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Fall Move-In Guide for First Year Students

We've prepared this page to give new first year students important information before you arrive on campus for your move-in. Please read this page carefully to ensure a smooth experience on Move-In Day. Most questions can be answered by reading this guide.

Dates to Remember

Mid-July: Room assignments and move-in time slots e-mailed to first year students.

Late July / Early August: shipping information packets and Move-in Pass mailed to your permanent address.

August 21: Move-In Day for new first year students.

Interactive Campus Map

This map can help you plan your arrival and be your virtual guide as you explore campus. The map includes Move-In Day traffic routes, unloading areas, building locations, campus service locations and more. You can get to the map by visiting

  • 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 save your move-in pass. It will be sent to your home address and you will need it to move-in and park on campus. Move-in time slots cannot be changed.
  • Download the Tulane Orientation App for important Orientation and Fall Welcome information. Download it for iOS from the App Store or Android from the Google Play Store. The app will be available starting on July 15.

Mail Services will mail a shipping information packet to first year students' permanent address in late July - early August with specific information about how to ship boxes to campus. First year students who follow the shipping instructions and have boxes arrive on campus between August 1 - August 14 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 will have their linens delivered to their room before Move-In Day with their other packages.

Ship to campus before August 14:

  • Twin XL sheets (Twin sheets for students in Sharp Hall)
    • Linens ordered from OCM will be delivered to student rooms with other packages
  • Towels
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Clothing
  • Hangers and organizers
  • Storage bins
  • Medium or small-sized TV
  • Computer
  • Single-bulb lamps (LED bulbs are preferred)
  • Small air purifier (for students with allergies)
  • 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.


Move-In Day for new first year students is August 21, 2019.

To ensure that your move-in runs smoothly and efficiently, we assign each student a specific time slot between 8am and 6pm to check-in and drop off their belongings. During this time, students proceed to an orderly queue located at their building’s designated drop-off location. 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 » Bring your printed move-in pass and a photo ID or Splash Card with you to campus. We will send your move-in pass as a postcard in the mail to your home address. If you lose your move-in pass or do not get it before heading to New Orleans you will pick up your pass from an Information Tent on Move-In Day. If you don’t have a Splash Card, you can either pick it up at your hall check-in desk or have one printed in the LBC. If you need to visit campus before your time slot, you may park in the Claiborne Avenue Lot and take the shuttle to campus.

STEP 2 » Head to campus using the directions in this move-in guide and the interactive campus map. Display your move-in pass on the dashboard of your vehicle. Tulane Police will admit you once your time slot has begun. You will only be able to enter the queue with a vehicle once during your time slot.

STEP 3 » Arrive at the unloading area for your hall. We will label your belongings and put them in a cart. TU Move Krewe volunteers will help you make sure your belongings get to your room while you check in. Once your belongings are out of your vehicle, please move the vehicle to the Diboll Parking Complex.

STEP 4 » Check in to your room by picking up your room key or coding your Splash Card at the check-in station inside the building lobby.

STEP 5 » Pick up any mail delivered to campus by visiting the location described in your e-mail confirmation from Mail Services. 

STEP 6 » Unpack your belongings and set up your room — Please take trash and recycling to the designated areas outside of your building.

Arriving via Car Service (Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc)

Many families will choose to take a car service from their hotel to campus on Move-In Day. To prevent your driver from entering an unloading queue for your building we have designated a drop-off area for car service drivers:

STEP 1 » Set your drop off location to "Law Rd, New Orleans, LA." Law Road is a one-way street that intersects St. Charles Avenue at the entrance to Tulane University. 

STEP 2 » You will see Tulane University staff directing traffic to the "Car Service Drop Off" area, your driver should follow the direction of staff and proceed to the unloading queue.

STEP 3 » Staff volunteers will assist you with unloading your belongings from the vehicle and taking you to your residence hall to check-in. You will be dropped off at the end of the unloading queue for your building and will be met by additional volunteers to help you bring your items to your room.

Arriving After 6 PM

If you arrive after 6 PM you should park near your building with your move-in pass displayed and visit your check-in location to be let into your room by a Resident Advisor. You will receive permanent room access on the next day by visiting the Housing and Residence Life Office in Irby Hall between 8:30 AM and 5 PM.

Campus Shuttles

Tulane Shuttles & Transportation will run a shuttle from the Claiborne and Diboll parking lots to the center of campus between 8 AM and 6 PM. They will also operate a shuttle to local shopping malls, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond between 10 AM and 5:30 PM. This shuttle will pick-up from the shuttle stop outside the Diboll Complex between Diboll and the Reily Center and will run about every thirty minutes.

Directions to Check-In Locations

Students and their families should enter campus via the routes listed below to unload their belongings and check-in to their residence hall room. You can also find an outline of these directions on the Tulane Interactive Campus Map. Please display your move-in pass on the dashboard of your vehicle to enter the queue for your hall. Should you require long-term parking once you have dropped off your belongings, park in the Diboll Complex or Claiborne Avenue lot with your move-in pass displayed. Click the hall name below to see the each building’s move-in route on our interactive campus map.

Butler Enter campus from Broadway Street via Claiborne Avenue or St. Charles Avenue. Turn onto Willow Street and meet TUPD to enter the queue.
Josephine Louise Enter campus on Broadway Street via Claiborne Avenue or St. Charles Avenue. Meet TUPD on Broadway Street to enter the queue.
Monroe Enter campus from State Street via Claiborne Avenue or Charles Avenue. Turn onto Freret Street and meet TUPD to enter the queue.
Paterson Enter campus from Calhoun Street via Claiborne Avenue or from Palmer Avenue via St. Charles Avenue. Turn onto Willow Street and meet TUPD to enter the queue.
Sharp Enter campus from Broadway Street via Claiborne Avenue or St. Charles Avenue. Turn onto Willow Street and meet TUPD to enter the queue.
Wall Enter campus from Calhoun Street via Claiborne Avenue or from Palmer Avenue via St. Charles Avenue. Turn onto Willow Street and meet TUPD to enter the queue.
Warren Enter campus from Broadway Street via Claiborne Avenue or St. Charles Avenue. Turn onto Willow Street and turn right on Newcomb Place to reach the unloading area.



Can I come to campus before my time slot begins?

Yes, you may drive to the Claiborne Avenue parking lot and take a shuttle to campus before you check in to your hall. You must check in during your time slot.

Can I change my time slot?

Time slots are created based on a variety of factors including room location, building features and students moving into your area. Time slots are created to help manage traffic and ensure that all students have a positive Move-In Day experience. Time slots cannot be changed. 

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. First-year students cannot check in until 8/21.

Where can I find information about my room?

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