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Updated as of August 10, 2021

Welcome Home Bobcats

The dates for move-in are set. Our move-in process is set up to allow new students the ability to select a move-in date and time based on the schedule provided below. Please read carefully to learn more about how you will sign up for your appointment to arrive.

Review this guide to prepare for moving in this fall.
Note: Our website will provide you with the most up-to-date info for move-in.

Watch our videos to learn how to loft your bed.


New Student Move-In

August 16 - 17

Returning Student Move-In

August 20 - 21

10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Early Move-In

August 15

for approved circumstances only

Move-In Deadline

August 22
by 5:00 p.m.

Future residents with an extenuating circumstance that would like to request to arrive on Sunday, August 15 can do so through the Housing Portal. Requests should be processed as received and may take a week. Be sure to schedule a time for August 16 or 17 should you not be approved for August 15 move-in.

Move-In Arrival Appointments

There will be 30-minute arrival appointments each move-in day for each residence hall and apartment complex.

You will be able to sign up for a specific move-in arrival appointment online through our Housing Portal based on the last two digits of your student ID number. Your ID number starts with "A0" and is followed by seven digits. Sign-up times start at 9:00 a.m. each day and end at 12:00 a.m. midnight each day.

Tuesday, June 1 ID #'s ending in 00-24
Wednesday, June 2 ID #'s ending in 25-49
Thursday, June 3 ID #'s ending in 50-74
Friday, June 4 ID #'s ending in 75-99

If you are unable to sign up on your date as indicated above, you will be able to sign up any time starting on June 7, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.

You can make changes until July 15, 2021.

Guests During Move-In

Moving in and getting settled into your new place can be a lot of fun. Many of our future residents enjoy sharing this day with loved ones and rely on them for assistance. To alleviate traffic congestion, we ask that you limit your total number of vehicles to two or fewer. Parking in the unloading zones will be limited and you will need to move your car to one of the designated parking areas after your time is up. Keep in mind that August in San Marcos is very hot and humid. Please consider the guests you bring and how the hills and heat may affect them.

Guests are not required to get a COVID-19 test for move-in at this time.


Decorating your room is one of the best things about living on campus. Review the list below for items that are allowed in your room and some that should be left at home. Consult with your roommate to help coordinate who brings what. 

Pack your belongings in smaller, more manageable boxes and suitcases. Consider leaving your winter clothing until later in the semester.

We encourage you to bring a small hand cart, dolly, or other moving equipment for assistance on move-in day.

What to Bring

  • Mini-Fridge — review policy

  • Microwave — review policy
  • Surge protection extension cords
  • Cleaning products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Television
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal computer and charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack or book bag
  • School supplies
  • Thumbtacks, push pins, and wall putty
  • Rubber mallet (if lofting your bed)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent
  • Laundry bag
  • Bedding
  • Hangers
  • Closet organizers
  • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Toiletries
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes

What NOT to Bring

  • Air fryers
  • Hot plates
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Slow cooker
  • Pressure cooker
  • Sandwich makers
  • Electric grill
  • Weapons
  • Candles
  • Alcohol
  • Pets1
  • Wireless router
  • Hoverboard
  • Command strips2

1Only fish are allowed and in no larger than a 10-gallon tank.

2Command strips are not allowed on the walls as it can damage the paint. The use of command strips may result in damage fees. Only thumbtacks, push pins, and wall putty are allowed for hanging decorations.

Information on how to send mail and packages to your residence hall, including addresses and how to address your mail can be found here.

Please do not send mail or packages to yourself before move in.

Early Arrivals

Early arrivals are select groups of students such as student athletes, strutters, and university band. These students are part of sponsored University groups and will be notified via their Texas State email address.

Late Arrivals

Please claim your space by Sunday, August 22, 2021, to avoid losing your space. If you are unable to check-in by August 22, 2021, please contact our office at 512.245.4663 or

The first day of class is Monday, August 23, 2021.

Note: The most up-to-date information regarding move-in will be available on this webpage and may not be reflected in this guide.

How to Loft Your Bed Videos

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