Residence Hall Opening & Closing

All students living in on-campus housing must follow the dates and procedures for residence hall openings and closings throughout the academic year. Students and their families should plan their arrivals and departures accordingly. Requests to arrive before the official opening or check out after official closings must be approved by the Housing and Residence Life offices.

The residence halls close for the following breaks during the academic year: Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break. During this time, students must leave the halls prior to the closing times.  Mail delivery and meal services are not available during breaks. After the halls close, no student may re-enter until the designated reopening day and time.

Fall 2019 Semester Opening Information 

Returning Student Check-In

Returning and Upper-class students assigned an on-campus room may return:

  • Thursday, August 22 between 10:00am and 6:00pm (Meal Plan available)
  • Friday, August 23 between 10:00am and 6:00pm (Meal Plan available)
  • Sunday, August 25 between 10:00am and 6:00pm (Meal Plan available)

Kutztown University appreciates your compliance with the following unloading and parking procedures for Move-In Week (Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25). Following these rules will improve the move-in experience for everyone.

New Student Check-In

Saturday, August 24, 2019
We are very excited for your arrival this Fall! First year and Transfer students should report to KU on Saturday, August 24 to receive keys and/or your KU card activation for your assigned residence hall. The information listed below (First Year Move-In Instructions) pertains to the formal check-in and move-in process. We request you review this information to ensure the move-in process is a smooth transition for new members of the KU family.

Fall 2019 Move-In Times

Fall Break 2019 Information

Residence halls close at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Residence halls reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Additional details will be sent to student e-mail accounts. 

Fall 2019 Semester Closing Information

The residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019.

All students are expected to check-out 24 hours after their last final. 

Additional details will be sent to student e-mail accounts. 

Spring 2020 Semester Opening Information

New and returning students will move in to their residence hall on Sunday, January 19, 2020 beginning at 1:00 pm. Classes begin, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 8:00am.

Additional details will be emailed to student e-mail accounts with the necessary information.

Spring Break 2020 Information

Residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Residence halls reopen at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Additional details will be sent to student e-mail accounts. 

Spring 2020 Semester Closing Information

The residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020.

All students are expected to check-out 24 hours after their last final. 

Additional details will be sent to student e-mail accounts. 

  • Before Moving-In Checklist (New Students)

    You will receive an email notification by mid-July informing you about:

    • Accessing your assignment and roommate information through Mykuhousing 
    • Meningitis compliance information
    • How to request a preferred first name
    • Check-in information details

    We recommend you complete the following tasks before checking-in to your residence hall. 


    If you have not met your roommate(s), send them an email through Mykuhousing and introduce yourself. Now is a good time to talk about your interests, your families, why you chose Kutztown, and what each of your plans to bring with you. This way, you won't duplicate items like TVs, game consoles, or DVD players.  

    If you are a new student it is imperative that you complete the meningitis compliance online.  Pennsylvania law requires universities that offer campus housing to maintain a file on resident students and their meningitis vaccine status.  This information must be on file with Health Administrative Services before a student can check into his/her room assignment.  Health Administrative Services will be sending new students a packet of information in the mail via the post office with instructions on how to complete. Please look for this important information which may already have been mailed to you and complete at least two weeks prior to your move-in date. Do not delay submitting this information as it will delay your check-in process.  If you did not receive this information, please contact the Health Administrative Services at 610-683-4082, option 2 & option 2 or click here.

    The AlcoholEdu program is a two-part program that is a requirement for all new Kutztown University students. Part 1 must be completed before classes begin. You will receive an email with instructions for how to log on to the course, which takes approximately three hours to complete (you can take breaks as you go along). You will need a computer with Internet access and audio capability to complete the program. Visit the Health Promotions website for additional information.

  • Returning Student Move-In Instructions
    1. During the week of Move-In, you may unload your vehicle near your residence hall for 20 minutes. Your 4-way flashers must be on and you may not park in or block handicap spaces, reserved spaces, walkways or roadways. The DMZ will not be open for unloading until Saturday, August 24th.
    2. Your 20 minutes begin as soon as you park for unloading. Immediately after unloading, all students must park in one of the following parking locations and in white-lined spaces only through Sunday, August 25th at 3:00pm: A4, A5 or B3 parking lots. This will allow both freshmen and upperclassmen who have yet to move in to have ample space near their residence hall to unload their belongings. (View the KU campus map here.)
    3. Keep in mind that security officers have been instructed to ticket vehicles that do not move their vehicles immediately after move-in or park in lots other than those listed above.  Athletes and student staff must also move their vehicles when finished moving in.
    4. If you have not already done so, register your vehicle via your MyKU student account and retrieve your permanent decal as soon as possible. Decals are available from the Transportation Office in Academic Forum during regular business hours everyday beginning August 1st.
    5. Please observe all instructions on temporary signage at the entrances to and within campus parking lots which provide parking regulations for move-in week. 
    6. Beginning on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00pm, you may move your vehicle from the north side of campus to the C lots or Fairgrounds, depending upon the parking assignment given to you when you register your vehicle. Classes begin on Monday, August 26th.
    7. Once you have retrieved your permanent parking decal, the temporary one issued to you upon registration is null and void. You must park only in your assigned lot(s). Parking Enforcement Officers will be checking all vehicles as soon as the semester begins.

