Moving In

This guide is designed to help you plan your move into the residence halls. 

On this page is information concerning the moving-in process and other helpful ideas to get you started on your way to a successful year at HSU.

Find our Move-In Guide for Fall 2017 Here

Photo ID

To get a head start on life at HSU, you can upload your own photo for your Humboldt student ID card. Uploading a photo will save time waiting in line at the ID Office, expedite access to campus services, and ensure you are happy with the photo. Please upload your photo by July 7 in order for Housing & Residence Life to have your card ready and waiting for you at check-in, encoded with access to your meal plan and room.

For full instructions on how to complete this, click here.  

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to upload your photo until after you've registered for classes.

Opening of the Residence Halls

You will need to bring a valid photo ID to check-in.

Please leave all of your belongings in your car. Once you have gone through the check-in process, you will be directed to your specific hall. During check-in, you can expect to receive your ID card or temporary card with access to your room and meal plan. We will answer questions about where to unload your belongings, how to get a hand truck and explain how to review your room using a room condition card.

When you get to your room, you will have a packet that includes the condensed ResLife and You Handbook and the ResLife staff roster of your living area with phone numbers. You will be asked to complete your Room Condition Form online by logging into your myHousing portal. You will have a maximum of 48 hours to complete this.

Check-In

Fall 2017 Hours of Check-In

DayHours of Check-InLocation: Jolly Giant Commons (JGC)
Mon, Aug. 14, 2017*8:00 AM - 12:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Tues, Aug. 15, 20177:00 AM - 12:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Wed-Thurs, Aug. 16-17, 20178:00 AM - 12:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Fri, Aug. 18, 20178:00 AM - 1:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Sat, Aug. 19, 201710:00 AM - 1:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Sun, Aug. 20, 201710:00 AM - 12:00 AM1st floor, Recreation Room
Mon, Aug. 21, 20178:00 AM - 5:00 PM2nd Floor, Housing Office

*Monday, August 14, 2017 residents can move-in a day early, for an additional $25. The $25 charge will post to the student account center.

Move-in Parking Information can be found here.

The residence halls will open for Fall 2017 on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 7:00 AM! Each student will have an assigned check-in time. We will be sending out a survey in late June, asking each student to rank the four most desired check-in times and days. We will try to accommodate everyone's request and will communicate assigned check-in times in late July.

If you are a first time HSU student, please plan on moving-in on Tuesday, August 15th between 7am and 5pm. Housing will be holding Welcome Meetings with your residence hall community at 5:45pm, followed by the Welcome Kick-off in the Redwood Bowl, Tuesday evening, at 7:30pm and we want you there!

Spring 2018 Hours of Check-In

DayHours of Check-InLocation: Jolly Giant Commons (JGC)
Tues-Fri, January 9 - 12, 20189:00 AM - 5:00 PM2nd Floor, Housing Office
Tues-Fri, January 9 - 12, 20185:00 PM - 11:00 PM1st Floor, Recreation Room
Sat-Sun, January 13 - 14, 201810:00 AM - 11:00 PM1st Floor, Recreation Room
Mon, January 15, 20188:00 AM - 5:00 PM2nd Floor, Housing Office
Mon, January 15, 20184:30 PM - 11:00 PM1st Floor, Recreation Room

Tips

Moving into the residence halls can be hectic with many students checking in at once. Many of you will have driven several hours to get here and the journey can be filled with mixed emotions and high anxiety. Planning ahead can help all to reduce the stress of the day and help all of us have a more pleasurable move-in experience.

  • Be sure you know what your check-in day and time is and plan your travel accordingly.

  • Make sure you bring a valid photo ID into check-in.

  • Do not go directly to the unloading zone near the building before checking-in. You will not have access to your room until you check-in and obtain the room access card.

  • Please be respectful of our unloading areas near the buildings. We ask that you take a maximum of 20 minutes to unload your car and move it to the parking lot when completed. Do NOT plan to set up the room before relocating your car. It will make those that follow you more frustrated and could result in a parking ticket.

  • Please be aware that we do have to close the unloading lanes periodically during check-in to allow the garbage and recycling trucks to come through and empty the bins. 

  • Don't wait until you arrive to eat. Dining services may not be available depending on the time you arrive. Take time to stop, take a break from the drive and get something to eat. There are several options in town as well.

What to Bring

Student rooms are furnished with an extra long (regular length in Creekview and some Campus Apartment rooms) twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, and wastebasket for each student. We suggest that you bring all of the special items that will make your new home feel like home but you can't bring everything!

Some of the basic items you might want to add to your list are:
  • Pillows

  • Linens

  • Mattress Pad

  • Towels

  • Bath towels

  • Posters and pictures

  • Alarm clock

  • Stereo/radio

  • Telephone or cell phone

  • Computer

  • Study lamp

  • Flashlight

  • Laundry supplies

  • Hangers

  • Reusable grocery bags

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Toiletry Carrier

  • Blankets

  • Umbrella

Residents in each apartment and suite are responsible for the cleaning of the common area kitchen, bathroom, living room and hallway and are responsible for supplying toiletries and bathroom tissue.

You can bring a television but, if not, Sunset, Redwood, and Canyon have TV lounges in each building. There are also large screen TV's in the Creekside Lounge, the College Creek Great Hall and the Jolly Giant Commons Recreation Room.

When considering your blankets, linens, and mattress pads, please note:
  • The extra long mattresses measure approximately 34" wide by 78"-80" long by 6" thick.
  • If you live in the Campus Apartments, all beds are extra long twin beds except for the following:

    • Double rooms 1-16, 25-32, 40-47 on the A2 or B1 side have standard twin beds.

    • Double rooms 17-24, 33-39, 48-55 on the A1 or B2 side have standard twin beds.

  • All the beds in Creekview are standard twin beds.

You can also order linens (and carepackages) and have them shipped directly to HSU. Our Campus Market (OCM) has a comprehensive collection of bedroom and bathroom essentials. Our Campus Market carries a variety of items such as twin XL blankets and linens, pillows, extra-long twin memory foam mattress toppers, towel sets, shower caddies, sandals and more. You can visit their website to find out more  https://www.ocm.com/HBT/Bedding_and_Bath/

Microwaves are also provided in the residence halls.

The locations are:

  • Sunset and Redwood: in the 1st floor kitchen and one in each room.

  • Cypress suite4110,  4120, 4140, 4150, 4240,  4210, 4230, 4310, 4410, 4810, 4820, 4910, and 4920. The remaining suites will include a microwave once they have been remodeled.

  • Campus Apartments: 1st level lounge.

  • Canyon: on the 1st level of each building and one in each room..

  • Creekview: in each apartment.

  • College Creek: in each apartment.

Humboldt State Housing will provide one microwave and one mini refrigerator per room for the residents of Redwood, Sunset, Alder, Cedar, Chiquapin, Hemlock, Madrone, Maple, Tan Oak and Pepperwood. Only one microwave and one mini refrigerator is allowed in each room. 

Residents of College Creek, Campus Apartments, Cypress Hall and Creekview Suites and Apartments are not allowed to have microwaves and mini refrigerators in their personal rooms.  Microwaves and refrigerators are provided in the kitchen area of each apartment or suite of these complexes.

Students should not purchase and bring these items from home.

Students with medical needs requiring additional refrigeration space need to contact Housing at (707) 826-3451.  If approved, the refrigerator must be kept in an open space that allows ventilation.  Refrigerators may not be placed in a closet or under desks.

Additional kitchen appliances available:
  • Sunset and Redwood: a refrigerator and stove on the 1st floor and a mini refrigerator is in each room.

  • Cypress: a refrigerator and stove. Dishwashers are located in remodeled apartments, 4110, 4210, 4310, 4320, 4410, 4420,4510, 4520, 4810, 4820, 4910, and 4920. The remaining suites will include a dishwasher once they have been remodeled.

  • Canyon: a refrigerator and stove on the 1st level and a mini refrigerator is in each room.

  • Campus Apartments: a refrigerator and stove in the shared kitchen.

  • Creekview: a refrigerator and stove in each apartment.

  • College Creek: a dishwasher, refrigerator and stove in each apartment.

Restricted Items

Residents of College Creek, Campus Apartments, Cypress Hall and Creekview Suites and Apartments are not allowed to have microwaves and mini refrigerators in their personal rooms.  Microwaves and refrigerators are provided in the kitchen area of each apartment or suite of these complexes.

