Move-In Guide

What Should I Know Before Moving In?


First off, Welcome Home! Grand Valley State University is more than just a place for you to learn. It’s a place to connect, a place to explore, a place to succeed, and another place to call home. There’s no better way for you to do it all than by living on campus.

You’ll enjoy a sense of community, lifelong friendships, and connections, convenient access to classes and academic resources, on-campus employment opportunities, comfortable and welcoming living centers, campus beauty, academic support, healthy food, recreation opportunities, and more. The move-in week is the week before classes start and your move-in date is determined by the building assignment.

Thank you for choosing Grand Valley.

The following information will help guide you on how to prepare and what to expect from your move-in day.

2024 Move-In Dates
Tuesday (8/20)
North Campus South Campus

HHLC

Weed

Hoobler

Copeland

Niemeyer

Murray

VanSteeland

Wednesday (8/21)
North Campus South Campus

Maple

Oak

Pine

Johnson

Ott

Pickard

Kirkpatrick

North C

Swanson

Kistler

Calder

Laker Village Apartments (Even Numbers)

Grand Valley Apartments

South C Apartments

South D Apartments

Thursday (8/22)
North Campus South Campus

Pew

Hills

Frey

DeVos

Stafford

Seidman

Robinson

 

South E Apartments

Laker Village Apartments (Odd Numbers)

 

48 West - GV Leased (Off-Campus)

Friday (8/23)
Downtown Campus  

Winter Hall

Secchia Hall

 

Where to check in and what to bring

Preparing to begin your Grand Valley adventure is an exciting time with lots to consider. Use this Move-in Guide as a resource to make sure you start your college experience fully prepared.

Student ID (Driver's License or State-Issued ID will be needed to check in at Campus West or 48 West, OR other campus locations if you do not have your GV Student ID)
Student ID’s are used to access your meal plan and campus housing so be sure to bring it with you on Move-In day!  

North Neighborhood Move-In Locations
(Kistler, Copeland, Robinson, Maple, Oak, Pine, Holton Hooker, Pew, Pickard, DeVos, Stafford, Kirkpatrick, Seidman, Swanson, Hills, Frey, North C, Johnson, Hoobler, Ott, Weed)

Time of Arrival Arriving Tuesday 8/20 Arriving Wednesday 8/21 Arriving Thursday 8/22 Arriving Friday 8/23 – Sunday 8/25
8AM-4PM Go to Lot C Go to Lot C Go to Lot C Go to Holton-Hooker Front Desk
4PM-8PM Go to Holton-Hooker Front Desk Go to Holton-Hooker Front Desk Go to Holton-Hooker Front Desk Go to Holton-Hooker Front Desk

South Neighborhood Move-In Locations
(Laker Village North & South, Niemeyer East & West, Grand Valley Apartments, South C, D & E, Murray, VanSteeland, Calder)

Building Arriving Tuesday 8/20 Arriving Wednesday 8/21 Arriving Thursday 8/22 Arriving Friday 8/23 – Sunday 8/25
Niemeyer Niemeyer main entrance before 4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4-8 PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
Murray & VanSteeland VanSteeland Lawn 8A-4P,South Campus Residential Desk 4P-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
Laker Village Evens South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM Laker Village North Community Center 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
Calder South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM Calder Lobby 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
South Apartments C & D South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South E back patio 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
Grand Valley Apartments South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM Grand Valley Apartments Community Center 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
South Apartments E South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South E back patio 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM
Laker Village Odds South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM Laker Village North Community Center 8AM-4PM, South Campus Residential Desk 4PM-8PM South Campus Residential Desk 8AM-8PM

Pew Campus Move-In Locations (Winter & Secchia)

 
Building Arriving Tuesday 8/22 – Sunday 8/25
Winter & Secchia Winter Hall Front Desk 8AM-8PM

 

Click Here for the Packing List

 

What to Expect on Move-In Day

Arrival on Campus | Help us by arriving during your assigned day/time. Please refer to the move-in email that we sent to your GVSU email with the GPS address of where to go when you get to campus. This address is based on where you live (north or south campus). If you need to register for an alternate date of arrival, click HERE.

Check-In | Check-in will happen in various locations depending on the building you live in and what time you arrive. You will need your student ID to check-in and receive your room key. After being checked in, you will unload your belongings and move into your room. Once you have emptied your vehicle, please move it to the designated parking lot to make room for the next Laker to unload. 

Room Condition Reports | Before you unpack, be sure to complete your Room Condition Report (RCR) found on your myHousing Overview in Banner. This document will make sure that you are not charged for damages you were not responsible for at the end of the year. Please complete it within 24 hours of moving in. All university-issued furniture must remain in the housing unit.

Unpack | After you’ve turned in your room inventory, settle into your new space! Put away your belongings, hang up your clothes, etc. Housing staff will be available to help with any questions you have.

Renter's Insurance | As a resident, you are encouraged to have renters insurance coverage or check the coverage provided under your family’s homeowners policy in case any major incidents occur.

Floor Meetings | As you move in, it is required that you must attend a floor or community meeting that includes important information related to policies, procedures, and expectations related to living on campus.

Test Your Dining Card | Scan your student ID at one of the nearby dining locations to make sure your dining account is active. Visit the Laker Food Co. website for more information.

Walk Your Route to Class | Walking your route to class is a great way to get comfortable with the campus layout and ensure you will be on time for your first class.

Get Parking Pass | If you will be parking on campus and have yet to get a parking pass, be sure to visit Grand Valley Parking.

Go Shopping | Purchase your books and GVSU apparel from the GVSU Laker Store. Visit one of our convenience stores on campus or hop on the free Laker Line bus route for a ride to Meijer.

View the Laker Welcome Schedule | Laker Welcome takes place the first six weeks of every fall semester, providing our newest students with information and opportunities to connect with their community as they acclimate to life as a Laker! Welcome Week is week one (August 19 - 25, 2024), and is filled with exciting and fun events. We can't wait to see you there!

Transitions Tips for Parents and Supporters

The transition to college can be overwhelming for any student. As a parent, guardian, or family member of a new college student, you play an important part in your student's successful transition and subsequent academic and social success at GVSU.

It is important to understand that the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) does not allow parents or supporters access to student's educational files, or the ability to make university decisions for their student.

Encourage your student to:

  • Ask questions and solve problems on their own.
  • Take risks that create positive results.
  • Practice healthy behavior.
  • Role model an adult relationship with you.
  • Develop new friendships at GVSU.
  • Talk with roommates about problems (in person) as it relates to sharing space.
  • Get involved in campus events.
  • Find a place they feel comfortable studying (which may be outside of their living center or room).
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