Move-In/Move-Out Information

Fall 2021 Move In Information

Welcome Jumbos!

Tufts University is very excited to welcome our students back to campus for the Fall 2021 academic semester.

This website is designed to help you coordinate your move in for Fall 2021. Below you will find information regarding move in dates, mandatory check in processes, our Drive & Drop Program, early move in requests and approvals, as well as mailing items to campus. Please refer to the below information as it pertains to you and your specific class year move in information.

We will begin moving in students in August 2021 dependent on vaccination status. Students who are either unvaccinated or have not cleared the 2-week (14-day) period post-vaccination will be required to quarantine upon coming to campus. Because of this, move in dates will vary. Below you will see information regarding both dates for each group of students. Be sure to upload your vaccination information by July 1st to ensure you are properly registered for move in for the correct date.

Information for New Students

We’re so excited to welcome you to the Tufts Family!

In addition to information you have been receiving from Campus Life regarding your Orientation, we want to make sure you have information regarding your move in process for Residential Life and Learning.

Our first-year students live in a variety of buildings: Richardson House (all female), Metcalf Hall, Hodgdon Hall, Miller Hall, Houston Hall, West Hall, Carmichael Hall, Wilson House (substance free), Tilton Hall, Bush Hall, Hill Hall, and on our SMFA Campus located in Brookline.

We are diligently working to get your housing assignments completed and sent out to you. Look for an email from our office in early July with your housing assignment and roommate information.  If you are in need of a housing accommodation (medical, religious, or other), please reach out to us at so that we can pass your information along to the appropriate department to oversee your request. Once that has been approved, we will place you in a suitable space dependent on your housing need.

Can’t wait to decorate your room? We partner with On Campus Marketing who offer awesome linen packages that you can have shipped to your residence hall space before you arrive! Check out their inventory here:

If you live close by and are interested in dropping off your things early, check out the Drive & Drop Program details below. As you are packing to come to campus, make sure that you familiarize yourself with more things allowed and not allowed on campus, such as outside furniture, air conditioners, etc.You can find more information regarding these policies on our Housing Policies and Guidelines page.

Mailing Items to Campus: Students interested in mailing items to campus will need to mail items to our on-campus mail room at the below address. These items will be available for pick up at this location when you arrive. Please note that these items will not be delivered into your student room prior to arrival. If you are interested in that option, you may learn more below under UPS Ship Ahead Program. Please mail items to this address only - incorrect address will likely be returned to sender:

389 Boston Ave - Tufts University
(Residence Hall, Room - if applicable)
Medford, MA 02155

Drive & Drop Program

Students who are able to come to campus with ease are invited to participate in our Drive & Drop program. This program is designed for students and families to be able to come to campus and drop off items in student rooms prior to move in to both the Medford and SMFA Campuses. While students and families are not able to stay on campus at this time, the program helps with limiting the number of students and families on campus at one given time to adhere to social-distancing guidelines as well as provide an early view at your room!

Students and families are asked NOT to unpack their items as our cleaning and maintenance crews are still entering spaces to complete last minute tasks. Items are asked to be stored in appropriate boxes, bins or bags and organized in such a way to not create a spatial issue for staff entering the spaces. We advise that valuable items are not left in the room during this period as we will not be responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Drive & Drop will take place for all residential spaces with the exception of Harleston Hall* (Medford Campus), tentatively beginning Monday, August 2, 2021 through Friday, August 13, 2021. It is ideal that drive and drop happens during the week, as there will be limited staff ability over the weekends to assist with your drop. Students will be given temporary access to their Fall 2021 housing space to drop off items which will be removed promptly at the end of their approved drive & drop date. Students are only eligible to sign up for one Drive & Drop date outside of your regular move in, so we urge you to pack appropriately or utilize our Mail services for a quick drop off. Students living in Harleston Hall will be offered a later Drive & Drop date as the building is currently in use for summer session. 

The Drive & Drop Registration Process will open on July 1, 2021. Students will be able to register via the Housing Portal on your SIS Account under "Forms > Drive & Drop."

UPS Storage Drop Off, Ship Ahead Program & OCM Package Delivery

If you have utilized UPS storage over the summer, our office is coordinating a drop off from our UPS vendor in early August. Please note that any requests for room changes will need to take place after you have arrived on campus so that we can limit the changes for drop off.

If you are living off-campus and have utilized UPS storage, it is best to connect with the company to schedule your drop off at your off-campus location. You can contact them at

Ship Ahead program: If you are interested in having items you send from home delivered to your room prior to your arrival, check out the UPS Store's Ship Ahead program. All items mailed to campus will need to be picked up by the student.

On Campus Arrival & Move In Dates

Recognizing Tufts University, CDC, and Massachusetts Health Department guidelines, students who are not vaccinated prior to arriving to campus will need to participate in a 10–14-day quarantine upon arrival. Please plan your trave accordingly so that you can arrive with appropriate time before any schedule on-campus programs such as Pre-Orientation or Orientation. Refer to the dates below for your particular student group.

