Move In & Move Out

Ready to Move-In?

We are glad you have decided to live on campus at PSU! Living on campus will have a positive impact on your academic success and your experience at PSU. Our in-hall programming will provide you with many ways to get involved on campus and make new friends.  This year move-in will be a little bit different than it has been in the past, so please keep your eye on your email for updates. This page will be updated regularly with move-in updates.

Planning for Move-in

Check-out our latest video on what you can expect for Fall Move-in, some safety precautions to keep in mind, and overall move-in tips!


Your Timeslot Notice will indicate your check-in location.  Find a map of check-in locations on our printable Move-in Guide.  If you are part of an early move-in group, you will not check in at these locations and will instead check in at the Montgomery Service Desk.  

Move-in Days

Move-in days are September 24 and 25 and will be conducted with assigned arrival times to facilitate safe physical distance.  Watch for notice the week of August 24th to confirm your move-in date and time. 

ID Cards

  • If you are able to make it to campus prior to your move-in time, we strongly recommend picking up your PSU ID card in advance.  You will use your PSU Student ID card to enter your residence hall, activate the elevator if your building has one, and to utilize your meal plan if you have one.  ID Services has limited hours, so please check ahead to make sure they will be open when you arrive.  Bring a valid government issued ID with you when picking up your ID card. 
  • If you are not able to pick up your PSU ID card prior to move-in, please bring a government issued photo ID.  Plan to go to ID Services to pick up your ID card prior to checking in.  ID Services will be open from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25 for move-in.  Lines for ID cards may be longer than usual on move-in day.  
  • If ID services is not open when you are checking in, you may check in using a valid government issued ID instead of your PSU ID card.  You will be provided a temporary key fob for access to your residence hall.  You will be expected to go to ID services the next day they are open to pick up your ID card and return your temporary key fob. 


If you have decided to purchase a parking permit, you may pre-order it from Transportation and Parking Services.  Be sure to select a residence hall permit.  Most residents will not keep a car on campus and will utilize the MAX, bus, streetcar, or walk and bike.  If you do not have a parking permit and plan to drive on move-in day, please park in a parking structure in a permanent space (typically permit parking only) and pay at the appropriate kiosk.  Download the Parking Kitty app to make paying for parking easier.  Broadway and Ondine residents will find Parking Structure 1 or University Center most convenient and residents of other buildings will find Parking Structure 3 most convenient.  Shattuck Lot may be used for one hour unloading.  Loading zone permits will be available at each check-in location for short-term use.  


You may have up to a maximum of two individuals helping with you with your move. Guests will not be permitted after move-in.

Safety Precautions

Please view our Arrival Guidelines for Out-of-State and/or Country Students.  Wear a mask at all times.  If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.  Please observe all signage, including stop signs on the floors in high-traffic areas, such as elevator lines, one-ways for stairwells, and other safety notices.  If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath), you must stay home and not come to campus until free of symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine, and 7 days have passed since your symptoms have appeared, as recommended by the CDC’s What To Do if You Are Sick​. This requirement also applies to anyone helping you move. If you are sick, you should notify UHRL and choose an alternate option for moving in.


Most students received their roommate notice with their specific room number on August 20th. We are prioritizing single occupancy assignments to minimize residential density and most students will not have a roommate this fall.  If roommates are required, we will ensure at least 64 square feet of space per resident per unit.  We continue to make fall housing assignments throughout the summer, so students with a double assignment who do not yet have a roommate should prepare for the possibility of either having a roommate or not having a roommate, depending on our fall occupancy.  Up-to-date information regarding your roommate is available in the Housing Portal.  If you have submitted a roommate request, it is on file with us and will do our best to place you and your requested roommate together in the near future, once we are able to safely pair up roommates again.  To clarify, we have only approved family members and residents in a relationship who are currently living together as partners for roommate pairings at this time, in an effort to limit the density of our residence halls and minimize the spread of Covid-19.  If you and your requested roommate fall into either of these categories, please let us know and we would be happy to reassess your roommate situation.  If these do not apply, we hope to be able to offer room transfer options later this fall, or whenever we get clearance to reduce physical distancing requirements, allowing requested roommates to then move-in together.   


Rain is common in the Pacific Northwest.  Please bring a rain coat or poncho and comfortable shoes.  


Learn more about dining on campus. The first meal served at Victor's for the fall term will be lunch on Thursday, September 24.  


Broadway, Ondine, Epler, Blumel, and Montgomery have elevators.  The Broadway, Ondine, Epler, and Blumel elevators are activated with your PSU ID card.  The elevators in Montgomery are activated by your community key.  Elevator capacity may be limited.  Wait times for elevators may be longer than usual.  Bring a dolly to maximize the number of items you can bring in an elevator trip.  Plan to use the stairs whenever possible.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Bring a water bottle.  


Carts will not be available. We recommend bringing a dolly or hand truck to help with the move-in process.


Electric, water, gas, garbage and high-speed wifi are all included.  Units with kitchens or kitchenettes include fridges or mini-fridges.  Sleeper units have mini-fridges and microwaves.  

