Residence Hall Opening & Closing
The Fall 2021 new student move in schedule for Saturday, August 28th has been posted here.
Returning students can move in between 10am-6pm on either Thursday (August 26th), Friday (August 27th), or Sunday (August 29th).
FAQs about how the mask protocols as of 8.9.21 impact those living on campus
*Please note these are subject to change and will be updated if needed.
Q: How many people can help me move in?
A: You are not limited on the number of people who can help you move in, but they must wear a mask while in the building, including when they are in your room.
Q: Am I allowed to have guests?
A: Yes, the visitation policy is listed here. Anytime there is a guest (someone who does not live in the room) everyone in the room needs to wear a mask.
Q: Do I need to wear a mask to walk to the bathroom in my residence hall?
A: Yes, masks must be worn in the residence hall unless the resident is in their own room with no guests present. (Anyone who does not live in the room is considered a guest.)
Q: Will any common areas be closed in my hall?
A: No, though they may be occupied at times for meetings and events. Lounges, Rec Rooms, and Study Lounges will be open this year.
Q: Can I borrow recreational equipment (such as pool table equipment, games, baking sheets, etc) from my hall?
A: Yes, you can sign out recreational equipment from your hall’s front desk. Just remember to show them your KU ID and to return it clean.
Q: Do I need to wear a mask in the dining hall if I get up to grab a napkin or utensils?
A: Yes, everyone in the dining facilities must wear a mask unless they are seated and eating.
Q: Will take-out be an option in the South Dining Hall?
A: No, the South Dining Hall is an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility, all food must be consumed within the dining hall. Take out is available in the Cub Café.
Q: Is mobile ordering the only option for the dining venues in the Academic Forum?
A: No, both mobile ordering and in person ordering will be available for Chick-fil-A, Zoca, and Pizza. Academic Grounds and grab and go options will be in person ordering only.
New Student Information Videos
These videos provide quick information for new students as they prepare to arrive to campus.
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 Pa. Route 737/Krumsville exit and take 737 south toward Kutztown. Turn right onto Wentz St. and then left onto College Ave. Please have your placard hanging in your window so you can be directed by staff. You will make a right onto Kutztown Road off of College Ave.
When should I arrive on campus?
Due to the number of students arriving on campus on New Student Move-In Day, students are assigned a move-in time based on their residence. Since there is limited space to accommodate the many students who will be moving in, you must conform to the move-in time listed above. 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 Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, or call 610-683-4027. 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 main street 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 parking lots 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.
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. You will then move your car to your assigned parking lot Sunday evening after 8pm.
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. 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 www.kutztown.edu/housing or calling 610-683-4027. Parking related questions should be directed to Public Safety and Police Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-683-4860.
Returning Student Move In Instructions
RESIDENT UPPERCLASSMEN, STUDENT-ATHLETES AND STUDENT STAFF:
- 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 28th.
- 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 29th at 8:00pm: A4, A5 or B3 parking lots. This will allow both new students and returning students who have yet to move in to have ample space near their residence hall to unload their belongings. (View the KU campus map here.)
- 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.
- 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 Stratton Administration Building room 107 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm) beginning July 29th.
- Please observe all instructions on temporary signage at the entrances to and within campus parking lots which provide parking regulations for move-in week.
- Beginning on Sunday, August 29th at 8:00pm, you may move your vehicle from the north side of campus to your assigned lot, depending on the parking assignment given to you when you register your vehicle. Classes begin on Monday, August 30th.
- 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.
FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:
- 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. They must also wear a mask while in the residence hall.
- 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.
Before Moving-In Checklist (New Students)
For Fall semester assignments, 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.
CONTACT YOUR ROOMMATE
If you have not met your roommate(s), send them an email through
Mykuhousingand 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.
UPLOAD A PHOTO FOR YOUR STUDENT ID
After you have completed orientation, you will receive an email from the KU Card Office with a link to upload a photo for your student ID. Your ID is important to have on campus as it will grant you access to your residence hall, your dining plan, and any Bear Bucks you add to your account. Make sure that you submit a photo that meets the requirements listed on the KU Card Office website, which can be found here: New Students - Online Photo Submission. You will need a valid form of identification to receive your student ID.
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 it. 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.
REGISTER YOUR VEHICLE
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 Stratton Administration Building room 107 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8am-4pm) beginning July 29th. They will also have extended hours during move in weekend.
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 shoes, 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: