First-year

Welcome to Georgia Tech! We’re excited that you’ll be living on campus, and we look forward to sharing all the details you will need as you transition into life at Tech. Please check back here frequently for updates on details regarding First-Year move-in.

  • Upload your BuzzCard Photo now at buzzcard.gatech.edu. You BuzzCard lets you access your building & meal plan, and will be ready for pickup at check-in during move-in. 
  • Select a Move-In time - You will have 30 minutes to check-in on your move-in day. You will use a mobile app to select a time. Check your e-mail in the coming weeks for specific details on how to download the app and when time slots open up. 
  • Visit Items to Bring (and what not to bring).
  • Tour your building and room online.
  • Get excited for Week of Welcome - visit welcomehome.gatech.edu to learn about the week’s offerings from August 8 - 16.

 

  • Before you depart for campus, be sure to bring your mask and do your daily self-checklist, which includes reviewing if you have any symptoms, recent contact with someone who was diagnosed with Covid-19, or have been asked to self-quarantine or isolate.
  • Review the map of how to get to campus and find check-in, located in the CRC Parking Deck. Check-in will take place inside the parking garage, which has a maximum height of 7-feet 6-inches. This means U-hauls and other taller vehicles won’t be able to enter. 
  • We ask that the student be the driver or front passenger of the vehicle and have their ID ready at check-in. There they will receive their BuzzCard and keys along with directions to your unloading area and additional check-in information.
  • Follow the directions to either East or West Campus until you reach your unloading area. 
  • You will unload your items into the large bins available before moving your vehicle(s) out of the loading area to your long term parking spot. 
  • Please note that in the interest of safety, volunteers will not be able to assist with moving in your belongings. You will be responsible for moving your items from the bin outside into your room. 
  • To make your move-in as smooth as possible, see our Move-in Tips page. If you have additional questions, call the Housing & Residence Life team at 404.894.2470.

As you plan your arrival to Georgia Tech we ask that you limit the items you bring to essentials only. Be mindful and minimal as you pack your belongings to make your move-in experience as smooth as possible. By doing so, you help us encourage the safety of our volunteers and your fellow residents. Click below for information on recommended and prohibited items.

We know moving a student into their room is a big step. Additionally, the move-in process this year will be different from anything you've seen before as we work to maintain the safety of our community. Visit this page of tips and best practices to make this monumental move a smooth one. 

First year on Campus

Brittain Hall

There are many activities, events, and organizations available for you at Georgia Tech. Have fun, meet new friends, and get involved!

Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:

First-Year Experience Program

The First-year Experience Program is a self-selected living option designed to help 1st year residents build a solid personal and academic foundation within the context of a diverse and inclusive community.

The foundation of the First-year Experience is organic — eating together and living in traditional-style residence halls starts building a strong community among the incoming class.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities are an academic strategy that link academics to on-campus living. Each Georgia Tech community is an integrated experience that promotes interactions between faculty and students, fosters collaboration among students, improves student GPA, enhances campus and civic engagement, increases retention, and eases both the academic and social transition to college.