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Spring Move-In 2021

Attention: Your arrival COVID-19 testing date and time is also your move-in date and time! 

Every spring semester, we welcome our new students to campus and celebrate the return of students who've been away for winter break. This spring opening 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 February!

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: the resident and their helper or roommates.

Move-In 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 spring.

Housing Assignments

Housing assignments were released via Symplicity and sent to Geneseo email addresses in early January 2021 for new students and for those with changes in their living space! 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 or email with any questions.

Move-In Information

Residence Life Check-In will take place in Sturges Hall in collaboration with Student Health & Counseling where COVID-19 pooled testing will also occur. All students (new and returning) must be tested for COVID-19 at Sturges Hall before they are able to move in to their assigned residence hall. Residents who show up at their residence hall before they go to Sturges for testing, will be directed to Sturges Hall.

All Spring 2021 return parameters must be fulfilled:

  • 14 Days of Daily Health Screening
  • 7 Days of Quarantine
  • Negative Test Result obtained within 7 days of arrival
  • Residents will not be able to move in without a negative test result

For more information, please see the Spring 2021 Return to Campus Guide

Checking In

Sign up for a check-in date and time before you return to campus. The link to sign up takes you to your My Health portal. This will serve as both your COVID-19 arrival testing time and residence hall move-in date and time. All residents, except those approved to arrive early on January 31, will sign up for a three hour check-in time slot during these available days:

  • Thursday, February 4: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 6: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students will park in Lot B and report to Sturges Hall for Residence Life check-in and pooled testing. Here is a Google Maps link to the parking lot.

After Residence Life check-in and testing, you’ll return to your vehicle and head to your residence hall to move in. You will be required to wear a mask, have no more than two helpers, only one of which may be in the hall at a time, and maintain six feet of physical distancing at all times while on campus. Signage will be available for proper guidance and direction.

Arriving Late

Whether there is a need to arrive later in the evening or after check-in dates entirely, residents can work directly with their Area Coordinator or Residence Director to plan their late arrival. Email the appropriate staff member (see contact info below) with the information outlined.

Email should include:

  • Resident Name
  • Residence Hall
  • Room Number
  • Date and Time of Arrival

Residence Hall Contact Information

Residence Hall Email Address
Saratoga Terrace

Please do not come to campus and attempt to move in if:

  • You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • You have a fever over 100.00.
  • You are experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, congestion, headache, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea, or any other concerning symptoms.
  • You have been in quarantine and not been cleared by Department of Health.

Packing & Preparation

  • For health and safety reasons, we will not have Move-In volunteers.
  • 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 remain outside 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Drop off belongings and have one person wait with your belongings at the designated residence hall drop-off.
  • Carts 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.

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 10 days or follow the guidelines for testing to opt out of the full 10 day requirement. Residents who need to return early to SUNY Geneseo for a mandatory 10 day quarantine may do so on campus in Jones Hall. 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 10 day precautionary quarantine.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

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, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


CIT HelpDesk: Phone: (585) 245-5588
HelpDesk Hours for Move In: TBD

Visit the CIT website 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 January 20, 2021 - Vending, Starbucks, & RJ.

Location: Blake A 108
Hours: TBD


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

Location: MacVittie College Union, Main Floor
Hours: TBD

RTS Regional Shuttle and College Express Bus

College Express Bus

The 1/31/21 buses have been cancelled
Thursday 2/4/21 - Departure time depends on downstate location

Arrival in Geneseo near 5:00 p.m. (weather dependent)
Tickets can be purchased on the Express Bus website

RTS Livingston Shuttle Service

Will resume the Rochester Weekend Schedule on Friday, 1/29/21 and will run each weekend after.

Please see the RTS Livingston website for more information.

Airport: Pick Up 4:40 p.m.
Bus/Train Station: Pick Up 5:00 p.m./7:38 p.m.

Airport: NO Pick Up
Bus/Train Station: 11:10 a.m./3:17 p.m./7:03 p.m./10:05 p.m.

Airport- Pick up: 5:35 p.m./9:00 p.m.
Bus/Train Station: 2:00 p.m./5:25 p.m./8:45 p.m.

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.

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