Moving In

Fall 2022 Grand Opening

Grand Opening is the annual opening of the residence halls for the fall semester. This year, Grand Opening begins at 9 a.m. on August 18! We can't wait for you to join us on campus this fall. 

All current information is available on this page. Please continue to check back for updates!


MOVE-IN SIGN UP

All residents, regardless of their arrival date, must complete the Fall Move-In Sign Up form in the Housing Portal before arriving on campus for the fall semester. Residents can choose either a Morning (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) or Afternoon (1 - 5 p.m.) move-in time slot.


6 STEPS TO MOVING IN ON GRAND OPENING DAY

The steps listed below apply to students moving in on August 18. Arriving before or after this date? Review your move-in information in the section linked here.

Step 1: Sign Up for a Move-in Time Slot

All residents must complete the Fall Move-In Sign Up form in the Housing Portal before arriving on campus for the fall semester. Residents can choose either a Morning (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) or Afternoon (1 - 5 p.m.) move-in time slot on August 18.

Step 2: Check In at the Marshall Student Center (MSC)

When you arrive on campus, make your way to the Marshall Student Center where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). The Move-In Map, as well as the signs around campus, will help you find your way! Once inside the Marshall Student Center, proceed to the second-floor ballroom to check in, get your key(s), and receive all necessary move-in information.

Staying Together
It is essential that every member of your group stays together. There is important information that is provided to students and families during check-in including how to get involved, how to stay connected, and where to park for unloading. Family members cannot unload belongings until their resident receives their key(s). By having the key(s) in hand, you can avoid unnecessary delays while moving in.

Step 3: Go to Your Unloading Zone

After you have checked in and received your keys, it's time to head to a 30-minute unloading zone. There will be signs indicating 30-minute unloading zones within the parking areas shown on the Move-In Map.

Find your designated unloading zone and long-term parking on your zone map.

Parking and Unloading
If you leave your car in an unloading zone for longer than 30 minutes, it may be ticketed or towed. You will not need a parking permit when unloading. At any time, cars parked in disabled spaces without a valid state disabled permit, in reserved, numbered, and labeled spaces, in unloading zones longer than 30 minutes, in unauthorized lots, or in “no parking” zones are subject to warning or citation. Routine parking enforcement resumes on Monday, August 22. 

Recommended Unloading Zones and Long-Term Parking Lots

View all unloading zones and long-term parking lots on the Move-In Map.

Beta Hall and Maple Hall
Unloading Zone: 5E
Long-term Parking: Lot 35
Juniper-Poplar Hall
Unloading Zone: Lot 24
Long-term Parking: Beard Drive Parking Facility
Castor Hall
Unloading Zone: 17A
Long-term Parking: 17B
Kosove Hall
Unloading Zone: 5A
Long-term Parking: Crescent Hill Parking Facility
Cypress Apartments
Unloading Zone: Lot 25
Long-term Parking: Lot 35
Magnolia Apartments
Unloading Zone: Lot 47A
Long-term Parking: Beard Drive Parking Facility
Cypress Suites and Holly Apartments
Unloading Zone: Holly Drive
Long-term Parking: Crescent Hill Parking Facility, Lot 35, Lot 17B, Lot 20
The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Hall)
Unloading Zone: Lot 56
Long-term Parking: Lot 16, 43, or 20

 

Step 4: Unload Your Belongings

After you have parked in a 30-minute unloading zone, t’s time to move in your belongings! 

Move-In Assistance and Carts
Volunteers will be near unloading zones from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on August 18 with a limited number of carts to help unload and move items. Carts will not be available to check out directly during Grand Opening, so we encourage residents and families to bring their own carts or hand trucks to assist in the move-in process.

Furniture and Large Item Assembly
We recommend residents do not bring large furniture or other items that would limit a speedy move-in process. If you plan to bring furniture, please pre-assemble before arrival if possible, or plan to assemble after moving your car out of the 30-minute unloading zone.

Step 5: Move Your Car to a Long-term Lot

After unloading, please move your vehicle(s) to a long-term parking lot. Recommended long-term parking lots for each community can be found above. Families and friends without campus parking permits may park in these long-term parking spaces on Grand Opening Day while they help their student unpack and enjoy the campus.

Find the nearst long-term parking to your residence hall on your zone map.

Step 6: Return to Your Room and Set Up!

Now that your vehicle(s) are out of the 30-minute unloading zone, you can return to your room to take your time setting up your space!


