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Tips for First-Year Students

Helpful Tips for Moving In

The residence halls will open for new students the Wednesday before Fall Semester. Check-in will occur in the Campus Center Lounge. Check-in times are divided by room number and begin at 10:00 a.m. for even numbered rooms and at 11:00 a.m. for odd numbered rooms. Please check in by 1:00 p.m. to have enough time to unpack and settle before New Student Week begins at 4:00 p.m.

When you arrive on campus, park near the building where you’ll live to unload your car on the sidewalk, then please move your car to a space in a parking lot. If there are no available spaces to unload on a sidewalk, please park in a parking lot near the building. PLEASE observe parking rules such as not parking on sidewalks, in the grass or in fire lanes.

While family unloads the car, students should come to the Campus Center to do the official room check-in. This will involve receiving your Cardinal Card ID, your room key and signing paperwork. If you need to bring a completed Health Form, please bring with you to the Campus Center.

When you enter your room, review the condition of everything in your room according to the Pink Room Inventory you receive at check-in. If there are any discrepancies, please return the Pink Room Inventory to your Resident Assistant (RA) or your Assistant Director of Residence Life (ADRL) within 12 hours.

Once you’ve moved in your belongings, feel free to stop by the Bookstore to purchase books or the Police Department to pick up your parking decal.

Packing Tips

When preparing to pack for college, be sure to contact your roommate and double check you are not bringing too much.  Here is a suggested packing list.

/ Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is located in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p/ 614.823.1250
e/ reslife@otterbein.edu

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