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Guide to Campus Living - Moving In/Checking Out

Moving in:

First-Year Students

  • Move in Day for all first year students is: August 30, 2013.
  • Please arrive at your designated time slot and follow campus signage.
  • Please check-in at your hall’s front desk upon arrival to unload.
  • P.A.W.S. greeters are UMaine student and staff volunteers who will assist you in unloading your vehicle, labeling your boxes and carrying items to your room in the FYE areas.
  • Unloaded cars will be asked to immediately move to the appropriate parking lots (please see mailing for more information).
  • Please label your belongings with your name, hall and room number.

Transfer Students

  • New transfer students entering UMaine this fall may choose to move into their fall residence hall assignments either on Maine Hello (Friday, August 30th) between the hours of 8am and 4pm or during upper-class student move-in on Monday, September 2nd between the hours of 10am and 7pm.  Please note that move-in assistance is only provided during Maine Hello, and only during specific hours for any student moving into a non-FYE hall.  You may refer to the mailing that you will receive in early August for more information

Upper-Class Students

  • Upperclass students may move into their assigned halls 9am-11pm on Monday, September 2, 2013.

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What to bring for your room:

  • A cart or dolly for move-in day.
  • Bedding (mattress pad, comforter, pillow, sheets, etc) for twin 80’’ long.
  • Crates or closest organizers.
  • Toiletries.
  • Towels.
  • Shower shoes (flip flops work great!).
  • Shower caddy (to use going to and from the community bathroom with).
  • Laundry hamper.
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cleaning supplies.
  • Power strips that are 15 amp UL approved surge protectors or 3-pronged extension cords.
  • Electronics Permitted: stereo, TV, video game equipment, and computers.
  • One refrigerator or Microfridge unit (see Microfridge Units) per room.
  • Alarm clock.
  • First aid kit for personal use.
  • Small kitchen items (plates, cups, bowls).
  • Decorations (please see our Fire Safety Regulations section).
  • UL certified fans.
  • Up to a 10-gallon fish tank if bringing a fish (this is the only permitted pet).
  • Desk lamp (without a halogen bulb).
  • Prescription medication.
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • Landline phone (to use as a back up to your cell phone).

What to discuss sharing with your roommate:

  • Carpets.
  • Television and DVD/Blu-ray player.
  • Microfridge unit or small refrigerator (Only one permitted per room, none permitted in DTAV/Patch.  In Colvin suites, each bedroom may have their own microfridge or small refrigerator.).
  • Any additional furnishings (futon, etc).

What we provide:

In a double or single room*, each student will receive:

  • A bed and mattress (mattresses are 80″ long and will need Twin XL bedding, which can be purchased at many stores)
  • A desk and desk chair
  • A bureau/dresser
  • A closet unit, typically with a bar, hooks and upper shelf
  • Bookshelves (usually built-in)
  • Ethernet/internet hook-up (we do not provide cords)

For each room* we provide:

  • A trashcan and recycling bin
  • Blinds for the window
  • Land-line phone hook-up (we do not provide phones or cords)
  • Cable hook-up (we do not provide cable cords)
  • We also have wireless in all residence halls and academic buildings
  • Smoke detectors and sprinkler system

*Students in temporary housing (including all triples and quads) will not necessarily receive all items listed here.  Please contact Housing Services at 207-581-4580 for more information.

Other amenities:

  • All residential rooms have a corresponding mailbox in the main lobby of their building
  • At each front desk students can check out items such as vacuums, brooms, trash bags, board games, snow shovels, etc.
  • Most buildings will also have all of the following: laundry rooms with washers and dryers, study lounges (on most floors), a public TV lounge, gaming items (pool tables, ping pong tables), a recycling room, bike racks (outside) and bike rooms (inside)

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What NOT to bring for your room — Prohibited items:

The items on this list are prohibited in order to maintain the safety of all persons who are living in our residence halls.  Additionally, students should not bring any items that may create community concerns, such as loud speakers.

  • Amplifiers (not permitted to be used in the halls, but may be stored in room).
  • Halogen lamps and/or octopus lamps.
  • Neon signs.
  • Toasters and toaster ovens (except in apartment kitchens).  Coffee-makers are permitted if there is an auto-shutoff feature.
  • Any appliance with open flame or coil.
  • Induction cooktops and portable burners.
  • Electric frying pans (except in apartment kitchens).
  • Microwaves.
  • Grills.
  • Candles or incense (decorative candles are permitted so long as no evidence of burning exists.  Any burnt wicks, or the actual burning of candles will result in a student conduct referral).
  • Flammable items—charcoal, lighter fluid, gas, fireworks/fire crackers/sparklers.
  • Space heaters and/or air conditioners.
  • Personal lofts, water beds, or any furniture or decorative item that requires bolting or nailing into the walls.

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If you decide to leave the university mid-year:

(1)  Notify a residence hall staff member (RA, ACC, CC) that you are checking-out of your room (if you are approved to change rooms, are withdrawing, are being relocated, or are canceling your housing contract).

(2)  Remove all belongings.

(3)  Clean and arrange your side of the room neatly so it is ready for a new occupant.

(4)  Be on time to your Check-Out appointment with an RA or hall staff member.

(5)  Turn in your metal room or mail key if applicable. MaineCard access will be removed after you check out.

(6)  Change your mailing address directly with friends, family and companies.

* Failure to Check-Out correctly may result in fees and/or charges to your student account for: improper check out, key replacement, removal of personal belongings (per hour charge), disposal of property, room cleaning (per hour charge), etc. so please be sure to follow these procedures.

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Check-out procedures at the end of a semester or at the end of the academic year:

>     With the exception of students registered in continuous housing, all students are expected to leave the residence halls within 24 hours of their last exam or 5:00 p.m. on the last day of December exams, whichever comes first.  At year end, any unapproved student must be checked out of the Residence Hall by 5pm on Friday, May 9, 2014.

>     In December, students in continuous living halls who are not returning for the spring semester must also move out 24 hours after the last exam or by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of exams whichever comes first.

>     At the end of the spring semester, students may register and be approved to remain for graduation if they are graduating or have a part in the graduation ceremony such as an usher or band member.  Please see your hall folder or residence life staff member for more information about how to register.

>     See Summer Housing options for spring to summer term information

(1) Make a Check Out appointment with a residence hall staff member, or sign up in advance for Express Check Out (May Closing Only).

(2) Remove all belongings.

(3) Clean and arrange your side of the room neatly so it is ready for a new occupant.

(4) Be on time for your Check-Out appointment with an RA or hall staff, or sign your express check out envelope and place it securely in your mailbox with your metal room key if applicable (DTAV and Patch Hall residents should deposit their express check-out envelopes in the labeled outgoing mail slot). MaineCard access will be removed.

(5) Change your mailing address on MaineStreet if appropriate, and directly with friends, family and companies.

* Failure to Check-Out correctly may result in fees and/or charges to your student account for: Improper check out, Key Replacement, Removal of Personal Belongings (per hour charge), Disposal of Property, Room Cleaning (per hour charge), etc, so please be sure to follow these procedures.

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Updated 10/22/2013


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