EARLY and LATE ARRIVAL INFORMATION

All residents arriving before or after August 18 must complete the Fall Move-In Sign Up form in the Housing Portal before arriving on campus for the fall semester. Residents will indicate their arrival date and can choose either a Morning (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) or Afternoon (1 - 5 p.m.) move-in time slot on August 14-17 or August 19-21.

Early arrival is available for residents belonging to a pre-approved group or residents with a need to arrive before Grand Opening. Early arrival dates are Sunday, August 14 – Wednesday, August 17. Residents arriving early are responsible for paying the nightly rate of their room until the housing agreement’s start date of Thursday, August 18 (unless early arrival costs are covered by their pre-approved population/group). Late arrival is available for residents who need to arrive after Grand Opening.

Select your move-in date below to view arrival and check-in information.

Moving In: August 14

If you have signed up to arrive on August 14, you will arrive on campus during your move-in time slot and receive your keys at the check-in location listed below. 

When you arrive on campus, make your way to the designated unloading zone for your area. View nearby 30-minute unloading zones and long-term parking on the Move-In Map. Once you have parked, please proceed to the check-in location for your area where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). You must have your USF ID or a government-issued ID to check in.

Check-In Locations: August 14

The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Halls)
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly L Classroom (HAL)

Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, and Maple Halls 
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly L Classroom (HAL)

Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia Residents
Residents of these halls will check in at the Juniper-Poplar Lobby Service Desk (JPH)

Greek Village
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly L Classroom (HAL)

Moving In: August 15 - 17

If you have signed up to arrive on August 15, 16, or 17, you will arrive on campus during your move-in time slot and receive your keys at the check-in location listed below.

When you arrive on campus, make your way to the designated unloading zone for your area. View nearby 30-minute unloading zones and long-term parking on the Move-In Map. Once you have parked, please proceed to the check-in location for your area where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). You must have your USF ID or a government-issued ID to check in.

Check-In Locations: August 15 - 17

Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, Maple Halls, and The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Halls)
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly M Service Desk (HAM)

Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia Residents

Residents of these halls will check in at the Juniper-Poplar Lobby Service Desk (JPH)

Moving In: August 19

If you have signed up to arrive on August 19, you will arrive on campus during your move-in time slot and receive your keys at the check-in location listed below. 

When you arrive on campus, make your way to the designated unloading zone for your area. View nearby 30-minute unloading zones and long-term parking on the Move-In Map. Once you have parked, please proceed to the check-in location for your area where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). You must have your USF ID or a government-issued ID to check in.

Check-In Locations: August 19

The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Halls)
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly L Classroom (HAL)

Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, and Maple Halls 
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly L Classroom (HAL)

Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia Residents
Residents of these halls will check in at the Juniper-Poplar Lobby Service Desk (JPH)

Moving In: August 20 - 21

If you have signed up to arrive on August 20 or 21, you will arrive on campus during your move-in time slot and receive your keys at the check-in location listed below.

When you arrive on campus, make your way to the designated unloading zone for your area. View nearby 30-minute unloading zones and long-term parking on the Move-In Map. Once you have parked, please proceed to the check-in location for your area where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). You must have your USF ID or a government-issued ID to check in.

Check-In Locations: August 20 - 21

Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, Maple Halls and The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Halls)
Residents of these halls will check in at the Holly M Service Desk (HAM)

Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia Residents
Residents of these halls will check in at the Juniper-Poplar Lobby Service Desk (JPH)


MOVE-IN FAQ

Are there fees for arriving early?

Residents approved to participate in early arrival are responsible for paying the nightly rate of their room until the housing agreement’s start date of Thursday, August 18 (unless early arrival costs are covered by their special population/group).

I'm a Bull Haul volunteer. What do I need to know?

Most Bull Haul volunteers will move in on August 16. View early arrival and check-in information in this section. If you have any questions, please email our Bull Haul Team at bullhaul@usf.edu.

I'm a Greek Village Resident. What do I need to know?

Greek Village check-in will take place on August 14 - 21 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Check-in locations for each date are listed below. When you arrive on campus, make your way to the designated unloading zone for your area. View nearby 30-minute unloading zones and long-term parking on the Move-In Map. Once you have parked, please proceed to the check-in location for your area where our team will help you check in and get your key(s). You must have your USF ID or a government-issued ID to check in.

I need hotel accommodations. What is recommended?

Those in need of hotel accommodations surrounding move-in should make reservations early. Explore nearby hotels and accommodations here.


