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  • Fall Opening

    New Residential Students

    Check-in for new students is on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with move-in assistance available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Returning Residential Students

    Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

    • Check-in between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, or
    • Check-in between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday

    If you lose your key or Deacon OneCard over break, please contact our office at 336.758.5185. For Deacon OneCards, please come to the Deacon OneCard Office in Angelou Hall. Our offices will be open Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

    If you foresee arriving later than 5  p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018, please contact Residence Life and Housing at or 336.758.5185 for instructions and to avoid possible charges.

  • Check-In

    Check-In: 5 Easy Steps

    1. Pull your vehicle into a designated unloading zone closest to your residence hall and follow the unloading procedures below.
    2. Go to the main lobby in your assigned residence hall for check-in.

      • Students living in a house on Polo Road and Martin Hall will check in at Polo Hall,
      • Students living in Student Apartments and North Campus Apartments will check in at North Campus Apartments, Building # 5,
      • Students living in Huffman Hall will check in at Poteat Hall,
      • Students living in Efird Hall will check in at Taylor Hall,
      • Students living in Piccolo Hall will check in at Palmer Hall.
    3. Introduce yourself to the hall staff and show them your room assignment.
    4. Pick up your keys, Room Condition Report, and other materials.
    5. Unload belongings at the curb and have someone move your vehicle to a parking lot so that others may unload their cars.

    Parking and Unloading

    With over 3,000 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.

    Check your Room Condition Report

    When you check in, you will receive a 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.


  • Early Arrivals

    Group Information/Individual Information

    “Early Arrivals” are students who are granted special permission to move into their on-campus housing assignments before their designated check-in dates. For a variety of reasons, Wake Forest University restricts the number of students allowed to check-in early.

    The designated check-in day for new students is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The designated check-in days for returning students are Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017. All students who wish to move into the residence halls or apartments before these dates must be involved in a campus organization or activity that has made prior arrangments and/or have their requests approved by Residence Life and Housing.

    Group Information

    1. Students who are associated with a specific group. For example:
      • New undergraduate students involved in pre-school academic initiatives
      • Returning undergraduate students associated with student organizations
      • Returning undergraduate students assisting with pre-orientation programs
      • Athletic teams and associated athletic groups
      • Student departmental employees
    2. Group leaders will submit the names of student participants to Residence Life and Housing by July 14, 2017. 
    3. Lists must be submitted by official group advisors or administrators, NOT individual student members.
    4. Early arrivals may check in from 9 AM to 8 PM on their pre-approved day. Students arriving outside of these times should contact Residence Life and Housing at for instructions for check-in.

    Individual Information

    1. NO early arrivals for upperclassmen on August 23, 2017.
    2. The maximum number of days a student may request an Early Arrival for extenuating circumstances is three (3) days
      • New Undergraduate Students – ONLY as a part of a campus organization or activity
      • Returning Undergraduate Students – August 22, 2017
    3. Fee: $125.00 per student per night
    4. Early arrivals may check-in from 9 Am to 8 PM on their pre-approved day. Students arriving outside of these times should contact Residence Life and Housing at for instructions for check-in.