Move-In 2021 - August 18-22

Should any of the information below change as we approach Move-In for Fall 2021, these changes will be communicated directly and updated here.

Move-In Guide

Moving into your residence hall or apartment is an exciting time for both new and returning students. Staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing are here to help. We’ll do our very best to make the move-in process easy so you can settle into your new home as quickly as possible.

Check-In Information

To check-in, you will need:

  • Your check-in barcode, which is emailed to your email address, and
  • Your student ID or another photo ID if you don’t have your student ID
  • Incoming Students
    • Incoming students will move in on Wednesday, August 18, and Thursday, August 19. Due to the physical nature of our communities for these students, we will require move-in appointments. This is to help manage traffic and ensure everyone is able to move in smoothly.
      • Our new students (℅ 2025) will be able to schedule a move-in appointment for 9 a.m., noon, or 3 p.m. when housing assignments are released the week of July 23rd.
    • Check-in will take place at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. BEFORE coming to campus.
    • Transfer students may arrive at any time on August 18 or 19 but should plan to be moved in by 5 p.m. on August 19. These students will also check-in at LJVM BEFORE coming to campus.
  • Returning Students
    • Rising sophomores (℅ 2024) may move in beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 20. Students should check-in at LJVM between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PRIOR to coming to campus. These students will NOT require a move-in appointment.
    • Rising juniors and seniors (℅ 2022/23) may move in beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 21. Students should check-in at LJVM between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. BEFORE coming to campus.


    1. Students will pick up their key and other materials at the Joel Coliseum during their scheduled appointment window.
    2. Upon arrival to campus, pull your vehicle into a designated unloading zone closest to your community and follow the unloading procedures below.
    3. Unload belongings at the curb and have someone move your vehicle to a parking lot so that others may unload their cars.
    4. Introduce yourself to the hall staff .

    Lost Deacon OneCard

    If you have lost your Deacon OneCard over the summer, please come to the Deacon OneCard Office in Angelou Hall. Our offices will be open on from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 22.

    Late Arrival

    Any student who will be arriving after 5 p.m. or after August 22 should fill out this form. Please note: students arriving after 10 p.m. will be responsible for finding alternate housing and checking in the following day after 9 a.m..

  • Early Arrivals

    Students participating in an approved early arrival program (pre-orientation, athletics, etc.) have received direct information from our office with their move-in date and instructions. Please be sure to review that information carefully. If you no longer plan to arrive early, please let us know by emailing so that we can update your records.

  • Returning from Outside the United States
    The CDC has issued guidance for international travel during COVID-19, available here. The University’s expectation is that students will strictly adhere to this guidance. The University will not be able to provide housing for travel quarantine (as recommended for unvaccinated travelers) or post-travel testing (as recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers). Students should complete any CDC-required quarantine prior to coming to campus.
    We realize that many students have already made their travel plans, so please review the information below as you prepare for your arrival in the U.S. and ultimately at Wake Forest. Please note that these options are for students returning from a residence outside of the U.S.
    • Arrival in Winston-Salem before August 13 – Students will need to make their own housing arrangements, as the University will not be able to provide any housing at that time.
    • Arrival in Winston-Salem after August 13 – Students may request early arrival to begin on August 13. The fee for early arrival for international students is $15.00 per night. Please note that prior to arriving for check-in to University housing, students will need to follow the CDC guidance around international travel; students should not expect to use their on-campus accommodations as a quarantine space. To request early arrival, please email with your name, student ID number and planned arrival date and time. Those who will not be able to arrive prior to 5 p.m. on their preferred date should also fill out this form to avoid a delay in check-in until the following day.
  • Vaccination Requirement
    As noted in a July 14 message to the University community, “on Aug. 1, the University will begin the process of removing students who have failed to provide the required documentation for COVID-19 vaccination from enrolled courses and assigned housing.”
    Note that students who have their housing canceled may not be able to receive the same housing assignment once cleared for returning to housing. Additionally, students who have their housing canceled may not move in until they have been cleared for return to housing. These students should not come to campus for early arrival or move-in until they have been cleared for return to housing in writing.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's Included In My Room?

    Each Residence Hall page details what will be in your room upon arrival, as well as approximate room dimensions. However, note that the measurements for the items listed are general in order to help you get a sense of your space. Each room is unique and varies in dimensions, sometimes greatly.

