Spring Move-In

There will continue to be limited on-campus housing offered for full-time undergraduate students for the spring 2021 semester. As announced previously, the move in dates for the spring 2021 semester will be staggered to follow public health guidance to support health and safety.

  • Residents who have been living on campus since the fall 2020 semester will be able to start moving in starting on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8:30a.m.
  • Residents who are approved for spring 2021 housing will sign up for a move in time and will be able to choose to move in the weekend of Jan. 23-24 or Jan. 30-31

More information about the spring 2021 move in process will be shared with residents in the coming weeks. 

Things To Do Before Move-In Day 

  • Sign up for a move in date and time. Students will receive an email after November 30, 2020 with insturctions on signing up for a move in date and time.
    • We will be allowing move-ins January 23, 24, 30, or 31 in 3-hour time blocks at 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm.
    • We are unable to accomodate any arrivals prior to January 23.  Please plan travel accordingly.
  • Complete your online self check-in. Students MUST complete online check-in a minimum of 48 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 be able to show their online check-in confirmation email. 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.
  • Be aware of campus development projects that may impact your trip.

Your Room Assignment and Roommates

  • Retrieve your room assignment and roommate information online via GW Housing e-Services.

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.
  • Students should proceed to the Key Depot to pick up 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.
  • Once belongings are unloaded, move your vehicle to a permanent parking space.
  • Pick up any packages that you mailed to GW at Mail & Package Services.
  • Report any repair issues to FIXit.
  • 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.

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.
  • Don’t forget your patience!
  • Plan for the weather.
  • Remember that common items are conveniently available at retail stores nearby.


Spring 2021

As you plan ahead for the Spring, we encourage you to consider to pack light and have discussions with your roommates about comfort level regarding sharing items that may have typically been shared in the past. We recommend that you consider purchasing common items when you come to campus. Many malls and stand-alone retail outlets are within walking distance or a short Metro ride or drive away. Some nearby stores that students and families can use to shop for room essentials include.

What Not To Bring to Campus

For your safety, there are items that GW prohibits in its residence halls. These items will be confiscated, if found.

Review the Prohibited Item List

What To Consider Bringing to Campus

Hygiene & Personal Health
GW community members will be required to wear face masks at all times when they are outside their room and to abide by all social distancing guidelines. We all play a role in assuring the safety of the entire GW community, it will be the personal responsibility of the residents to maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of their space. During the first two weeks of school, Campus Living staff will work with every resident to establish a cleaning routine and schedule that all members will be expected to follow. Students may want to consider purchasing cleaning supplies as they arrive back to campus.     

  • Face Mask
  • Cleaning Supplies/ Disinfectant Wipes
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Hand Soap
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Prescription Medication
  • Pain and Fever Reducers (eg. acetaminophen)
  • Cough Medication
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels



For Your Room

  • Desk and floor Lamps - non-halogen bulbs
  • Painters "blue" tape - hang posters & pictures without causing damage to the wall
  • Lock Box - for your valuables, passport, identification, etc. 
  • Laundry supplies - detergent, basket, drying rack, iron, etc. 
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Reusable grocery bags - There is a $0.05 tax on plastic bags in D**
  • Umbrella
  • Kitchen supplies and utensils

Forget Something? 

Neighborhood Essentials

  • Trader Joe's: 1101 25th Street, NW
  • Whole Foods: 2201 I Street, NW at 22nd and I Street
  • Farmers Market: 23rd and I St. NW, Wednesdays, 3:00 to 7:00pm
  • CVS/24 Hours: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.  202‐296‐0329
  • CVS/24 Hours: 2125 E St., NW.  202‐338‐6337

In the City on Metro Lines

  • Target, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond: 3100 14th St NW
    • Orange/Blue/Silver Lines transfer at L'Enfant Station to Yellow/Green Lines to Columbia Heights Station
  • Bed Bath & Beyond and Fashion Centre at Pentagon City: 900 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202
    • Blue Line to Pentagon City Station
  • Costco and Best Buy: 1201 S Hayes St Arlington, VA 22202
    • Blue Line to Pentagon City Station

Fall 2020 

Recognizing the scarcity of on-street public parking in downtown DC, each residence hall will be assigned a specific parking garage to use on your scheduled move-in day. 

Park First

Please park in the garage assigned to your residence hall. Complimentary parking is available for 3 hours. 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. 

Proceed to Your Hall to Check-In

  • After your park, proceed to your building. All building entrances are designated with specific entrance and exit doors.
  • A staff member will meet you and provide you with a parking voucher for three hours of parking in the garage.
  • Moving carts will be available for you to bring belongings from your car to your residence hall room. 

Additional Campus Parking Options

Learn More About Campus Visitor Parking


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