Move-In and Semester FAQs


We have expanded the dates for residence hall move-in this year to allow students to return earlier to campus to spread out the number of people moving in each day. Freshman move-in will take place from August 15th to August 16th. Upperclass students will move in between August 19th and August 21st.

If you have a campus obligation or a travel restriction that requires you to move into the residence halls before the traditional move-in dates, you will need to contact Housing and Residence Life to request an early move-in time. You may complete the request at Please know that there is a $30 per day charge for double rooms and a $40 per day charge for single rooms for early arrivals.

If you are part of a group such as the band or an athletic team, your organization should be reaching out to you with specific details as to your move-in dates and instructions. However, you will still need to sign up for a move-in appointment at

All students will be required to sign up in advance for an appointment at Move-in appointments are three-hour time blocks and will be enforced. Students are asked to arrive at the beginning of their time block so they can finish on time.

We encourage everyone participating in move in (you, your family, volunteers, and staff) wear masks during move in regardless of vaccination status due to the large volume of people that may be present.

To sign up for a move-in appointment, please visit   You will use your MYMU username and password to log in.  Instructions on how to complete the sign up can be found at:

If you need to change your time, you can log back into the system to do so.  Appointments must be changed 24 hours in advance and cannot be changed the day of.  Please note if, for some reason, you work with housing staff to change your room assignment after you selected a move-in appointment, you will need to log into the system to schedule a new time.

If you are traveling to campus and are delayed due to traffic, please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at 304-696-6765.
If you arrive without a scheduled move-in appointment or outside of your scheduled move-in time, you will not be able to access the building.
Yes, you can bring someone with you to assist as you move in. We have not limited the number of people that you can bring with you this year. However, we ask that you be considerate when selecting who to assist you and not bring more than two or three people. By limiting the number of people, this will help with crowd control on move-in day.
Yes, we are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with move-in this year. The number of volunteers during each move-in time slot will be limited to a specific number to help with crowd control. While each building will still have carts available on a first-come, first-served basis for check out to assist you with moving in, we encourage you to bring with you any equipment such as hand trucks/dollies that you might find helpful.
If you visit, you’ll be able to find a list of suggested items to bring and items prohibited in the residence halls. The list can be found in the Residence Hall Guide in the resources section. Before move-in, please communicate with your roommate to discuss what each other is planning to bring. By having these conversations, you will help free up space in your room by not duplicating items you and your roommate may choose to share, such as refrigerators, TVs, etc. Additionally, items like winter clothes can always be brought later in the semester once you determine when they are needed.
Please take all trash from move-in to the dumpsters located outside of the residence halls.  Please cardboard in the designated areas.  All cardboard MUST BE FLATTENED.

Covid-19 Testing

Marshall University is not requiring move in COVID testing this year.  (This is subject to change should there be a surge in cases.)  Students are encouraged to complete an at-home test before they return to campus.  Should you test positive, please contact and for further instructions about delaying your move-in until after your isolation period is complete.

Please notify should you test positive at any time while on campus. A university staff member will contact you regarding what you need to do should you test positive for COVID-19. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and do not require hospitalization will be housed in Holderby Hall until their isolation period is over. If a student prefers to return home to isolate there, instead, the Marshall University Wellness Center and Office of Environmental Health and Safety will consult with you about how to return home safely.

Students housed in Holderby for quarantine and isolation will be asked to bring any items they will need for up to ten days.  Linens are available if needed.  Holderby Hall still has cable and internet.  So as long as you feel up to it, you will be able to keep up with your classes by attending remotely.

When the student checks into Holderby, they will be provided with a list of instructions for their stay and individuals to contact should they need assistance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to order their meals from Dining through a special link, and a Housing and Residence Life staff member will deliver the meal at specified times.

If your friend or roommate tests positive for COVID-19, a contact tracer will reach out to you to determine the extent of contact and exposure you had from that individual.  Depending on the level of interaction, exposure, and vaccination status, you may be required to quarantine for up to five to ten days in Holderby Hall or (if you prefer) at home.    Students exposed to COVID-19 but who have not tested positive for the virus will be housed on a separate floor from students who have tested positive.
If you believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please self-isolate yourself and contact Marshall University Student Health Services at 304-691-1100.  After completing those steps, please feel free to reach out to a Housing and Residence Life Staff member.  We recognize that this might be scary for you and are more than happy to assist you as you navigate it.

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Building Operations

In the residence halls with community-style bathrooms, we have reduced building occupancy by opening up more single rooms for students than in previous years.  This has reduced the number of people who are able to live in these halls.  If you are currently assigned to a double room but are interested in a single room, please contact Housing and Residence Life at to inquire if there are still spaces available.

During this time, we all have a responsibility to make smart decisions to keep our campus community safe.  If you feel your roommate is acting in ways that might be unsafe or putting you at risk, please start by talking with your roommate.  Express your concerns and discuss why campus safety measures put in place are important.  If, after this conversation, you are still experiencing concerns, please speak with your Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator.   After completing all of these steps, please contact the Office of Student Conduct if you are still unable to resolve the situation.

Yes, community spaces will be open in each building.  Each of these spaces will have posted occupancy limits set by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  Students are expected to follow university masking requirements and guidelines when in these areas.

The kitchens in each building will be available for student use. Students are expected to disinfect the area before and after use. 

Laundry rooms will continue to operate as they have in the past.  Each laundry room will have a maximum occupancy limit posted outside of it. Students are expected to follow university masking requirements and guidelines when in these areas.

The residence halls will be allowing students to sign guests into the halls this academic year.  The policy may be revisited if we see a surge in COVID cases in Cabell County or on campus. Please make sure to have a conversation with your roommate regarding guest visitation in the room. All roommates must agree on visitation for their room.  You will have a chance to discuss expectations as you complete your roommate agreement after arriving on campus.