Move-In & Move-Out

Moving In

When you arrive on campus, check in at the residence office for your assigned residence.

You will be given, and asked to sign for, the keys to your residence. You will also be asked to complete a hall registration card and to provide emergency contact information.

Students must be registered and have settled their University student accounts before they will be issued residence keys.

If you plan to arrive after the first day of classes, you must notify BU Housing.

If you plan to ship personal belongings (or your family plans to send you packages), mail or ship these items to arrive on or after the day you are scheduled to move in. You should travel to campus with the essential items you will need during your first few days on campus.

Read about furnishings, mail rooms, telephones, and more in Safety & Services. If you need a packing checklist, please review our What to Bring webpage for suggestions.

Upon check-in, you will be asked to complete an on-line room condition report in order to assess the condition of your room assignment.

Moving Out

You are responsible for turning in your keys to your residence office whenever you move out of a residence, or if you move from one residence to another during the year.

Please remove all of your belongings, and leave the room or apartment in a clean and habitable condition. All furniture that was in your room when you moved in is expected to be there and arranged as you found it. If you fail to properly check out and turn in your keys, you may be charged additional residence, dining plan, and lock/key fees.

If you are moving off campus from a dormitory-style residence, always remember to update your home address in the Student Link under the Personal tab, Address and Phone section, so that your mail can be forwarded. If you are moving from an apartment-style residence (other than 10 Buick Street and 33 Harry Agganis Way) you must complete a change-of-address form online at