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Fall 2020 Move-In Information

Each fall, we welcome our new students to campus and celebrate the return of students who've been away for the summer. This fall will look different, but the spirit is the same. Our aim is to provide our residents with a safe, fulfilling, and successful living and learning experience. Adjusting to life on campus will take time. It will also be worth it. We could not be more excited to have our residents move in this August! We will persevere.

Because we care about the health and wellbeing of our residents and our Facilities and Residence Life staff, face masks are mandatory in our residence halls. Residents and helpers should bring their own face covering (mask, shield, etc) and wear it at all times while on campus. We will also be practicing physical distancing and staying 6 feet apart from one another. Please limit the use of elevators to one family unit at a time - resident and their helper or roommates.

Move-in week at Geneseo is a busy and fun time as students, parents, faculty and staff buzz around campus preparing for the coming semester. Below we've provided a summary of the essential information for students settling in (or back in) to campus this Fall.

Move-In Date and Time

Housing assignments are being released via Symplicity and sent to Geneseo email addresses on August 1, 2020!

**The Move-In Request Form deadline has passed. If you did not fill it out, we will choose a move-in time slot for you, based on availability and we will email those confirmations by August 17. If you think you filled out the form, but have not yet received a confirmation. Email and we can double check our lists.

Students may request to move-in early, Sunday, August 23. This is the only option for early arrival. Check-in for early arrivals will occur in the MacVittie College Union Loop, (not in Lot S). Requests for early arrival can be made by emailing

taking temperature of visitors

parent and student walking

parent and student pushing cart

Housing Assignments

Students can view their housing assignments through the Symplicity Residence software. They will be prompted for their Geneseo username and password.

Call the Residence Life office at 585-245-5726 with any questions.

Housing Assignments will become available on August 1 for most students. Students may find out their hall sooner if they are accepted into one of our living-learning communities.

Packing & Preparation

  • For health and safety reasons, we will not have Move-In Volunteers this year.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask. Residents should pack a few extras.
  • Students will be allowed to bring two people to help with move in. One helper must stay with the vehicle while the other enters the residence hall. Helpers may switch on and off.
  • Check out our "What to Bring" page. We ask you to carefully consider the amount of personal belongings you bring.
  • Don’t forget to print and bring your color-coded move-in day map!
  • A general campus map is also available for download.
  • Get your parking permit online in advance. It will be mailed to your home or campus mailbox.
  • Print and fill out a Vehicle Information Form and place it on the dashboard of each vehicle you're bringing to campus during Move-In Weekend so we can contact you if there are any issues with your vehicle or parking during this time.

Move-In Dates

New Students (only)
8 AM - 4 PM Wednesday 8/26
8 AM - 4 PM Thursday 8/27

Returning Students:
8 AM - 4 PM Friday 8/28
8 AM - 4 PM Saturday 8/29

Traveling from Out of State or an International Location

Residents traveling from an international location or from a state on the NYS Travel Advisory List will need to precautionary quarantine for 14 days. Residents who need to return early to SUNY Geneseo for a mandatory 14-day quarantine may do so on campus in Jones Hall. Please indicate this need on the move-in day & time request form. We anticipate welcoming residents who need to complete the precautionary quarantine on campus in Jones Hall between August 9 and August 12. Note: Precautionary quarantine can also be completed in a place not on the NYS Travel Advisory List. Some residents may consider staying with an acquaintance, family member, or friend at a location in NYS to complete their 14 day precautionary quarantine.

Getting Around Campus (Fall Only)

  • Enter campus only from specific locations indicated on the Move In Map (coming soon). Most campus roads have been designated as one-way for move-in day.
  • Look for the color-coded signs and drive directly to your residence hall.
  • Be sure to follow University Police directions.

Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Suffolk or Wayne

  • After checking in at Lot S, follow the RED signs, turning into Lot T from College Drive and then cutting across Mary Jemison drive to enter South Village near Nassau Hall. “Information/Drop Points” are marked on your move-in map by Xs.
  • Drop off your belongings, then park either on Onondaga Field or in a student lot.

Saratoga Terrace (The Townhouses)

  • After checking in at Lot S, turn into Lot T from College Drive, then use the staging area in Lot TT marked on the move-in map by Xs across the road from the South Village to unload your belongings.
  • Assistance, if needed, will be at the Commons. No vehicles are allowed on the pedestrian walkway.

Allegany, Genesee, Jones, Livingston, Monroe, Putnam, Steuben or Wyoming

  • After checking in at Lot S, follow the GREEN signs from College Drive to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by Xs.
  • Drop off your belongings, then park either in the parking available across from Monroe Hall, or in Lot E or R.

Erie, Ontario or Seneca

  • After checking in at Lot S, follow the BLUE signs from College Drive to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by Xs.
  • Drop off your belongings, then park in the parking available in Lot E or R.

Tips for Move-In Day

  • Take a breath and enjoy the moment.
  • Be sure to don your face mask to stay safe during move-in.
  • Stay on paved roadways to drop off items.
  • Field parking is available near Onondaga Hall only. (Fall Only)
  • Drop off belongings and have one person wait with your belongings at the designated residence hall drop-off. (Fall Only)
  • A few carts and baskets are available but if you own a handcart, bring it! It’ll help get you in your room faster.
  • After unloading your car, please move your vehicle to the designated parking areas. (Fall Only)

cars for move-in

Services for New Students


Vehicle registration is required for on-campus parking. You can purchase your permit online and have it mailed to your home or campus mailbox. In-person transactions are by appointment only at this time.

Location: Schrader 19
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm


CIT HelpDeskPhone: (585) 245-5588
HelpDesk Hours for Move In: Wednesday 08/26 - Friday 8/28 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; Saturday 8/29 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Sunday: Voicemail Returns 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visit for hours during the semester.

Dining and Campus ID

Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) is where you pick up your Geneseo ID card or ask about dining services. Meal cards will be active starting Friday, August 28. Food will be available from the Chowhound food truck, Starbucks and Fusion Market.

Location: Blake A 108
Hours: Friday 8/28 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Saturday 8/29 12-4 PM


The Campus Bookstore is where you can buy textbooks, Geneseo gear, and other supplies.

Location: MacVittie College Union, Main Floor
Hours: Friday, 8/28 from 9 AM-4 PM, Saturday, 8/29 and Sunday, 8/30 from 10 AM-5 PM

    What’s Next?

    Be sure to visit the Weeks of Welcome (or WOW) webpage as it one of the important ways in which new students can start to become part of the Geneseo experience.

    New students can stop in at the Academic Advising office, located in Erwin 106, with questions about fall course schedules or academic plans. Starting on Friday, August 28, staff in will be available to answer questions or make arrangements for students to meet with one of the deans. Students can drop-in or set up an appointment from 8 AM to 5 PM (M-F) throughout the first week of classes to discuss schedules or academic planning. Call the office at 585 245-5541. The drop/add period runs Monday, August 31 to September 4th.

    More information for first-year students. We can’t wait to see you on campus!