Residential Student Move-In

All the information you need to plan your Move In Day. We can't wait to welcome you to your home for the next academic year!

Below you will find your designated move in dates & times, key pick-up instructions, and move in directions.  We look forward to seeing you during Fall Opening Weekend! 

Special Considerations for Move In

The Office of Residence Life, in conjunction with University Administration, is planning a move in experience that follows recommendations of local and state health officials in every way possible. To that end, we are requiring a few expectations of all students and guests on campus during move in. 

  • Bring no more than two (2) guests with you to you campus. We understand that move in is an exciting time, especially for our newest Colonels! However, in order to maintain physical distance and limit exposure, we are asking that students do not bring more than 2 folks onto campus and into the residence halls.
  • Plan in advance for your assigned move in time. Please do your best to stick to your assigned move in time which includes not arriving early and assuring that your guests have vacated the halls at the end of your assigned move in time slot. 
  • Review your packing list, bringing to campus only the most essential items. Elevators will be limited in occupancy and physical distancing will require lines  and significant wait times. Bring only the essentials to campus so you have fewer trips from the unloading area to your room and you can spend your time with your guests setting up your new home!
  • Meal plans will be available starting August 26. All residential students will be able to access the dining hall from your first day on campus!

Check In Locations and Campus Map

Please check back mid-August for our Move In Day Campus Map. You may use this street addresses to navigate to with your GPS if that is more convenient. 
First Year students check in at the Student Union Building located at 84 W South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 
Transfer students check in at the Student Union Building located at 84 W South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 
University Towers students check in at the Towers located at 10 East South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 
All other Returning students check in at Passan Hall located at 267 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

First Year Student Move In

In order to reduce stress on families, buildings, and traffic on campus, move in times have been established for each first year student. All First Year Students should direct themselves to the Student Union Building (SUB) for check in. Residence Life staff will be there 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day to hand out keys and answer any questions.

To ensure that first year students have additional support while in their first days on campus, move in times will be based on your Orientation Mentor group assignment. Specific move in times will be included in housing assignment letters. Move In Groups will be updated in mid-July once we have eMentor groups assigned during Orientation.

Move In Days eMentor Group

Thursday, August 26
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Aariyana Gold
Angelina Belotti
Ashleigh Brady
Danielle Morris
Dean Ambosie
Ethan (Phil) Erickson
James Hughes
Kaitlyn Falco
Kaylee Simmons
Lauren Johnson
Lindsey Scorey
Matthew Schwartztrauber
Megan Mokovsky
Morgann Davis
Nathanial Edwards
Norene Brown
Sarah Erickson
Sean Schmoyer

Thursday, August 26
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Abigail Lewis
Ariana Ryan
Ashlynn Allison
Dayton Benjamin
Ellie Freiss
Gisela Orama
Hera Mukhtar
Jamie Hiryak
Katherine Ermeus
Kelly Anne Birch
Leak Kubasek
Long Le
Maxine Bodnari
Melanie Fouts
Nikki Polivka
Ryan Stewart
Sarak Pavlick
Teddy Donlavage
Uriah Hyatte

Students with boxes.

Move-In and Unloading Information  

  • North End Halls
    Catlin Hall, Evans Hall, Roth Hall, and Weiss Hall
    After you pick up your keys, drive down River Street and make a right onto Northampton. 
    On Thursday: There will be police officers / public safety officers directing traffic. Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee.  The city will ticket overdue cars. 
  • West River Street Halls
    Doane Hall, Waller North Hall, Waller South Hall

    After you pick up your keys, drive to West River Street. The wrap around driveway and street parking is for unloading only (Doane, Waller North, and Waller South). Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
  • South Franklin Street Halls
    Pearsall Hall and Sturdevant Hall

    After you pick up your keys, drive to Franklin Street, in front of your building. Please park in the UCOM Parkade once all belongings are unloaded. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.
  • South River Street Halls
    Sullivan Hall and Slocum Hall

    After you pick up your keys, drive to South River Street.  Please park in the parking lot across the street from Sullivan Hall. Meter parking is available, but you must pay the fee. The city will ticket overdue cars.