Parking Information: During Move-In

General

  • Parking regulations are in place and enforced on the USF Tampa campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please review the Parking Rules & Regulations.
  • Please do not park in the unloading zones longer than 30 minutes. Our team will help direct you to a nearby parking lot.
  • A limited number of carts will be available as you unload in designated unloading zones. Carts will be disinfected by our staff in between each use. If you prefer not to utilize these carts or in case of carts being in use when you arrive, we encourage residents and families to bring their own carts or hand trucks to assist in your move-in process.  
  • Please do not park in any "Disabled Parking" space unless displaying a proper state-issued Disabled Parking placard, hangtag, or license plate.  
  • Please do not park in Numbered, Reserved, or Labeled parking spaces. 
  • Please note that the Publix parking lot is not a USF parking lot and non-customers parked in the lot will be addressed by Publix Management.   

Residents

  • Make sure to purchase your virtual "R" parking permit online in advance. 
  • There are no additional processing fees when purchasing your permit online.
  • Once complete, the license plate and vehicle you associate with your purchase will have immediate access to your parking privileges.
  • Click here to learn more and purchase your virtual parking permit.

Vehicles with trailers, or vehicles that can't fit in one parking space

  • Oversize vehicles and vehicles with trailers will be directed to park in lots 18, 43, and 47. Oversize rental trucks, vehicles with trailers, and motorhomes after unloading at designated locations are to be directed to the lots identified above. Please note: we do not recommend packing bulky furniture or items that prevent a speedy move-in/move-out process. 

Parking Information: After You Move In

  • Parking permits are required to park on the USF Tampa campus 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Only residents with "R" permits are allowed to park in "R" lots.
  • After 5:30 p.m. and on weekends, resident students with an R permit may park in E, S, GZ, Y, or D designated areas. Park-n-Ride (Y) permits are required to park in "Y" designated lots from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Dining Information

Meal Plans
Prior to receiving keys to your new USF home, you must complete a Meal Plan Contract (if you are a first-time-in-college student). For almost all residents, you completed this as part of the housing application. If you require assistance with your meal plan when you arrive, there will be staff on campus who can assist you.

How do I sign up for a meal plan?

You will choose your meal plan in your housing application. If you have not selected a meal plan, please visit the Housing Portal, then go to the housing application section to complete a meal plan application.

How do I pay for a meal plan?

All meal plans will be billed to your student OASIS account.

Will my financial aid cover the cost of the meal plan?

Because all meal plans are billed to your student OASIS account, if you are receiving any scholarships, loans, grants, etc, these funds may help cover part of your meal plan charge. Financial Aid will apply to tuition/fees, housing, and THEN meal plan charges. Funds remaining after tuition, fees, and housing have been paid will apply to the meal plan charge. If you have questions about your specific aid situation, contact Student Financial Services at sfshelp@usf.edu.

If I arrive before the start of my meal plan on August 18, will dining options be available? 

Yes, dining options on campus from August 6-17 will be available on USF Dining’s website. Dining options will be available on-campus for students and families to purchase outside of their meal plan days.

Where is the best place to learn more about dining?

Visit the USF Dining website and review the terms & conditions in the "meal plans" section.

When do fall meal plans activate?

Fall meal plans will begin on August 18. Dining options will be available on-campus for students and families to purchase outside of their meal plan days. Learn more on USF Dining's website.


If you have additional questions, please contact Dining Services at 813-974-4499, via email, or visit Dining Services in person at the Marshall Student Center, 1st floor, Room 1502, during normal business hours.


Service Desks 

If your key access is not working or if you lose your key, visit your service desk for assistance. The housing service desk hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. from August 14 - 21. Starting August 22, the service desk hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please contact the RA on duty for your residence hall.

Beta, Castor, Cypress, Holly, Kosove, Maple, and Greek Village Residents
Holly M
  
Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia Residents 
Juniper-Poplar Lobby

The Village (Beacon, Endeavor, Horizon, Pinnacle, and Summit Hall) Residents
The Hub
(The HUB service desk is currently closed and will open for the Fall semester on Monday, August 22.)


Residential Mail

Your mailbox information is visible on the same screen as your housing assignment in the Housing Portal. If you want to ship anything prior to move-in, please wait until August 1. Retrieve packages and mail from your area’s Mail Center (North Campus: Holly H, South Campus: JPH lobby). The Holly H Mail Center will be open starting Saturday, August 6. The JPH Mail Center will open for the Fall term on Monday, August 8. Learn more and look up your mailing address!

Mail Center Fall Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 - 3 p.m.


USF ID Card Request and Pick Up

New students will receive their USF ID Card during their orientation session. If a new or returning student has not picked up their USF ID Card by move-in day, they MUST request their USF ID Card online one week prior to arrival to campus. The USF ID Card pick-up location will be at the housing check-in in the MSC on Thursday, August 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are arriving to campus on a different date, please check the USF ID Card website for pick-up location and hours of operation.

