Arrival Information

Moving into the Residence Halls:

Before You Get Here

Purchase what you need for your room.

Organize 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). 

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. 

  • Space will be available outside of your assigned residence hall for you to park your vehicle. If your assignment is located in either Shea, Higgins or Hendrick you will need to access the service road.
  • Staff will be available to greet you in the student staff office once you enter your residence hall. You will need to present staff with either a SUNY Cortland student ID or photo ID. Once your identity is confirmed, you will be provided your room key, RCR and prohibited item information etc.
  • Parking outside the residence hall will be for unloading purposes only. Once all your items are unloaded from your vehicle, please move your vehicle to the designated parking location.


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

Helpful Links

Fall 2023


Aug. 24-27

New & Transfer Students: Aug. 24-25

Returning Students: Aug. 26-27

All students should plan to arrive after 9am each day

New students will be able to select a move in time frame via the housing portal on myRedDragon once they receive their housing assignment on August 1st. 

Returning students must select a move in time frame as well.

Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 28
Fall Break

Oct. 16-17

Residence Halls & WCA remain open

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 21-27

Residence Halls & WCA will close on Tuesday, November 21 @9pm

Residence Halls & WCA will open on Sunday, November 26 @1pm

Classes End Friday, Dec. 8
Study Days Saturday, Dec.9 and Sunday, Dec.11                     
Final Examination Period Monday, Dec.11 - Friday, Dec.15
Residence Halls Close Friday, Dec.15 at 9 p.m.

Spring 2024


Jan. 19-21

New Students: Jan. 19 

Returning Students: Jan. 20-21

Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 22
Spring Break

Mar. 8-17

Residence Halls & WCA will close on Friday, March 8 @9pm

Residence Halls & WCA will open on Sunday, March 17 @1pm

Classes End Friday, May. 3
Study Days Saturday, May.4 - Sunday, May.5                         
Final Examination Period Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m.

Campus Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Visit the COVID-19 Guidance webpage for more information about SUNY Cortland's COVID guidelines.