Transfer Student Move In

All transfer students will go to the Student Union Building (84 W South St) to retrieve their key. Transfer students can report to campus on Thursday, August 26 between 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. so they can settle in to participate in Welcome Weekend activities. Transfer students and their families should follow the same loading and unloading instructions included above for their hall. 

Returning Student Move In 

For all returning students, you will want to make sure that you know which day you will be returning to campus and plan accordingly. All returning students should follow the times listed to ensure for physical distancing and move in is a positive experience for all involved. 

Mansion Style Halls & Select Apartment Areas

For folks in these halls, you will want to report to Passan Hall located at 267 S Franklin St to retrieve your room key from the Office of Residence Life. There will be a tent set up in front of the building from which you can retrieve your key during the times listed below. 

Hall Move In Day & Time
Michelini Hall
Rifkin Hall
Sullivan Hall
77 West
Friday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fortinsky Hall
Slocum Hall
Weiss Hall
134 S. Main St
Saturday, August, 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

40 West (YMCA)

All residents residing at 40 West (or the YMCA, 40 W Northampton St, Wilkes-Barre, PA) will proceed to Passan Hall to retrieve their keys during their assigned move in day and time. There will be a tent set up in front of the building from which you can retrieve your key during the times listed below. Afterwards, you will  need to stop at the Front Desk of the YMCA to receive a swipe card that will give you access to the residential floors. 

Apartment Assignment Move In Day & Time
4th Floor, Even Apartments (402, 404, 406, etc.) Friday, August 27 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5th Floor, Even Apartments (502, 504, 506, etc.) Friday, August 27 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
4th Floor, Odd Apartments (401, 403, 405, etc.) Saturday, August 28 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5th Floor, Odd Apartments (501, 503, 505, etc.) & 6th Floor Saturday, August 28 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

University Towers

All University Towers residents may proceed directly to University Towers at 10 E South St to check in. Residence Life staff will be there to assist with key distribution. Please refer to the chart below to determine what your move in time will be. Elevator access will be limited to maintain physical distance expectations so it is imperative that folks adhere to the times assigned below. 

Apartment Assignment Move In Day & Time
"00" Apartments (100, 200, 300, etc.) Thursday, August 26 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
"70" Apartments (170, 270, 370, etc.) Thursday, August 26 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"10" Apartments (110, 210, 310, etc.) Thursday, August 26 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"60" Apartments (160, 260, 360, etc.) Thursday, August 26 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"20" Apartments (120, 220, 320, etc.) Friday, August 27 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
"50" Apartments (150, 250, 350, etc.) Friday, August 27 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"30" Apartments (130, 230, 330, etc.) Friday, August 27 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"80" Apartments (180, 280, 380, etc.) Saturday, August 28 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
"40" Apartments (140, 240, 340, etc.) Saturday, August 28 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"90" Apartments (190, 290, 390, etc.) Saturday, August 28 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Requesting An Alternate Move In Day & Time

For folks whose move in day and time assignment will pose a significant financial hardship, they can request an alternate time.  Requests for an alternate move in days or times will only be considered for situations in which the student can demonstrate significant hardship with their assigned day and time. Documentation may be required for approval.  You will be required to log in with your Wilkes username and password. If you are using a mobile phone and signed into an account other than your Wilkes email, you may have difficulty. Just copy the link and open a private browser to access the form. 

You can access the form here. 

Suggested Packing List

With move in time being stressful for everyone and there being added pressure for students and families this year with limited capacities on elevators and in stairwells, it has never been more important to think critically about what you are bringing with you to campus. Please consider only bring the essentials. In order to help with that planning, Residence Life has created a Suggested Packing List of some must-haves and things you can probably consider leaving at home!

updated July 30, 2021