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Residential Move-In Guide for 2024-2025

Move-in will take place on the following dates and times. Students will check-in at their assigned residence hall - Jaguar Hall, Jaguar Suites or Smith Hall. Please bring a state issued ID or passport for identification.

Your assigned move-in day and time is important information to know. With a large number of residents checking in each fall, we stagger the move-in dates in order to provide everyone the best experience possible.

Fall 2024 Move-In Dates

  • Thursday, August 22 (9 A.M.-4:30 P.M.) - New Students (Freshmen, Transfer Students)
  • Friday, August 23 (9 A.M.-4:30 P.M.) - Returning Students 

Early Check-In or Late Check-In

If you cannot move-in on this date or need other accommodations, please call (361) 485-4404 or contact us via email at If you do not notify Residence Life about an early or late arrival, you may lose your room assignment.

Tips Prior to Move-In Day

  • Check housing assignment information on the Housing portal as early as July. You will also receive an email from Residence Life with roommate and move-in 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). 
  • Obtain a UHV Paw Pass
  • Jaguar Suites and Smith Hall contain microwaves and refrigerators in the shared kitchen area. If needed, you have the options to order/rent a MicroChill combo
  • Regarding mail with USPS - we highly encourage you to only temporarily change your address to the residential hall that you will be residing in.
  • Review Residence Life Handbook and the Residence Hall Service Agreement, both located on the Housing website.
  • Review the UHV Student Code of Conduct.
  • Obtain Renter's Insurance (highly recommended).
  • Texas weather can be unpredictable. August is prone to extreme heat and torrential rain so please be prepared and check the weather before you arrive.
  • Pack your belongings - you're on your way!

Move-In Day - What to Bring to Campus

  • UHV Paw Pass  – You will use it for check-in, dining and getting into your residence hall
  • Cleaning supplies/disinfectant wipes/broom/mop
  • Closet organizers, clothes hamper, iron/ironing board, hangers
  • Computer/laptop/school supplies
  • Desk lamp/desk organizers
  • Drawers/boxes for under bed storage
  • Food/eating utensils
  • Housekeeping supplies – high-efficiency laundry detergent, sponges, trash liners, small vacuum, air freshener
  • Linens – pillow, sheets, blanket, quilt or comforter, pillow top or mattress pad, towels, washcloths
  • Personal toiletries including toilet paper
  • Personal decor items – posters, photos, etc. (No nails, screws or staples), only use blue painters tape or 3M Command Strips
  • 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)
  • TV - UHV provides one flat screen tv for each residential room at Jaguar Hall and for each shared suite space in Jaguar Suites & Smith Hall  
  • For move-in day: moving supplies (boxes, moving dolly, etc.), in case of rain on move-in day: bungee cords, plastic or tarp 

Prohibited Items

  • Alcohol (Alcohol is not allowed on campus or in Jaguar Village)
  • Barbeque Grills/Coals/Lighting Fluid
  • Candles (with or without wick) or incense; not even for decoration
  • Candle warmers and wax melts
  • Coffee pots (Keurigs allowed)
  • Dangerous/combustible substances and chemicals
  • Excessive amounts of paper or flammable material
  • 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.
  • Halogen lamps and decorative lights
  • Heaters and electric blankets
  • Hoverboards/Segways/Skooters
  • Illegal Drugs or Paraphernalia (rolling paper, rollers, grinders, vaporizers, bongs, etc.)
  • Microwaves (Jaguar Suites and Smith Hall contain microwaves in the shared kitchen area. If needed, you have the options to order/rent a  MicroChill combo)
  • Refrigerators exceeding 4.0 cubic feet (Jaguar Suites and Smith Hall contain refrigerators in the shared kitchen area. If needed, you have the options to order/rent a MicroChill combo)
  • Toasters/Toaster Ovens/Crock Pots/Electric Skillets/Electric Grills/Hotplates or Cooktops/Rice Cookers/Air Fryers

Tips for Packing and Insurance

  1. Pack your belongings in boxes or totes: To prevent any items from getting lost or misplaced, it's essential to pack everything in sturdy boxes or totes. Avoid leaving loose items.
  2. Label boxes and totes: Clearly label each box or tote with your name, residence hall, and room number. This will make it easier to identify and organize your belongings during move-in and throughout your stay.
  3. Consider insuring your personal property: We strongly recommend obtaining insurance coverage for your personal belongings. Whether it's through a special renters insurance policy or as part of your parents' or guardians' homeowners' policy, having insurance can provide peace of mind in case of unforeseen events.

Taking these precautions will help ensure a smooth transition and protect your belongings during your time at UHV.


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 conducts Roommate Agreements with paired roommates to help students develop lines of communication, identify potential conflicts, and learn about each other's perspectives so they can respect each other's living habits and make compromises.

Roommate Conflicts

If you are having difficulties with your roommate(s), 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(s) cannot reach a mutual agreement, contact your Resident Assistant (RA) or a Residence Life staff member. Our RA's are 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 and RA.

Transfer Requests

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 another room by completing a Transfer Request Form on the Housing portal. The form opens two weeks after the first day of each semester.