Get ready to Move-In to your new home at Western Illinois University!

All residence halls open for check-in beginning Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8 am. You can check into your hall between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm anytime/day after the initial "open" date listed above. Peak move-in times tend to be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


The Move-In Process


You're just a few steps away from your new home at WIU...

When you arrive to WIU on Friday or Saturday of Fall Move-In:

    1. Enter the campus and drive to your residence hall using the route shown on the map. The routes are designed to reduce traffic bottlenecks and speed up your move-in time; however, during peak move-in times, you can expect an extended wait time. Follow instructions given by the Office of Public Safety (OPS) personnel who will be directing traffic.
    2. When it’s your turn, OPS personnel will direct you to your residence hall. When you arrive at your residence hall, you’ll be greeted by our volunteer Move-In Crew** who will be wearing gold shirts. If you would like a cart and assistance moving your belongings to your room, get a number from them. You can also bring your own cart/dolly to assist with the move-in process. Your resident assistants and staff will be wearing purple shirts.
    3. Have family members begin to unload belongings at the designated drop off location. Once you’ve unloaded, you’ll be directed to stay with your belongings while another member of your party moves your vehicle to a designated parking lot. You will need to proceed to the check-in area to begin the check-in process.
    4. When the Move-In Crew is ready for you, your number will be called, and you can take your belongings to your room and meet your new neighbors! If you don’t need the help of a cart or Move-In Crew, feel free to get started yourself!

Move-In Crew Schedule

Friday, August 16 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 17 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Have your Student ID Number and STARS Password ready. Proceed to the electronic check-in area where you will receive your room key. Once you have checked in, you will go to your room and complete your Room Condition Report (RCR) and return it to the check-in area to receive additional keys.

Suggested Arrival Times

We encourage you to use the recommended target times below – we try to spread out traffic based on your home's proximity to campus.

If you live within:

    • 0-75 miles from campus: Arrive 8-9 am
    • 76-125 miles from campus: Arrive 9-10 am
    • 126-150 miles from campus: Arrive 10-11 am
    • 151-175 miles from campus: Arrive 11 am - Noon
    • 176-200 miles from campus: Arrive Noon - 1 pm
    • Over 200 miles from campus: Arrive After 1 pm

**The above guidelines are suggested times for you to arrive to campus to help distribute on-campus and move-in traffic. The times do not need to be strictly followed.