Moving in/Moving Out

Spring 2020 Move Out Information

Please be sure to return your key to Grad E - 3rd floor office from 8:30 to 5pm.

Outside of these hours, students can drop off keys in the key box outside of Graduate Center E (third floor entrance from Charlesfield Street). Students should write their name, building name, and room number on the key envelope. 


Moving In Dates

Incoming Students

Incoming students move into the residence halls based on the start date of Orientation programs each year. Students' participation in Orientation or other University programs dictates their move-in date, but traditionally, First-Year Orientation begins on the Saturday before Labor Day. Please consult our Residential Calendar for this year’s information.

Returning Students

Returning students are allowed to move in several days prior to the beginning of a term, typically on the Sunday prior to the first day of classes. The Calendar lists each semester's move-in dates. Returning students who participate in certain University programs (e.g., the Meiklejohn Advising Program) may be granted an earlier move-in date, which will be communicated by Residential Life.

Requested Early Arrival

Students who must return to campus early may request permission to move into their residence halls before the designated start date of each term. Residential Life staff evaluate whether each request can be allowed, particularly since residence hall staff are not available prior to designated start dates.

Students interested in arriving early should submit an Early Arrival Housing Request Form. Details and associated fees are therein contained.

While some of the dining venues may be open for cash sales, Meal Plan service in the Dining Halls is not available for early arrival.

What to Bring and What Not to Bring

All rooms are furnished with the following items.
A number of items are clearly and specifically restricted from the residence halls due to Rhode Island fire laws or Brown policy. The list of prohibited items includes air conditioners, space heaters, candles, extension cords (use surge protector strips instead), halogen torchière up-lamps, halogen desk lamps, pets, and weapons.

Winter Break

The residence halls are closed and locked during Winter Break. Students are not allowed to remain in nor do they have access to their rooms during Winter Break. Students for whom international residence or other circumstance prevents them from leaving campus during Winter Break should speak with a staff member in Residential Life as soon as possible to discuss alternate arrangements.

Moving Out Information 

Moving Out Dates

All students in University housing receive email reminders of the date and time by which they must be out of their rooms. Graduating Seniors can stay in their rooms until the day after Commencement.  Residence hall closing dates are listed on our Residential Calendar.

Requested Delayed Departure

Students requesting housing after the residence halls close in December or May must fill out an extended housing request and contact Residential Life. The extended housing request form, details, and fees are on the Residential Life website.