Humboldt State Housing will provide one microwave and one mini refrigerator per room for the residents of Redwood, Sunset, Alder, Cedar, Chiquapin, Hemlock, Madrone, Maple, Tan Oak and Pepperwood. 
Only one microwave and one mini refrigerator is allowed in each room.  Students should not purchase and bring these items from home.

Cooking appliances such as electric frying pans, crock pots, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, woks, etc. may not be used in rooms. They can, however, be used in the kitchens.

Residents may not have birds, warm-blooded or poisonous pets at any time in the residence halls. Cold-blooded reptiles, amphibians or fish are allowed provided they are adequately contained in an aquarium/container no larger than 10 gallons. Each resident is allowed one 10 gallon aquarium with the exception being in a triple room where only a total of two aquariums/containers would be allowed. The fish/reptile/amphibian must adequately fit in the aquarium/container as prescribed by a professional able to determine such matters (pet store owner, scientist, etc.). You must consult with your roommate prior to bringing the pet to address any concerns your roommate might express.

Rental Services

Bed lofts, MicroFridges, and personal in-room safes are available for rent through Collegiate Concepts, Inc. (Bed lofts are only available if you live in Redwood, Sunset or Cypress.) Contact them at 1-888-929-0806 or Collegiate Concepts to arrange for this service. If you would like your bed to be raised or lofted but live in the Canyon or College Creek, please call our Housing Office at 1.707.826.3451 to request this service. Sorry, beds in Creekview cannot be lofted. Majority of beds in the Campus Apartment double rooms are already lofted. Lofts cannot be ordered for triple rooms in any area, as most are already lofted.

Shipping Items

You may wish to ship items in advance such as trunks, luggage, boxes, and bicycles. You may do so by addressing them to your address listed in the room assignment email. We do ask that you do not ship items until August 1 for Fall and January 1 for Spring, when we are able to set aside additional storage for packages to arrive for opening.

Do NOT put "Humboldt State University" on your shipped items as it will delay the routing of your package. Items shipped to us prior to the opening of the residence halls will be stored on the second floor of the Jolly Giant Commons. We will have the Mailroom staffed each day until 5pm so you can plan on picking up your packages when you arrive.

Phone & Cable Service

Telephone service is provided by AT&T. It is your responsibility to contact AT&T for installation. They have established a special telephone number for university students to call to set up service. This number is 1-877-722-6787 (1-877-7CAMPUS). In addition, AT&T has a website where you can request phone service. The web address is www.att.com.

To request new service, enter your address as your room number, building name and use the word "Hall" after your building name (for example, 1025 Redwood Hall). Enter Arcata as the city and the zip code is 95521. This should work for all areas with the exception of the Campus Apartments. The entry for the Campus Apartments is your mailing address plus the apartment number (for example, 335 Laurel Ave, 17A).

It is helpful to contact AT&T before you arrive on campus to arrange to have your phone connected on a particular day. If you wait until you arrive it can be a number of days before your phone is installed.

Cable TV is available through Suddenlink Communications in all areas. You can contact Suddenlink Communications at 1-877-443-3127.

Parking

We discourage students from bringing their cars. Parking is highly impacted in the residence hall areas. If you bring your car you may have to park in lots that are not in close proximity to your residence.

We highly encourage new Humboldt students, especially freshmen, not to bring a car to HSU for their first year. Zipcar for Universities is now at HSU! Zipcar Information

Parking permits currently cost $157.50 per semester (2016-2017 school year) and do not guarantee that you will have a place to park. The Jack Pass allows students to ride local bus systems for free and downtown Arcata is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the university.

If you decide to bring a car on campus, buy your parking pass by visiting the Cashier’s Office on the 2nd floor of Student Business Services (SBS). Here is a campus map if you are unsure where that building is located. For more information about parking on campus, click here.

Accessing the Internet

Our ResNet computer connectivity program allows every resident to have ability to access the internet through wired or wireless connections. Wireless is now available in many areas throughout the residence halls and the Jolly Giant Commons. Campus Apartments is an exception, and has wireless internet only throughout the building. Visit the ResNet Help Desk for more information and how to connect your computer, tablet, phone, or gaming system.