Moving into Campus Housing

Fall 2024 Move-in Calendar

Residence halls and apartments reopen for the Fall 2024 semester between Monday, August 19, and Sunday, August 25, 2024, by appointment.  

Once you arrive on campus, please follow the signs to your housing area. Staff will direct you from there. Download a campus map. 

Students who arrive late or after 5 p.m. must check in at their quad’s information center or apartment complex’s office. 

Questions? Contact Residential Life at [email protected] or 518-442-5875

Monday, August 19, 2024On-campus housing opens for all new international students, as well as (first-year students freshmen) living in L-LC, EOP, Honors College and Athletics housing.
Tuesday, August 20, to  Wednesday, August 21, 2024On-campus housing opens for all other first-year students (freshmen) 
Wednesday, August 21, to Thursday, August 22, 2024On-campus housing opens for transfer students.
Thursday, August 22, through Sunday, August 25, 2024On-campus housing opens for continuing students.
Monday, August 26, 2024Fall 2024 classes begin.


Check-in Information

  • Check-in Appointments: All students are required to make a check-in appointment. Correspondence about this process, including specific move-in dates, will be sent out throughout summer. 

  • Move-in Deadline: Rooms will be held for assigned students through Monday, August 26, 2024, unless the student made prior arrangements with Residential Life. Students who have not checked in by the deadline may have their rooms reassigned to other students.

  • Room Condition: Students must complete an Electronic Room Condition Report, documenting any room, suite or apartment damages, on the Housing Portal within 72 hours of their check-in to avoid any damage charges. 

  • Dining: First-year students (freshmen) and international students' meal plans start the evening of Monday, August 19, 2024. All other students' meal plans start the evening of Tuesday, August 20, 2024. Visit the UAlbany Dining website for detailed information. 
  • Orientation: Visit the Orientation website for information on first-year student and transfer student programming.



Moving & Storage 

Don’s Moving and Storage offers move-in, move-out and summer storage services to UAlbany students. Note: This is the only storage and moving company allowed on our campus. 

Don’s Moving and Storage can help you move your belongings into or out of your campus housing. They can also pick up storage boxes during spring move-out, store them over the summer and then drop them off during fall move-in.

Fall 2024 Storage Delivery Schedule

Items stored by Don's over the summer will be delivered to campus on the following schedule.

Housing LocationDate & TimeTruck Location
Liberty Terrace9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Liberty Terrace parking lot
Colonial Quad10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Between Hamilton and Delancey Halls
Dutch Quad10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Between Ten Broeck and Bleecker Halls
Freedom Apartments1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Parking Lot Number 12
Indigenous Quad3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Between Montauk and Oneida Halls
State Quad3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2024Between Melville and Irving Halls
Empire Commons10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2024Parking Lot Number 8 (E Cluster)

Visit Don’s Moving and Storage website for contact information and pricing. For additional questions or concerns regarding moving and storage, please contact University Auxiliary Services.


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What to Pack 

Each residential student is provided with a desk, chair, dresser, mattress, bed frame, shower curtain and window coverings. 

This is not a comprehensive list, but you may want to consider packing these items: 

Health & Beauty
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash 

  • Mouthwash, toothbrush and toothpaste 

  • Hand soap 

  • Deodorant 

  • Hair care products (brushes, combs, hair dryers, gels, pomade, etc.) 

  • Razors and shaving cream 

  • Cosmetics 

  • Shower caddy 

  • First aid kit (pain reliever, bandages, cold medicine, digital thermometer, etc.) 

  • Vitamins and prescription medication 

  • Tissues 

  • Cotton balls and/or cotton swabs 

  • Small sewing kit 

Household Goods
  • Surge protectors (please review our Extension Cord & Power Strip Guidelines

  • Wastebasket 

  • Area rug 

  • Laundry supplies (laundry bag, detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, foldable drying rack, etc.) 

  • Clothes hangers 

  • Storage containers 

  • Sheets, pillows, blankets, comforter, quilt, etc. 

  • Towels and washcloths 

  • Hand-crank can opener 

  • Bowls, plates, mugs, glasses, silverware, food containers, etc. 

  • Iron and ironing board 

  • Paper towels 

  • Small fan 

  • Screwdriver 

  • Posters 


The following appliances — which must be UL approved — are permitted inside residence halls: 

  • Thermostatically controlled hot pots or rice cookers 

  • Percolators or drip coffee makers with an automatic shutoff 

  • Closed-element popcorn poppers 

  • Refrigerators (must be 6 cubic feet or less, 110-volt, 1.75-amp and UL-approved) 

  • Rented MicroFridges

Surge protectors are recommended. Please review our Extension Cord & Power Strip Guidelines for more information. 

