9 Things To Know Before the Fall Semester at Binghamton

Posted by John Brhel on August 9, 2022

We’re beyond excited to welcome everyone back for the fall 2022 semester! It’s a busy time of year for all, and we want to make your return to Binghamton a smooth and fun experience. From move-in to upcoming events to parking permits, here are some things to know before you make your way back to campus.

Move-in runs from Aug. 18-21

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Everything kicks off with Move-in, when thousands of students come to campus to make themselves at home! It’s a streamlined, stress-free experience for all (the entire move-in process can take 1–2 hours). This year, new first-year and transfer students move in the mornings of Thursday, Aug. 18 through Aug. 20; returning students will move in the afternoons of Friday, Aug. 19 through Saturday, Aug. 20 and all day on Sunday, Aug. 21. Check out this page for more info. Note: If you don't schedule your move-in time, you will be assigned one randomly, so sign up soon!

Shower caddies are cool, but candles are a no-no

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If you’re moving into a room on campus, be sure to bring certain items with you to make your space comfortable. Don’t forget stuff like soap, medication, shower caddies, desk lamps, etc. But things like tapestries, candles and space heaters are not allowed. Check here for a full list of what to bring when you move in, and info on renting microwaves and refrigerators.

You should plan for traffic

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The start of the year is extra busy, with thousands of students and families converging on campus within a short period of time. With that in mind, you should expect heavier traffic than normal the first week back. Note that there is a right lane closure on the Vestal Parkway going eastbound, from east of Murray Hill Road to west of Clubhouse Road in Vestal (near University Plaza), to facilitate construction of a shared-use path. The lane closure is expected to be in place until Aug. 21, so be sure to build extra travel time accordingly. 

Parking passes are required

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If you want to park on campus, you need a permit. You can purchase them online for the academic year or semester at the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) portal. Students who are sophomores and above are eligible to purchase a permit. Go here for info on permits, carpooling and more.

B-Welcome Week is full of fun and informative events

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Celebrate the beginning of the semester with activities, events, open houses and fun! From ice cream socials to networking events, there are a lot of fun and informative things to do during B-Welcome Week, taking place from Aug. 16-28. Check out the full list of events!

University Fest will be a blast

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University Fest is a great, big kickoff to the academic year — and it’s happening Saturday, Aug. 27. This year’s fest features fun inflatables, a dog parade, more than 200 student organizations tabling, food, giveaways and more. Join a club, pet a pup — it’s a can’t-miss event!

Late Nite is ramping up with lots of activities

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When you need something fun to do after a long day of classes, labs and study sessions, Late Nite is the place to be! Late Nite Cinema features popular pre-release films on Friday nights. These are double showings in the University Union Undergrounds Lounge with snacks provided! On Saturdays, Late Nite hosts large-scale events in and around The Union. These events include escape rooms, outdoor movies, petting zoos, casino nights, carnivals and much, much more!

The Binghamton Support Network is also a great resource

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Homesick? Anxious? Not sure where to find food? The Binghamton Support Network is designed to help you find resources on campus based on various concerns. From emotional support to financial assistance, this network will help you find the help you need to address important issues, and start the semester off right. 

The B-photo is back!

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Every August, the incoming class forms a gigantic version of our “flying B” logo to kick off the new year. We were unable to host this annual tradition the last couple years, due to the pandemic, but the B is back for 2022! Stay tuned for photos and videos from this iconic event!

John Brhel is a communications manager in the Office of Media and Public Relations. When he's not writing press releases or managing Binghamton's social media accounts, you can find him drawing, running his Etsy shop, writing music, reading and spending time with his family.

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