We are very excited to welcome you to Residence Life at Texas A&M University!
To help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible, move-in information will be posted here throughout the summer. Don’t forget to check your TAMU email frequently so you don’t miss important emails – like more detailed instructions for move in based on your building or hall.
Here you will find information about early move in information for Residence Halls, Apartments and Corp Housing.
Earliest arrival dates vary by community. Visit our procedures page to learn how to request early move-in.
Volunteers will be available from 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Water stations, radio stations, and additional University staff will be available to assist new students.
Living in a community space can be a lot of fun. To make sure our buildings are as safe as possible we have some items that we recommend every student bring, and items that are prohibited in the our facilities. Please review this list carefully before packing and coming to campus. You can find more specifics in our resident handbooks. We also provide some extras you may want to purchase or rent. These Add-Ons include refrigerator/microwave combo appliances, linen packages, personal safes, and more. Find the details under the Add-Ons on our Amenities page.
What not to bring
- Air conditioning units (window or room units)
- Candles (White Creek Apartments only)
- Ceiling fans (ceiling fans are provided)
- Extension cords, multiple plug adapters, power strips without circuit breakers
- Halogen lamps
- Space heaters
What to bring
- Alarm clock or clock radio
- Area rugs
- Bicycle and lock
- Cleaning supplies (broom, dustpan, mop, small vacuum)
- Coffee maker
- Crock pot
- 10 – 15ft Ethernet cable
- First aid supplies/medications
- Iron and ironing board
- Kitchen supplies (dishes, silverware, pots/pans, drinking glasses, etc)
- Laundry basket/bag and detergent
- Posters/pictures/wall hangings (no nails)
- Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets
- Toiletries, toilet paper, and towels
- UL approved electrical power strips with built-in circuit breakers
Bring to Freshman Orientation Week
- Alarm clock
- Desk lamp
- First aid kit including mole skin
- Footlocker with lock (approx. 16X16X30)
- One standard size pillow and white standard pillow cases (X2)
- Running shoes
- Shower shoes
- Black, athletic, shorts w/o pockets
- Soap and container or liquid soap
- Socks, black for shoes reinforced toes/heel
- White athletic, mid-calf, prefer no logo socks
- Toiletries and requires medications
- White bath towel and hand towels
- White crew neck t-shirts
- White wash cloths
- Civilian clothes
- Belt (black or brown)
- Jeans, blue
- Collared permanent press and/or knit shirts
- Khaki slacks
Items to be purchased during Freshman Orientation Week
- Air freshner
- Duct tape
- Markers, black sharpie
- Rags, dusting
- Rags, polishing
- Shoe polish, black
- Wastebasket (desk size)
Desirable items but not required
- Backpack/shoulder bookbag, black
- Cell phone and charger
- Clothes iron
- Ironing board
- Lap/desktop computer
- Monitor (less than 30.75W X 21H)
- Sleeping bag
- Umbrella, black
Items not authorized for freshman cadets
- Cooking appliances
- Floor rugs
- Mattress pad
- Microwave or refrigerator
- posters, wall decorations, etc.
- Stereo, speakers
- T.V./large monitor
What Not To Bring
- Halogen Lamps
- Weapons – except handguns as permitted by State Law
- Prohibited appliances including induction type cookers
- Fireworks, explosives & hazardous items
- Road signs
- Space heaters
- Power tools
- Extension Cords
What You Can Bring
- UL approved power strips w/ built-in circuit breaker (Available for purchase)
- Alarm clock
- Ethernet cable
- Co-axial cable (Halls & Gardens only)
- Toilet paper – only supplied in community bathrooms
- Shower caddy
- Academic supplies
- Laundry basket(s) or laundry bag(s)
- Wax warmers (“scentsy-type”) that use a 25 watt bulb in a ceramic container to heat scented wax are allowed, but should never be left unattended.
Coordinate with Your Roommate to Bring
- Small ironing board and iron
- Television, DVD Player, Blu-ray Player, and Gaming Consoles
- Microwave – 700 watts or less
- 2 to 4 cup coffee maker
- Eating utensils
- Small refrigerator – 4.4 cubic feet or less or Micro Chill
Temporary one-hour loading and unloading zones will be established in close proximity to the residence halls and apartments so that students may transfer their belongings between their building and vehicle with minimal inconvenience. To expedite the process, and to allow access to the maximum number of customers, vehicles left beyond the one-hour time limit will be subject to relocation. Please keep in mind that parking regulations are enforced except on days when the University is officially closed.
Parking permits may be purchased online only. Paid visitor parking is available in Northside, West Campus, Central Campus and University Center Garages. Any questions regarding parking or transportation should be directed to our Customer Assistance Center at 979.862.PARK.
During move in, signs will mark the designated loading areas and Transportation Services staff will be available to assist you and provide information. After the 1-hour time limit, we ask that students move their vehicle out of the unloading zone and into the lot designated on their permit (outside of unloading zones) or lot 100 and ride the free shuttles back to the residence hall or apartment.
Parents and other visitors who do not have a permit should also park in lot 100. The move in shuttles will operate Sunday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 27, from 8:30am – 5pm. Break Service Route 01 will stop at these stops Monday through Friday, from 7am – 6pm. Weekend Transit Service begins August 30. Visit our Transit Service page for more information.
Check In Process
Students will visit a series of stations where they will be checked-in to our data management system, pick up and sign for keys/room inventories, receive information regarding unloading zones and subsequent parking.
Our check in processes vary slightly by the type of residential community: apartments, Corps of Cadets, or our residence halls. Please take a closer look at your check in process below and download the Check-in Locations & Information for all of our Residence Halls & Apartments.
Check-In will occur in your respective apartment office shown below. Please bring a picture ID card to check-in (TAMU ID Card, Driver’s License, Passport, etc). If you do not have your TAMU ID card, then you will be issued a temporary card until you get your TAMU ID card.
The Gardens Apartments: is located in the Community Center in the center of the apartments complex. The Gardens Apartments are located at University Drive and South College Avenue near the Engineering Complex.
White Creek Apartments: is located at the southeast corner of Building A in the center of the apartment complex. White Creek Apartments are located on West Campus near the Agriculture and Life Sciences Buildings.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your respective apartment office.
Check-in takes place at various locations on the Corps of Cadets Quad. Building signage and/or Corps Leadership will direct you to the check in location.
Refer to our Move-In Dates calendar above for specific move-in dates for Corps groups.
Please bring a picture ID card to check-in (TAMU Student ID Card, Driver’s License, Passport, etc).
Check-ins takes place at your residence hall office. Hall offices are located on the first floor of each of the residence halls. Building signage and/or staff members will direct you to the check in location. Find your residence hall on our campus map. Physical addresses of the hall can be found on the individual hall page.
Please bring a picture ID card to check-in (TAMU Student ID Card, Driver’s License, Passport, etc). You will need your TAMU Student ID Card to access the building after 6:00 pm on move in days.