Moving In

What are the requirements regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine and living on campus?

SAIC is a community that requires vaccines and boosters. All community members, including undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and Continuing Studies students must be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines for the 2022-2023 academic year*. Students living in the residence halls cannot move in until they've submitted proof to SAIC that they are fully vaccinated. Please visit the SAIC Health Services Patient Portal for submitting your proof of vaccination. 

Please visit the Make Together Site for updates regarding COVID-19 and the SAIC guest/visitor policy.

*The CDC has updated its vaccine guidance with the following terms: Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

What are the Fall 2022 SAIC move-in dates & times?

11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday August 20 - New International Students & Student Leaders Only.

10:00am to 4:00pm on August 24, 25, 26, & 27 - All other students.

Students should select a time slot to move in as early as possible as there are limited time slots for each day of move in. Students can choose their time slots by logging in to the SAIC Housing Portal with their single-sign on username and password. Housing assignments can also be viewed in the SAIC Housing Portal.

What do I need to do to prepare for Move In?

  1. Ensure Health Services has up to date vaccine records via SAIC Health Services Patient Portal. Students must be fully vaccinated in order to move in to the residence halls
  2. Plan to bring only necessary items with you at move-in.  View our move-in page for more information regarding recommended items to bring. Ship items with Collegeboxes if appropriate
  3. Ensure you have an emergency contact listed in Peoplesoft Self Service
  4. Identify if you will bring a guest(s) with you to assist in the process. Students may have up to 3 fully vaccinated guests accompany them during move in, masks are required to be worn by all students and guests
  5. New Students only: Submit your photo for the ARTICard student ID. The ARTICard ID is the door key for 162 N State Street & Jones HallStudents will receive communication to their SAIC email for a personalized link which should be used to submit your photo
  6. New Students only: Sign the ARTICard/U-Pass contracts which will be sent to your SAIC email address
  7. Sign up for a move-in time slot in the Housing Portal

How to move into 162 N State Street:

  • At your selected move in time, arrive at the unloading zone queue on Lake Street, where it meets State Street. Lake Street is a one way going east so you will need to arrive from the west.  You will see Campus Security officers and other SAIC staff.  
  • While wearing a mask, you will exit the car to check in at the 162 N State Street Residence.  You should bring your government issued phone ID and a cell phone.  The driver will be given directions to enter the unloading zone and be given a discounted parking sticker* (if needed).  After you have checked in, you will return to your car.
  • The driver will wait in the car until they are directed to begin unloading on State Street.  We will have staff available to assist with unloading the car.  The driver should plan to remain with the car at all times.
  • You and your guests (minus the driver) will take items to their room while the driver moves the car to a permanent parking spot.  
  • Once the driver has parked the car, they are able to return to 162 N State Street to assist with unpacking your space.  Please remember to return the moving carts back to the lobby once done with them.*SAIC has a partnership with the parking garage located at Dearborn and Lake Street which offers discounted parking on moving day.* 

 

How to move into Jones Hall:

  • At your selected move in time, arrive at the unloading zone on the corner of State and Madison.  Drive west on Madison Street and it will be just past State Street.  
  • While wearing a mask, you will exit the car to check in at Jones Hall. You should bring your government issued phone ID and your cell phone.  The driver will be given directions to the unloading zone and a discounted parking sticker* (if needed).  
  • Once you have pulled into the unloading zone, staff will be available to assist with unloading the car.  The driver should plan to remain with the car at all times.   
  • You and your guests (minus the driver) will take items to their room while the driver moves the car to a permanent parking spot.
  • Once the driver has parked the car, they are able to return to Jones Hall to assist with unpacking your space.  Please remember to return the moving carts back to the lobby once done with them.*SAIC has a partnership with the parking garage located at Dearborn and Lake Street which offers discounted parking on moving day.*  

How to move into The Buckingham:

  • At your selected move in time, arrive at the unloading zone on E Van Buren State.  
  • While wearing a mask, you will exit the car to check in at Buckingham. You should bring your government issued phone ID and your cell phone.  
  • Once you have pulled into the unloading zone, staff will be available to assist with unloading the car.  The driver should plan to remain with the car at all times.  
  • You and your guests (minus the driver) will take items to their room while the driver moves the car to a permanent parking spot. 
  • Once the driver has parked the car, they are able to return to Buckingham to assist with unpacking your space. 
  • Please note:  SAIC does not have a permit for the parking lot surrounding the Buckingham.  This lot is monitored by cameras and will charge any vehicle for parking that is in the lot for longer than 2 minutes.  Do not unload your vehicle at the back door of the Buckingham unless you are choosing to pay for parking; you will receive a ticket if you are in the parking lot for more than a few minutes.

 

Other Important Information

  • Plan to move in all of your items within the 1 hour timeslot
  • There are students unloading their vehicles and bringing in their items throughout the day. If you are not actively unloading and bringing in your items, please limit your elevator use until after 5pm. 
  • Guests of the student move in are allowed to be in the building the entire day of their student's move in.
  • Elevators will be very busy so we encourage you to use the stairs whenever possible.
  • Bring back carts and/or speedpacks right away so the next students may move in.

Will I need to sign up for a move-in time?

Yes, students must sign up for a Fall 2022 move-in time through the Housing Portal. Students have been notified via their SAIC email that they are able to sign up for a move-in time.

Can I bring someone to assist with my move-in?

At this time, students may bring up to three fully vaccinated people to assist with their move in. Please continue to monitor our Make Together guidelines as updates occur regarding guests for move in.

What if I need to buy a laptop, get a cell phone or open a US bank account?

Students are encouraged to utilize online shopping and digital banking as much as possible. Our residence hall offices will be open to allow for students to receive mail and packages. If students need to leave the residence halls to purchase items, we will have designated times during move in when students can exit and enter the building. Students in quarantine will not be permitted to leave their rooms during the quarantine period.

Can I see my space/the residence halls before my move in time?

Students will not have access to their room/the residence halls before their designated move in time. Students are encouraged to review the floorplans & video tours of each room style, which can be found here. If you have specific questions about your room, contact Residence Life at reslife@saic.edu.

Can I ship my items to the residence halls prior to move in?

Students may ship some belongings to the residence halls prior to their arrival. Packages should be addressed to the student and include their room number, which can be viewed on the SAIC Housing Portal. Shipping addresses for each residence hall can be viewed here.

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.