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New Student Move-In

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Below you will find campus move-in information for ALL residential students. We look forward to welcoming you home!

The campus move-in process is one of the most highly-orchestrated events during William & Mary's academic year. Every residence hall is assigned a color-coded and/or named route to be followed as exactly as possible.

Students should enter the Check-In Line via Compton Drive at their designated move-in time. Individuals who arrive early will be diverted from the check-in process and asked to wait their turn.

Move-In Instructions
Packing for Your Move-In

In general, pack the essentials and slowly expand into optional items from there. And remember... what gets moved into your residence hall room will eventually have to be moved out!

Move-In Dates

Residence hall check-in will take place by appointment as a contactless, drive through process to obtain keys and confirm arrival. Students will then drive to their assigned buildings to move in.

Students should enter the Check-In Line via Compton Drive at their designated move-in time. Individuals who arrive early will be diverted from the check-in process and asked to wait their turn.

First Year & New Transfer Residential Students
  • Thursday, August 25 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
  • Friday, August 26 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Returning Upper-Level Undergraduate Students Residing in a Traditional Hall
Returning Upper-Level Undergraduate Students Residing in an Apartment (Ludwell, Nicholas & Evans Graduate Complex)
  • Opens for residents beginning Monday, August 15 with check-in continuing thru Tuesday, August 30. Check your official @wm.edu university email for additional information. 
New & Returning Graduate Student Residents Residing in the Evans Graduate Complex
  • Opens for graduate students beginning Monday, August 8 with check-in continuing thru Tuesday, August 30. Check your official @wm.edu university email for additional information. 
  • Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Arriving on Campus

Print out the residence hall QR check-in code received after making your appointment - and using the directions below navigate to the Check-In Line starting point on Compton Drive. Trust us on this one! 

Students should enter the Check-In Line at their designated move-in time. Individuals who arrive early will be diverted from the process and asked to wait their turn.

Directions to Check-In Line
Directions from the Richmond Airport & Points West
  • Interstate 64 East
  • Exit 234 to the right (199 East)
  • Travel 6 miles, take right exit for VA-321E, Monticello Ave
  • Use right lane to turn left onto Monticello Ave
  • Travel 1.6 miles, then turn right onto Compton Drive
Directions from the Norfolk Airport & Points East
  • Interstate 64 West
  • Exit 238 to the right
  • Turn left onto Capitol Landing Rd (signs for VA-143 E/Williamsburg)
  • Travel 0.6 miles, turn right onto VA-132 S
  • Travel 1.2 miles, turn right onto US-60 W/Bypass Road
  • Travel 1.2 miles, turn left onto Richmond Road
  • Travel 0.6 miles, turn right down VA-321E, Monticello Ave
  • Travel 0.5 miles, then turn left onto Compton Drive

All residential students will use a singular, contactless check-in line that will proceed down Compton Drive. 

Residential Student Check-In

Residence Life staff will issue you a key and other important materials during check-in. Upon arriving at your building's unloading zone, please unpack your vehicle and park your car within the designated lot before moving your belongings to your room.

You will need the following when you arrive in your check-in line:
  • The digital Residence Life QR code hangtag found on the Move In Next Steps page on the Fall Move-In Form within the Housing Portal.
  • Clearance from the W&M Student Health Center. If you have not heard from a Health Center official, you can assume you are okay.
  • Patience. Our staff will do the best they can to check you in quickly. However, circumstances sometimes occur beyond their control that may slow up the process. Remember that many of our check-in days have been fairly hot so a little extra patience could make the day go more smoothly for everyone!
Personal Property Insurance Recommended for Residential Students

The university is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage to property resulting from fire, theft, casualty or any cause, or for personal injury occurring within the leased premises, except as may be required by Virginia law. It is strongly recommended that personal property insurance be obtained by each student for his or her belongings. Renter's insurance is offered by most major insurance companies; some companies actually offer the option of a rider on a homeowner's policy to cover the belongings of students away at college. We recommend that you contact your current insurance provider or visit these informational websites for quotesguides and reviews, to examine your options.

Navigating to Your Residential Assignment

Your vehicle should follow the designated color-coded route (linked below) to your unloading zone after driving through the multi-step residential check-in process. 

Blue Move-In Route

DuPont Hall, Botetourt Complex, Yates Hall & Randolph Complex

BLUE ROUTE DASH CARD (PDF)NAVIGATE THE BLUE ROUTe

Green Move-In Route

Fraternity Housing & Green & Gold Village

Green Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate thE Green Route

Orange Move-In Route

Barrett, Chandler, Hardy, Jefferson, Landrum & Lemon Halls

Orange Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate the Orange Route

OTP & Tribe Square Move-In Route

One Tribe Place & Tribe Square

OTP & TS ROUTE DASH CARD (PDF)Navigate the OTP & TS Route

Pink Move-In Route

Monroe, Old Dominion & Bryan Complex

Pink Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate the Pink Route

Purple Move-In Route

Ludwell Apartments

PURPLE ROUTE DASH CARD (PDF)NAVIGATE THE PURPLE ROUTE

Red Move-In Route

Hunt, Reves, Willis & the Graduate Complex

Red Move-In Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate the Red Route

Richmond Move-In Route

Richmond Hall

Richmond Move-In Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate the Richmond Route

Yellow Move-In Route

Sorority Court

Yellow Route Dash Card (PDF)Navigate the Yellow Route

Unloading Zones
Unloading Zone Sign

Upon arriving at your residence hall's unloading zone, we ask that you:

  1. Unload your vehicle within one hour's time
  2. Proceed to your route's designated parking area
  3. Unpack your belongings and get settled in
  4. Have your "See You Later" moment
Vehicle Restrictions
  • No oversized vehicles are allowed (RVs, campers, trailers, box trucks, etc.)
  • Only one vehicle per student allowed at any one point in time
  • Be mindful that car-top storage carriers may raise a vehicle's height in excess of campus and OTP Parking Deck height limits
Zone Restrictions
  • Vehicles must be accompanied by a driver at all times during the unloading process
  •  One-hour time limit strictly enforced (fines range up to $100)
  • Do not park in fire lanes, or on grass or sidewalks (fines range up to $100)