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Residential Commons Move-In instructions

This first step will actually be done before you arrive on-campus. Following Parking & ID Services parameters, submit and have a photo approved by July 1 on the My Card Portal. You must complete this step or we will be unable to provide you a student ID card at Move-In. All of our residence halls are card-access only to enter the building, and some of our student rooms also rely on card-access, so it's an important item to have on campus.  

Again, this step occurs prior to coming to campus. On the SMU Housing Portal, select a Move-In timeslot that is the most convenient for you. No timeslot is better than the other, since we stagger appointments throughout the day, ensuring a steady flow of Move-In participants. If you need to change your move-in time, simply do so on the housing portal. An email will be sent to your SMU account letting you know when timeslots go live, starting in late-May. Please secure a timeslot by July 31.

Only after you have confirmed your Move-In timeslot should you book travel. There are multiple Move-In Days, and you want to ensure that your travel plans coincide with your move-in time. 

Your Move-In Day has arrived, and it is time to come to campus! On your Move-In Day, at your scheduled time, you will need be on-campus, ready to unload and unpack your belongings. Please do not arrive early, nor late, as this will disrupt our schedule and make the move-in experience more laborious. To make the process of unloading easier, we have identified the closest parking areas to each building, listed below. Please park in the appropriate lot for your residence hall. As parking is limited, we rely on students moving in at their scheduled time, so that there will be parking spaces available for everyone. 

Parking Guide

Armstrong, Crum, Kathy Crow, Loyd, and Ware Commons (Southeast Area): Mustang Parking Center, 6001 Bush Avenue

 

Boaz, Cockrell-McIntosh, McElvaney, and Morrison-McGinnis Commons (Central Area): Binkley Parking Center, 3105 Binkley Ave

 

Mary Hay Peyton Shuttles, and Virginia-Snider Commons (North Area): Virginia-Snider Commons, 3305 Dyer Street; park in the area just North of Virginia-Snider Commons to unload your vehicle. Once complete, please relocate your car to either Binkley Parking Center (3105 Binkley Ave) or Moody Parking Center (3063 SMU Boulevard). Please note, there is significant construction along Bishop Boulevard and parking will be extremely limited along this street. 

Now that you have found a place to park, it is time to check-in with RLSH staff to let us know that you are here! Check-in at the Move-In tent for your area, locations below. Don't worry, you can't miss it; it's filled with staff and student leaders ready to assist you with checking-in, answering questions, and getting you settled into your new home. At the tent, you will receive a set of keys for your room and your student ID card. This is why it is so important that you have submitted a photo and received approval from Parking & ID Services by July 1: so we can have your card ready for you upon check-in. Student IDs are important because all residence halls are card-access only to enter the building.

Move-In tent locations:

Armstrong, Crum, Kathy Crow, Loyd, and Ware Commons (Southeast Area): Outside of Loyd Commons, 5901 Bush Ave

 

Boaz, Cockrell-McIntosh, McElvaney, and Morrison-McGinnis Commons (Central Area): Outside of Mac's Place, 6000 Bishop Blvd

 

Mary Hay Peyton Shuttles, and Virginia-Snider Commons (North Area): Outside of Virginia-Snider Commons, 3315 Peyton Parkway

Borrow a moving bin or two at the Move-In tent. To cut down on the number of trips you have to make to and from your car, we provide large rolling moving bins. Grab a bin, pile in your belongings, and roll it to your room. The bins are large, so please be kind and patient when navigating through halls and around others. Remember, we are all moving in together! Once you have removed your belongings from the bin and deposited them in your room, please return the bin to the Move-In tent so that other students and families can use it. 

Now that all of your belongings are in your new room, it's time to organize. Feel free to take time with your guests, families, and roommate(s) to make your room yours. Set-up your desk, hang your clothes, put away miscellaneous items, and make your bed. Bed loft requests should be submitted prior to July 31. Don't try to loft the bed yourself!

