Residence Life

Move-In Information

Welcome to Living on Campus at Cleveland State University!


We are very excited you have chosen to live in one of CSU’s residence halls! Below is some information you need to know about preparing to move in.

This August, residence hall move in will occur over three days August 25-27, 2017. We have spread these days out to accommodate the over 1,000 residents with families that will be moving into their new home in downtown Cleveland. Residents have been split into different groups according to their classification and by last name. It is important that you read and follow the instructions carefully as they will make the move in process easier.

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 (8:00a-12:00p): Honors students
  • Friday, August 25, 2017 (12:00p - 5:00p): Freshmen with last names  A-H 
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 (8:00a - 2:00p): Freshmen with last names I-Z 
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 (10:00a - 3:00p): Sophomores – Grad students

Where do I unload my car when I move-in?

If you have been approved for an early arrival, you can unload either at a metered space on E. 24th Street or in Prospect Garage. If you choose to park in a metered space on E. 24th, you are responsible for paying the associated fee. At check-in, you will be given a single-use voucher that will give you complimentary parking in the Prospect Garage. PLEASE NOTE: double-parking  on E. 24th Street will not be permitted.

If you are arriving Friday, August 25-Sunday, August 27, you will unload your car on E. 24th Street in front of your residence hall. You will need to approach campus from different directions, depending on your residence hall.

  • If you live in FENN TOWER, approach campus from the EAST, heading west on Euclid Avenue. You will turn right onto E. 24th and unload your car in front of Fenn.
  • If you live in EUCLID COMMONS, approach campus from the WEST, heading east on Euclid Avenue. You will turn right onto E. 24th and unload your car in front of Euclid Commons.

Once you have finished unloading your car, you will be asked to move to a campus parking garage so that others can pull in to your parking space to unload. At check-in, you will be given a single-use voucher that will give you complimentary parking in the garage.

When do I know who my roommate is?

Roommate assignments were mailed out in late July. If you did not recieve yours, please call the Residence Life office at 216.687.5196.

How do I pay?

Housing fees are billed each semester to the student’s myCSU account. These fees must be paid in full prior to move in each semester. Any financial aid or scholarship must also be applied to a student’s account prior to move in (contact Campus 411 if you are expecting financial aid or scholarships to pay for your housing). If a student is unable to pay in full, they may elect to join the Budget Payment Plan with Campus 411. Residence Life will not issue keys at move in unless housing fees are paid or a student is on the Budget Payment plan.

Returning residents: Please note that any outstanding charges on your account must also be paid in full (or on the Budget Payment Plan) prior to move in.

What to bring for move in:

Below is a sample list of things you may want to bring with you for move in. Be sure to check with your roommate/s to see what you can share.

“Things to Bring” Checklist

  • Dishes: silverware and microwavable cups, bowls, mugs (service for one), dish soap to clean the above, can opener.
  • Vacuum and Broom: Community Desks have vacuum cleaners, but having your own is more convenient.
  • Paper towels & tissues, toilet paper, etc.
  • Back-up stock: it is helpful to stock up on items like soap, toothpaste, detergent, and other things which tend to be expensive at the nearby drug stores.
  • Personal First Aid Kit: aspirin, band-aids, cold and allergy supplies, etc.
  • Shower Curtain
  • Multiple Outlet Surge Protetor: must have UL approval.
  • Umbrella: you’ll be walking a lot.
  • Small rug: tile floors in bathroom can be cold.
  • Closet hangers and over the door hooks.
  • Linens: bed sheet sizes are...

    * If you have trouble finding extra long sheets and bedding to fit the beds in our residence halls, Residence Life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide parents and students with an easy, affordable option. Please visit the website located on the Residence Life home page.

    • Fenn Tower- twin extra long*
    • Euclid Commons private bedroom- full
    • Euclid Commons shared bedroom- twin extra long*
  • Laundry supplies: laundry basket, detergent, and sewing kit.
  • Alarm clock: you don’t want to be late for class.
  • Cell Phone
  • Microwave (if you do not live in an apartment with a kitchen): this is the only heating element for food permitted.
  • Pots and pans (if you have a kitchen)
  • Small refrigerator (if you do not live in an apartment with a kitchen): you may want to contact your roommate to see who will bring one; you will just need one per room.
  • Stationary: stamps and envelopes are great to have in your room for convenience sake.
  • Cleaning supplies: bring your own cleaning supplies for room & bathroom.
  • Waste baskets
  • Television and Cable cords
  • Computer: your computer must have a network card (Ethernet) or wireless card in it to work with CSU’s system.
  • Pictures/Posters and Poster Mounts: To make your room feel like home.
  • Pillows, Blankets/comforter
  • Warm winter coat, boots and gloves
  • Radio
  • Movies/DVD’s: For those late night movie nights.
  • School Supplies: Pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, folders, paper, stapler
  • Daily Planner: To make sure you know what you have going on.

Move in check list

Make sure your student has completed the following before move in:

______ Financial plan to pay for room and meal plan fees BEFORE move in
______ Health insurance waiver (Available after June 15)
______ Life skills lessons (laundry, cooking, etc.)
______ Download optional move in app (see below)
______ Read 2017/2018 CSU Resident Handbook 
______ Fill out move in paperwork
· Resident profile 
· Immunization form 
· Meal plan election form 
· Emergency contact card 
· Package release 
· Missing student 
· Personal property waiver 


Letting Go

Move in day is a fun time for a student, but often a tough time for a parent. Take time this summer to prepare for letting go and moving into a supportive role to assist your student’s transition to college life. Below are some links to helpful resources for parents during this transition time.
10 Ways to be Supportive
Being a Coach and Encourager
Developing Trust & Respect for You and Your Student
FERPA – Health & Safety Emergencies
How Students Stay Safe
Talk Topics for Students and Their Parents-Families
The Value of Getting Involved

Your Housing Contract

You should have already received this document in your contract packet, but just in case you did not or it has been misplaced, here is a link to the document: Click HERE