  • A limited number of wheeled carts and bins will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis. You can bring your own cart if you wish.
  • All residents are encouraged to bring their own carts and hand trucks.
  • Vehicles must be unloaded in the selected time block.
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles from the unloading area to make space for others to unload.
  • Residents and their helpers may return to the room to continue setting up.

  • At the start of your registered time, arrive to campus and follow signs to your designated unloading zone.
  • A limited number of wheeled carts and bins will be available to use on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All residents are encouraged to bring their own carts and hand trucks.
  • Vehicles must be unloaded in the selected time block.
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles from the unloading area to make space for others to unload.
  • Residents and their helpers may return to the room to continue setting up.
  • After unpacking, break down boxes, bag trash and remove all debris to designated trash locations.
  • Please do not leave trash in hallways, lounges, stairwells or parking lots.

  • At the start of your registered time, arrive to campus and follow signs to your designated unloading zone
  • When instructed to pull up to the building to unload, be prepared to move quickly.
  • The student should head directly to the check-in table while another driver remains with the vehicle. Volunteers will unload your belongings and take them to your room while the student checks in.
  • As soon as the vehicle is unloaded, it must be moved to make room for others to unload. Drivers may return to the building after parking.
  • Elevator use will be limited to carts and bins only whenever possible. We ask students and family members to use the stairs.
  • If the resident is the only driver, the student should check in after the car is unloaded by volunteers and parked.

  • Proceed to the check-in location to register with Residence Life staff.
  • Students will receive their CNU ID card at this time
    • Students must have a government-issued photo ID available for identity verification.
    • A photo must have been submitted in advance. Contact captainscard@cnu.edu for instructions.
    • Residents who did not submit a photo will need to report to the David Student Union Welcome Desk to have a photo taken and ID card printed.
  • Residents will receive instructions for completing a room condition form via their cnu.edu email.

  • Campus traffic and parking during move-in will be congested, so please be patient.
  • Drive carefully and watch for pedestrians.
  • Do not park on the grass, in front of fire hydrants or along yellow curbs.
  • Display DMV-issued permit to park in handicapped spaces.
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles away from the unloading area to make space for others to unload.
  • For more information about parking on campus, contact Parking Services at (757) 594–7129.

  • Please direct questions about move-in to (757) 594–7527 or reslife@cnu.edu.
  • Please direct questions about room and roommate assignments to (757) 594–7756 or housingadmin@cnu.edu.
  • You can view a typical room layout and room furnishings on the University Housing webpage.
  • Review suggestions of “Things to Bring” as well as “Prohibited Items” as listed in the Residence Life Handbook.
  • Contact roommate(s) to discuss which items to bring (storage boxes, TV, gaming system, etc.) in order to eliminate duplicate items.
  • Review the family’s homeowner’s, renter’s and/or health insurance policies and obtain additional coverage if necessary. CNU does not cover liability on any personal belongings.
  • Do not use screws, nails, duct tape, masking tape, double-sided foam tape (with or without hooks) or any other method of hanging things that may cause damage or leave residue on residence hall walls. Residents are responsible for any damage(s) they may cause.

Directions

For Arrival August 13 and 15

  • Arrive on campus via Avenue of the Arts
  • Turn left onto Shoe Lane
  • Turn right onto Moore’s Lane
  • Turn right onto the roadway behind Potomac River Hall South
  • Check-in at the tent (if the tent is not present, proceed to the front desk)
  • Once checked-in, park in an available space in Lot K or L to unload
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles elsewhere on campus to allow others to unload close to the building
  • Parking is available in lots G, H, E3, E4 and I

For Arrival August 14

  • Arrive on campus via Avenue of the Arts
  • Turn left onto Shoe Lane
  • Turn right onto Moore’s Lane
  • Turn right into Lot I and follow signs and staff directions
  • After vehicles are unloaded, parking is available in lots G, H, E3 and E4

For Arrival August 13 and 15

  • Arrive on campus via Warwick Blvd by turning West onto University Place
  • Turn left into Lot D
  • Check-in at the tent (if the tent is not present, proceed to the front desk)
  • Once checked-in, park in an available space in Lot D to unload
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles elsewhere on campus to allow others to unload close to the building
  • Parking is available in Lot E1

For Arrival August 14

  • Arrive on campus via Avenue of the Arts
  • Turn left onto Shoe Lane
  • Turn right onto Moore’s Lane
  • Turn right into Lot I and follow signs and staff directions
  • After vehicles are unloaded, parking is available in Lots E1 and D

For Arrival August 13 and 15

  • Arrive on campus via Avenue of the Arts
  • Turn left onto Shoe Lane
  • Turn right into Lot M
  • Check-in at the tent (if the tent is not present, proceed to the front desk)
  • Once checked-in, park in an available space in the M lot to unload
  • Once unloaded, move vehicles elsewhere on campus to allow others to unload close to the building
  • Parking is available in Lots A, C and the Ferguson Parking Deck

For Arrival August 14

  • Arrive on campus via Avenue of the Arts
  • Turn left onto Shoe Lane
  • Turn right into Lot M
  • Check-in at the tent
  • Follow signs and staff directions
  • After vehicles are unloaded, parking is available in Lots A, C and the Ferguson Parking Deck

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