Moving In

The following information will be helpful to you as you prepare to move into the residence halls. Do not hesitate to call the office of Residence Life and Housing at 508-793-2411 if you have any questions.

Fall 2021 Semester Move-In

Move-in will be split over four days. This helps cut down on the number of students moving in at the same time, which aids in social distancing while ensuring that roommates can still move in on the same day. We will have information on specific move-in times soon and further instruction will be sent to students via email.

First-Year Students

  • First-year students will move in on Saturday, Aug. 28 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Returning and Transfer Students

  • Sophomores can move in on Sunday, Aug. 29 during move-in times between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Seniors and juniors can move in on Monday, Aug. 30 or Tuesday, Aug. 31. 


First-year and sophomores students should sign up for time slots on their given move-in days. Information and directions will be sent to students once the process has been finalized. See instructions.

Upperclass students may arrive anytime Monday or Tuesday.

Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing

All students who are vaccinated do not need to participate in pre-arrival testing but must test on the day of their arrival. Testing is available for students Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you must arrive after testing is closed, your access to activities is limited until you complete your testing the next testing morning. If the testing site is closed, students will need to test the next morning that the testing center is open.

Any student who is UNVACCINATED OR NOT FULLY VACCINATED must send a pre-arrival test to Health Services. Students without this pre-arrival test approved by Health Services will not be allowed to move into the residence halls.

Campus Maps

The following maps detail directions for the move-in process. 

Saturday move-in map (PDF) 

Sunday move-in map (PDF) 

What to Bring

We are encouraging all students to pack light this semester. 

Family Members

Family members may accompany you to help with move-in. We ask that only two family members are in the residence hall with you at any time. Others may wait in your vehicle.

All students and guests must use appropriate masks while in the buildings. Family members who are not vaccinated should remain masked at all times, even at outside events. 

HC Clear

All residential students must register for HC Clear. Sign up with your Holy Cross Google account. Please do so prior to arrival. 

Personal Property Insurance

The College of the Holy Cross assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to a resident’s personal property, nor is the College responsible for property during move-in/move out or left during vacation periods or after termination of residency. Purchasing property insurance to cover loss or damage to personal property or extending homeowners’ property insurance to cover loss or damage is strongly encouraged. For more detailed information and resources please visit the Insurance, Accidents, and Claims webpage.

Shipping Items Prior to Arrival

You may ship personal belongings to the College prior to your arrival to the address listed below. It is up to you to insure these items. Please address all shipments as follows:

Your Name - Box Number
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395

(Your box number and post box information will be sent separately by our Post Office in early August.)

Roommates and Housing Assignments

Notifications regarding roommate(s) and housing assignments have been emailed to students. Students can access their room and roommate assignment information via The Housing Director - Self-Service system.