Fall 2021 Move-In Guide

We've prepared this page to give students important information to guide you as you arrive on campus for your move-in day. Please read this page carefully, most questions can be answered by reading this guide.

Dates to Remember

August 15 - 18: Move-in days for new students

August 19 - 21: Move-in days for returning students

August 23: First day of classes

  • Read the Code of Student Conduct and become familiar with rules and regulations at Tulane University.
  • Review the Housing and Residence Life Community Living Standards. All students living in the residence halls are expected to read and follow these standards.
  • Make sure any packages you’re having delivered to campus follow the guidelines from Mail Services
  • Get in touch with your roommate(s) and start coordinating items you may want to share and bring for your room. KEEP IN MIND: The shared space in your room can only fit so many belongings!
  • Plan to ship only what you need for the first few weeks on campus. You can always pick up additional items when you arrive in New Orleans.
  • Check your Tulane e-mail consistently for important information regarding move-in day.

To ensure that your move-in runs smoothly and efficiently, we have alotted each student a 30-minute time slot between 8am and 6pm to check-in before they drop off their belongings.  Check-in time slots cannot be changed, but you can check-in any time after your time slot has begun. Please refer to the following section for step-by-step instructions.


STEP 1 » Before heading to campus, make sure you have your time slot confirmation email with the QR code. We will send this confirmation to your Tulane e-mail address multiple times. We suggest taking a screen shot of your time slot and code so you can easily access it when you check-in. Please do not arrive before your time slot, you will not be able to check-in. View an overview of the check-in traffic queue here.

STEP 2 » Plan to arrive on-campus via S. Claiborne Avenue during your 30-minute time slot. Use the address 2900 Ben Weiner Drive if using navigation software. all vehicles will enter the traffic queue at the intersection of Versailles Blvd. and S. Claiborne Avenue. If you plan to arrive via taxi or rideshare service, use the same address to arrange your ride. You will use the same route as other vehicles to check-in. Please follow the direction of the New Orleans Police Department officers when you arrive for check-in.

STEP 3 » Once in the check-in queue on Ben Weiner Drive, you will proceed to the check-in tent at the intersection of Ben Weiner Drive and Janet Yulman Way. Housing & Residence Life staff will verify that you have arrived during your time slot and scan your check-in code to check you in to your residence hall room. Once you've been checked-in, you will be given your check-in packet. This packet contains:

  • Your Splash Card (new students only).
    • New students living in a building with an electronic lock will already have access added to their Splash Card.
    • Returning students must visit their 24-hour front desk to receive access on their Splash Card.
  • Your room key (if applicable).
  • Helpful information about living in the residence halls.
  • Move-in parking pass

STEP 4 » Once you have checked-in and received your check-in packet, you should park in the Diboll parking structure and display your move-in parking pass on your dashboard. You will unload your belongings here and proceed to your residence hall. If you have questions or need assistance with your belongings, you can visit the Housing & Residence Life tent on Brown Field, adjacent to the Diboll parking structure. There will be staff and equipment available to assist you in this location.

STEP 5 » Once at your residence hall you may proceed to your room. Returning students who use an electronic lock to access their room must visit their 24-hour desk to have access added to their Splash Card. If you have lost your Splash Card, you may check out a temporary access card from your front desk.

STEP 6 » Pick up any mail delivered to campus by visiting the location described in your e-mail confirmation from Mail Services. 

STEP 7 » Unpack your belongings and set up your room — Please take trash and recycling to the designated areas outside of your building.

STEP 8 » Please move your vehicle from the Diboll parking structure by the end of the day on your move-in day. This will provide space for other students to park in the Diboll parking structure for their move-in day.

Arriving After 6 PM

If you arrive after 6 PM you should visit the Housing & Residence Life office in Irby Hall at 27 McAlister Drive and call the phone number posted on the office door if the office is closed. A staff member will meet you at the office to check you in and give you your check-in packet. If you need to troubleshoot electronic access on your Splash ID, you may need to visit your 24-hour desk the next day.

Parking after check-in

Need to leave the Diboll parking complex and return to campus? Exit the Diboll parking structure and drive in the opposite direction of the check-in queue, toward Willow Street. When returning to campus, you may re-enter campus via Willow Street and show your move-in parking pass to the security officer at the intersection of Willow Street and Ben Weiner Drive. You may then proceed to park in the Diboll parking structure. This is only an option on your move-in day. If you need parking before or after your move-in day you will need to find street parking close to campus.

Interactive Campus Map

This map can help you plan your arrival and be your virtual guide as you explore campus.


Can I come to campus before my time slot begins?

There will be limited parking available in the Claiborne Avenue Lot for students who need to be on campus before their time slot.

Do I need to move-in within my 30-minute time slot?

No. The 30-minute time slot is for the check-in portion of your move-in only.

Can I change my time slot?

Time slot information has been shared with campus partners and vendors to print your check-in packet, deliver packages to your room, and make sure your room is ready for your arrival. We cannot make any changes to your time slot.

Where do I put my suitcases?

All of your personal items need to be stored in your room, stored with a storage vendor, or sent back home.

Can I drop off my stuff early and check in later?

No. Once you've received access to your room you need to be checked in. Please wait to check-in and visit your room until your designated move-in day and time slot.

Where can I find information about my room?

Room and furniture dimensions, photos, and more can be found on the Our Communities page.