ODU Spring 2014 Move-in Guide
SPRING MOVE-IN Your Guide to Moving to On Campus! At ODU we try to make your transition as smooth as possible. Use this guide to successfully navigate your way to living on campus ODU. Housing & Residence Life ARRIVING TO CAMPUS Sunday, January 12, 2014 All new residents moving to campus for the spring semester should arrive on campus Sunday, January 12, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. You will check-in at the front desk* of your assigned building to receive your room key. Staff will be waiting to check you in at the front desk of your building! You must have your ODU identification card to check-in. During check-in, your ID will be activated with your meal plan and building access. ODU ID CARD If you have not gotten your University ID card you must proceed to the Monarch Card Center, located in the Webb Center, prior to checking in at your front desk. The Monarch Card Center will be open on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon and on Sunday, January 12 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. BEFORE MOVING TO CAMPUS CHECKLIST Review the “What to Bring/What Not to Bring” to campus list on the housing website: www.odu.edu/housing Contact your roommate(s) Read the Housing & Residence Life Policies and Procedures Handbook located on our website Purchase and pack necessary items Review family insurance for covering belongings while staying with us Get your ODU ID card *The France House is located in the Dominion House; the England House front desk is located in the Scotland House; the Ireland House front desk is located in the Virginia House EARLY ARRIVAL If you need to arrive early to campus due to a required University sponsored activity, including “First Class” you can submit an Early Arrival Request. A $25.00 fee will be assessed to your student account for every night you check in prior to January 12, 2014. Please check with your University sponsored group to determine if the group is paying for your arrival or if you will be responsible for the costs. If you are attending the “First Class” program you must complete an Early Arrival Request. Move-in for students attending first class will be on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; you will check-in at your front desk of your assigned building. Please visit our website for more information regarding requesting an early arrival. If you will not be arriving to campus on the date of your scheduled move-in, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, building assignment and University Identification Number (UIN) number to alert us of your arrival date. LATE ARRIVAL  A QUICK NOTE FROM THE ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT I hope you will seize every opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of the campus and community. As you prepare to embark upon this next stage of your academic journey, it is important that you understand you are the primary decision maker. You will be responsible for the outcomes that arise out of those decisions. Equally as important to active engagement in your course work is your involvement in the life of the campus. It is through your participation in clubs, organizations, student governance and the myriad of social, cultural, and sports activities offered on campus that you will meet people different from yourself, develop and refine your leadership, communication, problem-solving and decision making skills. Your first semester as a Monarch begins on Monday, January 13, with events, activities, and opportunities for you to get to know your campus. Get involved, ask questions, get answers, meet the other students, find out where your classes are held and get ready for your classes that begin. PARKING & UNLOADING After arriving at your building, please unload items on the curb and leave a friend or family member to attend to the items while the driver parks the vehicle in their identiﬁed lot. This allows for smooth trafﬁc ﬂow as other families are waiting to unload during move-in. ROOM FURNISHINGS All rooms come with basic furnishings to meet your everyday needs. You will have a closet, desk with chair, dresser and bed. Additionally, apartments include a sofa, two chairs and dining room table. If you would like to see your speciﬁc room style, ﬂoor plans are located on our website for each individual building. GARBAGE & RECYCLING Garbage and packing items tend to create a lot of waste during move in. Please consider unpacking appliances from boxes or removing tubes from carpets prior to arriving to reduce packing materials. Additionally, we ask that you not leave trash in the hallways. There are dumpsters for waste disposal conveniently located near each building. SHIPPING ITEMS If you would like to mail some of your belongings prior to arriving on campus, you may do so by contacting our ofﬁce for details and addresses. If items are shipped in advance, please note the residence halls do not begin mail delivery until the ﬁrst week of classes so it is best not to mail items you will need upon your immediate arrival to campus. DINING OPTIONS Meal Plans will begin with dinner service on Sunday, January 12th. If you will be attending the “First Class” program on Saturday, meals will be provided to you. Throughout move-in, there will be water and coffee stations set up at each residential community. Additionally, there are several locations ranging from