Move-In and Move-Out Information

Move-In/Check-In Information for Spring 2021

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the spring. You will need to register by December 21, 2020, for a check-in timeslot, whether you’re returning to campus housing or moving in for the first time. All timeslots will be two hours and will be available between January 7 and 11 for all residence halls and houses. 

Students moving into campus housing for the first time (or first time this year) should refer to the email from Campus Housing confirming your spring housing assignment for additional information.

To register for your move-in timeslot: Log into MyCharleston and click on the MyHousing/Dining portal. In the portal, click on the Requests tab in the blue banner and select Appointments. 

If you're going to be new to campus this spring, check out this short presentation from Campus Housing, Dining Services and Residence Life about living on campus. 

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Please be reminded that mandatory COVID-19 testing protocols are in place for students living in on-campus housing for the spring 2021 semester.

Do not plan to move into College-operated residence halls or historic homes if you have not adhered to the testing protocols outlined by Student Health Services in the December 11 email from Campus Housing. Campus Housing and Student Health Services will work with students to adjust move-in times/days for any who are unable to provide a test result prior to move-in or who have a positive test result.

In summary, all students who will be living in any College-operated residence hall or historic home are required to:

  1. obtain a COVID-19 test no earlier than December 28, 2020
  2. upload the COVID-19 test result (positive or negative) no later than 48 hours prior to the move-in timeslot for which you registered.

If you have questions about testing, please contact Student Health Services at 843.953 5520 or

Spring Key Pick-Up Locations

For students moving into on-campus housing for the first time (or first time this academic year): Key pick-up locations vary by residence hall or house. Please refer to your spring assignment email for your specific hall or house.

You will need to provide a driver’s license, government-issued ID or Cougar Card to get your key. If you do not already have your Cougar Card, it will be provided to you during your check-in. Please submit a photo online no later than January 4 to ensure your Cougar Card is ready. You can find detailed instructions on the Cougar Card website. If you have questions about your Cougar Card, please contact Campus Services HQ at 843.953.1100 or

Health and Safety Protocols for Move-In

General reminder: You must follow all health and safety protocols and requirements outlined by the College of Charleston. You will need to strictly adhere to your confirmed timeslot to help us maintain social-distancing protocols and the health of everyone involved. Please communicate with your roommate / suitemate about your plans. The scheduling system is designed so that roommates / suitemates cannot overlap. Each timeslot is for two hours. If you will have other people assisting you and you will need more time than this for setup, discuss your plans with your roommate / suitemate and select nonadjacent time slots accordingly.

  • Residents may bring no more than two people with them into the residence halls or houses to assist with move-in.
  • You and anyone helping you will be required to wear face coverings while inside the residence halls and houses. You will need to bring these with you.
  • A limited number of carts will be available, and we encourage you to bring your own if possible.
  • Please also bring your own sanitizing wipes for your own use, and to wipe down any shared carts when you are done.

If you are experiencing any symptoms, including fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or in the last 14 days you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, DO NOT return to campus. Email Campus Housing at and we will coordinate with you directly.

What to Bring to Campus (and What Not to Bring)

To make the move-in process as efficient as possible, students will be limited to two carts of personal belongs (approximately 40 cubic feet total). For health and safety reasons, certain items will not be permitted. Some examples include additional furniture (such as futons, body pillows/soft seating) and blankets/comforters/area rugs that cannot be machine washed and dried in the College’s washers and dryers. Before you start packing, please refer to the What to Bring to Campus page under Campus Housing for important information about what is allowed on campus and what is not. 


You may park in a campus garage (GG, PG or WG) or find metered street parking. Parking rates will apply for both options. Please review the College’s parking map for garage locations in relation to your residence hall or house. For quick reference, GG garage is convenient to George St. Apartments, Liberty and Craig; PG Garage to Warren Place, Kelly House, Berry and McAlister; WG Garage to George St Apartments, the Wentworth Street historic and fraternity houses, McConnell, and Craig.