Eventually, it will be time to say good-by to your guests and families and to begin experiencing campus. Socialize with your roommate and floormates, explore your residence hall, and attend events that your community and SMU hosts to get you acquainted with the Hilltop.   

Upper-division Housing Move-In instructions

This first step will actually be done before you arrive on-campus. Following Parking & ID Services parameters, submit and have a photo approved by July 1 on the My Card Portal. You must complete this step or we will be unable to provide you a student ID card at Move-In. All of our residence halls are card-access only to enter the building, and some of our student rooms also rely on card-access, so it's an important item to have on campus.  

Again, this step occurs prior to coming to campus. On the SMU Housing Portal, select a Move-In timeslot that is the most convenient for you. No timeslot is better than the other, since we stagger appointments throughout the day, ensuring a steady flow of Move-In participants. If you need to change your move-in time, simply do so on the housing portal. An email will be sent to your SMU account letting you know when timeslots go live, starting in late-May. Please secure a timeslot by July 31.

Only after you have confirmed your Move-In timeslot should you book travel. There are multiple Move-In Days, and you want to ensure that your travel plans coincide with your move-in time. 

Your Move-In Day has arrived, and it is time to come to campus! On your Move-In Day, at your scheduled time, you will need be on-campus, ready to unload and unpack your belongings. Please do not arrive early, nor late, as this will disrupt our schedule and make the move-in experience more laborious.

You should immediately check-in at the appropriate UDH Move-In tent location to let RLSH staff know you have arrived. Don't worry, that you haven't parked yet; that will be the next step, so you can snag a spot close to your residence hall. Once at the tent, you will receive a set of keys to your room and your student ID card. If you are checking-in to Daniel House, you will not need physical keys, and can check-in via your phone. This is why it is important that you have submitted a photo and received approval from Parking & ID Services by July 1: so we can have your card ready upon check-in. Student IDs are important because all residence halls are card-access only to enter the building.  

UDH Move-In tent locations

Daniel House: Lobby of Daniel House, 3130 Daniel Ave (please go directly to Daniel House and check-in via your phone through the SMU Housing Portal once inside the lobby)

 

Moore, Martin, Service House, Smith, Perkins, and 3050: V parking lot, Dyer Court (behind the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House)

Now that you are checked-in and have your keys, it is time to drive to your residence hall and park. To make the process of unloading easier, we have identified the closest parking areas to each building, listed below. Please park in the appropriate lot for your residence hall. As parking is limited, we rely on students moving in at their scheduled time, so there will be parking spaces available for everyone throughout the day. 

Parking Guide

Daniel House: Airline Parking Center, 6506 Airline Court 

 

Martin, Moore, Smith, and Perkins House: Hillcrest Parking Center, 5906 Hillcrest Ave, or the parking spaces near each building

 

3050 SMU Blvd & Service House (SMUSH): Moody Parking Center, 3063 SMU Boulevard, or the parking spaces near each building


After parking your car, move your belongings into your new room. Feel free to take time with your guests, families, and roommate(s) to make your room yours. Set-up your desk, hang your clothes, put away miscellaneous items, and make your bed. Bed loft requests should be submitted prior to July 31. Don't try to loft the bed yourself! Please note that beds in Daniel and Martin House cannot be lofted. 

Eventually, it will be time to say good-by to your guests and families and to begin experiencing campus. Socialize with your roommate and floormates, explore your residence hall, and attend events that your community and SMU hosts to get you acquainted with the Hilltop.   

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Boaz Commons @boazcommons
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Crum Commons @crumcommons
Kathy Crow Commons @kathycrowcommons
Loyd Commons @loydcommons
Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons @mhpscommons
McElvaney Commons @mcelvaneycommons
Morrison-McGinnis Commons @momaccommons
Virginia-Snider Commons @vscommons
Ware Commons @wareyoubelong
Upper-Division Housing @upperdivisionsmu

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