Requesting Your USF ID Card
For new students picking up their first USF ID card: New students should request their initial USFCard through MyBullsPath, or directly at the USFCard Request Site. Your Oasis account will be charged $10 for your initial ID card. 

For returning students who already have a current USF ID card:
No action is needed. You can continue to use your existing USF ID Card for all services.

For returning students needing a replacement USF ID card:
To request a replacement for an existing card, please enter your request at the USFCard Request Site. Your Oasis account will be charged $15 for your replacement ID card.

Don't forget! You must present a valid government-issued photo ID to receive your USFCard.

Residence Hall Access
A USF ID is not required for a student to check in and receive their keys. HOWEVER, a USF ID is required in order to gain access to a student's residence hall.

USF ID Card Distribution
Please follow the instructions listed below to order your USF ID Card.

  • Complete the online ID card application on the USFCard Request Site.
  • Submit a photo of yourself and a photo of your driver's license or passport.
  • Wait for the approved e-mail (this will come to your USF e-mail).
  • Pick up your USF ID Card during your move-in appointment (at a location to be announced).
  • Activate your card – usf.edu/activate-card (You must do this for it to work).


Accommodations

USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. If you would like to request an accommodation for move-in, we ask that you contact our office at 813-974-0001 or housing@usf.edu five days before your arrival.


Rocky at Check-In

Get READY TO MOVE IN: BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

  1. Sign up for a move-in time slot.
    All residents, regardless of their arrival date, must complete the Fall Move-In Sign Up form in the Housing Portal before arriving on campus for the fall semester. 
  2. Review the Move-In Checklist.
    Check out the Move-In Checklist for a packing list with what you should (and shouldn't) bring with you to campus!
  3. Choose the height of your bed.
    Submit an online maintenance request for your preferred bed height before you arrive on campus. Keep in mind that lofting assistance may take longer after residents have moved in! Click here to learn more and submit your request.
  4. Request and activate your USF ID Card.
    Most new students will receive their USF ID Card during their orientation session. If you do not have a USF ID card, you'll need to submit a request for one. You must do this before arriving to move in! A USF ID is required to gain access to a student's residence hall. Your card will not work until activated, so remember to activate your card before arriving on campus.
  5. Prepare items to help with your move-in.
    Bring water to stay hydrated, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect yourself from the sun. Carts will not be available to check out directly during Grand Opening, so we encourage residents and families to bring their own carts or hand trucks to assist in the move-in process!
  6. Know your housing assignment.  
    Log in to the Housing Portal, select "My Account," then "My Assignments," then “View Assignments, Roommates, and Suitemates” to view your fall/spring housing assignment. This is also where your roommates/suite-mates/apartment-mates are listed. If you don't have an assignment, contact us for assistance.  
  7. Connect with your roommates, suitemates, or apartment-mates. 
    Communicate and coordinate what you will bring to campus. Things like printers, microwaves, refrigerators, and TVs can be shared! If possible, please coordinate with your roommate to avoid selecting the same move-in date and time.  
  8. Check your insurance. 
    Please review your student housing agreement regarding loss liability. Look into your homeowner's/renter's insurance to see if it covers your belongings on campus. If not, purchase additional insurance through your company or check out these specialized options.
  9. Connect with your fellow Bulls! 
    Get in touch with other incoming students and stay up-to-date on important university announcements through your class Facebook group.  
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Helpful Information

Card Center (Student IDs) - 813-974-2357 - SVC 1032
Dining Services/Meal Plans - 813-974-4499 - MSC 1502
Financial Aid - 813-974-4700 - SVC 1102
New Student Connections - 813-974-2896 - MSC 3200
Parking & Transportation Services - 813-974-3990 - PSB 101
Student Accessibility Services - 813-974-4309 - SVC 1133
Undergraduate Admissions - 813-974-3350 - SVC 1036
USF Campus Police - 813-974-2628 (non-emergency) 911 (emergency)


Healthy Bull Tips

Moving can be stressful. Fight off stress by establishing a healthy routine of sleep, diet, and exercise. On campus, get a great workout at the Campus Recreation Center and find tips on managing your stress at the Center for Student Well-Being in the MSC.


Move-in Mailer

Incoming Fall 2022 residents with a domestic address listed on their application will be mailed a move-in mailer to guide them for arrival on Grand Opening day (August 18).

View a digital version of the 2022 move-in mailer here.