Residential Life

Move-In for Returning Students

Fall 2020

Key things to do

  • Make plans to stick to your move-in time
  • You may have 1 or 2 parents, family members, or friends help you move into the residence halls. We encourage you to consider whether an individual is at high risk when selecting who will join you.
  • Review the list of what to pack and what’s prohibited: What to Bring. New this year are recommended safety/medical supplies, listed in the Recommended Health Supplies and 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.
  • Review the move-in process details below.

Move-in Process

  • COVID screening for helpers: Anyone coming with you must register as a visitor at least 24 hours before arriving. They will each get a link on arrival day 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
  • Entrance: You may use the North or South Campus entrances from East Avenue (see map). Golden Flyer Drive will be closed during move-in. 
  • Getting checked in: Once you arrive at your residence hall you will be greeted at a welcome table by your residence hall 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! 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 halls doors will be designated as either "entrance only" or "exit only." When you get inside the halls you will see directional signage to tell you how to move through the buildings. Some stairwells will be "up only" or "down only," so be sure to check as you enter. Additionally, we will be monitoring the number of people moving in at each 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.
  • Fire spraying: Bringing a wall hanging or curtains to campus with you? Residential Life will have a tent set up so that you can have those items treated with a flame-resistant fabric spray so they will be allowed to be hung in your room. The tent will be located in the Kearney Courtyard during each move-in block.  
  • Other safety protocols during move-in: Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout campus with extra stations available at residence halls during move-in. Masks are required on campus. You and your guests must wear masks while you are moving in. 

Key things to know

  • 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 >
  • Move-in time slots are staggered to avoid crowding.
  • Move-in dates: August 14 or 15 for returning students.
  • More details will be added to this webpage.

What's my move-in time?

Starting the afternoon of July 16, please use Nazareth’s housing system to select a move-in time for August 14 or 15.

What safety protocols will be in place?

Masks, designated entry/exit points/stairwells, and staggered move-in times will allow social distancing.

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?

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. You will just need to show your pass again at the welcome station. 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 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.

Where do I find more information about the move-in process?

Details will be added to this webpage.

How will Naz Dining be different this fall?

Naz Dining is working on reopening plans that 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 >

What to Pack

The list of What to Bring is the same for returning students and new students. It includes new health and safety recommendations for fall 2020.