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Fall Move-In Guide

We've prepared this page to provide general information about move-in. Students can access their customized Move-in Guide and Check-in Pass by logging-in to the Housing Portal and selecting the Move-in Guide button on the home page.

Dates to Remember

August 15 - 17: Move-in days for new students

August 18 - 20: Move-in days for returning students

August 22: 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. 
  • View your room assignment and roommate(s) by logging-in to your student account via Gibson Online and opening the Housing Portal.
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to print your move-in pass. Move-in time slots cannot be changed.

Mail Services sent a shipping information packet to students in July with specific information about how to ship boxes to campus. Students who follow the shipping instructions and have boxes arrive on campus between July 13 - 29 will have their packages delivered directly to their assigned residence hall room before Move-In Day. Students are encouraged to ship items to campus and reduce the amount of items they bring with them on Move-In Day. Students who purchase linen packages and other items through USS will have their items delivered to their room before Move-In Day with their other packages.

Ship to campus:

  • Twin XL sheets (Twin sheets for some students in Sharp Hall)
  • Towels
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Clothing
  • Hangers and organizers
  • Storage bins
  • Medium or small-sized TV
  • Computer
  • Single-bulb lamps (LED bulbs are preferred)
  • Shower footwear and caddy
  • Dishes and utensils
  • Flashlight

Bring with you on Move-In Day:

  • Clothing you'll wear while traveling to New Orleans
  • Medications and toiletries you need for your trip
  • Valuables that cannot be shipped

Buy after Move-In Day:

  • Liquids and gels like laundry detergent and cleaning supplies (these items don't ship well)
  • Room decor (you'll have a better understanding of what you need after you move-in)
  • Toiletries and household items
  • Cleaning supplies 

Anything that could be considered a safety concern, could cause facility damage, interferes with fire safety systems or may be disruptive to other students should not be brought to campus. Students found with prohibited items will be required to dispose of the item and may be subject to disciplinary action through the student conduct process.

KEEP IN MIND >> The average room size in first year halls is 12ft x 15ft for two people. Plan to ship only what you need for move-in and pick up additional items after move-in day. Coordinate with your roommate(s) before you ship items to prevent duplicate items. Remember that University furniture cannot be removed from your room.


To ensure that your move-in runs smoothly and efficiently, we assign each student a specific time slot between 8am and 4pm to check-in and drop off their belongings. During this time, students proceed to an orderly queue on Ben Weiner Drive. Move-in time slots cannot be changed, but you can move-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 printed your check-in pass with your check-in QR code. You can download your Move-in Guide with your check-in pass in the Housing Portal.

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)
  • Your room key (if applicable)

STEP 4 » Once you have checked-in and received your check-in packet, you should park in the Diboll parking structure and display your check-in  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 via Car Service (Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc)

Follow the same instructions above if you plan to arrive via a car service. Make sure to tell your driver to not drop you off until you're close to the intersection of Janet Yulman Way and Ben Weiner Drive.

Arriving After 5 PM

If you arrive after 5 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.

Campus Shuttles

Tulane Shuttles & Transportation will run an on-demand shuttle to local shopping malls, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond between 10 AM and 5:30 PM. Please call Tulane University Shuttles & Transportation to request a ride at (504) 314-7433.

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



Can I come to campus before my time slot begins?

If you must be on campus before your time slot begins, please park on a street adjacent to campus and walk to your destination.

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.

Does my time slot change if my room assignment changes?

No. You will use your same move-in pass and move in during the time slot on that pass.

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.