Move In/Move Out




We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus in just a few weeks!  Listed below are some general reminders. If you are a summer resident staying for the fall semester, please disregard the check-in instructions below as a separate communication on summer transitions will be sent out soon. 

Welcome Week

Both new and returning students are welcome to participate in any and all activities!

Residence Hall Check-In

New resident check-in is Monday, August 14th | 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  We will pause all Move-in activities at 3pm to allow all of you to gather in Gunsaulus Field. Move-in will resume after Convocation. Please report directly to your residence hall for check-in. First Year residents will be required to sign up for a move-in time slot.

Returning residents may begin to move in on Thursday, August 17th at 9:00 a.m. Please report directly to your residence hall for check-in. 

Consult the Move-In Guide (coming soon!) for specific move-in instructions. Returning students  may move in at any time, but we do encourage you to arrive to campus between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Please check your Housing Portal for room and roommate information. 

Steps for a Successful Move-In

Step 1: Arrive to campus!

The campus street address is 3300 S Federal St, Chicago, IL, 60616. If you’re driving, complementary parking is available in Lots A3, D1, and D2.  Other lots will be designated as 30 minute loading and unloading zones. Here is a campus parking map, for reference.

Step 2: Locate your residence hall!  

Step 3: Check in! 

Remember to bring your HawkID. If you are a new student, we will have your HawkID at the check in table. Don’t forget to upload your photo here. Your Resident Advisor or staff volunteer will be here to greet you, check you in, help answer questions about move-in and getting acquainted with the residence halls and campus!

Step 4: Move in!

Our staff and student volunteers will be welcoming all students and assisting families in any way they can. Find these community members wearing a volunteer t-shirt. Moving carts will also be available for your use at each of our Community Desks.  Move-in volunteers will be available on August 14th - August 18th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Step 5: First Year Students

Attend Convocation at 4:00pm! Check-in will not take place during Convocation.  

Step 6: Attend your first Community Meeting!

These will be held on individual floors at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14th and again on Sunday, August 20th at 9:00pm. This will be a great time to get to know your neighbors and your Resident Advisor.

Early Arrivals

We understand that you may need to arrive before the official move-in day. We will accommodate early arrivals starting Friday, August 11th. Please submit the Early Arrival form if needed. If you need an earlier accommodation due to travel arrangements or participation in an athletic program, please reach out to Please know that you may be assigned to a temporary space if your fall assignment is not ready upon your arrival.

Late Arrivals

We understand that you may not have plans to arrive during Welcome Week. Students arriving after Monday, August 21st should complete the Late Arrival Form.

What to Bring/Pack

In case you are still scrambling to pack things up to get ready to move, please read through our What to Bring and What Not to Bring list. 

For your convenience, we have partnered with powered by Dormify to provide an easy, affordable way to purchase Twin XL bedding, dorm storage solutions, and everything else you'll need (and want) for your new home away from home. Please visit to get move-in day ready and create your dream dorm!

Move Out

Summer Storage Information

Campus Storage is the Office of Residence Life's preferred summer storage vendor for students. We work with Campus Storage to provide a seamless and stress-free storage option for your personal items over the summer term.  

Sign up online and use code IIT30 for 30% off for the first month of storage!

How it works

  • Select a date for in-room pick-up of your belongings
  • Campus Storage will provide and ship all packing materials ordered (ex. boxes, tape, bubble wrap).
  • Don't worry about hurting your back, professional movers will do the heavy lifting of your item from your room to the storage facility.
  • Campus Storage stores your belongings in climate controlled storage facilities through the duration of summer.
  • All items are delivered to your new residence location in the Fall semester.