Move In Overview

The official First-Year Move-In day is Friday, August 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The official move-in dates for returning students are Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Any student who is requesting to arrive to campus early can email . If students are already on the Early Arrival list through Athletics or another department, they will receive an email from Residential Life no later than August 9, 2019.

Residential Life staff including Resident Assistants will be available on campus throughout move-in weekend to assist you with getting checked in and ready for the academic year. Our hope is that the move-in experience is smooth, convenient, and fun! In addition to our Residential Life staff, various departments and leaders from across campus will be available to assist you, greet you, and help you get settled before classes begin.

Read more about First-Year Move-In Weekend

Step-by-Step Guide for A Successful Check In

  1. Make sure all devices are charged before you arrive to campus.
  2. Make sure you have your ID.
    • First Year students pick-up their student ID from the Residential Life staff at their assigned building during check-in.
    • Returning students can update their IDs at the various kiosks across campus AFTER they've completed their check-in.
    • Students living in the fraternities can additionally pick up their fraternity room key during the check-in process at the Mitchell Towers lobby.
    • If you have lost your student ID and need a new one, you can visit the IT HelpDesk to get a new one printed.
  3. Drive to your Residential Hall and park in SHORT-TERM parking.
  4. Park in SHORT-TERM parking & go inside the building to verify you're checked in completely.
    ***DO NOT unload yet***
  5. AFTER you've verified you've checked in with Res. Life staff, unload your vehicle(s) from short-term parking.
    • There are flatbed moving carts available in each of the four main residential buildings.
    • Wesley Hall and Seaton Hall elevators will be turned on during move-in weekend only.
  6. After you've unload your vehicle(s) completely, move your car(s) to long-term parking.
    • long-term parking refers to parking areas or parking lots that are away from entrances. This will allow for other students to easily unload and will keep the traffic cleared up for Campus Safety.
    • First Year Move-In is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019.
    • Returner Move-in is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 & Sunday, August 25, 2019.
    • Early Arrival are REQUESTS only. If a student is requesting an Early Arrival, please email with your first name, last name, date of Early Arrival request, and reasons for why you are requesting to move-in early.

Maps & Directions

One of the more convenient ways to navigate around campus is by going online to view our campus map. In addition to viewing the campus online, Albion College staff members will be handing out maps at several locations, specifically at each check-in desks within the residential halls. Check-in time is from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for first year students on August 23rd. For our upperclassmen, you will be permitted to check into your space between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. If you arrive after 6:00 p.m. then you will need to contact the RA on duty and please be patient while we try to locate a staff member to assist you after hours.

You will see various staff members from the Department of Residential Life throughout the entire day. Be sure to introduce yourself and your family to them. Each of the residence halls will have information posted about events, activities, meals, and campus safety.

What to Bring

Are you curious to know what items are permitted in the residence halls? First of all, we encourage you to connect with your roommate(s) to discuss which items you plan to share in order to avoid cluttering the room. You may also check out the Items you may want for your residence hall room and Items to Leave at Home sections of the New Students page.

Please note that all student rooms in the residence halls are not the same, especially in size. You can view each residence hall on the Building Information page.

Connect with Roommates

If you have not already made contact with your roommates, then we strongly encourage you to do so. You may find that information in your Albion email and or call the Department of Residential Life at 517/629-0224. It may be helpful to get to know one another prior to move-in day. Please be sure to discuss with your roommates about your living style preferences. Keep in mind that your roommates don't have to be best friends but it's important to discuss a shared common goal on what a successful living experience may look like for everyone.

Sample Questions:

  • What's your schedule like (weekday/weekend)?
  • What's your take on privacy in the room?
  • If anything goes wrong, how will you communicate with me?
  • How do you feel about guests?
  • Do you have a job and or involved in any student clubs and organizations?
  • Are you a morning or night person?
  • What are you bringing to college that you're willing to share or not share?
  • Where do you fall on neatness spectrum?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • How do you study?
  • Do you like the room hot or cold?
  • How do you feel about parties?
  • What chores do you not mind doing?
  • What are some of your favorite foods, music, movies, etc.?
  • Why did you chose Albion?
  • Tell me about your family and or pets back home.
  • Is there anything you want to know about me?


Can I get a new Student ID/Albion 1Card?

Students can go to the IT HelpDesk, located on the ground floor of Ferguson, across from the computer lab. Each new Student ID costs $5.00, which is added to the student's account.

Students who are looking to get their ID updated for the semester can visit one of the ID Kiosks across campus. The ID Kiosks are located on the ground floor of Ferguson, in Upper Baldwin (near the stairs/entrance of Baldwin Cafe), and on the West end of the Kellogg Center (KC).

If a Student ID is not working, students can visit the IT HelpDesk to get it fixed.

How do I change my room?

Students are unable to change their room for the first two weeks of each semester. Students are permitted to seek approval for a room move between Monday, September 9th and Monday, September 30th ONLY.

If students are experiencing roommate conflicts, we encourage students to following this process:

  • Talk with your roommate in person about the concern within 24-48 hours.
  • Use your roommate agreement workbook to go over areas of concern with your roommate and then have a conversation with your RA about updating your room rules.
  • Talk with your Resident Assistant (RA) to have a roommate mediation.
  • Talk with your Resident Director (RD) about the concerns in a timely manner.
  • Use your roommate agreement workbook to go over areas of concern to update your room rules.

How do I switch my meal plan?

Board plan changes are permitted until the 10 th day of the semester. Students must email Residential Life to let us know they would like to change their meal plan. For example, "I would like to change my meal plan from the 18 meal plan to the 21 meal plan for Fall 2019."

Students that reside in the residence halls (Wesley, Mitchell, Whitehouse, Seaton, Fiske, and Ingham) are required to be on a residential board plan. The different Meal Plan options are listed on the Tuition & Fees website.

Students that reside in the fraternities and apartments are not required to be on board but may purchase a board plan if they wish.

I lost my room key. How do I get a new one?

Students can go to the IT HelpDesk, located on the ground floor of Ferguson, across from the computer lab for a new Student ID. Each new Student ID costs $5.00, which is added to the student's account.

For fraternity keys, students can email, call, or visit Residential Life to explain that they need a new key for their room. There is an automatic $90.00 lock change charge for a new fraternity key or if the key is lost. Facilities staff typically changes the lock within 1–3 business days.

Can I have furniture removed from my room?

All furniture must remain in the designated room/apartment for the duration of the school year, per the Student Handbook. Students may be charged for removing furniture.