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Early Arrival

We are continuously updating this page for the 2022-2023 academic year, if you have questions about your arrival time, please contact the Housing Office.  

Early Arrival Dates

Sunday, July 31

Football Team
Women's Soccer

Friday, August 5

Resident Assistants
Greek Court SSAs
Night Assistant Supervisors
LLC Event Staff

Sunday, August 7


Volleyball Team
Conference Assistants
Summer Dining Staff
Summer NSFP Staff
Summer School Student
Men's Soccer

Saturday, August 13

Service Assistants (desk staff)

Sunday, August 14

Panther Marching Band
Prowl Leaders
Hall Council Exec Board
NRHH/RHA Exec Board
International Students
Freshman Connection Mentors

Monday, August 15

International Students
Night Assistants
STEP Program Mentors

Tuesday, August 16

Cross Country 
University Board
Daily Eastern News
Panther Pal

Wednesday, August 17

STEP Students

All students must use the Move-In Registration System to pre-register for a move-in date and time.  If you are part of an Early Arrival Group AND if your name has already been submitted by your coach/faculty member/sponsor/etc., you will see your correct Early Arrival date listed in the Move-In Registration System.  

If the Move-in Registration System does not allow you to choose your correct date, or you need to request an Early Arrival for a reason not listed above, please submit an Early Arrival Request for approval. Submitting a request does not guarantee approval for an early move-in date.  Students will receive a confirmation sent to their EIU email account if their early move-in request is approved.

All early arrival check-in times have been designated as 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm.

For Early Arrival dates of July 31 to August 13, please report to Stevenson Hall to receive your keys. Beginning August 14, please report to the front desk of your hall/area. Students in Greek Court will report to the front desk in Building 8.  


Getting to campus a little early this year? The residential dining centers are scheduled to open for the 2022 Fall Semester on Thursday, August 18.  However, the University Food Court will be open for business Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm, and will accept Dining Dollars, cash, and credit/debit cards.


The staff of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union, from the bookstore to the bowling alley, have been patiently waiting for the academic year to begin and are excited that students will be back on campus soon. Check out the MLK Jr. Union website for their pre-semester hours of operation.


The Student Recreation Center will be open for early arrivals starting Aug. 15, Monday-Friday. Please refer to the Campus Recreation website for specific hours of operation and any additional guidelines. A Panther Card is required for entry.

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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