Moving in!

Welcome to Residential Life at Binghamton!

We're so happy you chose Binghamton! In July, you'll receive an information packet in the mail containing a letter from your new community and a color-coded dashboard card that lists your community. Download the full Move-in Guide here.

If you're a new transfer student or moving into the Apartments Community (Hillside or Susquehanna), check here for additional information.

Moving in

The residence halls will open for new students at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 18. Residence halls open for returning students at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 19. The move-in process for new students is detailed below.

The entire move-in process can take 1–2 hours. In order to provide our students the best service possible, we have staggered arrival times:

  • Students living on ground or even-numbered floors should arrive between 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Students living on odd-numbered floors should arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Make sure you log in to the housing system to find out whether you're on an odd or even floor.

Move-in Day traffic patterns and parking

East Access Road and part of Connector Road will be one-way traffic during move-in days Sunday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 19. When entering campus, use the main entrance - Glenn G. Bartle Drive (off Vestal Parkway East/Route 434). Upon arrival, follow directional signage to your resident hall.

You will first stop and unload at your designated drop-off area and then park your vehicle in the M1, M2, M3 and M4 parking lots. During move-in days parking in these lots are free and OCCT blue buses will be transporting students and families between the parking lots and the resident halls.

See the move-in day map for traffic and parking information at the link below. All parking and traffic patterns will return to normal use Tuesday, Aug. 20.

What to bring, what to share and what not to bring


TRASH BIN and bags • BEDDING: pillows and pillowcases, sheets (2 sets twin, extra-long), blanket and bedspread, mattress pad • TOILETRIES: hand soap, shampoo • SHOWER STUFF: towels, wash cloths • CLOTHES HANGERS, laundry detergent and supplies • HANG UPS: poster hanging putty (CIW, Hinman, Mountainview and Apartments only) look for the blue kind for easier removal; push pins/thumb tacks (Dickinson and Newing only)
• SILVERWARE: cups, plates, bowls • COMPUTER CONNECTIONS: 25' ethernet (RJ45) cable for internet connectivity or computer with wi-fi capability; surge protector with reset switch • MEDICATION prescribed to the student • CLEANING: dish detergent, paper towels


COMPUTER, coax cable • OFFICE SUPPLIES: stapler, tape dispenser, notepads, highlighters, markers, desk drawer organizer, 3-hole punch, note cards, pens and pencils • SHOWER caddy and sandals • SNACKS, can opener, bag clips, re-sealable plastic bags and twist ties • FIX IT: sewing kit, screwdrivers/small tool kit • COMFORT: fan, flashlight, extra batteries, umbrella and/or raincoat, clip-on light/arm lamp (no halogens), personal-type water filter and extra filter cartridges

Nice to share:

single-cup COFFEE MAKER • TV/DVD/blue ray player and/or stereo • VIDEO GAME CONSOLES • REFRIGERATOR (5.5 cubic feet or less) • RUG • free-standing SHELVING system (no cinder blocks)

Not allowed:*

halogen and multi-headed LAMPS • FIREWORKS • WEAPONS • ALCOHOL (if under age 21)
• EXTENSION cords or cube adaptors • exposed HEATING element or open coil appliance (multi-cup coffee maker, hot plate, toaster, toaster oven, etc.), space heaters • AIR CONDITIONERS • CANDLES or incense • supplies to LOFT your bed • FLAGS,
TAPESTRIES or other cloth decorations

*For a complete listing of what is not permitted in the residence halls, see the 2019–2020 Housing License


Before arriving on campus, place the color-coded card with your residence hall on your dashboard. This will enable staff to direct you to the appropriate area for unloading. Note: Apartment Communities (Hillside and Susquehanna) residents will not have a color-coded card.

When you arrive at your hall, you'll need to unload your belongings and then move your car to a designated parking area. Shuttles will be available to transport you back to the residence hall. Ideally, the student will be checking in while someone is moving the car and a third person is staying with the belongings. Aren't traveling in threes? No worries. We'll have staff and volunteers on hand to help.

Look for our Welcome Crew in the bright green t-shirts who volunteer to assist new students and families on Move-In Day. The Crew will help load your belongings into large carts to transport to your room. Though these students are more than willing to help, they will not be able to move all belongings for you and your student.

Checking in

To check in, students should be prepared to show picture identification (Binghamton ID, driver's license, etc). There will be signs on the main doors of the building that will direct you to the check-in location.

Upon arrival at the check-in location, you will be greeted by staff members and given keys and/or key cards to the room.

You will need to complete an online Room Condition Report (RCR). This is a document that must be filled out immediately upon arrival in the room. It reports the condition of the room and room contents at the time of move in. RCR's are used to determine damage billing when a student moves out. This must be filled out correctly to ensure you will not be held responsible for a pre-existing condition in the room. Students will need to submit this RCR online as soon as possible.

BWelcome events start

Once students have moved in, Welcome events begin with Sunday afternoon floor-, building- and area-wide meetings for students. This is an opportunity for students to get oriented to the building and community and to meet important staff like their resident assistant, assistant residential coordinator, resident director, assistant director of Residential Life and collegiate professor. Events continue throughout the week including New Student Picnic, movies, University Fest, academic programs, tours of campus and sports in the quad.

Families should plan to say goodbye to their students before the floor and building-wide meetings begin. Family members are welcome to attend the parent and guardian session in their area as a "primer" to life with a college student.

Don't miss our Parent and Family Move-In Day Reception Sunday, August 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Union. Residential Life will be there along with food and giveaways to help celebrate (and commiserate) before you head home.

BWelcome events page.