August 12, 2014

Media Advisory – Student Move-in

This is a busy time at Southern Illinois University Carbondale as new and returning students settle in prior to the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 18. The annual student move-in offers reporters, photographers and news crews several story opportunities. 

The official new student move-in for residence halls is Thursday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 15.  By the end of the weekend, about 4,500 students will be living in campus residential facilities.  On Thursday, about 1,500 new students who reside in a Living Learning Community or who have a 2-Year Edge Housing contract will move into the residence halls.  The following day another 1,400 new students will move in and on Saturday, approximately 1,000 returning students will move in. Students who live in campus apartment housing will also be moving in at various times. 

Students will have a combination of different residential accommodations, including overassigned housing in the residence halls.  Overassigned spaces are temporary; students will relocate into their permanent assignments for the academic year as space becomes available. 

Typically, the residence hall move-in process begins with students and their families dropping off the students’ belongings in designated locations near each residence hall. To alleviate congestion at the towers on the east side of campus, students receive a number for the order they move in. When the number is called, volunteers help students move their belongings into their rooms. 

More than 500 volunteers from campus and the community will assist with move-in to assure the process goes smoothly. Their help is vital. 

SIU will welcome new and returning Salukis with numerous special activities to help them begin the new semester.  The complete schedule for Saluki Startup, Aug. 14-16, is online at  The traditional Week of Welcome is Aug. 17-23 and all of the details are available at

The complete move-in schedule and additional information are available at  For details or more information, contact Crystal Bouhl, assistant director of University Housing- marketing, at 618/453-5637 or 618/521-6515.