Welcoming our new Jackets home is always an exciting time of year! First-year students move in a week before classes start for Week of Welcome, followed by our returning undergraduate, graduate, and transfer students in the days leading up to the first day of class. We know students and families have a lot of questions about what move-in looks like - explore below for more details on the process, a list of which items to bring and not to bring, tips for a smooth move, and more. More details will be posted here as our next move-in approaches. Welcome home, Jackets!

Details for January Move-in

This year classes will start on Thursday, January 14, 2021, so move-in for campus housing will be Wednesday, January 13 - Friday, January 15. Here’s what incoming residents should know and do to prepare for move-in: 

  • Check-in for most residence halls will take place at the Area Office associated with your hall. Residents who move in to West Campus on Wednesday and Thursday will have a similar process done as a drive-thru in front of Fitten Hall. Residents should plan to have their temperature checked upon arrival at check-in.

  • Area Offices are open for check-in from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday. If you arrive after that time, or during the MLK holiday weekend when the offices are closed, you should reach out the RA on-duty for your hall. Please note that key pick-up will is only available during office hours - if you will arrive after hours, please reach out to alert your area office.

  • BuzzCards will be in your move-in packet if you uploaded your photo by December 27th. If you didn't, you can visit the BuzzCard Center to have your photo taken and card printed. 

  • Moving in after January 15th? Residents have the option to move in on Tuesday, January 19th or later if needed, but it is imperative they let us know their plans by emailing so that we can hold the room. Please note that our offices are closed during the MLK Holiday weekend, but residential staff will be available for those who have recently moved in.  

  • For the health and safety of our community, Georgia Tech's guidance for safely joining our campus in person includes: 

    • Test twice. All students should participate in surveillance testing as soon as possible once they arrive on campus, and then 3 to 5 days after arrival. Testing sites will be open every day campus is open, with increased hours beginning Jan. 11. Check hours and locations.
    • Keep your distance. Avoid close contact with others, including roommates, for 7 days after arrival. Note that the CDC recommends that you stay isolated for the full 7 days, even if your test results are negative, and to self-isolate for 10 days if you cannot get tested.
    • Take precautions. After arriving on campus, maintain social distance, avoid group gatherings, and wear a face covering at all times when around others, including small friend groups. 
    • Previously positive, test again. Anyone who had Covid-19 early in the fall semester will be outside of the three-month window of relative protection, and should follow all of the recommendations for reducing the chance of exposure to Covid-19, including regular testing, wearing a face covering, social distancing, avoiding group gatherings, and handwashing. 

We appreciate the community's patience and cooperation as we plan for a safe and smooth move-in experience. If you have any questions about move-in, you can email us at

Your head is probably spinning. Keep calm and visit the First-year Move-In page for everything you need to know.

Important dates, move-in tips, and more are on the Undergrad Move-In page.

Welcome to your new home — where you’ll keep your stuff and hang out with friends, retreat for a little solitude, do lots of studying, and curl up for a good night’s sleep.

Graduate students - You may move into your residence beginning on the first day of your housing contract occupancy period. Learn more on the Graduate Move-In page.

Unfurnished apartments for graduate students and families are in the 10th and Home Apartments located on the North Campus.

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.