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Move-In Fall 2021

Updated Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Students push a cart full of belongings during fall move-in. Photo by Christina Franusich for Virginia Tech.



MOVE-IN FALL 2021

Fall move-in will take place from August 14-22! Download the move-in map here.


TIMESLOTS

Timeslots will last 1.5 hours and are staggered to minimize traffic throughout campus. If you want to remain on campus after the end of your timeslot, please move your vehicle to one of our long-term parking lots.

GUESTS

Each student can invite two additional people to assist them in the move-in process. These two individuals should be limited to people required to assist with moving items into the residence hall.

HOKIE PASSPORT DISTRIBUTION

Hokie Passports will be mailed to you by Hokie Passport Services throughout the summer. Be sure to bring your Hokie Passport on move-in day!

HOKIE HELPERS

We will have Hokie Helpers available to greet you, give access to moving carts and/or dollies, and answer your questions! Learn more about Hokie Helpers here.

PPE

Current guidelines do not require vaccinated individuals to wear a mask. However, all unvaccinated students and guests are asked to wear a mask for the duration of the move-in process. Housing and Residence Life will have masks available for those who require them.

TESTING

Due to the university’s vaccine requirement, only individuals who receive a religious or medical exemption or reside in an area where vaccines are not readily available will be required to participate in prevalence testing. These individuals will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival and, subsequently, on a weekly basis. All prevalence testing will be conducted at designated testing locations.



WATCH THE REPLAY OF OUR LIVE Q&A

We can't wait to welcome you to your new Hokie home! We hosted a live Q&A on August 3 to answer your questions about what move in will look like this fall. You can watch the recording here:



FIND YOUR MOVE-IN MAP

Which residence hall will you be moving into? The following links will give you step-by-step instructions for moving into your residence hall!

You can also view the full 2021 campus move-in map. Not sure which residence hall room you're assigned to? Visit the FAQs towards the bottom of this page for instructions on how to check your room assignment.



PACK FOR YOUR MOVE

Set yourself up for success by bringing what you need to start the year off right! Watch our What to Bring to Campus video below, or download our packing list.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT GROUPS

Students who are members of the Corps of Cadets, Oak Lane Community, Resident Advisor staff, athletic teams, or Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) may be reassigned according to the needs of those programs.

NON-PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE PARTICIPANTS

A number of students are assigned to West Ambler Johnston, East Ambler Johnston, and O'Shaughnessy Hall who are not part of the Residential College program. The program space was not filled so the remaining space was allocated to other students. You will be able to participate in the various activities and programs happening in that community as you wish.

LOFTING BEDS

All resident rooms, with the exception of single-occupancy rooms in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, have university-provided, loftable furniture. Students will use a "loft kit" to raise their bed to the higher setting. Most rooms already have 2 loft kits in the room.

If an additional loft kit is needed, students should either request a kit from the RA staff or, if during the semester, submit a work order to have the kit delivered. Loft kits are limited so turn in your request promptly.

Our special projects team may deliver kits to the student room and leave written installation instructions. If students want the team to install the kit, then the RA should note that request on the work order and provide a phone number so that the team can schedule a time with the student directly.

Please Note:

  • Slusher Wing and Tower have one bed lofted and one bed unlofted; the second bed cannot be lofted.
  • Bed configurations in the Corps of Cadets residential areas must follow the directions of the Corps regulations and staff.
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RESIDENCE HALL FEDERATION VENDORS

Yes! Consider renting from one of our RHF vendors! You can learn more about what we offer here.

ROOM CHANGES

More information about room changes can be found here.

LANDLINE TELEPHONES

No, residence hall rooms do not have landline telephones installed. With the ubiquity of cell phones, most students no longer expect traditional telephone service to be provided as part of their bundled amenity package.

However, emergency phones are installed on each residence hall floor! These phones are blue boxes located either close to an elevator or at a centralized location on each floor of the building and connect directly to the Virginia Tech Police Department. They operate by a simple, push-button interface and are similar to the emergency blue-light phones located around the campus. Resident Advisors (RA) and live-in staff will still have access to conventional telephone service.

