Spring Move-In

2020 Spring Semester Move In

Residence Halls open for the 2020 Spring Semester on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:30am

  • Only students approved for early arrival may move-in prior to this date
  • The early arrival application will be available through Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5pm via E-Services

Apply for Spring Early Arrival 

Appliction Closed December 16, 2020

Self Check-In

  • Self check-in for the Spring semester will be available online beginning at 10am EST on December 2, 2019.
  • At lease 72 hours prior to arrival on campus for the 2020 Spring semester, all new and returning students must complete self check-in and provide up-to-date emergency contact information.
  • GWorld card building and/or room access will not be activated until check-in has been completed.

Complete Your Spring Semester Self Check-In

Move-In Hubs

Students arriving on January 6-11, 2020:

  • Students new to GW who do not have an active GWorld card will check-in at the Foggy Bottom Key Depot, located in the Support Building at 2025 F Street. Those moving in on the Mount Vernon campus will check-in at the Mount Vernon Key Depot, located in Somers Hall.
  • Students with an active GWorld card who have completed the online self check-in process at least 72 hours before their arrival to campus will have access on their GWorld card and can go directly to their room. 
  • Students who are living in the same room as they did for the fall semester do not need to visit a move-in hub and may proceed directly to their residence hall.

CLRE Office Hours

  • January 6-10, Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • January 11, Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • January 12, Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Key Depot Hours

  • 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

Things To Do Before Move-In Day 

  • Complete your online self check-in, available December 3 via GW Housing e-Services. 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

  • Complete your electronic Room Condition Report, available at GW Housing e-Services.
  • Take advantage of residential programs designed for you by the Office for the Student Experience.
  • Report any room repair issues to FIXit throughout the year.

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.


What to Bring to GW (and What Not To)

Prior to moving in, talk to your roommate(s) about what items you are comfortable sharing -- this will defray your personal costs and cut down on duplication. 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.

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. Please carefully review GW's Prohibited Item List prior to arriving on campus.

What To Consider Bringing to Campus

  • Pictures, Photo Albums, or Scrapbooks
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Yearbook
  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • Cell Phone & Charger **Combining your alarm clock, camera, & calendar into one device saves money & energy**
  • Computer/Laptop -. Don’t forget the laptop’s charger and locking cable.
  • DVD/BluRay Player* (with remote and user manual)
  • Gaming System*
  • Power Strip w/Surge Protector (UL approved) **Use a smart power strip wit ha control outlet to save energy**
  • Printer & Ink Cartridges*
  • Printer Paper **Be sure to get paper with recycled content (30% or higher is best)**
  • TV* (with remote and user manual)

**Consider Energy Start or other efficient options for your electronics and connect your printer to a smart power strip to prevent phantom power usage**

  • Cleaning Supplies*
  • Ear Plugs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Prescription Medication
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • Debit Card
  • Checkbook
  • Credit Cards
  • Drivers License
  • GWorld Card
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport/Visa
  • Social Security Card
  • Lock Box
Laundry Supplies
  • Detergent **High efficiency detergent works best on GW machines & saves energy**
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Drying Rack* **You can save $1.75 for every load of laundry you air dry**
  • Fabric Softener
  • Garment Bags
  • Iron (auto shut-off)*
  • Ironing Board*
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Lint Brush
Room Supplies
  • Calendar
  • Desk Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen) **Use high efficiency lightbulbs like CFLs & LEDs**
  • Fan
  • Floor Lamp & Bulbs (non-halogen)*
  • Hangers
  • Mattress Pad
  • Message Board*
  • Mirror-Full Length
  • Poster Putty
  • Posters
  • Reusable utensils, dishes, & food containers
  • Sheet Sets (Extra-Long Twin recommended), pillows & blankets/comforter
  • Throw Rugs*
  • Trash Can
  • Window/Door Curtains (w/tension rod)
  • Bike and/or Bike Helmet **Saves time, money, & energy on transportation**
  • Flashlight
  • Hand Truck (for move-in)
  • Reusable grocery bags **There is a $0.05 tax on plastic bags in DC**
  • Reusable Water Bottle **Saves and estimated $550 per year over single-use water bottles**
  • Travel Mug **Get discounts at many coffee shops for bringing a personal mug**
  • Umbrella
  • Water Filter Pitcher*
*Items commonly shared among roommates
**Check out the Green at College flyer for more tips and tricks to sustainability on campus

As you plan your return to campus, we encourage families to consider alternatives to bringing a car to campus.

Families are encouraged as much as possible to consider the following options:

  • For those making hotel arrangements in the area, please plan to park in the hotel garage
  • Ship items to campus in advance, either through direct retail sites, national shipping companies, or via the University Bookstore
  • Plan to arrive to campus via taxi, car service, or Uber

Families who are driving to campus, there are a few campus and private parking options available.  Because of the limited and varying availability, our recommendation is for you to park at your hotel immediately after offloading your student within their timeslot.

Campus Parking Options

Learn More About Campus Visitor Parking

Private Parking Options

Learn More About Colonial Parking in Foggy Bottom 


Listed below are just a few local retail options convenient to GW's campuses that allow parents and students to stock up on residence hall necessities.

GW Bookstore: Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW Lower Level


Bed Bath & Beyond Gallery Place: 709 7th Street, NW (Chinatown/ Gallery Place Metro - Yellow/Green/Red Line)

Bed Bath & Beyond Pentagon Row: 900 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA (Pentagon City Metro - Blue/Yellow Line)

Bed Bath & Beyond: Columbia Heights: 3100 14th Street, NW (Columbia Heights Metro - Yellow/Green Line)

Best Buy Pentagon City: 1201 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA (Pentagon City Metro - Blue/Yellow Line)

CVS Drug Stores: There are nine CVS Pharmacies within walking distance of  Foggy Bottom or MVC that are also Colonial Cash Partners, including 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Walk from Foggy Bottom), 2125 E Street, NW (Walk from Foggy Bottom), 4859 MacArthur Boulevard, NW (Walk from MVC)

Target Columbia Heights: 3100 14th Street, NW (Columbia Heights Metro - Yellow/Green Line)

Trader Joe’s: 1101 25th Street, NW (Walk from Foggy Bottom)

The Container Store Tenleytown: 4500 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Tenleytown Metro - Red Line)

The Container Store Clarendon: 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Clarendon Metro - Orange/Silver Line)

Whole Foods: 2201 I Street, NW (Walk from Foggy Bottom)

Note that the information above are merely suggestions, GW does not officially endorse any private retail store or shopping area.