    1. If family members or friends are helping you move in, they must abide by the regulations listed above and park for no longer that 20 minutes to unload their vehicles. Their 4-way flashers must be on and their vehicle(s) may not park in or block handicap spaces, reserved spaces, walkways or roadways.
    2. Once they have unloaded their vehicles, they may temporarily park in lots C3 or C5 on South Campus for their convenience. However, there is no overnight parking in these lots.
  • New Student Move-In Instructions

    New KU students Move-In Day Traffic Instructions:

    In an effort to make your move-in process as smooth as possible, we are requiring all traffic coming to campus for move-in to follow these directions.

    From U.S. Route 222, heading north or south, proceed to the Pa. Route 737/Krumsville exit and take 737 south toward Kutztown. Turn right onto Wentz St. and proceed to the Kutztown Fairgrounds, turning left into the entrance (at approximately 443 Wentz St.).  There, vehicles will be placed into chutes based on your designated time for move-in and released strategically to the residence hall move-in areas.

    At the Fairgrounds, there will also be move-in day volunteers to answer any questions you may have. Please do not forget to display your move-in cling tag (which you will receive via USPS in early August)  on your windshield, visible and facing outward as you approach the Fairgrounds lot.

    Please help us and your fellow classmates by using this route for move-in day - using any alternate routes may cause prolonged waiting for everyone coming to campus that day. Those entering campus for move-in day from alternate routes will be redirected to the Fairgrounds.

    When should I arrive on campus?
    Due to the large number of students arriving on campus on New Student Move-In Day, students are assigned a move-in time based on their residence. The chart below represents scheduled move-in times for all new students by residence hall. Please select your residence hall followed by your floor number (the first number of your room number). Then determine whether it an even or odd number to learn your move-in time. Since there is limited space to accommodate the many students who will be moving in, you must conform to the move-in time listed. Do not arrive early as you will not be granted access to your residence hall or drop-off area until your scheduled move-in time. 

    In the rare case that you cannot check in during your move-in time, please email Housing and Dining Services. We appreciate your compliance with these unloading and parking procedures. Following these rules will improve the move-in experience for everyone.

    How will I know where to go?
    All vehicles carrying new students will be required to display a Move-In Day cling tag. This cling tag allows you to drive on campus during your assigned move-in time. During the 2nd week in August, you will receive an envelope that contains your cling tag that will serve as your "ticket" to enter campus for the move-in process in the mail. Upon your arrival to campus, this cling tag must be placed on your windshield and be clearly displayed as you approach Fairgrounds parking lot with the Residence Hall abbreviation facing the front of your vehicle. Displaying it BEFORE you enter campus will aid in ensuring a smooth and efficient entry onto campus. Please do not lay it on your dashboard or hold it. Police and security officers will direct you to your designated unloading area based upon this cling tag. Due to heavy traffic on Move-In Day, families may bring only one vehicle at a time onto south campus.

    What if I have to bring more than one car to unload?
    Each student is allocated one Move-In Day parking permit. If you need to bring more than one vehicle to unload, the extra vehicle(s) should be parked in the long-term parking area on the north side of campus. Once the first vehicle has reached the designated parking area and is unloaded, the driver should move it to the long-term parking area and transfer the cling tag to the 2nd vehicle which will then be granted access to the designated unloading area. Shuttle buses are available to bring you back to the south side of campus when you are ready to return.

    What can I expect when I arrive on campus?
    Thousands of vehicles access campus on Move-In Day so please expect a high volume of traffic around the residence halls, observe all posted signs and follow the directions given to you when you arrive. You will NOT be able to pull your vehicle up to the door of your building. 

    What should I do with all of my stuff?
    Plan to unload your items onto the sidewalk or grassy area near your building and move your vehicle immediately to make room for other vehicles to unload. This process is limited to 20 minutes so other vehicles waiting to enter campus may be accommodated as quickly as possible. Someone should remain with your unloaded belongings at all times. Student volunteers will be available to assist with this process from 8:00am - 2:30pm.

    Where should I park my car after unloading?
    After you unload your vehicle, please move it to the north side of campus. (Follow the signs!) Shuttle buses are available to bring you back to the south side of campus.

    What else do I need to know?
    • DO NOT pull into and park in any area where your vehicle may obstruct other vehicles or vehicular movement. Failure to comply may result in the issuance of a parking ticket.
    • DO NOT pull up in a handicapped space, onto a sidewalk, or onto the grass to unload. Vehicles parked in or blocking fire lanes, driving lanes or handicapped, or reserved parking spaces or on the grass will be ticketed and towed.

    Getting Around Campus on Move-In Day
    Free shuttle buses will take you between North and South campus on Saturday, August 25. The bus stops will be located behind Deatrick Hall and on College Boulevard near parking lot A2.

    I still have questions. How do I get answers?
    Many Move-In Day questions can be answered by referring to the information shown at or calling 610-683-4027. Parking related questions should be directed to Public Safety and Police Services at or 610-683-4860.

  • What to Bring to Campus

    What to bring to campus is often a difficult list to assemble before you pack. Your questions are probably many such as, "Do I need shower slippers, a laundry bag or basket, or a flashlight?" Just as important to your packing choices is knowing what not to bring. While certain items are unnecessary or will simply cramp your limited living space, others are prohibited.

    We've tried to make your packing decisions a lot easier by creating suggested packing lists. There is one provided for residents in traditional halls, suite-style halls, and apartments: