Housing and Residence Life: Move-In Information
When do I move in?
SAIC has a variety of move-in dates and times. Please see the times listed below to learn your date and time.
New International Students
Sunday, August 19, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
New International Students may arrive anytime during this period.
New Domestic Students
Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
New Domestic Students may arrive anytime during this period.
Sunday, August 26, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Current students returning campus may arive anytime during this period. Students may arrive after the alloted time, but move-in crew will not be available at that time. This includes current international students.
How do I get to the residence halls?
Via public transportation
CTA from O'Hare Airport
Blue Line—from O'Hare Airport
Fare is $5.25
To Jones Hall: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Washington. (Washington and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block south, and one block east to the corner of Madison and State Street. The building is located at 7 West Madison Street.
To the 162 North State Street Residences: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Washington. (Washington and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block north and one block east, to the corner of Randolph and State Streets. The building is located on the northwest corner.
To the Buckingham: Take the Loop-bound train (Forest Park), and exit the train at Jackson. (Jackson and Dearborn Streets). Walk one block south and two blocks east, to the corner of Van buren and Wabash Streets. The building is located on the southeast corner.
CTA from Midway Airport
Orange Line—from Midway Airport
Fare is $2.50
To Jones Hall: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the Adams and Wabash stop. Walk one block west to the corner of Adams and State Streets, and two blocks north to Madison and State Streets. The building is located at 7 West Madison Street.
To the 162 North State Street Residences: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the State and Lake stop. Walk one block south to 162 North State Street.
To the Buckingham: Take the Loop-bound train, and exit the train at the Harold Washington stop. Walk two blocks east. The building is located on the southeast corner.
To get to Downtown Chicago, or the Loop, please consult the How to get here page.
The 162 North State Street Residences are located on State Street between Randolph and Lake Streets, just across from the iconic Chicago Theater and its can't-miss marquee.
Jones Hall is located on the corner of State Street and Madison Street, at 7 West Madison Street.
The Buckingham is located on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Van Buren Street, at 39 East Van Buren Street.
What do I do when I arrive?
Jones Hall map [PDF]
Arrive at the building:
- The street in front of Jones Hall, Madison Street, will be available for a quick dropoff. Staff will be available to help unload in order for your car to be moved to parking.
- Wait to unload: You may need to wait to unload your items due to the high volume of traffic; however, most vehicles will not have to wait to unload.
- Check-In: As the driver of the vehicle waits to unload, the student should proceed to the check-in table, located in the front of the building (or just inside the lobby if it's raining). If the student is the driver, the student may leave the car to check-in. You should come prepared with emergency contact information, as you will be asked to provide this at check-in.
- Unload your vehicle.
- Find a permanent parking space: Once your car has been unloaded, it must be immediately moved to one of the city's parking garages. SAIC has a partnership with the Theatre District parking garage located on Dearborn Street and Lake Street which offers a discounted parking rate ($17 instead of $36) on move-in day only. SAIC staff will be able to give you a blue discounted parking ticket.
* If you arrive after the move-in times, Madison Street will not have a lane blocked from traffic. Please find a parking spot and see the Campus Security Officer in the lobby of the building to assist you in obtaining the key to your room and laundry carts to assist with moving your items.
162 North State Street Residences
- Unload your car. The unloading zone, which is in the alley (Couch Place) is located at the north end of our building. SAIC student volunteers and staff will assist you in getting into the alley, unloading your vehicle, moving your items to your room, and getting out of the alley.
- Find a permanent parking space: Once your car has been unloaded, it must be immediately moved to one of the city's parking garages. SAIC has a partnership with the Theatre District parking garage located on Dearborn Street and Lake Street which offers a discounted parking rate ($17 instead of $36) on move-in day only. SAIC staff will be able to give you the blue discounted parking ticket.
*If you arrive after the move-in times, we will not have the permit for Couch Place (the alley) or the surrounding blocks. Please find a parking spot or have someone wait with your vehicle in Couch Place and see the Campus Security Officer in the lobby of the building to assist you in obtaining the key to your room and laundry carts to assist with moving your items.
The Buckingham Residences
- Drive to unloading area: Drive into the parking lot at the southeast corner of Wabash and Van Buren from Van Buren Street and pull in behind the Buckingham building. There will be an unloading area at the back doors.
- Wait to unload and check in: The driver must remain in the car while it is temporarily parked. The student should leave the car and proceed to the check-in table, located right inside the back doors.
- Unload your vehicle: Student volunteers and staff will assist you in unloading your vehicle and getting your items to your room.
- Park you vehicle: Once unloaded, you can park in the adjacent parking lot. Additional parking is available across Wabash Avenue as well.
Where do I park the car after it has been unloaded?
There are many parking options in the Loop, but the Theater District parking garage located on Dearborn Street between Randolph Street and Lake Street is conveniently located just around the block from 162 North State Street and just two-and-a-half blocks from Jones Hall. SAIC has a partnership with this parking garage and is able to offer you a discounted parking ($17 instead of $36) ticket for Move In weekend. The Buckingham has parking available directly adjacent to the building.
What should I do after I am moved in?
Go and pick up your Orientation Materials, including but not limited to your ARTICard ID and your Orientation schedule! If you have a later check-in time, you are welcome to pick up your Orientation materials before you move in. Check out the Orientation website for more details.
What do students' friends and families need to do to access the residence hall during move in?
On Saturday, August 25, visitor stickers will be active until 10:00 p.m. After this time, guests and visitors will need to check in with Campus Security with a photo ID.
For returning students on Sunday, August 26, visitor stickers will be active until 10:00pm.
How long will it take me to move in?
The length of time it takes to move into the residence halls can range from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the amount of vehicles unloading, elevator usage, etc. Staff members will be present to help minimize the length of time it takes students to move in by facilitating a waiting line to unload, helping to unload the vehicles, and more. Please know that there are often long waits for the elevators as there are many people moving in and only two or three elevators, dependent on the building.
Where are the public restrooms in the buildings?
In 162 North State Street Residences, there are public bathrooms on the 4th and 16th floors. In Jones Hall, there is a public bathroom on the 3rd floor. In the Buckingham, there is a public bathroom on the first floor.
What resources are available to help me move my items into the building?
Laundry Carts: We will have laundry carts available for all students to use throughout the move in weekend. These are a great way to get large amounts of items into the building quickly! These are available throughout the entire move-in weekend and throughout the academic year.
Staff and volunteers: During the official move-in times, SAIC staff and volunteers will be available to help move your laundry cart worth of items into the student's room.
Where are the grocery and home stores?
There are many home and grocery stores very close to the residence halls.
- Mariano's | 333 E. Benton Pl.
This is a large grocery store with many great options. Walk east (towards the lake) on Randolph Street. Turn left on Columbus Drive. Turn right on Park Drive. See 333 E Benton Place to your left.
- Jewel | 550 N. State St. (at Grand Ave.)
Jewel is located outside the Red Line stop at Grand Avenue. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Grand stop. You can also walk north on State Street to Grand Avenue. It is about 3/4 of a mile.
- Whole Foods Market | 30 W. Huron St.
This has all your organics, locally grown, and exotic choices. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Chicago stop. Walk south two blocks to Huron Street. Turn right and walk to 30 West Huron Street.
- Trader Joe's | 44 E. Ontario St.
This is a slightly more affordable version of Whole Foods. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Grand stop. Walk north two blocks to Ontario Street. Turn right and walk one and a half blocks east to 44 East Ontario Street.
- Trader Joe's | 1147 S. Wabash Ave.
Another Trader Joe's location: Take the Red Line South toward 95th/Dan Ryan and get off at the Roosevelt stop. Turn left on Roosevelt Road and walk one block east.
- Target | 1 S. State St. (at Madison St.)
This is a "city version" of the Target big-box store.
- Target | 1154 S. Clark St. (at Roosevelt Rd.)
This is the downtown big-box that also has groceries. Take the Red Line south toward 95th/Dan Ryan and get off at the Roosevelt stop. Turn right on Roosevelt Road and walk over the bridge. Or if you drive, there is an attached parking garage.
- Bed Bath & Beyond | 530 N. State St. (at Grand Ave.)
This store has all your linens, bath, and kitchen necessities. Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the Grand stop.
- Best Buy, The Container Store, Crate and Barrel (at North Ave. and Sheffield Ave.)
Take the Red Line north toward Howard and get off at the North/Clybourn stop. Walk west out of the station along North Avenue and you'll quickly reach a small hub of superstores, an ideal place for stocking up.
How do I move the items that I purchase from the grocery and home stores into the building?
If you have filled your vehicle with groceries and items, you should re-enter the unloading zone. When you reach the unloading zone, you may unload your vehicle there. If you are carrying your items into the building, you can enter the front doors to wait for the elevators. Please note: your wait for the elevator may be longer than expected as we need to continue to move students in as they arrive at the school.
