Move-In Tips

Moving can be one of the most exciting and nerve-racking experiences someone goes through. We know there is a lot on your mind and it may seem like more information is thrown your way every day. We hope this list can help you drown out the noise so you can focus on getting everything squared away before your big move.

If you have any questions before you move-in please contact the Office of Residents Life.

Move-in Tips

1. Find your Arrival Time and Route

You can now download your Move-in Packet here. You will want to make sure you download the packet that best describes you. Your arrival time and driving route will be included.

2. Did you Pack what you need?

Check out our Packing List to make sure you have everything that you need. If you will be living in Centennial Hall, Falcon Heights, Founders Hall or the University Apartments, there are few extra items you should pack:

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

3. Bed Lofts

All beds will be fully lofted at move-in. When you move-in, you can put in a request at the front desk to have your bed lowered to any height, but the most popular options are fully lofted, junior lofted (half way), or standard bed height. If you would like to see different bed heights and layouts, we recommend checking out the 360 Viritual Housing ExperienceWe will not take requests to lower beds prior to move-in.

4. Don't Pack Unwanted Roommates

To avoid bringing unwanted roommates with you to campus, we recommend storing items in areas less likely to be homes to insects. If you have to store items in a garage, basement or attic, try to place items in airtight containers.

We do inspections all summer long but we will have over 6,000 students moving over the course of a week. If you see an insect, do your part and report it IMMEDIATELY. It's an online form and can be found here:

5. Confirm your Housing Assignment

You should reconfirm your housing assignment on your MyBGSU Account before you come to campus. Some assignments may have changed, especially if you filled out the Room Change Request Form after room selection. 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.

6. Unpack Items From Original Packaging BEFORE Coming To Campus box

Space will be VERY limited in your room during move-in. We recommend unpacking items from the original packaging BEFORE you head to campus. Not only does the boxes and excessive packing materials take up a lot of room ... It will take longer to unpack and you will have to break everything down and take it out to recycling. 

We also recommend...

  1. Limiting yourself to only packing what can fit in one car, not van. 
  2. Say goodbye to your friends and relatives at home and only bringing a couple of people with you who can help you move in. 

7. Be Patient clock

Don't forget to pack your patience. Our Move-In Process has been strategically planned out but there will be times you will be waiting and walking long distances. Do your part to make sure everything runs smoothly by following your driving route at all times when you are on campus.

8. Have your BGSU ID Ready

After you unload your car, you will need to go to the front desk to check-in. There you will receive your room key and everything you need. Make sure your BGSU ID is ready to give to the front desk so they can check you in.

  • Greek Village | Check-in at Conklin Hall
  • University Apartments | Check-in at the tent in the parking lot during your move-in time. After-hours, check-in at the Falcon Heights Front desk.

If you don't have your BGSU ID at move-in, you can show your state issued ID. After you move-in, you will need to head to the Student Union to have one made ASAP.


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 service here and how you can enhance your viewing experience.

BONUS! After you move-in, you will have access to FREE HBO GO and MAX GO. Just select 'Bowling Green State University' as your cable provider and login using your MyBGSU username and password. 

10. Download the Navigate App clouddownload

This nifty app transforms your phone into your tour guide throughout your BGSU Career. Among many awesome features, Navigate can help you get to your classes the first week of school. Download Navigate today and set out on your journey.

11. Create a Family Communication Plan

It may take some time getting into a new routine during the first few weeks of college. It's a good idea to go over the following as a family before move-in day so everyone is on the same page, and have something to look forward to:

  1. How frequently do you want to connect with each other?
  2. Do you want to schedule a specific day of the week to touch base?
  3. Is texting okay or would you like a phone call home/from home?
  4. Plan a family visit to BGSU. Homecoming and Family Weekend is only a few weekends after move-in which is a great time for students to show off their new home and introduce the friends they have made.

We recommend families come visit their students, rather than students going home the first two months of school. We find students are able to combat homesickness quicker and are more likely to complete their first year at BGSU if they follow this advice. 


12. Fall Welcome Event Schedule

Opening Weekend is a required event for first-year and transfer students and serves as a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social environment at the University. There are also many events happening all week long. You can learn more here.

13. Dining During Opening Week spoonfork

Dining Services will be opening the doors to on-campus dining locations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. To find a list of dining halls, locations and hours, head over to the dining website. Meal plans will also go live on Aug. 21, at the same time. If you are looking for food options prior to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21, a limited number of locations will be open earlier in the Student Union and the Oaks Dining Center accepting cash and credit payments. If you have questions, please reach out to Dining Services at 419-372-7933.

Opening Week Special Hours

14. Consider Banking with PNC

You may have a bank back home but some find it nice to also be a member of a local bank. You never know when you may need to actually go in and talk to someone. PNC supports the campus banking program and they have a branch located inside the Student Union. You can't get more conveninent than that! 

During move-in, you will see PNC representatives stationed around campus to discuss any financial concerns you may have, or to help establish a bank account if one is needed.  

A few items to know about our campus bank:

  • There are seven PNC ATMs on main campus
    • Student Union – 3 ATMs
    • McDonald Hall
    • Kreischer Quadrangle
    • Founders Hall
    • Wooster Street
  • The branch in the Student Union is open between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Students can choose to turn their BG1 Card into their ATM card by linking to their PNC Bank Account
  • Parents: PNC also offers Virtual Wallet Student which features alerts that can give you an insight into their account while still letting them figure things out on their own.

Learn More About PNC

15. BGSU Reusable Bag handbag

DID YOU KNOW?!? BGSU is phasing out single-use plastic bags to reduce waste and conserve resources, as part of our University sustainability plan.

This fall, every residential student will receive a FREE, sturdy, student-designed reusable bag. As a gift from the Student Green Fund, a bag will be placed in your on-campus room and waiting for you to move-in. Off-campus students can also find them this fall at retail locations on campus, while supplies last.

Don't forget to take your bag with you! 

  • Food carryout in the Union or Market Place locations (formally Outtakes)
  • Purchases at Falcon Outfitters
  • Off campus retail purchases
  • Picking up your books and much more!

Every time you use your bag, you willl be helping BGSU move closer to its sustainability goals! To learn more, visit the Office of Campus Sustainability website.