Your Move-In Day

Opening Day and Early Arrival Information

To help the move-in process work smoothly, we have developed a schedule (based on the first letter of your last name) for you to move into your residential community. It is critical that you plan your arrival on campus and residence hall move-in at the time and date designated below.

We are very excited that you will be joining our residential community and hope that you are prepared for the unique opportunities and challenges that await you this fall.

When Is Move-In Day?

Your move-in date and time depends on the first letter of your last-name and whether you are a new or returning Kent State student.

INCOMING/NEW Student Move-In Dates (including new transfer students):

Last Name Move-In Date Move-In Time
A - D Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:00am – 10:00am
E - K Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:00am – 1:00pm
L - Q Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:00pm – 4:00pm
R - Z Sunday, August 23, 2020 5:00pm – 7:00pm

*Example: John Doe – move in date: Sunday, August 23, 8:00am – 10:00am

RETURNING student move-in dates:

Last Name Move-In Date Move-In Time
A - E Monday, August 24, 2020 8:00am – 11:00am
F - M Monday, August 24, 2020 11:00am – 2:00pm
N - Z Monday, August 24, 2020 2:00pm – 5:00pm

*Example: Sally Smith – move in date: Monday, August 24, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Please note that if you need to move in earlier than your move-in date, the earliest a student may register for early arrival is Saturday, August 22. In order to secure an early move-in date, you MUST register for early arrival online; the early arrival registration process will begin August 1st. There will be a nightly charge associated with early arrival.

On Sunday, August 23, when new students arrive at their residence hall, returning student volunteers taking part in Kent Interhall Council’s (KIC) Movers and Groovers program will be available to help carry your belongings up to your residence hall room. If your family happens to have one, students are encouraged to bring their own dollies or two-wheeled carts from home to assist their move in process.

You will have limited time to park your vehicle near your residence hall during move-in. Please be prepared to unload quickly and move your car into a satellite parking lot. You may only unload ONE car at a time; if you bring more than one vehicle, other vehicles must be parked in a long-term parking lot nearby. Please leave one driver with the vehicle at all times during unloading outside the residence hall. A move-in parking map will be sent to you in August.

All cars that will remain on campus need to be parked in the areas designated by their parking pass (all Stadium passes must begin to park at the stadium immediately).

Campus Bus Service will be available starting the first day of move-in to provide transportation from designated parking lots to the residence halls.

In the near future you will receive a temporary parking pass for move-in. Please complete the pass and bring it with you on move-in day. We strongly encourage that you move in on your designated date and time to avoid traffic and unloading issues. *For more information on parking, please visit the parking services website at