Fall 2022 Move-In


Fall 2022 Move In


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Fall 2022 Move-In Timeline

*Returning upperclass students will be able to select a move-in time slot in late May and Campus Living & Residential Education will communicate when this process opens. Incoming first-year students will be able to select a move-in date and time in mid-June.

Move-in Dates population
Thursday, August 18 - Friday, August 19 Upperclass Student Arrival

Saturday, August 20

First-Year Students participating in Pre-Orientation Programs
Sunday, August 21 - Monday, August 22

First-Year Student Arrival (*students assigned to the Mount Vernon Campus should plan to arrive on August 21, unless they're given an earlier arrival date through a pre-orientation program)

Tuesday, August 23 Transfer Student Arrival
Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28 Upperclass Student Arrival

Early Arrivals

Select groups of students are approved to arrive on campus earlier than their designated arrival date.  These groups work with Campus Living & Residential Education to coordinate these arrivals and prepare these rooms.  The approved groups for early arrivals are listed below. Note that these dates are not finalized as Campus Living & Residential Education coordinates with individual programs.

  • Monday, August 15
    • Adventure Bound (Upperclass Guides)
  • Wednesday, August 17
    • Adventure Bound (Upperclass Guides)
    • Founding Scholars (Upperclass Students)
    • Institute for Citizen Leaders (Upperclass Students)
    • LEAD GW (Peer Guides)
  • Thursday, August 18
    • SEAS Program: SEASSPAN Mentors
  • Friday, August 19
    • Adventure Bound (First-Year Participants)
    • SEAS Program: SEASSPAN Mentors
  • Saturday, August 20
    • Founding Scholars (First-Year Participants)
    • Hillel Launchpad Participants
    • Institute for Citizen Leaders (First-Year Students)
    • LEAD GW (First-Year Participants)
    • SEAS Program: Ambassadors
    • SEAS Program: First-Year Students
    • SEAS Program: SEASSPAN Mentors
    • Women's Leadership Program
  • Sunday, August 21
    • Hillel Launchpad Participants

Your Move-In Timeslot

Students will sign up for an arrival timeslot on their designated arrival day through the E-Services Portal.  In summer, our office will email all of our upcoming residents to let them know they are eligible to sign up for a move-in timeslot.  Timeslots will be in four-hour blocks, of which we ask that you plan to arrive and unload vehicles during the first hour and unpack during the remaining three hours.  We also ask that vehicles be removed from the street and put into our garages on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses as quickly as possible to continue to allow traffic to flow on these particularly busy days.

What to Bring to Campus

We encourage you to review our recommendations on What to Bring to Campus prior to your arrival to campus!  Planning for move-in can be an overwhelming experience, and we have put together recommendations that set our students up for success in getting their year started.

Tips for Packing and Shipping:

  • Please keep in mind there are some items that are prohibited in the halls. These items will be confiscated if found during routine health and safety inspections conducted by Campus Living and Residential Education staff.
  • Pack all cables and manuals for your electronic devices.
  • Lighten your load by shipping your belongings to GW for move-in.

Fall 2022 Move-In Communications History

Throughout the spring and summer, as emails about move-in get sent to students and families, we will provide them below.

Things to Do on Move-In Day

Move-in day is an exciting day for all of our new residents!  Review our suggestions below to make you move-in process as smooth as it can possibly be!

  • Check the Campus Advisories Page before you arrive.
  • Know where you're going and print your campus map of Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon before arrival.
  • If you're an upperclass student, have your GWorld card in hand—you’ll need the card to access your hall and to purchase meals and services. *If you're a first-year student, we will have your GWorld card for you at check-in.
  • Park first.
    • Recognizing the scarcity of on-street public parking in downtown D.C., we will recommend the closest garage to you.  
    • Because of the scattered arrival times, we are not able to secure parking in front of the residence hall buildings. Please do not unload your belongings on the sidewalk. 
    • Be sure you have completed your online self-check-in to ensure you have access to your building and room.
  • Pick up any packages that you mailed to GW at Mail & Package Services.
  • Report any repair issues through our FixIt system.
  • Get connected to the Internet by connecting wirelessly to the GWireless WiFi Network.
  • Think Green! Break down your moving boxes and bring them to designated recycling areas or take them home for reuse. Also, consider energy-efficient items for use in your residence hall room. Visit Sustainability at GW to find out more ways to get involved with the green mission at GW.

Final Tips for a Successful Move-In

  • Label all packages and bags with your name, hall, and room number.
  • Know where you're going and how to get there by printing directions and maps before leaving home.
  • Obey all DC parking and traffic signs to avoid getting a ticket. 
  • Bring a hand truck if you have one.
  • Never leave belongings unattended.
  • Don’t forget your patience!
  • Plan for the weather.
  • Remember that commonly-needed items are conveniently available at retail stores nearby.

Move-In FAQs

We ask that you arrive on the day designated for your arrival to ensure that everything is ready for you.  If you have special circumstances, we will answer them on a case-by-case basis.  Please reach out to [email protected] with these questions.

We will be able to accommodate late arrivals.  We ask that you reach out to us at [email protected] to let us know of your arrival date so we know when to expect you. 

*Please note that we strongly recommend all incoming first-year students arrive no later than Monday, August 22 so they can fully participate in Orientation programs.

Move-in timeslots do have a capacity limit to ensure that buildings do not overcrowd during move-in.  Students are able to change their move-in timeslot via the E-Services Portal at their convenience, but slots are subject to availability.

In general, parking will be available on the street near your building.  Parking meters will be complimentary on our move-in days, and cars can be put into our parking garages once vehicles are empty.  More specifics will be coming later in the summer.

We ask that you use the first hour of your timeslot to unload, and the second three hours of your timeslot to set up your new space.  

We will coordinate the delivery of your items to your Fall space prior to your arrival on campus.  Be sure to sign up for your move-in timeslot when you're able so we can be sure to get you your items before you get to campus!

As we finalize plans for August, our partners at GW Dining will have options available on campus for our students arriving.  Please check GW Dining for more information as we get closer to move-in!

GW and CLRE are closely monitorning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the District of Columbia Department of Health.  We anticipate permitting move-in helpers for our students during move-in, but recognize that the pandemic is ongoing.  We will confirm this to all of our Fall 2022 residents over the summer.

For our students arriving to GW for the first time, we will have your GWorld and U•Pass available for you at your residence hall when you check-in.

Our building-specific addresses are available on our residence halls page.

We've put together a list of recommended items for you to bring to campus.  Remember that for the safety of all of our residential students, there are also prohibited items that you should not bring.


Don't forget to consult your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) before making purchases so that you don't inadvertently buy multiple of the same item!