CABLE SERVICE

Yes! The university's Network Infrastructure & Services unit upgraded the cable system for campus to include more channels and to change from analog to digital signal and more HD channels. If you have a recently purchased television, it is probably already ready for the new digital and HD channels that will be coming to campus (most HD and digital TVs produced in the last 5 - 6 years are compatible). If you are not sure, check your TV for QAM tuner capability. QAM tuners are also available at electronics stores as separate units. See the NI&S website for set-up information and channel listings.

MOVE-IN TIPS

  • A handcart or dolly can be nice to bring.
  • Prepare yourself for a lot of walking and climbing stairs. Many 3- to 4-floor residence halls do not have elevators. Be prepared for summer weather!
  • Plan to send home or dispose of packing boxes, crates, or other moving supplies. Storage for such items is minimal. We do provide several cardboard recycling stations near the dumpsters marked on the move-in map.
  • Ask questions! Staff members will be available throughout campus.

ACCESSING YOUR ROOM

Remember, you'll need your PIN number to open the door. First, tap/wave your card in front of the keypad (the top of the pad tends to be most effective). It will blink red-green red-green. Then, enter your PIN number, and the door will unlock!

ACCESSING YOUR HOUSING ASSIGNMENT

To access your housing assignment:

  • Visit the StarRez Portal and log in using your VT Username (PID) and password and 2-factor identification.
  • Select “Housing and Dining Contracts”
  • Select “View Room Assignment” tab.
  • You will see your housing assignment, roommate information, and arrival information.

HOUSING AND DINING RATES

Housing and dining rates for 2021-2022 are published on our rates page. We reserve the right to update/fix any incorrect billing for the semester.

INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

Standard rooms will have a single, wired Ethernet connection. If you are planning on connecting more than one wired device in the room, please consider an Ethernet hub as specified on the the residential network upgrade site.

Will all my devices work with the network? The university’s Wi-Fi network uses a type of security called WPA2 Enterprise. Check to see if your SmartTV, game console, etc. is compatible with WPA2 Enterprise. This is required to connect to the wireless network.

SmartTVs or game consoles that don’t support WPA2 Enterprise can still reach the Internet if they have a built-in Ethernet plug or you have an Ethernet adapter to connect to the wired Ethernet connection in your room. An Ethernet switch will allow you to plug multiple devices into the Ethernet connection in your room.

Can I wirelessly connect my printer? Your printer’s wireless connection is likely to cause interference with your and others’ use of residence hall Wi-Fi services. It’s best to use a USB cable to connect your printer.

Can I connect my own wireless router? No. Students are not permitted to connect personal wireless routers to the Virginia Tech network in buildings with Virginia Tech wireless service.

For additional information about registering your device using the MAC address to get your devices such as gaming consoles and other devices that cannot use the eduroam service (your phones, iPads, tablets & laptops should use the eduroam wireless network SSID for connectivity as a student) on the wireless network please visit the Network Infrastructure and Services / Communication Network Services website.

MAIL AND PACKAGES

Mail and packages will be available for pickup at locker locations, Owens Hall, and the GLC during move in. You will receive an email with more specifics. You will need your Hokie Passport to pick up your mail. If you need to borrow a dolly to move large packages, you will need a Government ID. Learn more at the Residential Mail website. For package-specific questions, visit the Package PickUPP site.

If you decide to mail packages to yourself before move in, please time them to arrive no sooner than the week of August 9.

WHAT TO PACK

Set yourself up for success by bringing what you need to start the year off right! Watch our What to Bring to Campus video, or download our packing list!

MOVE-IN DAY PARKING

Where you park depends on which residence hall you are moving into. Either consult the move-in map, or click on the link to your residence hall further up on this website for individualized instructions.

At the end of your timeslot, if you absolutely have to stay on campus, you must move your vehicle to one of the Long-Term Parking locations indicated on the move-in map.

Please note that you are not permitted to park in service or handicapped parking spaces, on grassy areas, or on the sidewalks.