Move-in Schedule: Fall 2020 Wabash Building and University Center

UC = University Center
WB = Wabash Building

Date Population
Wednesday, August 19th
(Wabash move-in only)
New Freshman,
International students,
Transfer Students
Thursday, August 20th
(Wabash move-in only)
CCPA New Freshman,
International students,
Transfer students
Friday, August 21st
(Both UC and WB)
CCPA New Freshman,
International students,
Transfer students
Saturday, August 22nd
(Both UC and WB)
New Freshman,
International students,
Transfer students
Sunday, August 23rd
(Both UC and WB)
New Freshman,
International students,
Transfer students
Thursday, August 27th
(Both UC and WB)
Returning Grad,
Returning Undergrad
Friday, August 28th
(Both UC and WB)
Returning Grad,
Returning Undergrad
Saturday, August 29th
(Both UC and WB)
Returning Grad,
Returning Undergrad
Sunday, August 30th
(Both UC and WB)
Returning Grad,
Returning Undergrad

Wabash Building Residents

Wabash Building

The Wabash Building is located at 425 South Wabash Avenue between Van Buren and Congress. Wabash Avenue is a one-way street going southbound. We encourage you to approach Wabash North of Van Buren so that we can avoid congestion on the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Check-In Process

To ensure social distancing guidelines are followed during the move-in process, the following steps and guidelines must be followed.

  • Residents will have to complete the Move-In requirements prior to moving into the residence hall. Move-In requirements include;
    1. Signing the Health & Wellness Standards Agreement,
    2. Take a COVID19 test. The results of the test have to be dated within 5 days of the resident’s move-in day. The test has to show the resident has tested negative for COVID19. Provide those test results to the Office of Residence Life by uploading them to the housing portal.
    3. Signing up for a Move-In day appointment (all through the housing portal).
  • If any of these steps are not completed prior to the resident moving in, they will NOT be allowed to receive their room key.
  • Residents may only move-in during their move-in appointment. Not earlier or later. If residents arrive before or after their move-in appointment, there will be a wait time in order for them to be allowed to move-in and in some cases, residents may not be allowed to move-in at all.
  • Residents must sign up for a move-in appointment no later than 72 hours prior to their populations’ designated move-in days.
  • Residents who do not sign up for a move-in appointment will be issued a move-in appointment.
  • Residents will be allowed to have up to two (2) guests with them during their move-in appointment. Guests will only be allowed to visit for up to two (2) hours.
  • Outside of the move-in period, no guests will be allowed in the Wabash building until Monday, August 31st, 2020.
  • Wabash Avenue (right in front of the Wabash building) will be reserved for residents and their guests moving in. Only residents with move-in appointments on that specific day will be allowed access to the front of the Wabash building to unload belongings.
  • Parking in front of the Wabash building will be limited to 15 minutes to unload. After unloading is complete, guests must move their vehicles to long term parking. Guests may not leave their vehicles unattended. Long term parking will not be provided.
  • Large cardboard boxes on wheels (called Speed Packs) will be provided to residents to help them move in their belongings. Speed Packs will only be available for a 1 hour period.
  • All residents and guests moving in will be required to wear a face mask.
  • All staff members will be required to wear a face mask.
  • Key distribution will take place outside of the Wabash front entrance, under a canopy, to allow for plenty of air circulation. In the event of a rainy day, key distribution will be moved to the inside of the Wabash lobby.
  • The check in process has been revamped so that students receive no paper forms and the only item given to the student will be their key.
  • Key’s will be in sealed envelopes to avoid staff touching the keys prior to handing the key to the resident.
  • Residents must bring their University ID with them and present it at the check-in station. Residents who do not have a University ID card, will be sent to the Office of the Registrar prior to receiving their key to be issued a University ID card.
  • After residents have checked-in and received their key, and after unloading their belongings, they will enter the Wabash building with their guest(s). Inside the Wabash lobby, their temperature as well as their guest’s temperature will be taken by Campus Safety.
  • Residents and guests with a higher than normal body temperature will not be allowed access into the Wabash building. If it is determined that a resident has a fever, they will have two options; they are able to go back home or they will have to enter into a Quarantine/Isolation room in the residence hall. The guest(s) will not be able to accompany the resident into the isolation room.

Other important considerations

  • All early arrival athletes will move into Wabash building. If there are early arrival athletes whose Academic Year assignment is at University Center, they will move into a temporary space and transfer to the University Center on Friday, August 21st.
  • If resident guests are a part of high risk populations for contracting COVID19 we ask that you consider the risks associated with attending move-in.
  • There will only be 5 residents (with up to two guests each) moving in per hour and about 5 staff members that residents/guests will have to interact with during the move-in process.


