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We can't wait for you to check in to your new home at Eastern Illinois University! Move-In Day is a busy and exciting time for both students and parents. We are sure that you have a lot of questions about your new home away from home. If you are unable to find the answers here, call the Housing and Dining Services Office. Students must already be assigned to an on-campus housing facility in order to sign up for a move-in date. 

All students must pre-register for a move-in date and time.   The Move-In Sign Up system will open on July 21.  Half-day timeslots on each date are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  More information will be sent to your EIU email account once the system opens.

  • New Incoming Freshmen and New Transfer Students will move back to campus from Wednesday, August 18, or Thursday, August 19.
  • Returning Students will be permitted to back to campus between Friday, August 20, and Sunday, August 22.  
  • Early Arrivals – Students who are part of an early arrival group must still register through the move-in sign-up system. Your move-in date/time will be communicated to you by your program director/leader/supervisor/coach/etc. and you will be able to choose a morning or afternoon block to move in on your scheduled date. Please go to to determine if this applies to you.

If you did not sign up for a move-in date, please contact the Housing and Dining Office at 217-581-5111 or to schedule your move-in date and time

Please be very careful in choosing the best date and time that works for you.  If you do need to adjust your move-in timeslot, you may log back into the sign-up system by August 6 to change your reservation.  If you need to change your move-in date AFTER August 6, please contact Housing and Dining Services immediately at 217-581-5111.

For more details on how to sign up and check out our FAQ Page at


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Ready to move in? Let’s start talking details.


Each resident should report to the residence hall or apartment complex which they are assigned for check-in. At check-in, residents will receive their keys.  A picture ID required such as your panther card, driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID.

Important check-in process steps

What to Bring/Not Bring Move-In Guide Emails:
Furniture in Rooms Assignment Guide
Microwave and Fridge Rental Move-In Guide 
What to Do Upon Arrival Move-In Guide (Print Version)
Campus Map  
Driving Directions (link coming soon)  
Look Around Campus  

Early Arrival Details


Move In Map

Residence Halls & Greek Court 
Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Friday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 21 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


University Court 
Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 21 at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 
Sunday, August 22 at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 


University Apartments 
By appointment only. 


Housing and Dining Services Office Opening Hours
Monday, August 16 at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 17 at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 18  at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Housing: 217-581-5111  Dining: 217-581-5733

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Hungry? We've got you covered.    

Take advantage of our extended Housing & Dining office hours Thursday – Saturday to purchase dining dollars. 


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Housing & Dining Services

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

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