Move In Guide Fall 2021

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FALL 2021




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OUR MISSION Housing & Residence Life provides an inclusive residential experience in a safe, well-maintained community that supports academic excellence, fosters personal development, and promotes student success.

OUR VISION Housing & Residence Life will be a premier living learning community.


WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU TO CAMPUS! Here at Housing & Residence Life, we strive to provide a premier living learning community that is an inclusive residential experience with safe, well-maintained environments that support academic excellence, fosters personal development, and promotes student success. We encourage you to make your Monarch memories while living on campus by meeting new friends, contributing to your residential community, reaching out to your Resident Assistant (RA) for resources and support, and creating a place of pride within the Monarch Pride! Please read through this guide for further details regarding health and safety expectations for Move In and how to prepare for your arrival to campus. You may also visit our website at or odu. edu/covid19 for additional information. You can reach out with any questions you may have this summer as you prepare for your arrival by phone at 757-683-4283 or email at We look forward to meeting you this fall and wish you the best in your Monarch success at ODU!

BRIDGET WEIKEL, PHD Associate Vice President for Learning Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

Love where you live.



Students will schedule a movein appointment via the Housing Portal. Move In week will begin Tuesday, August 24th until Saturday, August 28th. Due to physical distancing, there will be a select number of time slots to limit people per building each day. Timeslot signups start the week of August 10th. Appointments will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please check your email.

MOVE-IN TIPS • Please contact your roommate(s) in advance to ensure separate move-in times. • Upon arrival, all students must check-in and process through the Chartway Arena.

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THE MONARCH EXPERIENCE Here’s a quick glance of the Monarch Experience! View the full schedule at or by scanning the QR code below.

Upperclassmen Only

AUG. 29

AUG. 30

AUG. 31

Housing Community Gatherings 7 p.m.

ODU Trivia Challange (RHA) 7 p.m.

HRL Leadership & Employment Opportunities at 3 p.m.

Welcome Back Socials 8 p.m.

Welcome Walks 6 p.m.

Old Dominion University is committed to ensuring equal access to all participants. If you require special arrangements for any event, please contact LSI at (757) 683-3446 within one week of the event so arrangements can be made.










Home to approximately 5,300 students. HALF of which are first-year students!

DID YOU KNOW? More than


students are employed in the role of Resident Assistants, Office Assistants, Peer Mentors, Desk Receptionists, & Night Receptionists at ODU!



Talk with your roommate(s) about what shared items to bring.

Bring your ODU ID card from the Monarch Card Center to Move-In.

Read the Housing & Residence Guide to Living On Campus and the University’s Student Code of Conduct.

Log into the Housing Portal to select your Move-In time slot.

Inform your friends and family of your new campus address (See pages 24-25).

Housing Portal

Review your family’s insurance policy or obtain property insurance to protect your belongings.

Pack your belongings in reuseable crates and storage containers to avoid waste and make life easy during your move.

Love Where You Live Share your photos of your Move-In day using the hashtag #LovewhereyouliveODU

Guide To Living On Campus


IMMUNIZATION STATION THE STAFF AT STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY! To help make your transition to college smooth, we want you to know about the mandatory University Immunization requirements, including, but not limitied to, the Covid-19 vaccine. Virginia State law requires that all first-time, full-time, graduate, undergraduate, and transfer students submit a completed Health History and Immunization Documentation form to the university. If this form isn’t submitted by August 1, an immunization hold will be placed on your second semester’s registration. This hold will begin late September and can only be removed upon receipt of your records. If you do not know where to find your immunization records, your high school usually keeps them for several years after graduation. There are two ways to submit your documentation:

Upload your documents through the Patient Portal


Print the required form and bring it to your Orientation session or send by U.S. Mail

For more information about immunization requirements, please contact Student Health Services at (757) 683-3132.





During your designated check-in time, you will pick up your room key. You must have your ODU ID card in order to receive your room key.


