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Jan. 26, 2020 | Halls Open at Noon

Spring Move-In Guide


If you are going to be moving to BGSU for the first time in January, WELCOME! And if you are returning, we hope you are enjoying your break and want to welcome you back.

This page will highlight move-in details for those of you who will be new to BGSU this spring. For returners, this will be mostly a refreshers. If you currently have a vacancy in your room, be on the lookout for communication from your future roommate. 

Extended Office Hours on Sunday

Residence Halls | Open at Noon
Office of Residence Life | Noon - 4 p.m.
Student Financial Aid | Noon - 4 p.m.
Office of the Bursar | Noon - 4 p.m.
Office of Registration & Records | Noon - 4 p.m.

Spring Move-in Tips and Resources

1. Your Arrival

Spring Move-in Day has less students moving in compared to the beginning of the academic school year. Because of this, students don't have to worry about driving special routes to their building and road closures.

MOVE-IN TIME | Residence Halls open at noon on Sunday before the first day of classes. Students can arrive anytime after the halls open to start moving in.

MOVING RESOURCES | The Office of Residence Life will have boxes with wheels available for students to use to help move their belongings.

WEATHER | Students should come prepared for the cold weather. 

STUDENT ID | When a student checks in, they will need to show a photo ID. This can be their BGSU ID. Please note: If a student doesn't have a BGSU ID, they can go to the Student Union after they are moved in to have one created.

Attending SOAR? You can move-in after the program. Learn more>>

2. Did you Pack what you need?

The BGSU Packing List is available to assist students with their packing. But before students go out and buy all new items, they should connect with their roommate to make sure they don't pack duplicates. Sharing items like a fridge or microwave can help save space and is easier on the wallet.

If a student will be living in Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, Founders Hall or the University Apartments, there are few extra items they should pack:

  • Shower Curtain
  • Toilet Paper
  • Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
  • Kitchen Cleaning Supplies (Apartments only)
  • Trash Can for the Kitchen (Apartments only)

Helpful tip: If a student's roommate has already been living on campus during the Fall Semester, they may have a lot of items already. It's a good idea to check with them ahead of time to avoid over packing.

3. Are you attending SOAR

Students who are attending SOAR on Wednesday, Jan. 22 or Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 will be able to move-in early! Students can start moving in after the event.

Important Tip: If you are attending this SOAR, you are cleared to move-in after the program is over at no additional charge. Just head over to your residence hall and go to the front desk to collect your key and check-in. You will need to show your BG1 card. Carts will be available to help you unload your vehicle. After you vehicle is unloaded, please move it to your designated parking lot. 

Sign up for SOAR

What is SOAR? SOAR, "Student Orientation, Advising and Registration", is the first step of your orientation experience at BGSU. This informative, one-day program (created for first-year/freshman students and their transitional needs) serves as your personal introduction and transition to BGSU. The goal is to provide students, their family, and their guests with an overview of university expectations and resources.

4. Confirm your Housing Assignment

You should reconfirm you housing assignment on your MyBGSU Account before you come to campus. Some assignments may have changed. To view your assignment online:

  • Login to your MyBGSU Account
  • Hover over the 'Students' tab
  • Select 'Housing and Residence Life' tab and and the top of the screen, you will see your assignment.


BGTV is not your parent's cable provider. BGSU is now streaming BGTV to your room and your mobile device so you can watch your favorite shows ANYTIME, ANYWHERE on campus. Learn more about this new service here and how you can enhance your viewing experience.

6. Download the Apps clouddownload


Guide is brand new to campus. This nifty app transforms a phone into a tour guide throughout a students BGSU Career. Among many awesome features, Guide can help students get to their classes the first week of school. Download Guide today and set out on your journey.

Download the GUIDE App


Access dining menus, real time shuttle tracking and residence hall laundry availability anytime on any mobile device. The BGSU App provides campus information such as the latest news, an events calendar, the availability of the Student Recreation Center and much more.

Download the BGSU App

7. Parent Resources

The Office of Residence Life recognizes that attending college is a time of transition for both students and parents. Research also shows that parents and families are the first people students contact when they experience a challenge at school. Because of this, we have created a resource page for Parents and Families to help them be better prepared.

8. Care Packages and Linens gift

Attention Parents and Family! The Office of Residence Life knows that going to college is a transition for your student and for you. Because of this, we provide two helpful resources for you to utilize; the Care Package Program and Linen and Bedding Program.

Learn more and purchase