    Tip: Winston-Salem has many popular retail stores for outfitting your room. Our office suggests you wait until seeing your space before purchasing everything you think you might need.

    Select your hall below for more complete details.

    South Campus


    North Campus

    Road Houses

    University-Sponsored Housing

  • What to Bring/What Not to Bring

    The following list offers suggestions about items students may want to consider bringing or should avoid bringing to campus. For more information and/or to review all of our policies, please refer to our Guide to Community Living.

    Items to Consider


    • Cleaning Supplies (i.e. Swiffer, Small Vacuum, Cleaning Wipes)
    • Coffee Maker (Keurig/Single-Serving only)
    • Dish Set
    • First Aid Kit
    • Memo Board for Door
    • Posters/Room Decorations
    • Raincoat/Umbrella
    • Shower Shoes/Caddy
    • Storage Bins/Closet Organizers
    • Toiletries
    • Towels/Washcloths
    • Trash Can


    • Alarm Clock
    • Desk Lamp
    • Flashlight
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small Fan
    • Television (Streaming service available for use on TVs, laptops and mobile devices)
    • UL-approved Power Strips (with a Circuit Breaker)


    • Clothes Hangers
    • Detergent (HE Approved)
    • Dryer Sheets/Fabric Softner
    • Iron/Ironing Board
    • Laundry Basket/Bag


    • Bedspread
    • Blankets
    • Pillow/Pillowcases
    • Twin Sheets (XL)


    • Calendar
    • Office Supplies (Pens/Pencils, Notebooks, Stapler, Folders)
    • Stationary/Stamps

    Items To Leave At Home

    • Air Conditioners
    • Bed Lofts
    • Black Lights
    • Candles (Including decorative or warmers)
    • Cinder Blocks
    • Coil Appliances
    • Crockpots, Waffle Iron and Crepe Pans
    • Electric/George Foreman Grills
    • Electric/Space Heaters
    • Extension Cords
    • Fans with Cooling Systems
    • Fireworks/Weapons (including Paintball Guns)
    • Flammables
    • Foam Mattress Toppers
    • Halogen Lamps
    • Hot Plates/Electric Skillets
    • Humidifiers/Misters (Including Diffusers)
    • Microwaves
    • Multi-Plug Adapters
    • Non UL-Approved Lighting
    • Pets and Animals (only exception are fish in 10 gal or less tank)
    • Plug-In Air Fresheners
    • Toasters/Toaster Ovens
    • Waterbeds
    • Wireless computer access points or network routers

    Printable List

  • Parking and Unloading

    With thousands of students returning to campus in just a few days, moving can be chaotic. To make everyone’s arrival as pleasant as possible, please:

    • Observe all parking restrictions and traffic patterns; University Police will enforce these regulations. Park only on designated streets and in designated lots; do not park on the lawns since it may damage the underground sprinklers. While you are checking in, park in the designated unloading areas with flashers on.
    • Quickly unload your belongings at the curb nearest to your residence hall. Once you are finished unloading, please move your vehicle to a parking lot.
    • Do not park in handicap spaces, fire lanes, service areas, driving lanes, roadways, sidewalks, on the grounds or any other area not designated for parking.
    • Check weather forecasts and plan accordingly. Bringing umbrellas and plastic for covering your belongings would be a good idea if rain is in the forecast.
    • Plan accordingly to move your items.  Availability of hand trucks on campus will be limited.
  • Check your Room Condition Report

    In the days after check-in, you will receive an email asking you to check your Room Condition Report (RCR) which states the condition of items in your room at the time you move in. Take a few minutes to inspect your room to see if there are any discrepancies between your RCR and the actual condition of your room. If there are discrepancies, you must notify your Resident Adviser (RA) within 48 hours to ensure that you will not be financially accountable for pre-existing damages upon your check-out.

Move-In Safety

As previously communicated, Wake Forest requires all students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption. That said, the move-in period will be a time of high traffic in and out of our communities, and students may have family members assisting them who have not met CDC criteria for fully vaccinated status. To protect our community and each other, we ask all individuals coming to campus to follow the CDC guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 (see Unvaccinated and Vaccinated guidance).
Finally, as noted by the CDC, some people need extra precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 because they are more likely than others to become severely ill if infected. Please be mindful of these considerations as you determine who might join you on campus during the move-in period.