Residence Hall Move-in Guide

Move-in Dates

We work closely with several university departments and the City of Bloomington to coordinate all aspects of your move in experience. To accommodate the schedules of other departments, these dates have been established for move-in.


As noted in your housing contract, IU does not assume any financial responsibility for the personal property of students or large-scale unintentional damage that students cause to housing property. We strongly encourage residents to obtain renters insurance prior to moving on campus.

You may purchase renters insurance through any provider. IU has partnered with GradGuard to make their renters insurance plan available at preferred rates. Please visit the GradGuard website if you have any questions about coverage, exclusions, and pricing.

Shipping Before You Arrive and Your Mailing Address

Students who wish to move fewer things to campus in August may ship items directly to their assigned residence hall.

These shipments must use your campus mailing address as outlined below:

Resident's full name:Jaylen Smith
Resident's assigned building and room number:Foster Quad Martin, room 0004
Assigned residence's hall street address1000 North Fee Ln.
Bloomington, IN 47406

Residence hall street addresses are available here.

Please arrange for your items to arrive on or after the following dates:

  • International Students: August 2
  • Domestic Students: August 6

The Packing List

To protect the health and safety of everyone, we cannot permit some items in the buildings. These lists of necessary, optional and prohibited items will help you determine what you need to leave at home.

Please note that all electrical appliances must be:

  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed
  • Equipped with thermostatic controls, when appropriate
  • Rated at 700 watts (6 amps), or less

More information about university safety policies and Indiana Codes is available from the Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims.

Asterisks ( * ) below denote used items that are typically available at the Hoosier 2 Hoosier community sale. Other used items for your room or apartment may be found at the IU Surplus Stores.

Set Up Your Room

Residence hall rooms come with:

  • Campus streaming services (cable TV connection at some locations)
  • Closet or wardrobe 
  • Desk and chair (one per student) 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Single bed and an extra-long twin mattress (one per student)
  • Wastebasket 
  • Window coverings

Before doing anything to a room, please read the A to Z Guide about modifications.

Room dimensions determine the bed arrangement options available in any given room. Information about the available arrangement options for specific rooms will be available at My Housing.

Bed Configuration

You'll be able to select the arrangement for the beds in your room through "Bed Configuration". Prior to opening, we'll send you the instructions on signing up to have the beds moved.

The table below shows the options available at our various residence halls. Please note that some options may be unavailable in specific rooms. The options that will work in your room will be identified on your "Bed Configuration". There is an additional charge for this service. We'll update the website as we receive more information.

Bed(s) on Floor
Bunk Beds
L-Shaped Bunk
Low Loft

Pick Up Your Parking Permit

If you purchased a CH permit for 2018–19, you can pick it up in your residential neighborhood on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17 between 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Look for the Office of Parking Operations table in the lobby at McNutt Quad (northwest neighborhood), Spruce Hall (southeast neighborhood), or Wright Quad (central neighborhood).

We are finalizing a special move in week Campus Bus shuttle route. Watch here for additional details in the coming weeks.


Once you connect to IU's network, you'll be able to use your personal PC, laptop or table. You'll also have use of PCs, Macs and printers in the Residential Technology Centers in each residence hall. Locations, hours, services and software available at the IU RTC Knowledge Base.