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Fall 2024

Get ready to Move-In to your new home at Western Illinois University!

Residence halls will open for students for move-in beginning Thurday, August 15, at 8am.


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The Move-In Process
You're just a few steps away from your new home at WIU...

A Few Important Notes:

  1. Enter the campus and drive to your residence hall using the route shown on the map. The routes are designed to reduce traffic bottlenecks and speed up your move-in time; however, during peak move-in times, you can expect an extended wait time. Follow instructions given by the Office of Public Safety (OPS) personnel who will be directing traffic.
  2. When it’s your turn, OPS personnel will direct you to your residence hall. When you arrive at your hall, you’ll be greeted by our volunteer Welcome Crew who will be wearing gold shirts. If you would like a cart and assistance moving your belongings to your room, grab a number from them. If you don’t want a cart or assistance, you may proceed to the check-in table to begin the move-in process. You can also bring your own cart/dolly to assist with the move-in process. Your resident assistants and staff will be wearing purple shirts.
  3. Have family members begin to unload belongings at the designated drop off location. Once you’ve unloaded, you’ll be directed to stay with your belongings while another member of your party moves your vehicle to a designated parking lot. You will need to proceed to the check-in area to begin the check-in process.
  4. When the Welcome Crew is ready for you, your number will be called, and you can take your belongings to your room and meet your new neighbors! If you don’t need the help of a cart or Move-In Crew, feel free to get started yourself!

Check-in Process

  • Have your Student ID Number and STARS Password/Pin ready. Proceed to the electronic check-in area where you will receive your room key. Once you have checked in, you will go to your room and complete your Room Condition Report (RCR) and return it to the check-in area to receive additional keys.
  • If you submitted your custom ID photo online, you may pick up your student ID card at your residence hall check-in location, however, in order to obtain your student ID, you must present a valid driver’s license or state ID. If you did not upload a custom ID photo, you should visit the Union Service Center to get your photo taken and receive your student ID card.

Suggested Arrival Times

Peak move-in times tend to be from 10am-3pm. We encourage you to use the recommended target times below – we try to spread out traffic based on your home's proximity to campus to help distribute move-in traffic, reduce wait times, and to help with social distancing purposes. The times do not need to be strictly followed.

If you live within:

  • 0-75 miles from campus: Arrive 8-9am
  • 76-125 miles from campus: Arrive 9-10am
  • 126-150 miles from campus: Arrive 10-11am
  • 151-175 miles from campus: Arrive 11am - Noon
  • 176-200 miles from campus: Arrive Noon - 1pm
  • Over 200 miles from campus: Arrive After 1pm



Photo of family with full cart and bags during move in
Photo of family moving their kid into their new dorm holding signs with #WIUMoveIn
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Photo of family with full cart and holding signs of a Rocky head and #WIU
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Photo of four move in crew members at a table
Photo of family with full cart and holding signs of a Rocky head and #WIU
Photo of three move in crew members at a table
Photo of three move in crew members at a table