Move-In & Move-Out
New Student Move-In
August 13 - 14, 2023
August 21, 2023
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.
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
- First Aid Kit
- Cleaning products
- Hand sanitizer
- 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
- Closet organizers
- Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
- Shower caddy
- Shower shoes
What NOT to Bring
- Air fryers
- Hot plates
- Slow cooker
- Pressure cooker
- Sandwich makers
- Electric grill
- Wireless router
- 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, 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 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.
If you are unable to claim your space before the first day of classes, please contact our office at 512.245.4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first day of class is Monday, August 21, 2023.
How to Loft Your Bed Videos
Majority of Halls
College Inn, Smith, & Tower Halls
Your Housing Contract ends 24-hours after your last final exam in May.
You will need to complete a proper check-out with your RA.
Residents who have legitimate reasons for staying in their hall past their last exam should send an e-mail request to their RD with their name, room number, student ID number, and specific reason for needing to stay longer. You will be notified if approved or if not approved.
Schedule A Check-Out
You will need to go to your hall's front desk to sign up for a date and time to check out.
Your RAs are taking finals as well, so please be on time and ready for your appointment.
Your Room Must Be Clean
This means the floor swept, furniture wiped off, and all trash removed or you will be assessed a cleaning charge.
If there is trash piled up in the hallway or elsewhere in the building, we may stop check-outs. Everyone is responsible for taking all their trash and unwanted items to the dumpster outside. We have extra trash bags at the desk if you need one.
All trash must be taken to the dumpster. It must not be left in the hallways or study rooms, kitchen, etc.
Small appliances, such as fridges, can be dropped off at Green Guy Recycling for a $5.00 fee. They CANNOT be placed in dumpsters or trash compactors. Green Guy Recycling is located at 937 Highway 80, San Marcos, TX.
If you do not want to take your fish home, please do not flush them or take them to the river—either step will result in a negative impact on the river ecosystem and could result in the native river species being destroyed. Instead, you can take your fish to the San Marcos Discovery Center (located at 430 Riverside Drive).
Got 3M Command Strips?
If you used command strips to hang items, DO NOT REMOVE THEM, let us do that for you. If you remove them and cause damage, you may be charged $25 per spot/area of damage.
Make sure to check your mailbox and update your forwarding address in the Housing Portal before you leave. Contact your friends, family, and creditors to change your address with them as well so that mail will reach you in a timely manner. Mail is forwarded for 30 days only.
Additional Important Information
- Un-bunk/loft your beds and return ALL furniture to its original position, the beds should be in the lower position, not raised. Ask your roommate or a friend to help as this is easier with two people. If you have the black lofts you must make sure all of the wooden pieces are present or you will be charged for the missing furniture. Return bunk pins to your RA.
- Leave the blinds drawn down with the slats closed.