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Directions and Steps for Moving

Orient yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of moving. See what you have to do, step-by-step, for a successful move.

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  1. Arrive on time. Do not arrive any earlier than your designated move-in time. You will not be allowed to enter the parking lot. Move-in times are based on room assignments.
  2. Don’t arrive in a motor home, moving van, trailer or RV. Large vehicles take up too much space in our parking lots and are difficult to navigate on narrow campus streets.
  3. Bring your personalized Assignment Brochure with you. You should receive it in the mail in early September. This packet includes your important information, including your move-in time, room assignment, and a one-time-only Parking Permit good while unloading. Note: You may only park one car at your community while unloading, and you must move your car to long-term parking after 30 minutes.
  4. Check in at your Resident Services Office (RSO) to receive your room key. You will also receive a move-in inventory list, which is to be returned to the RSO. If you do not receive your student ID (R’Card) by Move-In Day, contact UCR Card Services.
  5. Check out a moving cart and unload. Residents are limited to one cart. If you need a cart after Move-In Day, visit your RSO. You may also bring your own carrier or moving cart.
  6. Return your move-in inventory to your RSO. Failure to return a move-in inventory on Move-In Day will imply that your room/bed space is acceptable “as is.”
  7. Review your Resident Handbook to learn about your new community, and stay informed about your rights and responsibilities.


      Download some helpful information to make Move-In Day a little easier:

  1. Essential Tips and Tricks
  2. Checklist of what to bring (and what you might want to leave home)
  3. Map to nearby shopping areas 


  1. In August, you will receive notification by email about Check-In Day, your appointed arrival time, your check-in location, and parking permit information. You will also receive instructions on how to complete your online Resident Orientation prior to arrival. Check-in will be most efficient if you complete your orientation as requested and do not arrive earlier than your appointed check-in time.
  2. Check in at your designated Check-In station to receive your keys and a Move-In Inspection form.
  3. Complete a Move-In Inspection form before you settle into your apartment. Return completed forms to your designated Check-In station. Failure to return a move-in inventory list on Check-In Day will imply your consent that your apartment/bed space is acceptable “as is.”
  4. Check out a moving cart. Carts are available on Check-In Day. Residents are limited to one cart, with a 30-minute time limit. If you need additional time for a cart, ask at the RSO.
  5. Review the Student Conduct Policies to learn about your responsibilities.
  6. Be on the lookout for your Resident Advisor (RA), who will be in the community that day to meet you.

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