Move-In Day

As a member of our community, one of the most important things you can do is know what's expected of you. Bloomsburg University, like other colleges, maintains policies and procedures for the benefit of everyone's safety and overall positive experience. You have a responsibility to yourself and others to enrich the campus life experience. Take time to contribute positively to the safety, growth and overall well being of your community. Your active participation allows Bloomsburg University to become stronger and more diverse.

But before you arrive, familiarize yourself with the Guide to Campus Living. This document contains information about the policies, procedures, staffing, facilities, campus safety and other information related to living on campus. As always, if you still have questions, just ask.

Move-In Schedule & Procedures

Move-in will take place from Sunday, August 15 - Sunday August 22. Please review the move-in schedule for your designated date and time as well as the Resident Welcome Packet for additional information as you prepare to arrive to campus.

UPDATE (8/6): For Fall 2021 move-in, each student will be allowed to have four parents and/or supporters assist them during the move-in process. We highly encourage everyone to wear a mask during this time in order to help protect our campus community.

UPDATE (8/13): Bloomsburg University has instituted an indoor masking mandate for campus, effective Saturday, August 14. Masks will now be required to be worn during move-in while inside campus buildings. For more information visit: https://www.bloomu.edu/coronavirus

Plan Ahead!

 2021 - 2022 academic year opening and closing dates.

  • Residence halls and apartment communities will:
    • Close on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon)
    • Re-open on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon)
  • Classes resume on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Student athletes living in Elwell Hall (12-month hall) with games or practice over Thanksgiving break, international students or students who are identified as requiring 12-month housing will be permitted to stay if they complete the interim housing form.

Students residing in Montgomery Place Apartments (MPA), Mount Olympus Apartments (MOA), and Jessica Kozloff Apartments (JKA) may stay over the break if they complete the interim housing form.

  • Residence halls and apartment communities will:
    • Close on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon)
      • Student access will be removed from all apartments and halls after this time.

Students residing in Elwell Hall (12-month hall), Montgomery Place Apartments (MPA), Mount Olympus Apartments (MOA), and Jessica Kozloff Apartments (JKA) may stay over the break to take an on-campus winter class, participate in university winter sports, are international students or have been identified as requiring 12-month housing. Students must complete the interim housing form in order to stay on campus during winter break.

There is one dining plan available during winter break, Meal Plan B (14 meals per week, no FLEX). Residents of Elwell Hall will be required to have this dining plan. The winter dining plan is optional for apartment residents. There are no meals from 12/24/21 – 1/2/22. Winter housing and dining charges will be applied at that time. Winter housing and dining is billed for the full winter session, regardless of the length of your stay.

Approximate Winter Housing and Dining Costs:

  Housing Meal Plan Total (w/ Meal Plan)
Elwell Hall $1,224 $342 $1,566
Jessica Kozloff $1,578 $342* $1,920
Montgomery Place $1,626 $342* $1,968
Mount Olympus $1,512 $342* $1,854
*Optional

Notice: There will be no student staff available to assist with move-out as they will be completing finals and preparing for graduation.

Due to COVID-19, details regarding Spring 2022 move-in will be made during the Fall 2021 semester.

Please note, classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 24, 2022.

  • Residence halls and apartment communities will:
    • Close on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon)
    • Re-open on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon)

Student athletes living in Elwell Hall (12-month hall) with games or practice over Spring break, international students or students who are identified as requiring 12-month housing will be permitted to stay if they complete the interim housing form.

Students residing in Montgomery Place Apartments (MPA), Mount Olympus Apartments (MOA), and Jessica Kozloff Apartments (JKA) may stay over the break if they complete the interim housing form.

  • Residence halls and apartment communities will:
    • Close on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon)

Notice: There will be no student staff available to assist with move-out as they will be completing finals and preparing for graduation.

Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors may ask for permission to stay until 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 14, by contacting Jennifer Turnbough, Assistant Director of Residential Education and Community Living at jturnbou@bloomu.edu. Students will not be granted permission to stay past 6:00 PM. Please make plans accordingly.

A decision regarding the availability of summer housing will be made April 2022.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life for information.

Move-In COVID Testing

Please review the following important COVID information before planning your trip to campus.

 

If you have questions about COVID testing or vaccination please call the Student Health Center at 570-389-4451. If you have questions about move-in, please call Residence Life at 570-389-4089.

All students living on campus for Fall 2021 must stop at the Fenstemaker Alumni House (918 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 - Campus Map) 10 minutes prior to the move in time that was assigned to you by Residence Life.

The COVID Testing registration link is located on the Student Health Center web page

Dates Times
Sunday, August 8 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 15 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday, August 16 -
Sunday, August 22
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

If you have symptoms of illness please do not come to campus. Remain at home, get officially tested and call the Health Center for further direction (570-389-4451).

