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.
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.
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.
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.