Arrival Information

Fall 2020 Arrival Schedule

We assign a time frame for you to move in based on your class year. Information about your move-in time will be emailed to your Cortland account and published on the housing self-service window.

Wednesday, August 26

Halls open from 1 to 4 p.m. New students attending orientation may move in.

Saturday, August 29

Halls open from 9 a.m. to  4 p.m. Both new and returning students may move in.

Sunday, August 30

Halls open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both new and returning students may move in.

Before You Get Here

Purchase what you need for your room. Coordinate with your roommate to decide who is bringing what shared items like the TV, refrigerator and rug. Refer to our “What to Bring and What Not to Bring” document and print off our suggested shopping list (PDF) to bring with you.

Label Your Items

Label all items you will move into your room with your name, residence hall and room number. To make this process easier we have created labels that you can download and print (PDF) onto your own label sheets (or just print them on regular paper and tape them on). You can use 2"x4" labels (Avery 5163). If you would like to receive assistance moving in your belongings, make sure your items are labeled (including your fan, refrigerator and any other loose items you have in addition to boxes and bags).

When You Get Here

When you arrive on campus SUNY Cortland staff will be available to make the move-in process one of the easiest you will ever experience. Here is what you can expect:

  1. A University Police officer will direct you where to go to move in.
  2. Once parked, one person must stay with the vehicle.
  3. Complete the info card and place on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  4. Check in and pick up your room key.
  5. Unload vehicle immediately as instructed by staff.
  6. As soon as your vehicle is empty, move it to the Park Center parking lot. Buses will be available to shuttle you back to the residence halls.

Where to Check In

Report directly to your assigned residence hall. Visit the staff office to officially check in.

West Campus Apartments  

Students assigned to West Campus Apartments should go directly to the West Campus Recreation Center to check in.


The following halls have elevators and require you to place your belongings in a pre-marked location to wait to use the elevator:

  • Alger Hall
  • Casey Tower
  • Cheney Hall
  • Clark Hall
  • DeGroat Hall
  • Dragon Hall
  • Fitzgerald Hall
  • Glass Tower Hall
  • Higgins Hall
  • Smith Tower