Students and their families on residence hall move-in day.

For new Bearcats and their families, moving into residence halls for the first time can be both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Review this page to prepare for your new adventure.

COVID Guidance

Residents are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Residents should bring their own masks to campus to wear. N95 and KN95 masks are preferred.  

All residents should have individual plans for off-campus isolation and quarantine housing in the event they are required to do so. Students often choose to return home. Let’s remember that vaccination and boosting are currently the best ways to prevent the need to quarantine or isolate.

Once on campus, you should get tested if you have symptoms. You may utilize our Uptown Campus testing services in the Steger Student Life Center at no cost..

Please visit the UC Public Health website for more COVID-19 information and resources.

2022 Fall Move-in Schedule

Key dates for university housing move-in for fall 2022; additional information below
Date Key Information
Aug. 13 Drop-n-go for local residents
Aug. 14 Meal plan service begins
Aug. 14 - 15 Appointments for first-year students only
Aug. 15

Floor meetings in residential communities; attendance required for first-year students
Drop & go residents may return for daily living after 4 p.m.

Aug. 16 - 17 Appointments open to all students
Aug. 18 - 19 Evening appointments only*

*Due to academic events during daytime hours. New Bearcats are required to attend College Day and New Student Convocation.

Drop-and-Go for Local Residents

Drop-n-go 2-hour appointments, between 10 a.m and 4 p.m., for local residents will allow students to get their belongings moved in and do as much set-up as time allows - before general move-in starts. They will return home and may take residency any time after Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.

First-Year Student Move-in

First-year student move-in appointments on Sunday, Aug. 14 and Monday, Aug. 15 are designed to help residents settle in and prepare for a busy Welcome Week.

Resident Advisors will lead floor meetings in all residence halls at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15. First-year students are required to attend.

Early Arrival

Limited early arrival appointments are available Wednesday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, August 13. Requests will be approved only for required academic programs, international arrivals and extenuating circumstances.

Requests may be made on the Early Arrival form in the housing portal.

The nightly rate is $37 (based on the Tuition Guarantee 2022-23 Cohort).

Move-in Process

Watch your mail for the Family Move-in Guide. It provides details for a safe and efficient move-in. Click the image to the right for a PDF version.

Thinking Ahead

Map of Uptown campus indicating where parking for move-in is located in relation to the residences. A link to uptown google maps and coordinates are included in the text.

Click image for printable PDF

The move-in map shows parking (green structures) in relation to residence communities, as well as unloading areas. More detailed Google maps and coordinates can be found on the Parking website.


Students and families arrive for move-in day at Marian Spencer Hall and Turner/Schneider complex.
  • Bringing your own cart can speed up your move! 
  • Avoid overcrowding elevators.
  • Prepare for inclement weather.
  • Try to limit guests as much as possible due to the large volume of students moving in.
  • Visit before arriving to be aware of current health/safety measures.


Parent & Family Programs

Did you know? Parent & Family Programs provides families with information about student services and resources, campus engagement opportunities, and a dedicated place to receive support in helping their students successfully navigate the UC experience.

Recycle Your Cardboard

There are recycling bins located near each campus residence hall. Please use these bins to dispose of any cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials from move-in.

Maps of Bin Locations

Maps are available for each on-campus residence hall. If you live in University Edge, U-Square, UPA, 101 E. Corry, The Deacon, The Eden, or CP Cincy check with property management for recycling options, or use the campus bin closest to your apartment.


Bearcats Package Center will begin receiving packages for on-campus residential students beginning August 8.Packages should arrive no more than two days prior to your move-in date.

Our Bearcats Package Center, on Level 2 of TUC, will handle packages for on-campus residence halls. Review the list of halls below. Use the following address for all packages.

[Your Full Name], [Your 6+2]*
Bearcats Package Center
2715 Bearcat Way
Cincinnati, OH  45219-3539

*To ensure efficient processing of your package, use your full name with middle inital as registered in Catalyst AND include your  6+2.

The exception for direct shipments will be packages coming from our online marketplace, as our partner delivers these in bulk.

Use the Package Center Address for:

  • Bellevue Gardens
  • Calhoun Hall
  • Campus Recreation Center Hall
  • Dabney Hall
  • Daniels Hall
  • Marian Spencer Hall
  • Morgens Hall
  • Schneider Hall
  • Scioto Hall
  • Siddall Hall
  • Turner Hall
  • Stratford Heights
  • University Park Apartments

Carriers such as UPS, FedEx and Amazon WILL NOT deliver packages addressed to the residence halls' physical address.

When lofting is available, you can log into your housing application to submit your request at the "Lofting" step of the application. Not all beds are eligible for lofting. See space configuration and lofting/bunking availability.

Due to safety considerations, university policy does not permit residents to construct their own bed lofts or bunks for use in the residence hall rooms. Residents are not allowed to loft, bunk or de-loft their own beds.

All beds are set to the Junior Loft Height for initial check in unless the resident requests otherwise.

  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Facial coverings
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Renter's insurance (highly recommended)
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer
  • TV/Video game console (Philo streaming service is free to residents in university-owned communities)
  • 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)
  • 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.

  • Air fryers
  • 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.

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.