New Students

Move In Fall 2020

Key things to do

  • Know your move-in time and plan accordingly.* Assigned move-in time blocks will be staggered across several days: New fall-season student-athletes can move in August 11 (or can request an August 12 or 13 move-in), and move-in for other new residential students is August 12 and 13.
  • You may have 1 or 2 parents, family members, or friends help you move into the residence hall. We encourage you to consider whether an individual is at high risk when selecting who will join you.
  • Added: New student meal plans start at dinner on August 12. To reduce density in the Dining Commons, we'll be offering complimentary boxed lunches on both August 12 and 13. By Aug. 7, you may request a complimentary boxed lunch for yourself and your move-in helpers (if any).
  • Review What to Bring, which lists what to pack and what’s prohibited. Notice the recommended safety/medical supplies, listed in the Recommended Health Supplies and the Health & Counseling Telehealth Recommendations sections.
  • Quarantine: If you are coming from a state or another country from which a 14-day quarantine is required, see quarantine details >
  • To reduce lines at Nazareth’s Central Mail Services at the start of the semester and to support physical distancing, please consider bringing most items with you instead of having them shipped ahead of time to campus, if possible.

Move-in process

  • COVID screening for helpers: Anyone coming with you must register as a visitor at least 24 hours before arriving. On your move-in day, they will each get a link via email to complete the visitor COVID-19 screening online before arriving.
  • COVID screening for you: Within two hours before you arrive, log in to complete Nazareth’s daily COVID-19 screening online for students at If you have questions about the screening, see Screening and Kiosks.
  • Entrance: Use the South Campus entrance from East Avenue (see map). From there you will be directed to A Lot (by the Arts Center) to check in with Campus Safety and show your green screening badges. They will direct you to your residence hall's drop-off zone.
  • Getting checked in: Once you arrive at your residence hall, you will be greeted at a welcome table by your building's staff and orientation leaders. They will check you in and give you your room key. You and your guests will then be free to start moving your things into your room! Resident assistants (RAs) will be available inside the hall to answer questions and provide guidance.
  • Moving into your room: To keep traffic flowing and limit potential exposure, the residence hall doors will be designated as either "entrance only" or "exit only." When you get inside, signs will indicate how to move through the buildings. Some stairwells will be "up only" or "down only," so be sure to check as you enter. A limited move-in crew will be available to help in special circumstances. If you think you may need assistance, you can request accommodations/support in advance through Erika Hess using the required form. Additionally, we will monitor the number of people moving in at a time. If a particular hallway or stairwell starts to become too crowded, we may ask you to wait outside with your belongings until we can clear the congestion and allow you to safely enter the building and resume bringing things in.
  • Parking: Once you are done unloading your car, you will be instructed to move it to a designated parking area.
  • Hospitality tent: Thirsty or need a snack as you move in? The orientation team will be staffing a hospitality tent where they will be giving out pre-packaged snacks and bottled water. 
  • Fire spraying: Bringing a wall hanging or curtains to campus? Residential Life will have a tent set up where you can have those items treated with a flame-resistant fabric spray so they will be permitted in your room. The tent will be in the Kearney Courtyard during each move-in block. 
  • Other safety protocols: Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout campus with extra stations available at residence halls during move-in. Face coverings are required on campus, including for you and any helpers during move-in.

Key things to know

  • Housing assignments are now available. We alerted you by email July 8 to check Nazareth’s housing system.
  • Pack so that you can move items on your own, potentially up three flights of stairs. (Most buildings don’t have elevators available. A limited number of helpers will be available during move-in.)
  • Nazareth plans to open up all residence halls. Density/occupancy overall is reduced, including by limiting the number of triples and eliminating quad rooms. Lounges and common kitchens will have reduced seating capacity to support appropriate physical distancing.
  • Housekeeping staff will provide extra cleaning in common areas, including shared bathrooms. For more, see Residential Life During COVID-19 >
  • Assigned move-in times will minimize the number of people in the stairways and halls at a time.
  • We’ll have some scheduled and suggested activities/meetings for your free time before new-student orientation and classes start.
  • New-student Orientation includes two days of in-person orientation activities on campus — see schedule on Orientation — plus some online components to do in advance. We’re sending you those details separately.

*What is my assigned move-in time?

Check Nazareth’s housing system for your move-in time. If your assigned time is not possible for you, ask Residential Life to switch to a different time using this Request for Move-in Time Change form.

What safety protocols will be in place?

Masks, designated entry/exit points, staggered move-in times, social distancing wherever/whenever possible, and increased residence hall cleaning. Health and safety details are being shared on our Return to Campus webpages.

On move-in day, can our family come to campus more than once? Such as dropping off belongings, then leave campus to go shopping for food or items for the room, and then come back to the room on campus?

Yes. Since you will have all completed the Nazareth COVID screening (and all got the green pass badge), you are able to go off campus and come back on. Wear face coverings off campus as well, of course, to reduce risk. You may want to make a reservation if you intend to go to a restaurant.

What if I am not able to purchase the What to Bring recommended supplies?

The What to Bring items listed are recommendations (including health supplies and items to have to be prepared in case of needing a telehealth visit). As noted on the recommended health supplies list, Nazareth also plans to provide surgical masks.

What if I have a physical disability and need help moving in?

Please alert us to your need using this Disability-Related Accommodations request form.

What if we need to bring siblings as well, which with parents totals more than 2 family members?

An adult can stay with children at the car while others carry in belongings.

What will Naz Dining be like this fall?

Naz Dining's reopening plans promote health and safety while maintaining quality, variety, and flavor. Naz Dining >

How will residence halls work in this pandemic — in terms of avoiding crowding (reduced density), having guests, sharing bathrooms, and getting take-out food? What's a "family unit" and when and where do I need to wear a face covering?

See Residential Life During COVID-19 >

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Contact Us

Send us an email or call us at 585-389-2331 or 585-389-2320.