What if I need to move in after the official move in times?
Students are welcome to move in after the official move in times; however, we don't have as many resources available to you.
Check In: The check in desk will no longer be in the lobby of the building. Students will need to check in with the Campus Security officer in the lobby who will direct them to a Residence Life staff member who will access their key and information.
Parking: We have the parking permits for unloading zones for limited amounts of time after the official move in ends. For Jones Hall, we have the permit for Madison St. until 7:00 p.m. on the 25th, and until 6:00 p.m. on the 26th. For the 162 N. State St. residences, Residence Life has the permit for Couch Place until 7:00 p.m. on the 25th, and until 6:00 p.m. on the 27th.
Laundry Carts: We will still have laundry carts available for use but students will need to pick them up from the Residence Life desk. (the Buckingham, the lobby; Jones Hall, 3rd floor; 162 North State Street Residences, 4th floor)
What information should students have when they check into the residence halls?
Students should bring their emergency contact information to the check in desk. They will be asked to provide it at this time if they have not already entered it in SAIC Self-Service.
What if I am bringing an oversized vehicle? (U-Haul truck, moving van)
In Jones Hall and the Buckingham, there should be no issue with you unloading your large vehicle. In 162 North State Street, oversized vehicles can be a little more challenging to fit into the alley. Please expect that SAIC staff will offer you special directions about how and where to unload.
What if I am arriving via cab or airport shuttle?
In Jones Hall and the Buckingham, you may follow the move in directions as stated. In 162 North State Street Residences, you may pull in front of the building. You will not be required to get in the unloading line. Please note: carts may not be available immediately. You may need to unload your items and then secure a laundry cart.
What if I am moving in from a hotel?
Some students choose to follow the above listed steps as they have a full car load of items. Some students are more successful by walking their items over to the building. Either option is acceptable. Please note, we do not have enough laundry carts for students to take them back to their hotels.
What about my roommate?
Your roommate's name and contact information will be emailed to your school account by January 10. If for some reason, you do not receive notification, contact us directly at the Residence Life Office at 312.629.6870 or email@example.com. It is a good idea to contact your roommate before move-in to get to know each other, arrange items to bring, or even make travel plans together.
See also: Your Student Living Plan
Can I send packages to the residence hall before I arrive?
Yes, you may. You have a couple options to do this:
Service to SAIC Students: Ship-To-School!
Ship-To-School is a program offered by Collegeboxes, Inc. to help students get their items from home to school. We have worked with this company for more than ten years and they serve many schools across the nation. Ship-To-School service allows you to schedule FedEx to pick up your items at your home, ship the items for temporary storage near school, and then deliver everything to SAIC before domestic student move in so they are waiting in your room!
The process is simple: go to collegeboxes.com to register for Ship-To-School; they schedule a FedEx pick up your items from your home and ship everything to their local storage facility; then they deliver them to your room as the school year begins. Don't worry that you don't know your room assignment yet—SAIC will work with Collegeboxes to ensure they have the right room number. Students will need to contract with Collegeboxes on an individual basis—head to Collegeboxes.com for more information.
If you plan on sending some belongings to the residence hall before you arrive, please attempt to have the belongings arrive as close to your move in date as possible. Our mail storage room will not allow us to store packages for weeks at a time. If you do mail us a package, we will accept it, log it, and put it into our secure mail room. We will email the student to notify them they have a package. Students may pick up the package at the residence hall front desk (4th floor in 162 N State Street Residences or 3rd floor in Jones Hall) by presenting their student ID to be checked against our package log. Please see information about the mailing address below.
Please note: The residence halls will receive 100+ packages a day during the week prior to and the two weeks after move in. We will do our best to process these packages and disperse them to residents in a timely manner. We ask for your patience during this time. Please consider this information as you order supplies that have time sensitive deliveries.
What is the mailing address?
Addresses for each residence hall can be found below. We encourage students and families to include the student's room number in the address in order to ensure successful delivery of mail. In addition, students who have a preferred name or multiple names that mail is sent to should inform the residence hall desk about possible names their mail could be sent to.
162 North State Street Residences
162 N State St. Residences
162 N. State St., Room Number
Chicago, IL 60601
7 W. Madison St., Room Number
Chicago, IL 60602
59 E. Van Buren St., Apartment Number
Chicago, IL 60605