Our What Not to Pack section provides a list of prohibited appliances. 


Be prepared for hot weather when you move into your residence hall or apartment in August. Most rooms do not have air conditioning. 

You should also bring warm clothing and bedding, as the temperatures will start dropping in September and it may snow as early as late October. 

However, don’t pack everything you own because space is limited in our residence halls. Students who can swap out clothing while they are home for Thanksgiving Break should consider doing so. 

Don’t forget to bring: 

  • Comfortable shoes 

  • Athletic clothing and sports equipment 

  • Raincoat, rain boots and umbrella 

  • Winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf and boots 

School Supplies
  • Laptop, computer and/or tablet, plus charging cables 

  • Reading lamp 

  • Pencil sharpener 

  • Scissors, ruler, tape, etc. 

  • Printer, printer paper and ink 

  • Stamps and envelopes 

  • Pens, pencils and highlighters 

  • Notebooks, binders, etc. 

  • Backpack or book bag 

What Not to Pack 

The following items are not permitted in UAlbany’s residence halls: 

  • LED strip lights and holiday lights: These type of lights are prohibited because they have the potential to cause a fire. Additionally, LED strip lights also peel the paint off the walls, which will result in wall damage. 

  • Extension cords: Including, but not limited to, non-surge-protected / non-over-current plug adapters are prohibited. All non-Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved electrical items are prohibited. Power taps need to have surge protection and over-current protection, be UL compliant and have a reset button or switch to be compliant.

  • Halogen lamps: These lamps are prohibited because they have the potential to cause a fire.

  • Microwaves, toaster ovens, air fryers or indoor grills: These items are prohibited because they have the potential to cause a fire. Microwaves are only allowed in residence halls if they are part of a rented MicroFridge unit.

    • Note: Freedom Apartment residents may bring one microwave per kitchen, as Freedom Apartments are not equipped with a microwave.

  • Space heaters or portable air conditioners: These items are prohibited because they have the potential to cause a fire.

  • Cinder blocks, bricks or other materials for raising beds: These items are prohibited because they may cause injury. Store-bought plastic bed riders are permitted.

  • Waterbeds or lofts: Only University-supplied loft configurations are acceptable. Waterbeds are prohibited

  • Pets: Tropical fish are the only pets permitted in the residence halls. Qualified service animals and emotional support animals must be registered and approved by the Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services.

  • Candles or incense: Open flames are prohibited inside residence halls because they have the potential to cause a fire.

  • Knives or any other weapons: Dangerous objects are not allowed inside residence halls, as they pose a threat to our community.

  • Alcohol, drugs and paraphernalia: The University adheres to all state and federal regulations for alcohol and drug use. Paraphernalia — such as bongs, pipes or empty cans/bottles — are not perceived as decorations and should not be brought to the University at Albany. 

  • Smoking paraphernalia: The University prohibits smoking of any kind, and the use of smoking (tobacco/cannabis) products on University Property, including electronic smoking devices, on all University Property. Smoking products are any substance containing tobacco/cannabis leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco/cannabis, hookah tobacco/cannabis, ashtrays, grinders, lighters, matches, or any other preparation of tobacco/cannabis.

Room decorations are allowed but within limits: 

  • Wall decorations may not exceed 10% of a wall's total surface area.   
  • Fabrics — including sheets, fishnet, tapestry and fabric flags — used as decorations are prohibited.  
  • Wall paneling, wallpaper, foam/noise acoustic wall coverings or similar coverings are also not permitted.  
  • Combustible material is not allowed on ceilings or on the inside of any door. 

For more information, please refer to the Housing License and UAlbany’s student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities



Extension Cord & Power Strip Guidelines 

Extension cords cannot be used as a substitute for fixed, permanent wiring.  

They can be used temporarily (for example: while running a vacuum cleaner) but cannot be used as a fixed source of power. Extension cords can only be used for portable appliances. 

For all intents and purposes, students should not possess or use extension cords in the residence halls. 

Multi-plug adapters are not permitted, unless they are a power strip with overcurrent protection. Prohibited items include cube taps and unfused plug strips.  

All power strips must be UL listed and labeled. They must be listed to UL 1363, “Standard for Relocatable Power Taps,” and be maintained in good condition. 

Power strips cannot be run through doorways, windows or similar opening. They cannot be placed under rugs or similar coverings. 

Power strips must be plugged directly into a permanently installed wall receptacle. Power strips can never be plugged into an extension cord or another power strip. 

The ampere capacity of the power strips must meet at least the rated capacity of the portable appliances they are feeding. 


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