Move-In Day

Move-In Day

Move-In Day

Welcome to Our Cal U Community

New students:
Thursday, August 19th
Last name: A - M,  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Last name: N-Z, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Returning students:
Saturday, August 21st
Last name: A - M 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Last name: N - Z, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

All residence hall students are required to preregister for a move-in date and time

University Housing looks forward to welcoming new and returning students for Spring 2021. Based on state and federal guidelines, the residence hall move-in plans intend to promote social distancing and better ensure the safety of the California University family and friends. We appreciate your cooperation during these unprecedented times.

To mitigate risk for everyone on campus, testing for COVID-19 is required for all student-athletes and all students living in on-campus residence halls.

Hall Check-in (for ALL DAYS)

All students will pick up their room key at the Convocation Center AFTER COVID TESTING is COMPLETE

  • Students should report to the convocation center* at their designated move-in time for testing and hall check-in (parents/guests may park in the River Lot or in an area close to the students assigned hall);
  • After testing, students will receive a wristband to present at the housing check-in table and pick up their room key

Move-in Guidelines


  1. Preregistration is required for all move-in
  2. Only TWO guests are permitted, in addition to the student
  3. Two-hour move-in window only—family/helpers must leave hall after 2-hour slot ends
  5. You must contact University Housing in advance to request to change your registration time
  6. The daily check-in schedule is: January 21 & 22, 9 am – 7 pm; January 23, 9 am – 1 pm (last sign-up at 11 am).


Safety/Social Distancing

  1. Masks and social distancing are required while on campus/residence halls
  2. Students/families are encouraged to bring personal moving equipment (dollies, carts, etc.)
  3. One family unit per elevator
  4. Elevators are for up use only (exceptions for ADA compliance)
  5. Use stairwells when going back to the first floor/outside
  6. If you or your family member are feeling ill on the scheduled move-in day, please stay home and contact the University Housing Office to reschedule
  7. The University volunteer helper program is suspended this year
  8. University Housing suggest students bring what they will need for the semester ONLY and avoid over packing- in the event of emergency campus/hall closing due to a resurgence of COVID-19



  1. Staff will be available to answer questions throughout the check-in process
  2. University Housing and residence hall staff will be on location and in halls to assist with maintenance issues
  3. If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact the University Housing office at 724-938-444, or

After You Move In

Once you get settled in your residence hall, you'll meet your community assistants, or CAs. These graduate or undergraduate students live on designated floors and serve as leaders and facilitators for resident students.

Community assistants help you understand and comply with University and residence hall rules, and they plan activities to help everyone make the most of the residence hall experience. CAs are available through an on-call system 24 hours a day. 

You'll get to know more about the Cal U community during Welcome Weekend. You will learn more about the resources available to you, and there will be plenty of fun activities that give you a chance to meet new friends. 

What to Pack for Life at Cal U

For most incoming students, getting ready to live on your own is a new experience. Whether you'll be sharing a room with a roommate or living alone, you may be wondering what to bring - and what to leave at home. Download and print our packing list to make sure you have all the essentials, and see what you need to leave at home.

Items prohibited in the residence halls include hoverboards; halogen lamps; electric heaters and air conditioners; hot plates and Foreman-style grills; candles, incense and potpourri burners; pets, other than fish in tanks smaller than 10 gallons; paintball guns, BB guns and other weapons; and, of course, alcohol and illegal drugs.

University Housing Team

Jackie Thorn
Facilities and Occupancy Manager
office: 724-938-4444 

Cody Deitz
Residence Hall Director | Johnson Hall | Smith Hall
office: 724-938-4271

Micah Reed
Residence Hall Director, Guesman Hall and Residence Hall E

University Housing
office: 724-938-4235

Becky Barnhart
Residence Hall Director Carter Hall
University Housing
office: 724-938-4204

Tammy Clark
Administrative Assistant
office: 724-938-4444