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.


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.

In order 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 8th and 26th. 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.

Students interested in this option should register with our office in the coming weeks. More information on that process will be coming soon. 

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 prior to the start of move in. Students interested in this option should mail their belongings by August 8, 2020 to one of the following areas dependent on your campus location:

Students Living on Medford Campus

Tufts University
389 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

Students Living on SMFA Campus

Tufts University
230 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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 prior to 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 students on both the Medford and SMFA campuses.

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 8th and August 26th, 2020. Students are offered an 8-hour period (9am - 5pm) 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 8th - August 26th
Locations: Medford and SMFA campuses

More information on the Drive & Drop process will be available in the coming weeks.

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 at the end of August and beginning of September. 

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:

  • August 26: Graduate Students
  • August 27 - August 31: First Year Students
  • September 1 - September 6: Continuing Students

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

The University is planning to hire a moving company to be able to assist with move-in on your designated day. We will not have use of traditional move-in carts, however, it is highly recommended that you try to drop items off earlier in August during Drive & Drop dates, or mail your items to campus for our staff to leave in your rooms. For students who are unable to do this, we will utilize assistance from our partner moving company to ensure that items are dropped off in your room throughout the day of your move in. 

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. 

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 during move in to one (1) to two (2) people. It is also highly encouraged to mail your items to campus or drop your items early (if able) in order to cut down on the amount of time associated with moving in. More information about our Drive and Drop process will be available in the coming weeks.

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. Options for students include opportunities to drop items off at campus housing assignments prior to move-in, mailing items to campus, along with options during the assigned move in days.

Students mailing items to campus should do so before August 8th. Tufts University staff will employ movers to assist with the distribution of student items into their assigned rooms. 

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

All BAs and BFAs will follow the same move in protocol.  Packages should be sent to:

Tufts University
230 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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 is no early arrival prior to these dates, which includes student athlete.