All of our decisions have been made with your health and safety at top of mind and under the guidance of national and state health officials. Please understand that planning is still underway. Specific guidelines about Move In Day, residence halls, and the new schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
All the information you need to plan your Move In Day. We can't wait to welcome you to your home for the next academic year!
Below you will find your designated move in dates & times, key pick-up instructions, and move in directions. We look forward to seeing you during Fall Opening Weekend!
Special Considerations for Move In
The Office of Residence Life, in conjunction with University Administration, is planning a move in experience that follows recommendations of local and state health officials in every way possible. To that end, we are requiring a few expectations of all students and guests on campus during move in.
- Bring and Wear a Face Covering: All students and their move in guests will be expected to wear face coverings while on campus at all times. These need to cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly around the face.
- Bring no more than two (2) guests with you to you campus. We understand that move in is an exciting time, especially for our newest Colonels! However, in order to maintain physical distance and limit exposure, we are asking that students do not bring more than 2 folks onto campus and into the residence halls.
- Plan in advance for your assigned move in time. Please do your best to stick to your assigned move in time which includes not arriving early and assuring that your guests have vacated the halls at the end of your assigned move in time slot.
- Review your packing list, bringing to campus only the most essential items. Elevators will be limited in occupancy and physical distancing will require lines and significant wait times. Bring only the essentials to campus so you have fewer trips from the unloading area to your room and you can spend your time with your guests setting up your new home!
- Laundry carts and hand carts will not be provided. We cannot ensure that these items are properly sanitized between uses.
- Meal plans will be available starting August 19. All residential students will be able to access the dining hall from your first day on campus!
First Year Student Move In Day
In order to reduce stress on families, buildings, and traffic on campus, move in times have been established for each first year student. All First Year Students should direct themselves to the Student Union Building (SUB) for check in. Residence Life staff will be there 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day to hand out keys and answer any questions.
To ensure that first year students have additional support while in their first days on campus, move in times will be based on your Orientation Mentor group assignment. Specific move in times were included in housing assignment letters sent on July 31. However, students can reference the list below and find their eMentor OR log into their Housing Self-Service page to double-check their move in time slot.
|Move In Days||eMentor Group|
Wednesday, August 19
Wednesday, August 19
|Thursday, August 20
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
|Thursday, August 20
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Move-In and Unloading Information
- North End Halls
Catlin Hall, Evans Hall, Roth Hall, and Weiss Hall
After you pick up your keys, drive down River Street and make a right onto Northampton.
On Friday: There will be police officers / public safety officers directing traffic. There will be individuals there to help unload your vehicle. Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
- West River Street Halls
Doane Hall, Waller North Hall, Waller South Hall
After you pick up your keys, drive to West River Street. The wrap around driveway and street parking is for unloading only (Doane, Waller North, and Waller South). There will be individuals there to help unload your vehicle. Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
- South Franklin Street Halls
Pearsall Hall and Sturdevant Hall
After you pick up your keys, drive to Franklin Street, in front of your building. The parking meters will be bagged, but this is only for unloading your vehicle. There will be individuals there to help unload your vehicle. Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
- South River Street Halls
After you pick up your keys, drive to South River Street. Please park in the parking lot across the street from Sullivan Hall. There will be individuals there to help unload your vehicle. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
Move In Podcast
Please download our Move In Day Podcast (available early August 2020) to listen to as you arrive on campus produced by our student and professional staff. It includes some reminders about move in as well as information about what the rest of First Year Student Move In Day entails.
Returning Student Move In
For all returning students, you will want to make sure that you know which day you will be returning to campus and plan accordingly. All returning students should follow the times listed to ensure for physical distancing and move in is a positive experience for all involved.
Mansion Style Halls & Select Apartment Areas
For folks in these halls, you will want to report to Passan Hall located at 267 S Franklin St to retrieve your room key from the Office of Residence Life. There will be a tent set up in front of the building from which you can retrieve your key during the times listed below.
|Hall||Move In Day & Time|
|Friday, August 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
134 S. Main St
|Saturday, August, 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
40 West (YMCA)
All residents residing at 40 West (or the YMCA, 40 W Northampton St, Wilkes-Barre,
PA) will proceed to Passan Hall to retrieve their keys during their assigned move
in day and time. There will be a tent set up in front of the building from which you can retrieve your
key during the times listed below. Afterwards, you will need to stop at the Front Desk of the YMCA to receive a swipe card that will
give you access to the residential floors.
|Apartment Assignment||Move In Day & Time|
|4th Floor, Even Apartments (402, 404, 406, etc.)||Friday, August 21 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|5th Floor, Even Apartments (502, 504, 506, etc.)||Friday, August 21 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|4th Floor, Odd Apartments (401, 403, 405, etc.)||Saturday, August 22 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|5th Floor, Odd Apartments (501, 503, 505, etc.) & 6th Floor||Saturday, August 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
All University Towers residents may proceed directly to University Towers at 10 E South St to check in. Residence Life staff will be there to assist with key distribution. Please refer to the chart below to determine what your move in time will be. Elevator access will be limited to maintain physical distance expectations so it is imperative that folks adhere to the times assigned below.
|Apartment Assignment||Move In Day & Time|
|"00" Apartments (100, 200, 300, etc.)||Wednesday, August 19 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|"70" Apartments (170, 270, 370, etc.)||Wednesday, August 19 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|"10" Apartments (110, 210, 310, etc.)||Thursday, August 20 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|"60" Apartments (160, 260, 360, etc.)||Thursday, August 20 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|"20" Apartments (120, 220, 320, etc.)||Friday, August 21 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|"50" Apartments (150, 250, 350, etc.)||Friday, August 21 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|"30" Apartments (130, 230, 330, etc.)||Saturday, August 22 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|"80" Apartments (180, 280, 380, etc.)||Saturday, August 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|"40" Apartments (140, 240, 340, etc.)||Sunday, August 23 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|"90" Apartments (190, 290, 390, etc.)||Sunday, August 23 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
Requesting An Alternate Move In Day & Time
For folks whose move in day and time assignment will pose a significant financial hardship, they can request an alternate time. Requests for an alternate move in days or times will only be considered for situations in which the student can demonstrate significant hardship with their assigned day and time. Documentation may be required for approval. Students should expect a reply from Residence Life within 3 business days of submitting their form and forms will not be accepted after August 12, 2020. You will be required to log in with your Wilkes username and password. If you are using a mobile phone and signed into an account other than your Wilkes email, you may have difficulty. Just copy the link and open a private browser to access the form.
Suggested Packing List
With move in time being stressful for everyone and there being added pressure for students and families this year with limited capacities on elevators and in stairwells, it has never been more important to think critically about what you are bringing with you to campus. Please consider only bring the essentials. In order to help with that planning, Residence Life has created a Suggested Packing List of some must-haves and things you can probably consider leaving at home!
updated July 31, 2020