Preparing for Move-In

As we prepare to welcome you back to campus, we first want to acknowledge that we know this Spring comes with many new complexities about living on campus, in light of COVID-19. Please know that we have been and continue to work diligently to put various systems in place that will ensure that you continue to have a great experience on campus, and remain well in spirit, mind & body throughout the year. Please read thoroughly to familiarize yourselves with our expectations rooted in the college’s humanics philosophy. 

Residential students will follow a staggered move-in schedule beginning at the Testing Annex (239 Wilbraham Avenue) next to Towne Health Center, during their scheduled window. Students are encouraged to arrive at the earlier portion of their move-in window. Students will present their pre-arrival testing documentation and undergo their arrival test BEFORE moving into their residence hall room. Students moving into a new assignment will pick up keys in their residence hall lobby/foyer after being cleared by the Health Center. If you do not have results of your pre-arrival test, you will not be permitted to move in.  Students who have tested positive in the last 90 days do not require a pre-arrival test but still need to report to the testing center for clearance to move into their residential space. 

January Move-In Shifts

January staggered move-in will be reserved for those students who live in apartment-style housing (Living Center, Senior Suites, and Townhouses), winter and spring student-athletes, upper division students enrolled in health sciences programs, international students, those who live at a great distance from the College, and essential student employees. Students who are included in these groups will be notified on January 15. Students included in this group should plan to arrive during the move-in shift for which they have already signed up, from Thursday, January 21 - Sunday, January 24, 2021. 

All other students can expect to move in between Friday afternoon, February 5, and Sunday, February 7, 2021. 

February Move-In Shifts

Starting Wednesday, January 20 at 9am, all students not included in the groups listed above must sign up for a move-in shift in “My Housing.” This must be completed no later than 9:00am on Monday, February 1; students may also adjust their shift up until that time. These shifts have been limited to allow for maximum capability for social distancing among students and their moving helpers. To sign up:

  1. Go to
  2. Log into PrideNet using your username and password in the top right corner of the page
  3. Click on the Campus Life tab along the top of the page
  4. In the left-hand column, click on Residence Life
  5. Log into Access My Housing using your PrideNet username and password on the right side of the page
  6. Scroll to the bottom, to the Assignments header
  7. Choose from an available shift under “Move-In Appointment” and click “Update My Time”

This is a live, interactive system - as soon as capacity is hit, that shift will no longer show as an option. Students may update their move-in shift selection until 9:00am on Monday, February 1. Students arriving to campus outside of their chosen shift will be turned away and asked to return at the time they indicated in My Housing.

Move-in will take place over three days in a staggered format (Friday afternoon, February 5 - Sunday, February 7, 2021). This will allow us to reduce the number of guests on campus at any particular time.

Move-In Expectations

  • Each student may have a maximum of two non-students (e.g., parents, siblings) to assist with the move-in process at any given time (other family members can remain in the car or socially distant from other families etc.)
  • All students and helpers must wear a mask
  • To the extent possible, students and helpers should follow recommendations for social distancing, and should be symptom free for at least 72 hours (3 days) before their scheduled move-in time. Anyone who is ill, with COVID-19 or otherwise, may not return to campus at this time.
  • Students and their helpers must use the stairs as much as possible. Elevators are reserved for heavier item transport for floors 3 and above (unless medically necessary)
  • Parents/family must be out of physical building after their designated 3 hour window - may remain on campus with physical distancing (Staff will use hour between shifts to clear the building)
  • Students should pack light. While it is the College’s goal to have students on campus for the entire semester, students should be prepared to pack to return home within 24 hours, if necessitated by a rapid or significant change in the progress of the pandemic. 

As always, if you have questions, please contact the Housing & Residence Life Office at 413-748-3102 or for assistance.