  • If you had COVID illness in the past 3 months and were COVID tested during your illness, please come to the Alumni House registration desk and the staff will assist you.
  • You will need to show the staff your official documentation of the test result in order to be exempt from move-in COVID testing.
  • If you forget your official test result documentation, you will be COVID tested prior to move-in.
  • If you test at an official COVID testing site or medical office prior to your arrival to campus, the test must be completed within 48 hours of returning to campus.
  • Please come to Alumni House registration desk and the staff will assist you.
  • You will need to show the staff your official documentation of the test result in order to be exempt from move-in COVID testing.
  • If you forget your official test result documentation, you will be COVID tested prior to move-in.
  • If you are fully vaccinated please bring your vaccination card with you to move-in or take a photo of the card for verification.
  • Please come to Alumni House registration desk and the staff will assist you.
  • If you forget your vaccination card, you will be COVID tested prior to move-in.
  • All other students will receive a rapid COVID test prior to move-in. Results will be available in approximately 15 minutes.
  • Please register for the COVID testing before coming to campus.
  • The COVID Testing registration link is located on the Student Health Center web page
  • All new freshman, new transfers or any returning student who has not tested on BU campus in the past should register for COVID testing before coming to campus.
  • If you registered for COVID testing at BU in the past, no need to register again.
  • If the first COVID test is positive, a second COVID confirmatory test will be obtained at the Alumni house and sent to the lab. The staff will ask you to return home or to an off-campus location to wait for the test results. The expected time for confirmatory test results are approximately 2-3 days.
  • If the confirmatory test is positive, please remain in isolation at home. You can return to campus when your 10-day isolation period is completed. Please call the Student Health Center at 570-389-4451 for further guidance.
  • Please register for the COVID vaccine appointment before coming to campus.
  • The COVID Vaccine registration link is located on the Student Health Center web page
  • The 1st vaccine is administered at the Alumni House the week of 8/15- 8/22 by appt only.
  • The 2nd vaccine dose will be scheduled after administration of your first dose. The second vaccine has to be given 4 weeks after the 1st vaccination in order to complete the series.

Move-In To-Do's

Many of you have visited BU, perhaps for an open house, orientation or to visit a friend. On move-in day it's helpful if you are familiar with your surroundings. Often a single visit or two isn't sufficient to firmly know your surroundings. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Visit & Connect page where you can get to know our campus a little better. You can even download a campus map to help you find your way around.

Before you arrive it's important that you communicate openly and honestly with your roommate(s). When housing assignments are released you'll have access to their basic information such as name, address, phone number and email address. Don't wait for your roommate(s) to contact you. Take the initiative and get in touch with them as soon as you can and discuss all aspects of living together including establishing boundaries and creating a roommate agreement. Make sure to talk about your hometowns, interests, families and of course, what you want to do at BU.

We know social media can be a big part of student's lives and sometimes we look at people's profiles and make snap judgments about them. Treat your future roommate fairly and talk with them first. Don't allow what you might "perceive" on social media to influence your opinions.

Remember, open communication will allow you to create a mutually beneficial relationship and living environment.

Bringing items that are not allowed on-campus can be frustrating for everyone. Be sure to review the list of what to bring and what's prohibited so you don't waste valuable car space with an item that you'll have to send back home. Staff will conduct safety inspections throughout the semester and any prohibited items found will be required to be removed.

What to Bring & What Not to Bring

Campus Internet Service

In order to connect to the campus WiFi network, students must meet certain software, anti-virus and operating system requirements. Failure to meet these requirements will result in your device(s) not being allowed on the campus network. Preparing your devices prior to move-in will make connecting to the campus network very simple when you arrive. Visit Student Technology Support to learn more.

Campus Television Service

Make sure your TV meets our television service requirements.

Your Bloomsburg University identification card isn't just a photo ID, it provides many privileges while your on campus. Learn more about what your BUID can do from the University Card Center.

Think of move-in as a day-long experience. Chances are it will take quite a bit less, but it's important that you don't try to rush things. Generally the day goes smoothly, however, you should be prepared for unplanned events that might slow things down like traffic or weather conditions.

If you're first to arrive, consider waiting for your roommate(s) before you rearrange the room. It's important that the room setup be a result of all occupants of the room rather than the solely first to arrive. However, if you've talked with your roommate(s) in advance and agreed on a setup then go for it.

Move-In Questions

During move-in you will meet people from several offices on campus. Residence Life staff including Community Assistants, Graduate Hall Directors and Area Coordinators along with Orientation Leaders will be at each building to provide instructions, answer questions, and help you check-in and move your belongings into your room as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Bloomsburg University Police Department will have officers around campus to help with parking and traffic flow. Other offices will have representatives walking around campus to welcome you to the university; you may even have a chance to get a picture with everyone’s favorite husky, Roongo!

If you have a hand truck or dolly it is a good idea to bring it. Wheeled bins are available for residents to use for move-in, but they are limited in number.

Since classes are in session and student leaders who helped with move-in will be in class, taking final exams and/or getting ready for graduation, they are not available to assist with break and end-of-semester move-out. Residence Life does supply wheeled moving bins but these may not be readily available when you are ready to leave. We encourage you to bring your own hand truck or dolly to assist in move-out.

Within about a mile, you'll find major grocery stores, several national food chains and many local eateries and small businesses. A little further out, but still within five miles, you'll find major retailers, pharmacies, home improvement centers and even more local and national restaurants and businesses.

illustration of Carver Hall

Questions About Move-In?