Residential Move-In Guide
Residential Move-In Guide for Fall 2020
This year’s Move-In will look a little different than the past. Due to COVID-19, the Residence Life Department has implemented new guidelines designed to support social distancing. Move-In will take place from August 19- 22. Residents will be able to sign up for individual time slots via the myHousing portal starting on July 27th.
Mandatory requirements for move-in:
- Face coverings will be required for all persons assisting in the move-in process.
- Be sure to follow social distancing protocols, including maintaining six feet of social distancing
- In order to adhere to strict sanitation protocols we encourage you to bring your own moving supplies if possible.
- Please note that residents will only be able to have two guests assist them while moving in.
- If you or anyone attending move in with you are feeling sick or displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, you may not come to campus and will need to reschedule your move-in time. Please follow the UHV COVID-19 FAQ for guidelines on reporting illness.
Move-In Day General Information
All residents will move in during their assigned time block between Aug. 19-22.
Your assigned check-in day and time is important information to know. With a large number of residents moving in each fall, we stagger the check-in times and dates in order to provide everyone the best move-in experience possible. For access to your move-in date and time, please visit the Housing Portal to check your room assignment and specific move-in date and time.
Texas weather can be unpredictable. August is prone to extreme heat and torrential rain. Tents for shelter are available at each building for your convenience.
- Check housing assignment information in July. You will receive an email from Residence Life with information.
- Contact your roommate, if possible (this may be difficult if he or she lives overseas). It is important to introduce yourself and discuss what you want to pack so you don't end up with duplicate items (e.g. two TVs). Roommate information will be located in the housing portal once room assignments have been finalized.
- Review Residence Life Handbook and the Residence Hall Service Agreement. Both are located under ‘Forms’ on the Housing website.
- Obtain Renter's Insurance. (highly recommended)
- Review Student Code of Conduct.
- Pack your belongings - you're on your way!
MicroChill (Microwave/Mini-Fridge Combo) Rental
Order a MicroChill combo.
Check-In, Early Check-In, Late Check-In
All students are required to provide a signature for each semester they live on campus. On Move-In Day, you will need to present your student ID card to a Department of Residence Life staff member at the check-in table. It will be helpful to pack your ID in a place that is easily accessible.
If you cannot move in on this date, please call (361) 485-4404 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not notify Residence Life about a late arrival, you may lose your room assignment.
Living in the residence halls is an easy way to get to know your fellow Jaguars.
Having a roommate is a wonderful opportunity to learn from someone with a different background than your own and helps you develop negotiation and communication skills. Our roommate matching system will place you with someone who has similar living habits, so try spending time together before requesting a room change.
A successful roommate relationship depends on mutual respect, open and honest communication, and the ability to discuss problems as soon as they arise. Residence Life will provide any interested roommate pair with a Roommate Agreement. The agreement will help you develop lines of communication, identify potential conflicts, and learn about each other's perspectives so that you can respect each other's living habits and make compromises.
If you are having difficulties with your roommate, we encourage you discuss the problem early, openly and honestly. We provide tips to establish a good relationship with your roommate in our Residence Life Handbook.
If you find that you and your roommate cannot reach a mutual agreement, contact your Resident Assistant (RA) or Residence Hall Coordinator. Our staff is trained to mediate conflicts, and may be able to help you and your roommate resolve the problem. Working through problems with your roommate is a learning experience. Although changing roommates is not always the best solution, you may request a room change if you cannot come to an agreement after working with your roommate, RA, and RHC.
One of the best things about living in our residence halls is that you are not bound to your assigned room as you would be if you signed a lease. If you would like to move to a different area in the residence halls, you may request a room change by contacting your Residence Hall Coordinator.
What to Bring to Campus
Please review our list of Items to Bring, as well as our list of items to leave at home in order to be fully prepared for Move-In Day.
For Move-In Day
- Moving supplies (Boxes, moving dolly, etc)
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- Face coverings
- UHV Paw Pass – You will use it for check-in, dining and getting into your residence hall.
- Linens – pillow, blanket, quilt or comforter, pillow top or egg carton cushion, mattress pad, towels, washcloths, sheets
- Desk lamp/desk organizers
- Closet organizers
- Personal toiletries including toilet paper (Shower caddy and shower shoes for Moody Towers)
- Personal decor items – posters, photos, etc. (No nails, screws or staples), only use blue painters tape or 3M Command Strips
- High-efficiency laundry detergent, clothes hamper, iron/ironing board, hangers
- Housekeeping supplies – spray cleaner, trash liners, small vacuum, air freshener
- Surge protector - Fire Marshal requires these to be UL approved
- Bicycle lock (if you bring a bicycle to campus, UHPD recommends U-shaped bike locks)
- Food/eating utensils
- For move-in day: bungee cords, plastic or tarp (in case of rain)
- Candles (with or without wick) or incense; not even for decoration.
- Candle warmers and wax melts
- Extension cords; use power strips with surge protectors instead. Extension cords may not be placed wrapped around metal fixtures or furniture, run under carpet, or taped to the carpet.
- Heaters and Electric Blankets
- Toasters/Toaster Ovens/Crock Pots/Electric Skillets/Electric Grills/Hotplates or Cooktops/Barbeque Grills/Coals/Lighting Fluid
- Halogen Lamps
- Excessive amounts of paper or flammable material
- Dangerous/ combustible substances and chemicals
- Refrigerators exceeding 4.0 cubic feet
- Microwaves (only allowed if using a Microwave/Fridge combo - see rental information below)
- Illegal Drugs or Paraphernalia (rolling paper, rollers, grinders, vaporizers, bongs, etc.)
- Alcohol (Alcohol is not allowed on campus or in Jaguar Village)
- TV (Flat screen LCD TV provided by UHV)