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Move-In Information

Residence Life

Welcome to Simpson! Please read below for information about new student move-in.

Move-In for Fall 2020

First-Year Students:

For a video walkthrough of this information, policies within Residence Halls, and other residential information, click here.  This is the information we usually share at SOAR.

For a video walkthrough of our two sample rooms in Barker and Kresge, click here

Early arrivals for athletics, CampusConnect or bridge programs, please check-in at Kent Campus Center’s first floor atrium during your check-in window. The date and time should be communicated by your coach or group leader. Parking is available for check-in in the parking lot north of Kent.  Other than the timeframe being set by your coach/leader, all other expectations below apply.

All other students, move-in for Barker and Kresge Halls is from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 22nd.

For moves into Barker and Kresge:

  • We will have you sign up for a check-in time during the move-in timeframes. We will send out a form shortly via email after housing assignments are sent around July 8-10, staring with out of state students.  If you need to arrange flights, you can use the timeframes above to help know when you can arrive to campus and then sign up for your preferred time when we send the forms.
  • If you or someone you have been in close contact begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or aren't feeling well, please do not come to campus for move-in.  Reach out to reslife@simpson.edu for advice on how to proceed.
  • You can have 1 outside guest with you in your building at a time during move-in.  This is meant to limit hall, stairwell, and room traffic.
  • All need to be wearing face coverings while in your building, other than while in individual rooms.
  • You will not have assistance in moving things into the building, and you will have an hour timeframe to move.  So, pack light and be thoughtful about what you need to bring to start the year.
  • You will not be able to visit other rooms or residential buildings while we are in ORANGE, in conjunction with broader residential guidelines.
  • What to bring and what not to bring can be found here.  A few things of note this year - add a thermometer, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and extra face coverings to your packing list!

When you arrive, you’ll receive your ID, your room combination and will be able to ask any questions you have in order to make your move-in successful. Security and staff will be available to point you in the right direction upon arriving and after unloading.

For Kresge:

  • When arriving, please drive down the paved roundabout area that is directly between Kresge and the Kent Campus Center. Go to the intersection of Girard Ave and C St and turn south.
  • Please do not bring trailers into the roundabout area. If you must move with a trailer, you can park along Girard near the Kent lot.
  • Please have all belongings clearly marked with your name and room number on them.
  • After unloading, the best parking lot for student vehicles is near the baseball field or the far north lot that is on the north side of the Greek fraternities. The best parking lot for guest vehicles are the lots around the Kent Campus Center, north of Buxton/Picken (west of Kent), by the baseball field, or around nearby streets where parking is allowed.  We will have staff available to help direct to these lots.

For Barker:

  • When arriving, please go to the intersection at Buxton Street and Girard Ave, and drive south along Buxton Street until you are directed into the Barker parking lot.
  • The check-in location is on the far east side of Barker, near Buxton Street.
  • Mark belongings and boxes with the room number you’re moving into.
  • Place a small note on your dashboard of your vehicle with your room number on it.
  • After unloading, the best parking lot for student vehicles is near Campus Services (a block east of Colonial/Washington), the far east row of the lot to the east of Colonial/Washington apartments, or the lot by the baseball field. The best parking lot for guest vehicles are the lots around the Kent Campus Center, Colonial/Washington Apartments, or around nearby streets where parking is allowed.  We will have staff available to help direct to these lots.

Transfer Students:
Please check in at the Residence Life table on Saturday, August 22nd from 8am-1pm in the Kent first floor atrium to pick up your information and learn about the best place to unload your vehicle and where to park after unloading.

  • You can have 1 outside guest with you in your building at a time during move-in.  This is meant to limit hall, stairwell, and room traffic.
  • All need to be wearing face coverings while in your building, other than while in individual rooms.
  • You will not have assistance in moving things into the building. So, pack light and be thoughtful about what you need to bring to start the year.
  • You will not be able to visit other rooms or residential buildings while we are in ORANGE, in conjunction with broader residential guidelines.

Move-In for Spring 2021

New First-Years and New Transfers:
Please check in at the Residence Life table in the Kent first floor atrium to pick up your information and learn about the best place to unload your vehicle.  We will be in the atrium from 9am-1pm on Sunday, January 10th.