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First-Year Move-In 2012

First-Years from East via Route 2 to Move-In - Click here for update!

pdfMove In Reservation Start Times
pdfEast First-Year Assignment Notice
pdfSouth First-Year Assignment Notice
pdfLuggage Program
YouTube How To Pack Tutorial

Move-In Reservation and Pre-Board Confirmation
August 13, 2012 - August 17, 2012

Prior to coming to campus, students must make a Move-In Reservation and complete a Pre-Board Confirmation in SPIRE.  Students will make a reservation based on their Residence Hall assignment. You can see the start times for your building here (Move In Reservation document link).  Once students have completed these two steps, they must print their bar-coded receipt and bring it to campus as verification on Move-In Day.

First Year Move-In Day! *
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 8:00am-4:00pm

Students must bring a printed copy of their Pre-Board confirmation receipt and their UCard (Preferred) or photo ID when they arrive at check-in. 
Students who do not bring their Pre-Board Confirmation receipt will be redirected to a location where they can reprint the document, and then to the end of the check-in line.  Forgetting the Pre-Board printout will add an estimated 45 minutes to student’s overall move in time.

Once students pick up their key, vehicles will be guided to the traffic queue where they will wait to be called to their Residence Hall for unloading.  Minute Mover volunteers will assist with moving belongings into the room.

Packing for Move-In
Students should be mindful of what they are bringing to campus.  MinuteMover volunteers can only unload one vehicle per student.  Any additional vehicles will not be allowed access to the hall and will be directed to a parking lot upon arrival.
For helpful tips on how to pack for First Year Move-In, please watch the video tutorial here.  Students who are planning to mail items or have items shipped to the residence halls, please see Mailing and Shipping Information below.

Traveling to Campus and Parking
Detailed maps and instructions for First Year Move-In Day East and South can be found at the top of this page. Please do not use Mapquest or other web resources to get directions, as students and families will be directed on a specific route to your check-in area.  Students and families should expect Move-In to take at least 90 minutes.

Once a student’s vehicle is unloaded by Minute Movers, it must be immediately moved to a designated parking lot so other students can unload.  The driver should be prepared to walk about 10 minutes from the parking lot back to the residence hall.   Families may park in the lot for up to 4 hours while they stretch their legs, eat and help their student set up the room.

Students who are not driving to campus
Students who are planning to arrive on campus via bus, airplane or train should plan to arrive at Haigis Mall for their scheduled move-in time.  Shuttles will be running continuously through move-in times to bring students to their residence halls.

Students Unable to Arrive During Move-In
First Year students are arriving on August 30th to participate in Fall Orientation.  This time is critical to the first year experience and students are strongly encouraged to make every effort to attend.  Students who are unable to arrive during scheduled move-in times should contact Residential Life Student Services at (413) 545-2100.

Mailing and Shipping
Once the Residence Halls open, please use the following guidelines to ensure the safe arrival of packages:

Out of State Students:
Out of state students who would like to ship belongings prior to coming to campus can use the Luggage Program

August 24, 2012
for First-Years travelling to Move-In from East via Route 2
Due to roadwork on Route 2, directions to your Move-In location have been updated as follows:
Directions to SOUTH CHECK-IN Station From East via Route 2
1. Take Route 2 West
2. Continue on Route 202 South
3. Take exit 16 to merge onto US-202 South/ Daniel Shays Hwy towards Amherst/Belchertown
4. Take Route 202 for approximately 20 miles
5. Right onto Rt. 9 West/Federal Street for about 10 miles
6. Right onto Route 116 North
7. Take exit for UMass Amherst
8. Right at the end of the exit ramp on North Hadley Road
9. Right onto Stadium Drive

Directions to EAST CHECK-IN Station from East via Route 2
1. Take Route 2 West
2. Continue on Route 202 South
3. Take exit 16 to merge onto US-202 South/Daniel Shays Hwy towards Amherst/Belchertown
4. Take Route 202 for approximately 20 miles
5. Right onto Rt. 9 West/Federal Street
6. Right onto South East Street
7. Left onto Main Street at next set of traffic lights
8. Right onto Triangle Street
9. Continue on North Pleasant Street (Triangle Street becomes N Pleasant at a traffic light) 10. Right to continue on North Pleasant Street
11. Enter roundabout
12. Take second exit to continue on North Pleasant Street
13. Right onto North Residential Drive


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