Moving in

Gustavus Adolphus College

Move-In Fall 2020

  • You may schedule an early belongings drop-off time slot to move in your belongings (we encourage this if you are able, it is not required) into your Fall room assignment between August 15-28, and then arrive to stay on/after Sunday, August 30.
    • During this time you will receive keys (first-year students will also receive their ID card) and will have card access to move belongings into the room during your time slot, but you cannot stay overnight until arriving for orientation/move-in. This is belongings drop-off only.
    • Students will drop off/move in their belongings, then lock their door (keeping their key) and then return at orientation (first year students) or move-in (returning students).
    • 72 hours advance notice is required to make/change an online booking. Email if you need to cancel a reservation with less than 72 hours advance notice.
  • Note: Please order your textbooks from the Book Mark BEFORE you come to campus and pick them up when you drop off your belongings. Textbooks will be available to purchase (rent or buy) online via the link at the bottom of your class schedule in WebAdvisor or
    • The Book Mark is open for all back to school needs 8am-5pm everyday, including weekends August 15-August 28. 
First-year Student Move-in Options

Incoming first-year students can choose one of the following options for belongings move-in and arrival. To assist us in planning and coordinating, please select one of these options and make your booking by August 7:

  • You may schedule an early belongings drop-off time slot to move in your belongings (and we encourage this if you are able, it is not required) into your Fall room assignment between August 15-28, and then arrive on Sunday, August 30 for Orientation.
    • You will pick up your room key and ID at check-in tabling in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center.
    • Move in your belongings and lock your door before departing campus. (These bookings do not allow for overnight stay in your room).
    • Return to campus on Sunday, August 30 8am-12:30pm for Orientation.
  • OR - Schedule a first-year student move-in time slot for Saturday, August 29 to move in belongings and remain on campus for Orientation.
    • Check-in at your scheduled time on Saturday, August 29 at your Fall Residence Hall (Norelius, Pittman, or Sohre; any other arrivals check in at the Residential Life office ni the Jackson Campus Center).
    • Sack lunches will be available, please submit this form so the correct quantity can be ordered.
    • First-year Orientation planning is in progress, check back here for more information:
Transfer Student Move-in and Orientation:
  • Monday, August 31, 9am-4pm.
  • Check-in at the Information Desk in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center, 9am-4pm and move-in to your fall residence hall. 
Returning Student Move-in:
  • Sunday, August 30 - Tuesday, September 1
  • All returning students can schedule a move-in booking for an arrival time slot 8am-8pm from Sunday, August 30 through Tuesday, September 1.
  • If arriving September 2 or later, please contact the Residential Life office with the details of your arrival and you will pick up your keys from the office.
Early-arrival requests:
  • Make sure you review the early arrival information/requirements online and have advance approval if you are required to be on campus early (i.e., athletics, student employment, leadership role, etc. - you will receive an email if/when a supervisor has approval for you to request early return).
  • Any arrival prior to first-year move-in, or returning student move-in, 8/30, are considered 'early arrival'. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
  • Those who violate the early return approval process arriving earlier than approved (i.e., not receiving approval for early return, allowing roommates or friends to move-in without approval, etc) are subject to a $150/night charge to their student account for all parties involved. 
  • If you need access to storage left on campus in the Spring, please email to coordinate pickup during move-in. Information will also go out after move-in about ‘storage out’ time slots for claiming belongings.
For all move-in options, please review the following guidelines:
  • Students will be limited to two helpers from their household for moving in and dropping off items.
  • Student and helpers will be required to wear facial coverings during move-in.
  • There will not be a move crew to assist upon arrival, so the student and their helpers will have to move all of their belongings.
  • We discourage bringing large furniture or more belongings than can be moved by self should they have to leave campus again, and to limit the number of trips/helpers needed.
  • Please check out this information (or search 'What to Bring' on any Gustavus web page) to help you. Residence Hall rooms all contain the following furniture (which cannot be removed): Bed (frame & mattress), Desk & Desk Chair, Closet/Wardrobe & Dresser, Window Covering (Drapes or Blinds). As a reminder, no candles, hot plates, or lofts other than those purchased through Review our policies page for a full list of policies.
  • Communal vacuums will not be available during this academic year - consider bringing your own personal cleaning supplies for your room (public areas will receive regular cleaning services).
  • Order from (the only lofts approved for use in Residence Halls, but they also offer microwave/fridge rentals and futon purchases). Orders need to be placed by August 27 for pick up during move-in (August 30 8am-12pm and August 31 8am-2pm). 
  • Linen and decor packages are available from OCM - order by August 19 for home delivery before move-in!

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