Housing & Residence Life


Welcome Seahawks!  We are excited that you will soon be living with us on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year. To have a successful transition to your new home at UNCW, we encourage you to read all the information posted below.  If you have any questions regarding Move-In 2022, please contact Housing and Residence Life at (910) 962-3241 or e-mail us at housing@uncw.edu. You can also follow our UNCW HRL Instagram account at @UNCWHRL where we will post updates and helpful information to help you get settled! 

First Year Student Move-In

Move-In will take place on Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th All first-year students are expected to arrive to campus on their designated check-in day.

Click here to download your First-Year Move In Packet!

Check-In Days

  • Friday, August 19: Sandpiper, Belk, Graham, Hewlett, and Schwartz

  • Saturday, August 20: Pelican, Terrapin, Loggerhead, Cornerstone, Innovation, and Keystone

Check-In Location

Move-In Day,

Students can check in at Trask Coliseum from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (Noon). Below is a map of where you should enter campus on your designated day and consider printing this map before you depart or downloading to your phone prior to your arrival.


Move In Expectations

When making your Move-In plans, please consider the following expectations:

  1. Get Ready / Pre-Arrival
  • Reach out to your roommate (if information is available on Housing Portal). Discuss items you will each bring, discover interests and discuss how you will communicate with each other.
  • Review the Campus Living Handbook to familiarize yourself with our polices, and standards for behavior
  • Locate your campus mail information
  • Pack, and pay attention to the “What NOT to Pack
  1. Arrive / Check-In
  • Bring an official form of identification, such as your driver’s license, state ID, passport, or UNCW One Card, and be prepared to show it during the check in process.
  • Bring your health / medical insurance card to complete an emergency card upon check in.
  • Due to a centralized check-in process, it will be vital for you to arrive on your designated check in day. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate your check-in on a different day.
  • We have included a map and campus entry point indicating where to enter campus. We ask that you follow these directions as it will reduce traffic congestion and will make your arrival as easy as possible. Please follow directions from University Police, and designated traffic coordinators. 
  • During check-in, you will fill out paperwork, receive your room key and get directions to your residence hall.
  1. Move-In
  • We request that you only bring one carload of items. Trailers or U-Haul vehicles are strongly discouraged.
  • Be sure to label all items, boxes, containers and totes with your name and room number. Example: Sammy Seahawk, Belk 100
  • We will provide large, rolling bins to assist with your move-in efforts; however, these are available on a first come, first serve basis at each residence hall location. There will be a team of volunteers to assist with you unloading your vehicle between the hours of 8am and   While unloading, the driver must stay with the vehicle at all times.    
  • Residents and their guests will not be permitted to park their car in front of the residence halls. Please prepare to pull up to an unloading zone, unload, and then immediately park their car in a nearby parking lot. 
  • Boxes, trash and recycling containers will be available outside to discard these items. Please do not pile trash on the floors and in the halls.  
  1. Next Steps
  • Residents are required to attend their mandatory residence hall meeting where they will meet their Resident Assistant, and learn the policies and standards for living well together.
  • Residents will have the opportunity to connect with one another through signature and new Welcome Week Activities.

Follow us on Instagram @uncwhrl for all the latest on programs and other on-campus offerings.

Transfer Move- In

Check In Days

  • Sunday, August 21: Loggerhead, Terrapin, University Suites, and Seahawk Apartments

More Information

  • TBD

Click here for information for Transfer Students moving to campus

Returning Student Move- In

Students are expected to arrive to campus on their designated check-in day.

  • Sunday, August 21: Loggerhead, Terrapin, University Suites, and Seahawk Apartments

Helpful Information

  • TBD

Click here for information for students returning to campus


Move-In Related Questions:

I am bringing my car to campus and my parents are helping me move in, can I bring both cars on move in day?

Yes, you can bring two cars to campus but please only park one in the unloading zone and the other car in a parking area. 

I work on campus and am supposed to start earlier than the move-in dates…who should I talk to?

We coordinate special student worker move-in needs with the employing department so please outreach to your supervisor. When an office provides us a list of their workers that need special accommodation, we will outreach to the student. We will not work individually with a student.

General Questions:

What do I do with University furniture in the room that I do not want? 

All furniture found in the room upon your arrival must remain in the room. We do not have room to store specific items and residents are not allowed to take the item out of the room. Often residents will creatively hide items, like additional bed frames, consider asking your RA for tips. 

Will there be someone there to help me set up bed rails or loft my bed? 

At this time, we do not anticipate having a lot of additional staff present to help during the Move-In period.

What offices will be open when we visit?   

If you arrive during normal business hours it is possible many offices will be open to assist you.  We encourage you to check each office’s website for their hours of operations.


  • Volunteer Information

    Move-In 2022 Volunteer Information 

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering for 2022 Move-In! This important tradition this year will take place over two days: Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th. Volunteers are needed to help welcome, check-in, and move-in our brand new Seahawks. Volunteers can choose to serve one or both days, and indicate their preferences for volunteering at the registration form below. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, breakfast, and lunch.




    Volunteer Details:

    • Parking: Parking will be provided for all volunteers on the day of their volunteering in the Parking Deck on the corner of Reynolds and Cahill Drive.
    • Meals: Each day’s volunteers will be provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the day(s) they elect to volunteer at Wagoner Dining Hall. Breakfast will be served from 6:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m..
    • Check-In: volunteers will check-in at the Seahawk Village Clubhouse between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., unless communicated otherwise. All volunteers must be in their assigned location by 7:30 a.m..
    • What to bring: We suggest all volunteers bring with them a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and hat, as well as clothes they wouldn’t mind getting dirty, very comfortable, closed-toed shoes, and any other items they wish to have with them at Move-In.


    Volunteering for Wilmington Community Members:

    Move-In volunteering is open to community members this year! Whether you serve as an advisor for a student organization, are affiliated with a local business/organization, or just a family member of a student/faculty/staff, you can register to volunteer using the link above!


    Questions about volunteering?

    Email the Move-In Volunteer Coordinator, Zach Lemons, at lemonsz@uncw.edu