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Fall 2020 Move-In


Saturday, September 26 | Sunday, September 27 | Monday, September 28, 2020


Greetings Highlanders! The big day is in sight and we are excited to welcome some of you back to campus and others of you to campus for one of the first times. 

Below we have outlined a safe return to campus that will hopefully help you transition smoothly to your new home away from home, as well as help your family feel more comfortable leaving you in our experienced hands.

Due to decreased housing occupancy for Fall Quarter, Housing Services has consolidated housing spaces and closed under-utilized buildings. This increases safety by ensuring that students are not isolated in under-occupied areas, and saves utility and staffing costs. To confirm, all students in Residence Hall communities will be assigned to single occupancy rooms for Fall Quarter, 2020. However, you may discover on your MyHousing portal during the upcoming weeks that your community assignment has changed.

Currently, we are planning to welcome residents to Pentland Hills and the all-new Dundee over two days (Sept. 26 and 27); residents of Lothian will move in over three days (Sept. 26, 27 and 28).

We are determined to create a successful COVID-19 move-in and college living experience. And since you are a Highlander, we know you want to be part of that model. Together we will lead UCR out of the COVID cloud and into sunnier times.



Assigned Move In Date:

September 26

Assigned Move-In Date:

September 27

Assigned Move-In Date:

September 28

Begin 14-Day Symptom Monitoring On: September 11 September 12 September 13

Pre-Arrival COVID Test

September 11

September 12

September 13
7-Day Sequester Period: September 26 - October 3 September 27 - October 4 September 28 - October 5

Where To Get Tested

  1. Use a test site near to home OR
  2. Get tested at UCR, September 21–24 (9:00am-12noon; 1:00pm-3:00pm).

Regardless of where you get tested, email negative test results to Use SUBJECT: Move-In COVID Test
(More information in the "Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test" section, below.)


Pick Your Move-In Arrival Time

Your assigned move-in date will be posted on the MyHousing portal by the end of day Tuesday, September 22. Once posted, you will also be able to self-select your move-in arrival time. It is critical that you arrive promptly on your assigned date and selected time so that planned physical distancing can be kept intact, helping to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. You can further enhance your safe move-in experience by reviewing Move-In Day information (below) in advance of your arrival.

Daily Symptom Monitoring

In preparation for your arrival to campus, you will be required to closely monitor and report how you are feeling for the 14 days prior to your selected move-in day. Use the grid above to identify the date on which you should begin your self-monitoring. Please submit your health status online daily in the UCR Daily Wellness Survey. To be approved to check-in, you must complete and submit one survey each calendar day for the 14 days prior to your move-in date.

If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms as move-in day approaches, make the hard choice to stay home until your symptoms have disappeared for 72 continuous hours. Do not worry; your space will be waiting for you when you are feeling better. We appreciate you helping to keep our campus community safe and setting the right example for other students and campuses.

Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test

You are required to take a COVID test within seven days of your move-in date and submit a negative test result to Housing Services prior to your arrival. A Move-In Pass with a QR Code for your contactless check-in will be posted on the MyHousing portal once we receive your negative COVID test results. YOU MUST HAVE A NEGATIVE COVID TEST RESULT, ATTAINED WITHIN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO MOVE-IN, ON FILE WITH HOUSING SERVICES TO BE PERMITTED TO MOVE IN. NO EXCEPTIONS.

You can take your COVID-19 test at a site close to home according to the dates listed on the grid above. 

Alternatively, you can take your test on the UCR campus at the UCR Student Health Services (adjacent to Lot 15) starting Monday, September 21 through Thursday, September 24 (9:00am -12noon and 1:00pm - 3:00pm). You will need to fill out a "Consent For COVID-19 Testing" form before you visit Student Health Services. The form is located under "Forms" on the left navigational pane of the Patient Portal.

  • Bring your Student ID Card.
  • Bring a smart phone (optional).
  • Avoid eating, drinking or chewing gum for 30 minutes prior to testing.
  • Attain directions to the campus site in advance.

Your negative test result should be emailed to Housing Services at with the Subject: MOVE-IN COVID TEST.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, plan to stay home and monitor your symptoms until they have disappeared for 72 continuous hours. You can contact Housing Services with your status at (951) 827-6350. You can contact UCR Student Health Services for further health guidance at (951) 827-3031. You will only be permitted to move in once you have submitted a negative test result to

Stock up on face coverings, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. We will have plenty of sanitizing stations around your community and you will be given a Highlander face covering upon move in, but we recommend you also bring your own supply. We suggest 4-5 face coverings to last each week and to wash between uses.

