Move-In Tips

Things To Do Before Move-In Day

Early Summer Arrangements

  • Complete the online self check-in, available starting Wednesday, August 1 via GW Housing e-Services. Students MUST complete online check-in a minimum of 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus or they will not have access to their residence hall and/or room. Additionally, students who are picking up a key from a hub site MUST show the confirmation email they received when they completed self check-in. Students who do not complete the online check-in process will have a minimum 1-2 hour delay before they will be able to enter their residence hall as they will have to wait until their GWorld card can be activated before they can move in. Having problems with your online check-in process? Instructions can be found here.
  • Make travel plans, print maps and directions, and make hotel reservations for move-in.
  • Verify that all of your personal belongings are insured either through a renters/homeowners’ insurance policy or consider purchasing coverage.
  • Review and pay your housing and tuition bill prior to coming to campus.
  • Consider renting or purchasing new and used books through the GW Bookstore.
  • Think about signing up for Colonial Bellhop, a service where the GW Spirit Program will do all the heavy lifting for you on move-in day.
  • Be aware of campus development projects that may impact your trip.
  • Become familiar with specific move-in instructions for your hall. Identify your check-in location by your approved arrival date.

Your Room Assignment and Roommates

  • Retrieve your room assignment and roommate information online at GW Housing e-Services.
  • Start building a relationship with your roommates prior to arrival.  Talk about expectations of living together using the Roommate Agreement as a guide. Contact your roommates and decide what each of you is bringing to the room. Note that there is only one telephone line (live jacks are indicated by an orange sticker) and one cable television connection per suite. For every person in a suite, there is a bed, dresser, desk, and chair.

Packing and Shipping


Things To Do On Move-In Day

  • Check the Campus Advisories Page before you arrive.
  • Know where you're going and print your campus map before arrival.
  • Have your GWorld card in hand—you’ll need the card to access your hall and to purchase meals and services.
  • Arrive at your hall at the assigned move-in date and time. Students should proceed to their check-in location to get their room key unless they are living in a building with GWorld room tap access. Students living in buildings with GWorld tap access can proceed directly to their residence hall as long as they have completed the self check-in prior to arriving on campus.
  • Temporarily park in a designated space to unload your belongings curbside. After unloading, move your vehicle to a permanent parking space.
  • Pick up any packages that you mailed to GW at the location specified for your hall assignment.
  • Report any repair issues to FIXit or, on August 25, to the building captain located in the lobby of each residence hall.
  • Meet your Resident Advisor.
  • Get connected to the Internet by signing out ResNet equipment from Division of IT Student Technology Services (STS). Important note: You will need to know your NetID in order to sign out ResNet equipment.
  • 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.

Things To Do After Move-In


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.
  • Make move-in a team effort — GW staff and volunteers are available to assist you.
  • Don’t forget your patience!
  • Plan for the weather.
  • Remember that common items are conveniently available at retail stores nearby.