Move-In Information

Welcome to residence hall living for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Please use the quick links that follow to find what you're looking for.

Quick Links
Halls Open Welcome Crew
Orientation Beds 
Roommates Power Strips
Assignment Adjustments Lofts 
Single Room Requests What To Bring
Checking In When You Arrive Television Sets
Early Arrivals If Your Plans Change

The residence halls open for the Fall Semester at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019; for the Winter Semester at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Students assigned to the residence halls will receive a letter for NMU Housing and Residence Life letting them know when the halls open and other important information.  For those living in the residence halls, please note the following carefully.

Halls Open and Contract Begins

The fall semester housing contract for residence halls begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, with classes beginning on Monday, August 26, 2019.  That is the earliest a student may move into the residence halls. The winter semester housing contract begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, with classes beginning Monday, January 13, 2020.

Orientation Arrival and Check-In and Approved Early Arrivals

Students participating in the last orientation session of the summer may check in on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 20 or 21 between 8:00 a.m. and midnight.  The first orientation session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, August 21.  Students will receive more information about the Orientation Program from that office.

Students returning to campus early for other University sponsored programs (football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, marching band, etc.) may check into their residence halls as arranged for and communicated to them by their sponsoring department.

Roommates and Assignment Adjustments

Most students, including those who have not known each other previously, become good roommates provided they take the time to get to know one another, make a sincere effort to cooperate and communicate, and make it a point to do things together at least occasionally. If you have roommate concerns, work with your residence adviser to explore your options.

For the past several years the number of students we have assigned to our residence halls has been near capacity.  This means that the Housing and Residence Life Office does not have the flexibility to make adjustments to room or roommate assignments.  If you have a question or concern about your assignment, please contact us by email ( and we will forward your question to the appropriate staff member for a response.

Requested Single Rooms

Unfortunately, due to the fact that we are near capacity, it is unlikely that we will be able to honor single room requests. We do what we could to assign a student of similar age, class standing, and preferences. If you are interested in a single room, we recommend that you sign up for a private shared suite in The Woods. 

Checking In

Students are to check in at the service desk that serves their residence hall (see campus map at The residence hall desks are open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. If a student expects to arrive late in the evening or at night, they should be considerate of their roommate and others while moving in.

Unloading Your Vehicle

To facilitate move-in several “loading zones” have been designated in various parking lots as close to the residence hall check-in locations as possible. Use of these areas, marked by yellow signs on stakes, may be used for 45 minutes for unloading and are to be used on an honor basis.  Note that the University’s Motor Vehicle Ordinances prohibit driving and/or parking on sidewalks (also a violation of Michigan law).

Welcome Crew Unloading Help

For several hours (approximately 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) Thursday through Sunday student volunteers from each residence hall will be available to assist with move-in, to include helping with unloading vehicles. Welcome Crew is only available for the Fall semester move-in.


The beds in the residence halls are 36" x 80" (XL Twin) and are able to be bunked or lofted.


Beds in the residence halls are manufactured differently and, therefore, we do not permit students to construct their own lofts.  We have purchased loft kits from the company that manufactures these beds and the kits can be rented for $70 for the academic year.  If you are interested in renting a loft kit from NMU, visit the housing portal, select application, then select Loft Request Form.  From there, you may reserve your kit.

What To Bring

As students pack their belongings for the upcoming year, it is suggested that they pack what they need as well as some of the items they’d like to have with them, knowing that items can either be shipped or picked up on subsequent visits home. Once roommates find places for everything, they can determine what if anything can and should be added to their “home away from home.” Suggestions on what to bring as well as a list of what is prohibited can be found by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page. It is very important that roommates discuss what they plan to bring before they pack for the trip to campus and that they remember that what goes in has to come out at the end of the year. You can also download our comprehensive packing list here. 

Television Sets

To watch TV using NMU's digital cable service, you will need a digital-ready television with a QAM tuner.  Regardless of the type of TV, whether it be LED, LCD, or plasma televisions, they must have the QAM tuner in order for them to work.  If you are not sure about the compatibility of the television, a quick internet search of the television's make and model will confirm if the TV has the QAM tuner. Each house has a TV room, so it is not essential that you bring a television. 

Power Strips

Students are expected to use a high quality power strip with a 16-gauge cord (minimum), a three-prong plug, a built-in circuit breaker, and a built-in surge protector for their electrical equipment and appliances.  We also strongly encourage you to save electricity by using the switch on your power strip to control the power to your electrical device(s).

If You Change Your Plans

If something comes up and your plans change so you will not be attending NMU or living on-campus this fall, please let us know in writing (email -  at your earliest convenience.  By letting us know early, you may make it possible for us to more effectively respond to another student's residence hall preference.

We're Glad You're Here

We look forward to having you join us and believe that your residence hall experience - the friendships you will make, the opportunities for involvement and learning available to you, and the support you will have from residence hall and other University staff - will add considerably to your NMU experience.