Helpful Pre-Arrival Links

Essential Tips and Tricks

Checklist of what to bring (and what you might want to leave home)

Map to nearby shopping areas

Driving Directions to Lothian Check-In Site

Driving Directions to Pentland Hills Check-In Site

Driving Directions to Dundee Check-In Site

Information about Renter's Insurance



Arrive on time to avoid delays and to support our safe, physically distanced process

Don’t Leave Home Without These Items

  1. Student ID Card
  2. Move-In Pass with QR Code for Contactless Check-In
  3. Driving Directions to Your Check-In Site
  4. Face Mask(s)
  5. Hand Sanitizer
  6. Checklist of what to bring (and what you might want to leave home)

How Will the Move-In Process Look?

  1. Contactless Drive-Thru Check-in Using Your QR Code
  2. 30-Minute Unloading with Large, Sanitized Blue Carts
  3. Family Photo Opportunity & Farewell. Absolutely no family or friends will be allowed into any residential buildings to assist you while moving in. 
  4. Meet your Resident Advisor (RA) at your assigned building. They will give you your room keys, First Hall Meeting information, and parking permit (if applicable).



Now the move-in truly begins. You’ll have 30 minutes to unload your belongings outside of your residence hall and have your family farewell moment. Pick up your keys and parking permit (if approved) from your RA, and move your belongings into your room. Please note: only residents will be allowed into the Residence Halls. Students will need to move items into their rooms by themselves. No guests are permitted inside the buildings. 

Next, get ready to eat!

You’ll have assigned meal times the first few days of move-in at the brand new Glasgow Residential Restaurant next to Dundee. The dining experience at Glasgow will primarily be contactless. You’ll swipe in using your R’Card and you’ll be served your meal for take-out – which consists of a hot entrée, two sides, a cold side, a dessert, and a beverage – from our staff behind plexiglass. You’ll also have access to essential items through the Scotty’s Glasgow convenience store and Shop at The Market @ Glen Mor. A grab-n-go food option out of the Culinary Chameleon food truck will also be available. And don't forget we have a Starbucks open for you also! Shortly after move-in, you’ll be able to order ahead of time using the Glas-2-gow mobile app.

For now, you’ll be asked to enjoy all meals in your room, but shortly after move-in you will be able to enjoy eating meals in our beautiful outdoor spaces. We will get indoor seating back shortly after the county guidance allows for it.


Welcome Week will be hosted virtually during this time and you will have many opportunities to engage and interact with your fellow residents.Throughout it all, we will be here to support you through a mix of both virtual and in-person programming activities. These will include a focus on academic success, social justice, community development, wellness, and so much more.


“Sequestering” means minimizing in-person interactions while on campus. You will do this by limiting your interactions to the “cohort” or “pod” — your hall- or suite-mates. “Sequestering” also means leaving your campus residence ONLY to participate in essential activities: obtaining food from a campus dining location, participating in low-risk outdoor activities (including those planned by UCR’s Residential Life team), obtaining health care services, picking up mail/parcels, picking up books or utilizing the residential laundry rooms. Leaving campus during “sequestration” is not permitted, so it is important that students bring all necessary items with them from home.

Daily Symptom Monitoring

Being on campus means playing it safe. And to help ensure that we are all playing it safe, students, staff and faculty must continue to monitor their health status daily and submit the UCR Daily Wellness Survey each day

If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, it is critical that you note your condition honestly in the Daily Wellness Survey so that UCR Student Health Services can ensure that you have what you need to get well and that your condition does not have an adverse effect on the campus community. If needed, contact Student Health Services for guidance at (951) 827-3031.

Regular COVID-19 Testing

Did we mention that being on campus means playing it safe? Well, that means all students, staff and faculty on campus will likely need to attain a COVID-19 test once or twice a week for the foreseeable future. Luckily, these tests can be conducted on campus, are painless, and the timeline to receive test results is getting very short for some of the newer tests. More information about regular testing will be distributed by the campus following Move-In.  

Staying Safe

  • All residents must track their wellness via the UCR Daily Wellness Survey each day.
  • At least six feet of space must be kept between residents while in common spaces such as bathrooms, lounge areas, laundry rooms and in lines for food.
  • Face coverings are required when outside your room and outside your building.
  • Off-campus guests are not permitted within the on-campus communities or Residential Restaurants. Residents cannot visit residential communities outside of their own assigned Hall.
  • Only one person at a time in elevators.
  • Adhere to occupancy limits and physical distancing guidelines in communal spaces.
  • We advise that you NOT return to your permanent homes during the academic year. If you do return home, you must continue to track your wellness via the UCR Daily Wellness Survey each day, and make sure you’re healthy to return to campus.

If you do get sick while on campus, we are here for you. We’ve already set aside rooms for you and will take care of your basic needs while you get better and are cleared to return to your room. Given the changing nature of COVID-19, these policies could be strengthened or relaxed based on recommendations from campus, local and state health officials.

Remember, protecting yourself means protecting your fellow residents. Let’s all do our parts.