University Housing at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Move-in Day

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Fall 2014 Move-In

Move-in day for new freshmen and transfer students is Thursday, August 21, 2014. Freshman residents of Living-Learning Communities who are arriving for LLC Orientation move in on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Returning students move in on Saturday, August 23, 2014 (returners, please check in at your area office!). You are strongly encouraged to move in on your designated day. However, if moving in on your designated day causes your family significant hardship, please review early arrival information.

If you are a resident of Daniels or Sherman, your contract begins Thursday, August 21, 2014 but you may arrive and check in on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 without making any advance arrangements. There is a $30/night early arrival charge for checking in on Wednesday, August 20 ($50/night with meals). If you need to arrive prior to August 20, please submit an Early Arrival Request.

Residents moving in

Illini Guides (Fall Move-in Only)

Illini Guides ("I-Guides") are returning residents who volunteer to help new students move in. They direct traffic, arrange parking, move your belongings into your hall, and are a great source of information about the campus. I-Guides are a part of the network of University Housing staff members who will be here to welcome you into your new home. Look for them in their bright orange t-shirts on Move-in Day.

The I-Guide tradition at Illinois was established in 1947, and we are extremely proud of our all-volunteer staff. These students make Move-in Day a great experience for new residents!

Directions and Parking for Fall Move-In

If you are a new student moving in on August 21, 2014 you will be receiving a move-in map which contains specific directions on how to get to your residence hall. Please do not rely on GPS or online maps, as campus traffic is re-routed for the day and many of the streets you might normally use are blocked or changed to one-way. Once you get close to your building, look for I-Guides for specific unloading and check-in instructions. Also look for free drinks and snacks near each hall!

Move-in map 2014

Dining Information - Fall 2014

All residential dining halls will open for regular hours starting with lunch on Thursday, August 21, 2014. If you will be arriving before August 21, check out the early arrival dining hall locations and hours

Please note that your meal plan is prorated for the first three days of your contract, since meal plan weeks begin on Sunday mornings at midnight. When your contract begins (lunch on Thursday, August 21), here's what your meal plan balance will be:

  • If you have the 6 Classic Plan, your balance will be 2 Classic meals
  • If you have the 12 Classic/15 Café Credits Plan, your balance will be 4 Classic/5.70 Café Credits
  • If you have the 10 Classic/45 Café Credits Plan, your balance will be 4 Classic/17.10 Café Credits
  • If you have the All Café Credits (130) Plan, your balance will be 49.40 Café Credits
  • If you have the Maximum Classic Plan, you will be able to eat all available meal periods during this week

You will see a full week's balance of meals and credits starting Sunday, August 24, 2014 at midnight.

Spring 2014 Move-In

The residence halls officially open for spring 2014 check-in beginning Sunday, January 19, 2014. Please pick up your keys at the office in your area between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. If you will be unable to arrive by the first day of classes on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, notify the Housing Information Office of when you intend to check in. If you arrive after January 21, 2014 without notifying the housing office, your assignment may change. Failure to claim your room assignment does not automatically cancel your contract.

If you are interested in early arrival, early arrival begins on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12 noon. The cost of early arrival is $30.00 per night through Saturday, January 18, 2014. To receive early arrival housing, simply report to your hall's area office for check-in. All early arrival charges will be billed to your student university account. See early arrival information page.

Dining meal plans begin on Monday, January 20, 2014 with brunch (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday). The deadline to make changes for the spring semester meal plan is February 15, 2014.

Apartment Residents

Welcome to Family & Graduate Housing! We look forward to your arrival on campus and we’re excited you will be joining our community.

If you will be moving in to University Apartments at Orchard Downs, Goodwin-Green, or Ashton Woods, please come to the Family & Graduate Housing office to check in.

The Family & Graduate Housing (FGH) office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are closed over weekends and on holidays.  If you need to pick up your keys outside of our normal business hours, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make alternate arrangements.

The Family & Graduate Housing Office is located at:

1841 Orchard Place
Urbana, IL 61801
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Apartment Check-in

Please come to the FGH office to check in. It will take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the volume of residents arriving. We have requested that you bring completed forms and provide proof of affiliation to the University of Illinois. Check-in will be more efficient if your forms are completed in advance and you provide the appropriate documents (marriage certificate, domestic partner verification, and birth certificates, as appropriate).


If you will need parking, please review our parking information and apply

Click on “Request a Parking Permit” and fill in your information. Make sure you fill in all of the required information in the boxes with the red asterisk (*). You will need your University ID number and your password to apply.

Ashton Woods and Orchard Downs

Parking at these locations is included in your monthly rent.


A monthly fee is charged to Goodwin-Green permit holders who park in lot D8. Please note that parking at Goodwin-Green is not guaranteed and permits are issued based on space availability. If a space is available, the Family & Graduate Housing office will contact you. If all spaces are reserved, we can offer a space at Orchard Downs for no charge.

All residents are responsible for following University parking regulations. Read about campus parking regulations and rates.

Directions for Getting an i-card

Visit the i-card website to learn more about i-cards and where to get one.

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