Residence Life

Move-In Information

Cleveland State University Residential Move-In 2020

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​​​​​​​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. Due to COVID-19, our move-in schedule is planned for August 20-23, 2020. We are spreading it out over several days so that we can maintain social distance while you are moving in. Move-in will look different this year, but our commitment to you has not changed!

Here's what you need to know right now:

  • Move-in will take place August 20-23. 
  • You will need to sign up for a 1.5-hour move-in appointment. You can do that by checking the email sent to your email address and following the SignUp link. You must sign up for an appointment to move in. We are scheduling appointments so that we can maintain social distance.
  • Check-in will take place in the Student Center garage, which is located at 2121 Euclid Avenue. When you arrive, we will verify your check-in time and will direct you to the appropriate line for you to receive your keys. You will be asked to stay in your car while you check-in.
  • Masks are required while you are checking in and moving in.
  • We will have limited carts available for check out and will disinfect them between uses. However, we recommend that you bring your own cart or wagon if you are able.
  • You are permitted to bring one (1) person to help you move in. Please note that no guests, including your move-in helper, will be checked in to the hall after 5:00 pm each day.
  • Before you will be given your keys, you will have to complete several online forms. These forms will be available in our new portal, and you will receive log-in information this week so you can begin to complete those forms.
  • We will distribute Viking Cards at check-in. Be sure to bring another form of ID, such as a driver's license or state ID.
Keep watching your email account as we send out more information!

Early Arrivals (before August 20)

If you have been approved for 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.

Move-In Weekend (August 20-23)

If you are arriving on August 20-23 you will begin your journey at the Student Center Garage! E. 24th Street will be a limited time unloading zone only. 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 for the day. Due to the height restrictions of the parking garages, Fenn Tower residents should not bring a vehicle that is more than 6ft high.


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 moving 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 moving in.


What do I bring for move-in?

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

  • A valid ID: you'll need a valid ID to check-in and to access the residence hall. We will give you your CSU ID. 
  • 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 that 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 Protector: must have UL approval.
  • Umbrella: you’ll be walking a lot.
  • Small rug: tile floors in the bathroom can be cold.
  • Closet hangers and over the door hooks.
  • Linens: bed sheet sizes are...
    • Fenn Tower- twin extra long*
    • Euclid Commons private bedroom- full
    • Euclid Commons shared bedroom- twin extra long
    • *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
  • Laundry supplies: laundry basket, detergent (we recommend detergent pods), 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. The microwave cannot exceed 900 watts
  • 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. The refrigerator can't exceed 5 amps and must be no taller than 3 feet in height.
  • Stationery: stamps and envelopes are great to have in your room for convenience's sake.
  • Cleaning supplies: bring your own cleaning supplies for room & bathroom.
  • Wastebaskets
  • Television and Cable cords: make sure the TV has a QAM tuner
  • 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. We recommend Command Hooks and Strips to hang items in your room
  • 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 you have completed the following before move-in:

______ Read Resident Handbook
______ Have a financial plan to pay for room and meal plan fees BEFORE moving in
______ Review the Green Move-In Guide to minimize your environmental impact
______ Health insurance waiver (Available after June 15)
______ Life skills lessons (laundry, cooking, etc.)
______ Fill out move-in paperwork:

  • Resident profile
  • Emergency Contact Card
  • Immunization form
    • Immunization form for under-18 residents
  • Meal plan election form
    • Meal plan election form for under-18 residents
  • Package release
  • Missing student policy notification
  • Personal property release and waiver
    • Personal property release and waiver form for under-18 residents

For Parents and Guardians - Learning to Let 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