Summer Housing Student Transitions August 3 - 5 August 15 9 AM - 5 PM
Resident Assistants August 3 - 5 August 15 9 AM - 5 PM
Pre-O Leaders: TWO August 6 - 8 August 18 9 AM - 5 PM
Athletics: Men's Soccer August 11 - 13 August 23 PENDING
Athletics: Volleyball August 11 - 13 August 23 PENDING
Pre-O Leaders: All Remaining August 12 - 14 August 24 9 AM - 5 PM
Athletics: Women's Soccer August 12 - 14 August 24 PENDING
Athletics: Football August 12 - 14 August 24 PENDING
Graduate Students (On Campus) August 14 - 16 August 26 9 AM - 5 PM
Pre-O Participants: TWO & CAFE August 15 - 17 August 27 9 AM - 3 PM
Athletics: Field Hockey August 16 - 18 August 28 PENDING
Pre-O Participants: FOCUS August 16 - 18 August 28 9 AM - 3 PM
Pre-O Participants: SQUAD, FIT, BEAST, GO, CREATE August 17 - 19 August 29 9 AM - 3 PM
Continuing Students: Early Arrivals - Performers and other leaders (EN Ambassadors, Writing Fellows, Eco Reps, TEMS, etc.) August 17 - 19 August 29 9 AM - 5 PM
Continuing Students: Early Arrivals – Performers and other leaders (EN Ambassadors, Writing Fellows, Eco Reps, TEMS, etc.) August 18 - 20 August 30 9 AM - 5 PM
Athletics: Men's & Women's Cross Country August 20 - 22 September 1 PENDING
First Year Move In Day: First Year Arrivals (Non-Pre-O Participants) August 20 - 22 September 1 8 AM - 5 PM
Residential Continuing Student Early Arrial (w/ $200 fee) August 20 - 22 September 1 9 AM - 6 PM
Residential Continuing Student Early Arrival (w/ $150 fee) August 21 - 23 September 2 9 AM - 6 PM
Residential Continuing Student Early Arrival (w/ $100 fee) August 22 - 24 September 3 9 AM - 6 PM
Residential Continuing Student Early Arrival (w/ $50 fee) August 23 - 25 September 4 9 AM - 6 PM
Residential Continuing Student Arrival August 24 - 26 September 5 9 AM - 6 PM


























We apologize for the temporary delay in Arrival Registration. We are currently working to resolve the issue and will have this section of our portal updated as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Arrival Registration will be available as soon as possible via the Housing Portal on SIS under "Forms". Please check back for more updates on this process.

Stay tuned for more up to date information in the coming weeks!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect in my on-campus room?

All residential spaces are equipped with like or similar furniture which includes a desk, chair, mattess and bed frame, as well as a wardrobe or closet and drawer set. This year, we are also providing mini-fridge/microwave combination units in all traditional and suite-style living spaces. 

Woodframe houses and apartment-style residences will not come with individual units as the spaces have a shared kitchen space for the residents of that apartment or building. Should you wish to rent a unit for one of these spaces, feel free to connect with our partner, MicroFridge whose information you can locate on our Housing Vendors page.

As you are packing to come to campus, make sure that you learn more about things allowed and not-allowed on campus (ex. outside furniture, air conditioners, etc.). You can find more information regarding these items on our Housing Policies and Guidelines page.

I have a need for a housing accommodation for medical, religious, or other needs. Who should I contact?

For students who are seeking housing accommodations, it is best to connect with one of our campus colleagues regarding your particular need. Below you will find specific information on best contacts for your specific accommodations. Please note that at this time, we will try our best to accommodate your need, but may be limited based on current campus availability.

If you have any other questions and are unsure of where to connect, please reach out to our office at and we can point you in the correct direction.

What should I expect upon move in? What if I arrive on campus late?

All Medford students will be asked to arrive at their registered arrival time at the Gantcher Center, located at 161 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155, and SMFA first year BFA students will arrive to 230 Fenway in Boston. Here you will complete any necessary arrival testing, gather orientation materials, and complete your housing check in process. If you have luggage that you will need assistance with, our teams will help tag and deliver your items to your room within a few hours. 

If you anticipate arriving after hours, it is best to communicate that with our office via our registration form. This will alert us to leave your keys or any other necessary materials with TUPD, who have offices at 419 Boston Ave and at the SMFA Campus that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The following day, you should immediately go to the Gantcher Center or 230 Fenway (depending on your campus) to complete your arrival process. When registering for your arrival time, you will want to ensure you mark the box that notes you will be arriving outside of posted hours.

Can I arrive early?

Due to the number of students arriving on campus over those few weeks in August, we need to be properly set up to be able to handle an influx of students and families. Because of this, our early arrivals are limited. The added cost per day helps us in ensuring we have additional staff to offset our processes. We ask that you only request to arrive early if extremely necessary. 

The request process for early arrival will be available on the Housing Portal via your SIS Account under "Forms" in early July.

I am on the on-campus housing waitlist and I haven't heard back yet!

We are still housings students! However, please be advised that due to limited availability, not all students on the housing waitlist will be able to be accommodated. We highly encourage those students on the waitlist to seek off campus housing options. One such location that is best to research the process and available spaces is our Off Campus Housing page at

You can also connect with someone regarding your off campus housing needs at

If you are a student with on-campus housing and are interested in cancelling your on-campus housin due to changes in your housing plans, please contact us at to request a housing cancellation. Please note that commitment fees are non-refundable.