grab-and-go to ﬁne dining near the ODU campus. Don Stansberry PROPERTY INSURANCE Prior to moving to campus review your family’s insurance to determine if your belongings will be covered while you attend ODU. Your family’s homeowners insurance may cover this. If your family’s homeowners insurance does not provide coverage, we recommend you purchase renters insurance. ODU is not liable for your personal belongings while you reside on campus. Pack smart! Use boxes and bags for quicker move-in  PETS If you would like a companion while at college we do allow fish to accompany you to ODU. Otherwise, please do not bring pets to visit or live with you while you reside on campus. BICYCLE REGISTRATION As part of the City of Norfolk compliance, all bikes on campus need to be registered. The University Police are happy to assist you with registration at either of their locations in the University Village or Powhatan Apartments. SMOKING Smoking is prohibited inside all of our residential facilities. If you do smoke, you must be at least 20 feet away from the outside of the building. INTERNET & CABLE Your housing fee includes wireless, high-speed internet access and cable television service. If you need help getting connected once you arrive to campus your Resident Assistant will be happy to assist you. TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Freshmen students are unable to bring cars to campus their ďŹ rst year living on campus. The Transportation and Parking Services OfďŹ ce provides a free shuttle service around campus and to local retailers for your convenience. Visit www.odutransit.com for more information and route schedules. Additionally, Zip Cars are available on campus to anyone over the age of 18; see Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) website for more information about all campus transportation options: www.odu.edu/af/parking MEAL PLANS You can begin using your meal plan on January 12th. You have the option to change your meal plan one time during the Meal Plan Change Period; you can change your meal plan online at www.odu.edu/cardcenter starting January 13th through January 18th for the spring semester. It is recommended you try your plan for a few days to see if it fits with your eating schedule. If you need additional information please stop in the Card Center located in Webb University Center to pick up a meal plan brochure, visit www.odu.edu/ cardcenter, or email email@example.com LAUNDRY FACILITIES You will have 30 loads or 60 starts, each semester, for the laundry machines located in each residence hall, available via your ODU ID card. You may add additional funding to your card via the Card Center Office located in the Webb Center. FORGET SOMETHING? Our fully stocked campus bookstore will be open Sunday, January 12th from noon until 4:00 p.m. HOUSEKEEPING Our housekeeping staff is responsible for cleaning the common areas of the building. We recommend you bring cleaning supplies for your personal space, including your bathroom.  Suggested Packing List Bedding Extra long twin sheet sets, blankets, quilts or comforters, pillows, pillowcases Common Acronyms in HRL Important Paperwork Medical insurance card, University paperwork, insurance paperwork, car registration (if applicable), bank information AHD - Assistant Hall Director DR- Desk Receptionist HRL - Housing & Residence Life NDR - Night Desk Receptionist OA - Office Assistant P.O.D.- Provisions on Demand are campus convenient stores located in Dominion House and on Monarch Way in the University Village Quad - Residence Halls located in the center of campus (Scotland, England, Virginia, Ireland, France and Dominion houses) RA - Resident Assistant RCR - Room Condition Report RHA - Residence Hall Association RHD - Residence Hall Director SCA - Summer Conference Assistant TED - Ted Constant Convocation Center UIN- University Identification Number Cleaning Supplies Sponges, disinfectant wipes, dish and laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, broom, mop, mop bucket, vacuum, fabric softener, stain remover, paper towels, garbage bags Bath Bath towels, washcloths, bath mat, bathrobe, shower caddy, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, tissue Bedroom Clothes, desk lamp, hangers, laundry basket, storage tubs/ organizers, iron, ironing board, coffee maker (w/ auto off) Medical Supplies First-aid kit, prescription medication, cold medicines School Supplies Notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, tape, stapler, calendar, calculator, backpack Electronics Television, cell phone, stereo and speakers, DVD player, camera, batteries, Wi-Fi ready computer, printer; printer paper, surge protectors, Ink cartridges, ďŹ‚ash drive/CDs, minifridge (up to 4.3 cu. ft.) Home Decor Area rugs, posters, plants, photo albums, memo boards CONTACT US: Housing & Residence Life 4603 Elkhorn Ave, Suite 1208 Norfolk, VA 23529 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (757) 683-4283 Fax: (757)683-4863 www.odu.edu/housing www.facebook/ODUHousingandResLife If you own a dolly, bring it with you; it can save you time unloading! Important Dates: January 12: Residence Halls re-open at 10 a.m. January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Classes - residence halls are open March 8: Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for Spring Break March 16: Residence halls re-open at 10 a.m. May 10: Residence Halls end of year closing at 10 a.m.