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.

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 information@housing.gatech.edu 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 movein@housing.gatech.edu.

  • Check back on this page for details on the selecting a move-in time, check-in process, and more as your move-in approaches. 
  • Connect with your roommate to start the conversation about appliances and more. 
  • Visit Items to Bring (and what not to bring).
  • Get excited for Week of Welcome - visit welcomehome.gatech.edu to learn more.

 

  • Before you depart for campus, review the map of how to get to campus and find check-in. 
  • Go through check-in to receive your keys and a map to 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. 
  • 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.