Unpacking the car on move-in weekend

Photo by Craig Chandler

Housing COVID-19 Updates:
Fall 2020 Updates Health & Safety

Move-in dates are August 13-16, 2020.

The University Housing community is excited to welcome our new and returning students! Due to the unique circumstance presented by COVID-19, we have developed a curbside move in process designed to maximize efficiency and ensure safety for students, families and staff.

What To Bring
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    Items You’ll Need
  • Your NCard (NU ID)
  • Twin-size sheets (Extra-long and deep-pocket sheets will all work on our mattresses. All beds are 39” x 80” and require extra-long bed sheets. Kauffman beds are 34” x 80,” Selleck beds are 36” x 80”.)
  • Bedspread or comforter, blankets
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower tote/caddy/robe/shower shoes
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Backpack
  • Season-appropriate clothing (switch out during breaks)
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Surge protectors
  • Social Security card (for employment purposes)
  • Insurance and pharmacy cards
  • Prescription refills (including eye care)
  • Current prescription medications in their original containers
  • Information: physician’s name(s), address, telephone number and emergency telephone numbers
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent
  • Courtyards/Village residents will need to bring kitchen items such as pots, pans and dishes.
  • Suite- and apartment-style residents will need to bring toilet paper.
  • Cleaning supplies (household cleaners, disinfecting wipes, etc.)
  • Thermometer, hand sanitizer, face covering(s)
  • *A note about used/second-hand items. Anything you have bought, borrowed or picked up second-hand may be harboring bed bugs. Our advice is, if you aren’t sure something doesn’t have bugs – don’t bring it.
    We Provide
  • Extra-long twin bed and extra-long mattress
  • Closet(s)
  • Desk and chair
  • Refrigerator/freezer combination (except Love Memorial)
  • Mirrored medicine cabinets or personal mirrors
  • Roll shades or blinds/curtains
  • Wastebasket and recycle bin
  • Wired and wireless high-speed Internet connectivity
    Suggested Items
  • Laundry basket/iron
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Personal computer with updated security
  • Portable fan
  • Checkbook/debit card
  • Pictures, posters and other decorative items (only use approved adhesives such as 3M Command adhesives and blue painter’s tape)
  • Desk/floor lamps (Avoid Halogen lamps)
  • Cooking appliances approved for use must be UL-approved and must comply with the small appliance policy* go.unl.edu/small-appliance
  • *All UL-certified kitchen appliances can be used at The Courtyards and The Village.
    Items You Shouldn't Bring
  • Candles
  • Drums and amplified guitars
  • Electric skillets and electric grills (i.e. George Foreman grill)
  • Any appliance with open heating coils
  • Any non-university bed frame or loft
  • Space heaters
  • Microwaves and small appliances rated above 800 watts
  • Unapproved materials for hanging including Scotch, duct, electrical or masking tape; gum-type adhesives, tacks, nails and staples; anything else that might damage walls/doors/floors
    Items Inconsistent with the Student Code of Conduct
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs and/or prescription drugs that do not belong to the student
  • Decorated alcohol containers
  • Candles/incense
  • Weapons or ammunition (firearms, martial arts weapons, knives, paint ball guns, etc.)
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Fireworks/other explosives
  • Tobacco-free and smoke-free campus policy: To provide a healthy environment that promotes the wellness and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, NU and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco products in and on all university property.
  • For traditional halls only: any cooking appliance(s) not listed as approved which include, but are not limited to, toaster ovens, hot plates, George Foreman grills and any non-UL listed appliances.
    Items To Discuss With Your Roommate
  • Television and/or sound system
  • Microwave (800 watt maximum), if you are assigned to Abel, Harper, Sandoz, Schramm, Selleck, or Smith
  • Video game console
  • Carpet/rug
  • Room decorations
  • Futon/small couch
Bed Heights

The last day to submit bed height preference is July 15. After this date, students will need to submit a FixIt ticket via the housing portal after moving in. It can take up to two weeks for staff to adjust your bed height.

Bed Height Options for Traditional Hall Beds
A diagram explaining bed height adjustments
Bed Height Options for Suite-style Halls
A diagram explaining bed height adjustments
Curbside Move-in Overview
  1. Students and families will arrive at the Bob Devaney Sports Center to receive a move-in packet. You will then be directed to a queue where you will wait in your vehicle for your turn to unload.
  2. When it is your turn, you will pull up to your hall and movers will unload your belongings into a cart. They will deliver your items to your room while you park your vehicle in a designated parking area/garage.
  3. After parking your vehicle, you will walk to your hall and proceed to your room to unpack and get settled into your Husker home.
Move-in Appointments

Students will be assigned a move-in day and time based on your room assignment and spread out to maximize physical distancing. Times will be assigned 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 13 - 16. In order for this process to work, it is imperative that you arrive at your assigned time. If you are late for your appointment time, we will do our best to move you in as soon as possible. If you are early for your time, we will ask that you wait for your move-in time. An email with the move-in appointment will be sent to students by July 10. We apologize, but we are unable to accommodate appointment requests as the dates/times are determined by the room assignment. If the assigned date/time does not work for you, you may use the self check-in process.

Vehicle Limit

Only ONE VEHICLE will be permitted per student during curbside move-in, such as a sedan, SUV, van or pick-up truck. U-Hauls and campers are not permitted and will not fit into the parking garages. If family members bring additional vehicles, they will be directed to the parking garage, and you will be responsible for transporting materials from that vehicle to the room after the curbside move-in has finished for the day.

Students +2

The student resident and up to two family members and/or guests may enter the residence hall to unpack and help the student settle in during move in. Please do not bring additional family members as they will not be permitted to enter the hall. Similarly, a limited number of staff will be on-hand to allow for increased physical distancing. Face coverings are required.

Safety and Contact

The check-in process has been updated to offer a low-contact process in a large venue where physical distancing can be maximized. Students and family members are required to wear face coverings while going through the check-in process.

Elevator Capacities

Elevators will have limited capacities (a maximum of 4 people per elevator) to promote physical distancing. This will be monitored during peak move-in times, as they will be needed to transport the carts of students’ belongings. All who are able-bodied will be asked to use the stairs. We encourage that you wear comfortable shoes and are prepared to get your steps in!

Designated Traffic Flow

Directional signage will guide students and guests throughout the halls to help with physical distancing. Directional traffic flows will stay in effect beyond the move-in period.

Self Check-in

If you are unable to make your assigned move-in time, you may use the self-check in after 6 p.m. any day Thursday - Sunday. Self check in is largely a first-come, first-served process and involves several additional steps.

  • Limited carts will be available.
  • You will be responsible for transporting your own belongings to the room.
  • The same guidelines regarding number of vehicles, guests, and social distancing apply.
  • You will have the opportunity to sign up for a time through the housing portal beginning July 10.
  • All who can use the curbside move in are encouraged to do so.