Fall Early Arrival

The main move in day for incoming first-year students is Wednesday August 21, 2019.

The main move in day for returning upperclass students is Saturday August 24, 2019.


The following Early Arrival options are available for students who wish to arrive to campus prior to their main move in day. Only students with approved early arrival will be able to move-in prior to their main move-in day. All early arrival requests must be submitted by July 24, 2019 at 5pm or it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate you.

Pre-Semester Program Participants

First-year and transfer students who have registered for a university-sponsored pre-semester program (Adventure Bound, Founding Scholars, LEAD GW, SEAS New Student Getaway, Women's Leadership Program, Civic House or Hillel LaunchPad) will have the ability to move into the residence halls early to participate in those activities. Exact move-in dates for each program should be communicated to you from your program coordinator. We are unable to accommodate any arrivals prior to the designated move-in date for your program.

First Year Students and Transfer Students (Domestic)

First-year students (including students from Puerto Rico) attending New Student Orientation will move-in on Wednesday August 21, 2019 after 10am.

Domestic transfer students attending New Student Orientation will move-in on Thursday August 22, 2019 after 10am.

All International Students

New first-year International students or transfer International students or Exchange students registered for New Student Orientation and participating in the International Student Orientation or Exchange Student Orientation will be permitted to move into their residence hall early.  Please refer to the International Services Office website and the Important Dates page for further information regarding international student check-in and orientation.

All International students will be able to move-in on or after Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10am.

We are unable to accommodate international students or Transfer Orientation participants prior to the designated move-in date for your program.

Returning international students who wish to move in prior to August 24 must utilize the move-in volunteer, departmental request, or pay-by-night options.

Move-In Volunteer - Application Available in early June

Students have the opportunity to volunteer with university Move-In Team and move into their residence hall early. This is a great opportunity to beat the crowd and help the incoming class. The number of volunteer spots are limited, so make sure to sign up early. First-year and new transfer students are not eligible to participate as move-in volunteers.

Departmental Requests

Returning students who are working for a GW department, and are needed to assist with move-in or orientation related activities, may be permitted to arrive to campus early. Departments must contact Seth Weinshel for more information on this option. The earliest date that departments may request early arrival for students is Sunday, August 18, 2019. Students who are returning to campus early must be working for the department daily in preparation for orientation programs or the beginning of the semester. All lists of participants departments are requesting early arrival for must be submitted by Wednesday July 24 by 5pm. Requests made after this day are unlikely to be approved.


Returning students have the option to request pay-by-night early arrival as on either Thursday, August 22 or Friday, August 23. Students requesting this option will be charged a nightly rate of $100 per night, which must be paid prior to or upon arrival to campus. This option is not available for first-year or transfer students.  

Pay-by-night applications are available via the Housing e-Services page through Wednesday July 24th at 5pm.

Check-In for Early Arrival

Students arriving to the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon Campuses prior to August 24 should refer to Arrival Information to get individualized check-in, cart, package, and media converter pickup information. All early arrival students moving into housing prior to August 24, 2019 must move-in between 10am - 3pm or 6pm-11pm. Early arrival students will be sent a confirmation email by August 2, 2019 to confirm their move-in date.

Campus Living is unable to accommodate any arrivals prior to your designated move-in date.