Furnished Rooms

Furnished units come with a bed, desk, desk chair, and dresser for each resident.  Bed sizes vary.  Residents in Broadway, Blackstone quads, Montgomery floors 2-4, Ondine and St. Helens will have an XL twin bed.  Residents in Blumel, Epler and Montgomery first floor will have standard twin beds.  Blumel and St. Helens have barstools for the eat-in kitchen area.  Blackstone quads have a table with four chairs.  Single units may have additional furniture, which may not be removed.  Use an extra bed as a couch; create an L-shaped desk from two; stack your dressers; it's up to you!

Room Condition

We make every effort to ensure your room is prepared for you.  In the case of any damages, please email within 48 hours so we can address the issue and add a record to your file so you are not billed for damages when moving out.  

Packages + Mailing Address

Please do not mail your belongings to campus.  We do not have sufficient space at our Montgomery Service Desk to store large packages for students over the summer.  If you wish to mail your belongings, there is a UPS store on campus.  Your mailing address, along with your room number, will be sent to you the week of August 20th.  Please include your room number on all mail and packages.  Learn more about our Montgomery Service Desk.

What to Bring

Linens & Accessories

Standard or XL Twin Sheets (see move-in guide above)
Pillow & Pillowcases
Bedspread & Blankets
Mattress Pad

Buy Linens & Support Student Leaders

Laundry Items

Laundry Bag/Hamper
Laundry Detergent
Iron/Ironing Board

Bath Items

Hand Soap & Sanitizer
Toiletries (bar soap, body wash, etc..)
Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

School Supplies

Personal Computer
Desk Lamp
Alarm Clock
Ethernet Cable

Furniture for Unfurnished Units

Bed & Desk
Table and Chairs

To Make Life Easier

Microwave Oven (800 watts or less)
Electric Fans
Stackable and/or Under Bed Storage

Kitchen Goods

Meal Plan
Cookware & Glassware
Dishes & Cutlery
Cooking Utensils (spatula, etc...)
Dish Towels
Dish Drying Rack

Safety Considerations

Hand Sanitizer
Additional Cleaning Supplies/Disinfectant to Clean as you Unpack
New Moving Boxes - We do not recommend using used boxes at this time

What NOT to Bring

Hot Plates/Electric Skillets
Toaster Ovens
Halogen Lamps/Sunlamps
Open Heating Elements
Candles & Incense
Firearms & Fireworks (including BB and paintball guns)
Martial Arts Weapons
Nails or Cinder Blocks
Air Conditioning Units
High Wattage Sound or Stereo Systems

Moving Out

We will be sorry to see you go!  Please make sure to pay close attention to each step of our move-out process:

  1. If you are planning to move out prior to end of your contract, the first step is to request a contract cancellation form by contacting us at  This step is not required if you are moving out in the last two weeks of your contract.  Please review your contract Terms & Conditions and our Cancellation Guides carefully, as deadlines apply.  Depending on the circumstances, you may incur charges for moving out early.
  2. Follow our additional guidelines:

    1. Maintain physical distance of six feet between yourself and others. 

    2. No more than two individuals may assist you with your move.

    3. Wear personal protective equipment such as a mask; we will have masks available at the Montgomery Desk and with Residence Life staff should you need one.

    4. No more than two people may occupy an elevator at a time.

    5. Consult the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself.

      1. If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath), you must stay home and not come to campus until free of symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine, and 7 days have passed since your symptoms have appeared, as recommended by the CDC’s What To Do if You Are Sick​. This requirement also applies to anyone helping you move.

      2. If you are sick, you should notify UHRL and choose an alternate option for collecting your personal belongings.

  3. Thoroughly clean your room and remove all garbage and personal belongings. If you have a mini-fridge, put it in the shower with the door open to defrost. Move the furniture to the arrangement when you moved in, with beds on middle rungs (excluding bunked and lofted beds).  You may not leave items behind to pick up later or for the next occupant to use. Anything remaining in the room will incur charges for removal. Furniture removal will cost $250 per item.

  4. Return Keys.  Return your keys in an Express Check-Out envelope in the Montgomery Courtyard (24-hour drop box outside the Montgomery lobby) or in the 24 hour drop-box outside the Housing & Residence Life Office in Broadway 210.  Staff will complete a walk-through of your room after you have moved out. Residents will be charged $200 for not checking out and returning keys. Do not skip this step before you leave campus. Do not leave your keys with a friend or in your room. You must drop them off yourself to avoid a $100 improper check-out charge.

Trash, Recycling, Dumpsters:  Dumpsters are located near Blumel and Ondine residence halls. Belongings should not be left in the hallways or common areas.  Residents will be charged for removal of furniture and trash left in the common areas of their communities. 

Carts:  Carts will not be available. We recommend bringing a dolly or hand truck to help with the move-out process.

Mail:  Check your mailbox before you return your keys, and complete forwarding paperwork with USPS.