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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.

As we welcome our students back to our residential communities, we will be managing move-in days/times to limit traffic and density of individuals on campus, and in each building—including stairwells and elevators.  Students will be able to sign up for a specific move-in time slot using our online form that will be available from July 27-30.   

  • New Incoming Gateway Students are required to move in on Tuesday, August 18. 
  • Students required to take a Math Placement Test are required to move in on Tuesday, August 18.     
  • New Incoming Freshmen and New Transfer Students will move back to campus from Wednesday, August 19 or Thursday, August 20.
  • Returning Students will be permitted to back to campus between Friday, August 21 and Sunday, August 23.  
  • Early Arrivals – Students who are part of an early arrival group do NOT need to sign up for a move-in date.  Your move-in date/time will be communicated to you by your program director/leader/supervisor/coach/etc.  Please go to to determine if this applies to you. 

Students who do NOT sign up for a move-in timeslot by July 30 will be assigned a date and time.  All New and Transfer Students (including Gateway and Math Placement) will have their Orientation track tied to their move-in date. 

Please be very careful in choosing the best date and time that works for you as it will be very difficult to modify your move-in selection after July 30. However, if you do need to adjust your move-in timeslot, please contact Housing and Dining Services immediately at 217-581-5111. 


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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.

New (freshman and transfer) students will receive their Panther Card and Orientation schedule at check-in.  

Important check-in process steps 

Move-In Date and Time Registration (Closed)
Students who did NOT sign up for a move-in timeslot by July 30 are assigned a date and time.  Your assignment letter will confirm your date and time for move-in.  Contact us at if there is a scheduling conflict after receiving your final assignment letter.    

What to Bring/Not Bring Move-In Guide Emails:
Furniture in Rooms Move-In Guide 1
What to Do Upon Arrival Move-In Guide 2
Campus Map Move-In Guide 3 
Driving Directions (link coming soon)  
Look Around Campus  

Early Arrival Details


Move In Map

Residence Halls & Greek Court 
Tuesday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Friday, August 21st at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August at 22nd 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 23rd at 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


University Court 
Tuesday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 21st at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 22nd at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 
Sunday, August 23rd at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 


University Apartments 
By appointment only. 


Housing and Dining Services Office Opening Hours
Monday, August 17th at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 18th at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 19th at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday, August 20th at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 21th at 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 22th 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. 

Dining Centers open Tuesday, August 18th for dinner only.  Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, August 20, Dining Centers will be open for lunch and dinner.  Regular Dining Center hours will begin with breakfast on Friday, August 21.  Check the menu for what is being served and specific times. Dining dollars can be used in the University Food Court and Java B & B as soon as you arrive on campus. 

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

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