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Move-In Instructions

Residence Life will implement a phased move-in process August 15–16 for new students and August 17­–18 for returning students in order to minimize the number of residents and those helping them move in at any single time. Students unable to move-in during these dates must contact the Office of Residence Life at housing@drake.edu to schedule an alternative move-in time with staff. 

Residential students moving into our residence halls will be tested for COVID-19 upon move-in during their selected time slot.

Move-In Time Slot Appointments

Move-in time slots are the set arrival time windows for the unloading area during fall move-in. Residential students must sign up for a time slot in order to spread out arrivals throughout each day so as to practice social distancing. We strongly encourage residential students to sign up for a time slots no later than August 5.

Students will have a one-hour move-in time slot window. Upon arriving to campus, students will have a three-hour timeframe for move-in helpers to assist them. This timeframe accounts for a maximum of one hour curbside unloading and an additional two hours to unpack before move-in helpers need to depart.

Students can begin selecting a move-in time slot by following these steps:

  1. Log into my.drake.edu;
  2. Complete housing application for 2020–2021 if needed (Three green check marks will indicate a completed application/contract);
  3. Click the Tab Move-in Time Slot Form;
  4. Click on the Term Selector “Academic Year 2020–2021,” save and continue;
  5. Select a desired move-in time slot, save and continue; and,
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to the student’s drake.edu email address.

Note: Students may cancel and reselect another available move-in appointment up until 24 hours prior to their scheduled appointment time. In order to do this, log back in, cancel the appointment, and select a new one from available appointments. For additional assistance, please contact housing@drake.edu

*New students to Drake will have one collective signup block as hall assignments are not announced until July 31. 

**Returning students will only see dates and times that are available to them based on their residence hall of assignment of Goodwin-Kirk, Jewett, or Morehouse Halls. 

Reminders

  • A Photo ID (Drake student ID or another government-issued photo ID) is required for check-in. 
  • Residents must limit the number of people coming to assist with move-in to no more than three people. All people coming to campus must not be exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Face coverings are required on the Drake campus. Please review the Face Coverings Policy prior to coming to campus, which requires a face covering to be worn at all times while in campus buildings and in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

Check-In Process

All residential students moving into a residence hall will be tested for COVID-19 upon move-in. New students who did not receive their ID in their check-in packet should go to the Student Services Center on August 15 and 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Olmsted Center to have their ID pictures taken.

New Residential Students

New residential students will move into their on-campus residence on August 15 and 16.

  1. Print the building placard for your residence hall and write your name above the building name before traveling to campus.
  2. Please plan travel time in order to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your selected move-in time slot for testing.
  3. Proceed to the Olmsted Center parking lot and remain in your car, following directions from on-site staff. (Students will remain in their car for testing.)
  4. Once residents have completed testing, they will proceed to their residence hall, park curbside, and check-in to receive their student ID, room, mailbox key, and receive additional instructions. Residents will need their student ID (or another government-issued photo ID) to officially check-in and receive keys.
  5. While the resident is completing their paperwork and receiving their key, any move-in helpers accompanying the resident should begin to unload their vehicle. In order to provide a contactless move-in experience, staff and volunteers will not be able to assist in unloading or moving personal items. Please wait to begin setting up your room until all belongings have been moved from the curbside to your residence hall and your vehicle has been moved to a residential parking lot.
  6. As soon as vehicles are unloaded, it must be moved to the dedicated residential parking lot. Staff will be available to provide directions.

If a student needs to run errands for groceries or other items and return to campus after their designated one-hour move-in timeslot has expired, they will need to park in a residential parking lot to unload those items. This will allow other students the opportunity to unload curbside during their designated timeslot.

Returning Residential Students

Returning residential students will move into their on-campus residence on August 17 and 18.

  1. Print the building placard for your residence hall and write your name above the building name before traveling to campus.
  2. Please plan travel time in order to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your selected move-in time slot for testing.
  3. Proceed to the Harkin Center (Lot 24 across from Olmsted) parking lot and remain in your car, following directions from on-site staff. (Students will remain in their car for testing.)
  4. Once residents have completed testing, they will proceed to their residence hall, park curbside, and check-in to be issued a room number and keys, and receive additional instructions. Residents will need their student ID (or another government-issued photo ID) to officially check-in and receive keys.
  5. While the resident is completing their paperwork and receiving their key, any move-in helpers accompanying the resident should begin to unload their vehicle curbside. In order to provide a contactless move-in experience, staff and volunteers will not be able to assist in unloading or moving personal items. Please wait to begin setting up your room until all belongings have been moved from the curbside to your residence hall and your vehicle has been moved to a residential parking lot.
  6. As soon as vehicles are unloaded, it must be moved to the dedicated residential parking lot. Staff will be available to provide directions.

If a student needs to run errands for groceries or other items and return to campus after their designated one-hour move-in timeslot has expired, they will need to park in a residential parking lot to unload those items. This will allow other students the opportunity to unload curbside during their designated timeslot.

Building Placards

To assist Drake staff in directing students to their correct unloading area, please print a dashboard card that corresponds with the student’s residence hall prior to arrival at move-in. Hold up the card while approaching traffic personnel and place it on the dashboard once on campus. 

Carpenter (CA)

Herriott (HE)

Stalnaker (ST)

Crawford (CR)

Goodwin-Kirk (GK)

Jewett (JE)

Morehouse (MH)

Move-In Tips

  • Pack in plastic containers.
  • Bring a dolly or push-cart.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and check the forecast to dress appropriately.
  • Bring TWIN Extra-Long linens.
  • Be sure to consult the What to Bring and What Not to Bring Handout.
  • Roommates should communicate in advance to avoid bringing duplicate items and try to select different move-in time slots to enhance social distancing.
  • Remember, often less is more. Make the move-in (and move-out) experience easier by only bringing the essentials. 

Sustainable Move-In Information

Here are some sustainable ideas to save money and room clutter:

  • Pack using stackable containers and label each container with the student’s last name and building of assignment. This will be extremely helpful during the move-in process to ensure that items make it to the correct room! Plastic bins are also great for storage, can serve as side-tables, and help protect belongings from the elements. We also suggest bringing a small cart or hand-truck as well as a tarp to assist with moving belongings and to help protect items in the event of rain during move-in.
  • Drake University strives for zero waste by recycling during move in! To help ease the amount of waste, try to unpack bulky items at home and repack using reusable containers.
  • For students who have recyclable materials to dispose of after move-in, simply place them in the recycling dumpsters located outside the residence halls. Recycling must be BAGLESS. Plastic bags are NOT allowed in recycling bins and dumpsters. Remember to remove Styrofoam as that is not a recyclable material in Des Moines.
  • Please flatten boxes before recycling to allow for more room in our dumpsters.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

Call Center: (515) 271-2353
Email: covid19@drake.edu