Students pushing carts full of items on move-in day.

For new Bearcats and their families, moving into residence halls for the first time is both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Hundreds of UC employees volunteer every year to help welcome and direct students and families. More than 1,000 students volunteer to me members of the Hall Opening Teams to help unload cars and move students into their rooms. Here are some things you can do to prepare for this exciting, new adventure.

Move-in Process

We are as excited about your arrival as you are! For an arrival and move-in that is hassle-free, follow these steps:

  • In late summer, you will receive arrival instructions from Resident Education and Development. These instructions will include a map and a special parking permit for move-in. Keep these materials and bring them with you.
  • Arrive only after the official opening of the communities, which will be communicated to you in your instructional letter from Resident Education and Development. This helps us to be fully prepared to give the best service possible to you and to all other students. Arriving on a Tuesday when your instructions say Wednesday won't get you in earlier.
  • When you arrive at your hall, park in a posted unloading zone and proceed to the front desk. You will complete check-in paperwork and be issued keys to your room. Plan for 1-3 hours to move-in.
  • Unload your vehicle as quickly as possible. Many move-in helpers will be available to assist during peak times; please allow people to help you so that everyone’s process is accelerated. A limited number of carts will be available to make moving easier; you will need to leave some form of photo ID in order to borrow a cart.
  • Once you have unloaded your car, immediately move your vehicle to the designated garage on campus where you will be given a special permit. Your permit for move-in will be valid for the entire day. Parking may be available for additional days at no cost. Refer to your email and instructions you are provided at move-in.
  • If you are keeping a car on campus and have a permit for the coming academic year, that permit may be honored between residence hall opening and the first day of classes. Whether you have a permit or not, once your move-in is complete you will need to adhere to parking regulations and procedures. For more information on this topic, contact Parking Services  at or 513-556-2283.
  •  If you have a university commitment or special circumstances that require you to arrive before the official opening time, please contact Housing and Food Services at 513-556-6461 in advance to discuss your needs.


  • Renter's insurance (highly recommended)
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer
  • TV/Video game console
  • Bedding - comforter, pillow, extra-long twin sheets (80")
  • Bath linens
  • Fan
  • Small storage container or trunk
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • Hypoallergenic, zippered mattress cover (extra-long twin)
  • Shower bucket & shoes (Dabney, Daniels, Calhoun, Siddall)
  • Hanging soap dish/shower caddy (Turner/Schneider, Campus Rec Hall)
  • Fish (20 gal. aquarium or less)
  • Carpet or rug
  • Toiletries
  • Posters & pictures
  • Hair dryer
  • Umbrella
  • Iron/steamer

The list below is not all-inclusive. If you are unsure of whether an item is permissible, please call University Housing at 513-556-6461.

  • Halogen lamps
  • Hoverboards or electric scooters
  • Power tools
  • Pets*
  • Air conditioner
  • Space heater
  • Broiler
  • Lofts
  • Candles
  • Explosives/fireworks
  • Hot plates or electric skillet
  • Hot-oil popcorn poppers
  • Waterbeds or water chairs
  • Toaster ovens
  • Woks
  • Grills or griddles (including George Foreman(R))
  • Weapons (real or toy, including water guns)
  • Weights over 10 pounds
  • Wall mounts for televisions
  • Alcohol (except residents of Schneider and Campus Rec Hall who are 21 years old and older)

*Exception will be made for Service and Emotional Support Animals (ESA). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the University of Cincinnati engages in an interactive and collaborative process with students in order to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students living in the residence halls and campus community. University offices which work in collaboration to assist the student are Disability Services Office, Housing and Food Services as well as Resident Education & Development.

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Semester Breaks

Do I have to move all of my belongings out at the end of each semester?

No. While most residence halls close for breaks between terms and students must leave those halls, you may leave your belongings in your room over break. You must turn in your residence hall key(s) at the end of each term and throw away food and clean out your refrigerator and microwave units. It is important that you take all necessary items (medication, plane tickets, credit cards, money, etc.) with you, as the front door locks are changed during breaks and students are unable to re-enter the building.

In addition, we recommend that you consider taking home anything of extreme value, such as computers or stereos. While the residence halls are locked and secured, with so few people present to be “eyes and ears,” any would-be thief who did manage to gain access is much less likely to be seen. In addition, unless you are the last person to leave your room for the term, you are depending on your roommate(s) to protect the security of your room in your absence by keeping the door locked at all times.

Remember, the university does not assume any liability for loss or damage to residents’ personal property, and regardless of what you will choose to take or leave at breaks, all residents are strongly encouraged to make sure that their possessions are insured, either by a parent’s homeowners insurance policy or by their own tenant’s insurance policy.