Need a break? Cool off at one of our designated cooling stations in each community.

DON’T FORGET TO EAT! While you’re on campus, don’t forget that ODU’s dining facilities will be open and available for you to enjoy!


Plan to bring a hand truck to assist with moving in. Check with your community to see if elevators are available in your building


Most residential communities will have designated unloading zones. Individuals directing traffic will guide you to the unloading zone, where you will be able to unload and move your belongings to your room. After unloading, you will be directed to relocate your vehicle to a parking location for the day.


WHAT TO BRING BATHROOM Towels Washcloths Bath mat Bathrobe Caddy Toilet paper Personal products Laundry basket

FOOD The following is a short list of suggested popular items to pack for your new residential space.

CLASS Laptop Calculator Desk lamp Thumb drive Textbooks Notebooks Pens/pencils Bookbag Sticky notes Highlighters

CLEANING Sponges Laundry detergent All-purpose cleaner Disinfectant cleaner Vacuum/ Broom Paper towels Trash bags


PLAY TV/DVD player Cell phone Headphones Game console Camera Batteries Surge protectors TV coaxial cable (10ft+) HDMI Cable **Wi-Fi Available

BEDDING XL twin sheets XL twin blankets Pillows Pillow cases Mattress pad

*Please note: Microwaves are not permitted in Rogers, Gresham, Whitehurst, or the ODU Inn.

Mini-fridge (up to 4.3 Cubic ft.) Microwave* Dishes Cups/mugs Utensils Snacks Coffee maker (with auto shutoff only)

DON’T FORGET ODU ID Driver’s license Medical insurance card Bank cards Financial aid information Prescription medications First aid kit Flashlight Umbrella/rain gear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment such as face coverings)

YOUR ROOM Area rug Posters Plants Photo albums Memo boards Full length mirror Hangers


Front Desk Services Have a question? Desk Receptionists (also known as DRs) can help you check out hall equipment, distribute loaner keys and assist with general questions.

Maintenance Requests You can submit a maintenance request with just a click of a button. The work order system is available 24/7 and is your go-to online resource for submitting work requests.

Residential Network (ResNet) Enjoy Wi-Fi in all residence halls as well as an extensive Cable TV package. Catch all your favorite entertainment, news, sports, foreign language, and educational channels or enjoy a free movie using the ODU Movie Channel. For more information on ODU’s TV channel, gaming and media devices, cable TV and computing, visit

Laundry Facilities You will have 30 loads of laundry (one wash and one dry) or 60 individual transactions per semester using your ODU ID card. Unused laundry loads carry over from the fall to spring semester.

Study Rooms, Lounges and Community Learning Centers (CLCs) Need a quiet place to study or want to hang out with friends? Check out our study rooms, located in each residential community. Lobby and floor lounges are provided to residents and their visitors for studying, meetings, programs and community-building activities. Contact your front desk staff for further information on scheduling/reserving these areas. Social distancing and maximum capacity limitation must be followed.




This is the first formal opportunity for you to connect with your resident assistant (RA) and other residence hall staff members who will help you throughout the year. In these required meetings, you will be introduced to community standards, leadership opportunities and much more! Floor meetings will be offered on Sunday 8/29 at 7pm, majority face to face with a hybrid option.



Residence Hall Association (RHA) is an active organization that will enhance your experience while living on campus. It is a voice for and of the students, serves as an advocate for positive and effective change within the residential campus community, engages residents through programs, and provides leadership development opportunities. To learn more about RHA or to get involved, email

CONNECTING WITH YOUR ROOMMATE/ SUITEMATE We believe in building inclusive communities in each residence hall. Be sure to opt-in to share your directory information through the Housing Portal. Within the first few weeks, you will have the opportunity to discuss how you and your roommate(s) will live together in a fun and engaging environment.

MONARCHS TO KNOW There are lots of people from Housing & Residence Life to get to know while living on-campus. Here’s a brief look at who they are and how they can support you!

Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for health, safety and community development in the residence halls. They want to get to know you, help get you connected to the university, and provide opportunities for social and academic support in the residence halls.

Desk Receptionists (DRs) staff the front desks of each residential building during the day. They answer phones, sort and notify residents when packages arrive, checkout spare keys for lock-outs, and checkout residential equipment.

Peer Mentors (PMs) staff Living-Learning Communities. They provide extra academic support through intentional outreach, academic-based programming and bridging the gap between residential students and faculty.

Night Desk Receptionists (NDRs) staff the front desks of each residential building during the nighttime hours. They answer front-desk phones, checkout spare keys for lock-outs, and conduct rounds of the building.

Assistant Hall Directors (AHDs) are graduate student staff, typically in the Higher Education program. They provide support to the Residence Hall Directors in the daily management of a residential building(s): this includes management of residence hall front desks, mail, and key control, facilitating student conduct meetings, on-call duties, supervision of RAs, and programmatic support.

Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) are master’s degree-level professionals responsible for the daily management of a building(s). Their role is to support student learning, in addition to supporting student health and safety. This includes supervision of RAs and AHDs, facilitating student conduct meetings, addressing student concerns, on-call duties, coordinating health and safety inspections/fire drills, and community development.




ACADEMIC YEAR OPTIONS Student Organizations Explore the over 300 student organizations that ODU has to offer. These organizations aim to provide students an opportunity to expand their growth and learning through leadership, service, and socializing with a diverse group of peers. Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) LLCs provide students the opportunity to live and engage with other students who have similar academic and co-curricular interests. [Requires summer registration] Freshmen Fit Team Join a group of first-year students as you select a multitude of wellness activities including customizing workouts, nutritional taste testing, and wellness strategies for a balanced life! Emerging Monarchs Emerging Monarchs focuses on the self and transitions into leadership within the community. The program includes leadership experiences, hands on service and networking with faculty, staff and student leaders. L.E.A.P. Campus Employment The Learn and Earn Advantage Program is an on-campus work program that allows eligible firstyear undergraduate students the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable job-related skills during Fall and Spring semesters in part-time jobs. Participation in LEAP is awarded through your financial aid package. Fraternity & Sorority Life ODU is home to a thriving fraternity and sorority community. Each chapter is unique and offers an amazing experience of brotherhood and sisterhood that adds to the on-campus student experience. Outdoor Adventure Program (O.A.P) Interested in getting outdoors? The Outdoor Adventure Program at Old Dominion University offers quality outdoor adventure experiences including surfing, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and more! OAP also has equipment rentals, a bicycle learning lab, indoor rock climbing, and a challenge course. For more information, go to sports-and-fitness/programs/outdoor-adventure-programs. Monarch 2 Monarch Mentorship (M2M) M2M Connects you with an upperclassman mentor to help you get to know fellow Monarchs and ODU and surrounding communities through service. An abundance of resources and opportunities are available to you right from the start. [Requires summer registration]


529 Garage

Bike ODU Bike ODU is Old Dominion University’s bike share program, located in the Outdoor Adventure Center inside the Student Recreation Center. It is open to all students, faculty, and staff members. Here you can “check out” a bike much like you would a book from the library. All you have to do is take a quick quiz and you can start borrowing bikes with just your ODU ID. Visit Bike ODU for more information.

Monarch Transit

Bike Registration

Plan on bringing your bike to campus? We want to make sure it’s safe! We’ve partnered up with Project 529 making it more convenient for students to register their bike. Registering your bike can reduce the risk of it being stolen, and greatly increases the chance of your bike being recovered. Visit or download the app to register your bike today!

Monarch Transit is ODU’s shuttle service, providing FREE fixedroute bus service to all students with a current ODU ID. The shuttles stop at all University academic areas, residence halls, parking locations and athletic fields. Off-campus stops to local popular commercial destinations are available on weekends. All you need to ride is your ODU ID. Download the FREE DoubleMap App and search Old Dominion University from the search bar to view shuttle routes and stops as well as track shuttles in real time!