Every student living in the Wabash building has their own mailbox. Mailbox number and combination will be emailed to the student at their Roosevelt email account soon after moving in. Students can receive packages at the Wabash Building no earlier than 1 week prior to their move-in date. To retrieve packages sent to Roosevelt upon arriving at campus, students should visit the Mail room, located on the 1st floor of the Auditorium building, in the lobby. Students living at the University Center may receive packages no earlier than 48 hours prior to their move-in day. The address is 425 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

Meal Plans

Meal plans for the Fall 2020 semester will be active on the day you move-in. Students will be able to utilize their meal plan in the McCormick Dining Center, located on the 2nd floor by presenting their University ID card when purchasing food items in the Dining Center.


University Center is located at 525 South State Street.

Unloading Instructions

At their designated appointment time, residents pull up via Ida B Wells Drive into Holden Court directly behind University Center to unload their belongings. Be sure to have someone stay with your vehicle at all times. Immediately after unloading, your vehicle must be moved to a nearby parking lot. Parking is not offered by the University Center as we are an urban campus. However, there are many parking lots and garages in the immediate area. Smart phone apps like Best Parking and Spot Hero are helpful in finding the best rates in the area. Prices will vary between parking options.

Speed Packs

University Center provides giant cardboard boxes on wheels called Speed Packs. Speed Packs make your unloading process easy and efficient. They eliminate the need to carry your belongings. Most students can transport all of their belongings to their room in one to two trips.A school or state ID will need to be provided during use.

Check-In Process

Check-in is conducted on the second floor of University Center. Students receive a University Center ID, Bedroom/Closet key, Room Condition Report (RCR) instructions, mailbox combination, and meal plan information.

Orientation Information

For questions about International Student Orientation, please contact Dawn Hougland, at

For questions about New Student Orientation, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at

What To Bring

Moving into the residence hall can be a stressful experience, when trying to determine what to bring, what not to bring, and what is provided. We advise reviewing our lists below for guidance. If you forget anything important, there are a number of stores within walking distance that include Walgreens, Target, Jewel Osco (grocery), Macy's, Old Navy, Nordstrom Outlet, Sears, and TJ Maxx!

Are you living in the UC? Then check-out their website for instructions on what to bring, packing advice, move-in directions, and resident handbook with all the policies and procedures.

Wabash Building


  • Face masks
  • Cleaning products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Computer/laptop
  • Alarm clock
  • Iron, ironing board and clothes hangers
  • Laundry detergent and laundry basket or bag
  • Linens/blankets and pillows (beds use extra-long twin sheets)
  • Toiletries and any needed pharmaceutical supplies
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Wastebasket
  • Microfridge

Other Considerations

  • Room decorations to make your place feel like home
  • 3M Command Strips
  • School supplies
  • Headphones
  • Television
  • Flashlight
  • Hair dryer

Prohibited Items

In order to maintain a safe and inclusive living and learning environment in the residence halls, the following items are prohibited within the Wabash Building Residential Community:

  • Unapproved pets (with the exception of fish in tanks not to exceed 10 gallons).
  • “Daisy chains" made up of power strips and/or extension cords.
  • Candles, incense, and wax warmers.
  • Lava lamps.
  • Appliances of any kind that emit an open flame or include an open heating element. This includes, but is not limited to, coffee makers (with a heating element), hot pots, hot plates, deep fryers, toasters, toaster ovens, open heating coils, and rice cookers.
  • Electrical heating appliances, such as space heaters, and portable air conditioning units.
  • Refrigerators greater than 6 cubic feet.
  • Bed risers of any kind are not allowed.
  • Free weights of any kind are not allowed.
  • Any illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or drugs not prescribed to the resident.
  • Firearms or weapons of any kind, including replicas or facsimiles. This includes, but is not limited to, pellet guns, paint guns, slingshots, airsoft guns, swords, foils, or archery equipment.
  • Explosives, chemicals, or highly combustible materials. These include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, gasoline, vehicle batteries and/or unauthorized pesticides.
  • Martial arts weapons and such potentially dangerous sporting equipment.
  • Bicycles (must be stored in the bike room on the 1st floor of the Wabash Building).
  • “Hover boards” and any motorized transportation devices.
  • Alcohol apparatuses with an intended use of excessive consumption and/or high risk drinking (i.e. kegs, etc).
  • Shot glasses, wine glasses, and any items with the intended use of consuming alcohol, by persons under 21 years of age.
  • Alcohol, by persons under 21 years of age.
  • E-cigarettes, "vaping" devices, and their respective accessories.
  • Any items which are prohibited under federal, state, or local laws.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at or 312-341-2005.

Furniture Provided

Remember, it is possible your room/suite is to be shared with another person and their belongings. Please pack accordingly. Talk with future roommates and decide which shared items each person will be bringing.