Move-In/Move-Out Information

Fall 2020 Move-In Information

Tufts University is very excited to welome our students back to campus for the Fall 2020 academic semester.

On July 29, 2020 the Deans shared detailed information about this Fall's move-in. Please review this information carefully. Students and their families can find comprehensive information about the University's plans for reopening this Fall, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, on a dedicated website.

With the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to conduct our student move in within social distancing guidelines and aligned with recommendations from health professionals. The Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL) will conduct a move-in process for new and continuing on-campus residents designed to limit the number of persons arriving to campus on any given day/location to ensure easy movement of students and their belongings get to rooms with as few physical interactions as possible.

For the Drive & Drop Process: To cut down on the number of students and families on campus at one time, we are allowing students to drop off items into their assigned student rooms over the course of one day (8-hour period) between August 8 and August 26. Students signing up for "Drive & Drop" are not permitted to stay overnight, nor should they or their guests linger in the building more than the time needed to drop their items in their rooms. Please note that this 8-hour period will begin at 9 AM and end at 5 PM. Student who arrive later in the day will only have until 5 PM to complete their drive & drop process.

Students interested in this option should register with our office. Registration will open on Monday, August 3 for this process via the Housing Portal.

Mailing Your Items to Campus

For students who are wishing to mail packages to campus, ORLL will be working with Mail Services to deliver large items to student rooms before the start of move in. Students interested in this option should mail their belongings by August 15, 2020 to:

Tufts University

Residence Hall & Room
c/o 389 Boston Ave.

Medford, MA 02155

Students who have pre-ordered items from On-Campus Management (OCM), MicroFridge, or have stored items with our UPS partners will have these items delivered to their Fall semester assignment before their arrival on campus. For more information on Tufts Residential Life Vendors, please visit our Vendor page.

Each of the below options are available to on-campus students.

Drive & Drop Process

Students interested in dropping their belongings off in their room prior to move-in are able to do so by signing up for a date/time to complete this option. Students must do this at least 48-hours in advance in order to proper access to be updated on their ID card or for staff to set up a time for students to drop off their items.

The Drive & Drop process will take place between August 8 and August 26, 2020. Students are offered an 8-hour period (9 am - 5 pm) to drop their items off in their room. Students are not permitted to stay overnight, nor should they or their guests linger in the building more than the time needed to drop their items in their rooms.

Dates: August 8 - August 26
Locations: Medford campus

Registration for Drive & Drop will be available via the Housing Portal beginning Monday, August 3, 2020.

Registering for Move-in

Students who have requested to return to campus for the Fall semester will be required to sign up for move-in dates and times beginning Monday, August 3. This sign up can be accessed through the SIS Housing Portal starting on August 3rd and remaining open through August 20.

Students will be required to check in to a testing site at their designated date/time to be tested via University Health Services, overview any necessary information, and check in with ORLL to obtain keys and/or ID card for building access.

Registration for Move-In will be available on the date students are notified of their on-campus housing assignment. There will be no early arrival option for students. Students are eligible to sign up for any of the dates associated with their particular move-in group as noted below.

Move-in Dates

The following move in dates will apply to students for the Fall 2020 semester. Note that all students will arrive to the Gantcher Center for their first COVID test prior to receiving their access to their residence hall and room. Please proceed directly to Gantcher instead of to the residence hall for your arrival.

  • August 26: Graduate Students
  • August 27 - August 30: Out of region students (those coming from outside of MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, and NJ)
  • September 8 - September 13In region students (those coming from MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, and NJ)

What will be available to me on my move-in day?

The University is planning to hire a moving company to assist students with move-in on their designated day. Traditional move-in carts will not be available this year. Therefore, we highly recommended that you bring items to campus before your arrival date using our Drive & Drop process or mail your items to campus before August 15 so they can be delivered to your room. If you unable to use these options, we will have our partner moving company available to help bring items to your room throughout the day of your arrival. 

What can I expect at the testing site?

All Tufts students returning on-campus will be required to be tested upon their return to campus and intermittently thereafter. On the designated date and time of your move in, you will be required to arrive at a testing site to complete your COVID-19 test. After this has been completed, you will be able to check in with Residential Life to collect your student ID, room keys (if necessary), and PPE (personal protective equipment) for use on campus. 

Vendor Information

For information on our vendors, please visit the Residential Life Vendor Information page.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, minifridge-and-microwave combination units will be provided for each student room. As a reminder, these combination units are set up specifically to work in a way such that the refrigerator portion is temporarily suspended while the microwave is in use. This is an approved unit via our Fire Safety guidelines and students are not allowed to bring in microwave units of their own. If you are looking to bring your own refrigerator unit to campus, please contact our office at

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I arrive to campus earlier than the dates listed?

Due to the ongoing pandemic and planned move in practices, we are not allowing early arrival on campus outside of the dates noted above. There is no charge associated with arriving during a date assigned to your student group. Anything earlier than the above listed dates will not be allowed to stay on campus and will need to seek other accommodations in the interim. It is highly recommended that you seek travel accommodations during the dates associated with your particular student group.

Once it's been determined that I will be returning to campus, how soon before I can book travel back to campus?

For students residing in on-campus housing, the Office of Residential life and Learning will provide detailed information about move-in, which will include carefully spaced arrival times. We suggest waiting to purchase tickets to return to campus until you have confirmed your arrival date and time. Sign up for this option will be available on the day you are notified of your Fall housing assignment.

Can my family come with me during move in?

Due to social distancing measures, we strongly encourage students to limit the number of family members assisting them with move-in to one (1) to two (2) people. It is also highly encouraged to mail your items to campus or bring them to campus earlier using our Drive & Drop process to reduce the time required to move in. More information about our Drive & Drop process is available on this webpage. Note that all move-in supporters/assistants will need to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulations on travel and arrival to the state.

My family is not coming with me to check in. How do I move through the process with all of my belongings?

The Office of Residential Life and Learning will be working with campus and area partners to conduct a move-in process with as much social distancing as possible. Students can bring items to campus before move-in using our Drive & Drop process or mail them to campus before August 15. Tufts University staff will have movers available to assist students with getting items into their assigned rooms during move-in day. 

I am an SMFA student. Is my move in any different?

SMFA students will be living on the Medford campus this year and will follow the same move in protocol for move in. Items can be mailed to:

Tufts University
389 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155


What if I cannot move in on any of the move-in dates connected with my class year?

If you have run into issues with any of the dates assigned to your student group, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Learning at

I'm a student athlete, can I come to campus before other students?

All students are required to move-in during their designated dates. There are no early arrivals prior to these dates, including for student athletes.