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Spring Move-In

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We've prepared this page to give you important information before your arrival 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 page.

Important Dates:

January 6: Move-in day for active sorority members participating in Recruitment 
January 9: Move-in day for potential new members participating in Panehellenic Council Recruitment
January 13: Move-in day for Spring Scholars not participating in Recruitment 
January 14-15: Move-in days for returning students 
January 17: First day of classes


This includes students who are coming to Tulane University for the first time.

Before You Arrive

  • Refer to the complete Spring New Student Checklist for the most complete information for new students.
  • Make sure you have completed your housing application and have received a housing assignment. Your housing assignment e-mail will include information about your room assignment and roommate(s).
  • Check out the Housing & Residence Life Community Living Standards and the Tulane University Code of Student Conduct before you arrive, you are responsible for knowing these policies and procedures as a student living on campus.
  • Review your personalized Move-In Guide on your Housing Portal. In addition to other information this guide contains your check-in time slot. This check-in time slot reflects the day and time you will check-in on-campus. This is the 30 minute window when you should plan to check-in and get access to your room. You can start moving-in to your room after you check-in. 
  • Make sure any packages you’re having delivered to campus follow the guidelines from Mail Services. More information about packages can be found in the Packing & Shipping section of this page.
  • Keep checking your University e-mail account. This is where we will send important information while you live with us.

Packing & Shipping

We strongly encourage you to ship items to campus before move-in day so that we can deliver your shipped items to your room ahead of your arrival on campus.

Mail Services will send a shipping information packet to you with specific information about how to ship boxes to campus.

Students who follow the shipping instructions and have boxes arrive on campus between December 6 and January 2 will have their packages delivered directly to their assigned residence hall room before Move-In Day. On your move-in day, you will be arriving to a central location on campus and will carry the items you brought with you to your building. We highly encourage shipping belongings and purchases to campus ahead of move-in.

You should not wait to receive your room assignment before sending packages to campus. Tulane University Mail Services will add your room assignment to your packages after they arrive on-campus.

Students are responsible for the cost of shipping packages to campus and the University will deliver packages at no additional cost, up to 6 boxes. Students who ship more than 6 boxes will be charged $10 per box to deliver each additional box. Items purchased through our partnership with Dormify will not count against the 6 box limit.

To provide this service, some items will not be accepted for in-room delivery and must be purchased locally or purchased after you move-in.

Please follow these guidelines when shipping packages for in-room delivery:

  • Packages must be in 20” x 20” x 20” box or smaller.
  • Packages must not weigh more than 45lbs.
  • Furniture, rugs larger than 5’, and appliances will not be accepted.
  • Items that are prohibited in the residence halls will not be accepted.

Packages that do not meet these guidelines will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender’s address.

Ship to arrive on campus before December 31:

  • Bedding (See your residence hall web page for bed size)
  • 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
  • Surge-protected power strip

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.

Move-in Day Step-by-Step

To ensure that your move-in runs smoothly and efficiently, we have allotted each student a 30-minute time slot between 10am and 2pm to check-in before they drop off their belongings.  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 read your Move-In guide and confirmed your timeslot. You will need to print your move-in parking pass. We will send this confirmation to your Tulane e-mail address. Please do not arrive before your time slot, you will not be able to check-in. 

STEP 2 » Plan to arrive on-campus via S. Claiborne Avenue during your 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 rides hare service, use the same address to arrange your ride. You will use the same route as other vehicles to check-in.

STEP 3 » Once in the check-in queue on Ben Weiner Drive, you will proceed to the check-in tent. Housing & Residence Life staff will verify that you have arrived during your time slot , check you in, and direct you to park in the Diboll parking structure. Once you've been checked-in, you will be given your check-in packet. This packet contains:

  • Your Splash Card.
    • New students living in a building with an electronic lock will already have access added to their Splash Card.
  • Your room key (if applicable).
  • Helpful information about living in the residence halls.

STEP 4 » Once you have parked in the Diboll parking structure you may proceed to the move-in bin check out area on Brown Field, adjacent to the parking structure elevators. This area will have bins and carts to help you bring personal items to your residence hall. You may now begin to unload any belongings you brought to campus. Please display your move-in parking pass on your dashboard if you’ve parked in the Diboll parking complex.

STEP 5 » Bring your belongings to your residence hall and head to your room.
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 2 PM
If you arrive after 2 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 should re-enter campus at S. Claiborne avenue (the same way you did for check-in).  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.


This includes any student who lived on campus in the fall semester or who has previously lived in the residence halls.

Check-in information

  • Returning students will not need to select a time slot for their return to campus.
  • Students returning to a different room for the spring semester should follow the room change instructions they received via e-mail.
  • When you arrive on campus you will need to complete the Self Check-In process by scanning a QR code and submitting a form in the Housing Portal. You will not be able to access your residence hall until you check-in. You will not be permitted to check-in until your approved check-in day.
  • Keep checking your University e-mail account. This is where we will send important information while you live with us.

Packing & Shipping
Students returning to campus after the fall semester should continue to use their on-campus mailing address and mailbox code to send items to campus. Packages and letter mail will be available for pickup at the mail services location indicated in the package e-mail from Mail Services.

Students who used USS for storage over winter break or previously will have their items delivered to their room before they arrive on-campus. Please confirm your on campus delivery directly with USS.

Students continuing to live on campus from the Fall semester will not be able to ship any items to be delivered directly to their rooms.

Move-in Day Step-by-Step

To ensure a safe and efficient move-in process for new students, we ask that returning students avoid entering campus via S. Claiborne Avenue if approved to arrive before returning student move-in day).

STEP 1 » Enter campus via Willow St. (new students will be checking-in via S. Claiborne Ave.). If you need to park on campus, please use a marked parking spot. If arriving via car service, please use the designated unloading area near PJ’s Coffee on Willow St. and encourage the driver to not park on Willow St. blocking traffic. Residential permit holders may park on the 5th and 6th floor of the Diboll parking structure.

STEP 2 » When you get to your residence hall, please scan the code posted near the building entrance and complete the Self Check-in form. This will let us know that you have arrived so we can give you access to your residence hall. Do not attempt to check-in before your approved check-in date, you will not be permitted to check-in.You may need to wait 60 seconds for access to be activated on your card. You must scan the self check in code even if you live in an area with an external entrance. 

STEP 3 » Bring any belongings to your room and get settled. Welcome back!