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Five tips for a smooth on-campus move-in

In this file photo from move-in in 2015, Duff Dimmig helps his son Harrison Dimmig, E'18, unload their car in the North Area Parking lot. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Approximately 9,000 Northeastern students will reside in on-campus housing this fall, the vast majority of whom will be moving in over the next week. To help you conquer the big day, we talked with Chong Kim-Wong, chair of the fall move-in committee, and then compiled this list of tips, recommendations, and useful links.

Stick to the schedule

You have been assigned a specific move-in time and date. That information was mailed to your home addresses as part of a move-in packet, but it can also be found on the myNEU portal.

Some students have already moved into their residence halls, but the university’s official move-in days are Aug. 29, Aug. 31, and Sept. 2-4. Sticking to your specific time will help ensure a smooth move-in process for everyone.

Bring the essentials

Northeastern provides you with the basics—a bed, chair, desk, dresser, and window shade—but you’ll need to bring the essentials, like pillows, towels, and toiletries. Coordinate with your roommates to make sure you don’t bring duplicates, and remember to pack that stuffed animal that you just can’t live without.

If you forgot to pack something, simply take one of the Welcome Week bus trips to Target, Best Buy, or Bed Bath & Beyond and pick up what you left at home. Those trips will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4. Buses will leave promptly from Forsyth Street in front of Shillman Hall at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., with pickups from Target at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:45 p.m.

For a comprehensive list of what to bring—and what not to bring—see page 7 in Northeastern’s Moving to Campus guide.

Seek help from movers, staff members, and student volunteers

Northeastern has hired an outside moving company to help you ease the stress of the big day. If you’re moving into East Village, Hastings Hall, or International Village, the company’s movers will unload your car and deliver your bins to your room. If you’re moving into a different residence hall, the moving company will help you unload your car and then place your belongings into bins. Facilities staff will help you move your bins into your residence hall, while student volunteers will be available to answer your move-in questions.

Get to know your neighbors

Northeastern’s Department of Housing and Residential Life will hold welcome events for students in each residence hall, including “get to know you” activities and group meals.

Building staff—including resident assistants, resident directors, and area coordinators—are a great resource, helping to build community among the students and facilitating fun and educational programs. But they’re also helpful when it comes to working out potential conflicts between you and your roommate, facilitating dialogues between parties and maybe even drafting up a roommate contract aimed at preventing future disputes. If that does not solve the problem, you can file a room change request beginning on Sept. 11.

Stay connected on social media

Housing and Residential Life will be live tweeting during the university’s official move-in days. Follow @NU_HRL to view photos and receive important updates, and use #numovein2017 to join the conversation.

You can also follow Northeastern’s official social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

And don’t forget to download Northeastern’s Orientation and Parent/Family Programs app, which will give you access to schedules, maps, social media, and more.