For more info, contact Transportation & Parking Services: 4310 Elkhorn Ave. Norfolk, VA 23529



(757) 683-4004





Lime E-Scooters & E-Bikes Lime E-Scooters are a dockless electric mobility share program piloted by the City of Norfolk. E-Scooters and E-Bikes are available across ODU’s Norfolk campus, just download the Lime App and add a payment method to use one today! Additional information can be found on our website: • Wear a helmet, yield to pedestrians, and ride with care! • Pick up and drop off at any bike rack! • E-Scooters and E-Bikes are not allowed inside ANY campus building. • E-Scooters and E-Bikes are NOT allowed to be charged on campus. Lime Customer Service: Email or call or text 1-888-5463345. Lime Scooters & E-bikes are a third party company and are not affiliated with ODU.

Safe Ride Need a ride after dark? You can request a SAFE RIDE from Sunset to 2:30 a.m. SAFE RIDE is Old Dominion University’s on-demand evening van service offering free rides to all students. This service is intended for individuals or small groups to ride home to their nearby residence instead of walking alone after dark. Request a SafeRide using the FREE TapRide App. • Boundaries: 38th St to Magnolia Ave, and the Elizabeth River to Colley Ave. • Requests: SAFE RIDE is not a flag down taxi service, and provides rides by request only. Anyone approaching the vehicle during service hours will be directed to submit a request through the TapRide App. SAFE RIDE is NOT an emergency response service. Call 9-1-1 or (757) 683-4000 for all emergencies.


Commuter Parking Lots: 1, 11, 16, 42, 43, 47, 58 Garages: Constant Center 43rd St.Levels 1, 2, 3, & 5 Constant Center 45th St.Levels 2, 3, & 5 43rd & Elkhorn Ave.- Levels 2, 3, & 4

ODU Resident Parking Lots: 11, 16, 18, 28, 32, 33, 37, 42, 50, 56, Village Lot 1, Village Lot 2, Village Lot 3 Garages: 49th St. Stadium - Levels 4 & 5

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Monarch Transit Stops Blue/Silver Route Stop


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Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Stops




Powhatan I (A–N) 4701 Powhatan Ave. Apt. A1–N6

Chesapeake House 1026 45th St.

Portsmouth House 1016 43rd St.

Hampton House 1016 45th St.

Smithfield House 1015 43rd St.

Newport News House 1015 45th St.

Virginia Beach House 1026 41st St.

Norfolk House 1025 45th St.

Williamsburg House 1016 41st St.

*Do not include the house name when addressing mail.

Powhatan II (AA–NN) 4601 Powhatan Ave. Apt. AA1–NN8 *Do not include the house name when addressing mail.

Poquoson House 1026 43rd St.

When sending mail to on-campus students, be sure to address with the following information: Student Name Building Address Room/Apt Number Norfolk, VA 23508




Dominion House 1425 W. 49th St.

The ODU Inn 4111 Hampton Blvd.

Apartments A–F 1000 W. 48th St.

England House 4605 Elkhorn Ave.

Owens House 1501 West 49th St.

Apartments G–N 1011 W. 49th St.

Rogers Hall 1065 W. 50th St.

Apartments O-V

Scotland House 4701 Elkhorn Ave.

Apartments 1–12 1000 W. 49th St..

Foundation House 1018 W. 49th St. *All packages should be shipped to Gresham Hall address.

France House 4703 Elkhorn Ave. Gresham Hall 1023 W. 49th St. Ireland House 4601 Elkhorn Ave.

1004 W. 49th St.

Virginia House 4603 Elkhorn Ave. Whitehurst Hall 1715 W. 48th St.

*For information on shipping packages, please visit the Housing & Residence Life website housing/on-campus-housing/mail


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Housing & Residence Life 1208 Virginia House 4603 Elkhorn Avenue Norfolk, VA 23529 (757) 683-4283