Spring Move-In

Traffic Advisory | Where to UnloadEarly Arrival | Move In Reservation Schedule | Arriving After Move-In

Early Arrival Move-In: Friday, January 21, 9:00am-7:00pm ($120 Early Arrival Fee)
Standard Move-In: Sunday, January 23, 9:00am-10:00pm & Monday, January 24 8:00am-10:00pm
*If you are unable to arrive on either Move-In day, please see below.

Face coverings are required on campus in all campus buildings regardless of vaccination status. A mask should have two or more layers, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the side of the face, without gaps. KN-95 masks and surgical masks are encouraged. Gaiters, single-layer cloth masks and masks with vents should not be used.

New Students
Students who Selected a New Assignment
Students who are Returning to the Same Assignment
Students Returning to Break Housing Halls

Check In Instructions

New Students and Returning Students who Do Not Have Their Key

Before you arrive to campus, please log in to SPIRE>Main Menu>Move-In Reservation to sign your Key Agreement.  Students who have not signed their key agreement may experience delays when they arrive to campus.  When you arrive to campus please proceed to your unload zone and then walk to your Residential Service Desk to pick up your room key. 

Students can find a video tutorial for completing your Key Agreement here.

Make a Move-In Reservation 

In order to maintain social distancing within residence hall lobbies and elevators and to reduce traffic congestion, we will be employing the Move-In Reservation system during the most popular arrival times. Students planning to arrive on campus on January 23 and 24 will make a Move-In Reservation on Spire. 

Your Move In Reservation will provide you with a 60 minute arrival window. Students are expected to complete their move in within 30 minutes of arrival at their unloading zone. Students are strongly encouraged to have no more than a single move-in helper. Helpers may not remain in the residence halls to assist students with room set up and should plan to depart campus as soon as the student’s items are in the room. 

Students arriving after 8:00pm on January 23 or outside of the move in reservation window on January 24 do not need to make a Move-In Reservation.  Students arriving during the Early Arrival period do not need to make a Move-In reservation. Students who are not planning on bringing a vehicle into an unloading zone do not need to make a move in reservation. 

Move-In Reservation will be available January 14 through January 20 at 4 pm.  Due to expected high volume of users in SPIRE, students will have a designated start time to log in to Move-In Reservation based on their residence hall. Students will be able to change their move in reservation at any time while the application is open. Please view the Move-In Reservation Schedule to determine when you can select a Move-In time. To make a Move-In Reservation, navigate to SPIRE>Main Menu>Residential Life>Move-In Reservation 

Students who are Returning to the Same Assignment and Have Their Key

Before you arrive to campus, please log in to SPIRE>Main Menu>Residential Life>Spring Check-In to verify that you have the correct key.  By completing Spring Check-In, students are verifying that you plan to live on campus for spring.  Students who are not sure that they are returning to campus are encouraged to wait until they are sure they are returning before completing this form.  Students who do not complete this form may have their assignment cancelled as a No-Show and will be subject to the cancellation fee schedule.

Please Note: Some keys have a 'floating' letter, which can be found either above or below the key code.  If all letters and numbers are on your key, then you have the correct key.  Please only mark the key code as 'wrong' if the letters and numbers do not match.

Students can find a video tutorial for completing their Spring Check-In here.

Traffic Advisory

Traffic pattern changes will be in effect on Sunday, January 23 between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm in the Southwest Residential Area.


  • Fearing Street will be one way only with entry available from University Drive.  Residence Halls which will need to use Fearing Street to gain access to their halls are: Cance, CoolidgeWashington, John Quincy Adams, John Adams, and Kennedy. Please note: access to the Southwest concourse may close prior to 7pm depending on the rate of traffic. 
  • Sunset Avenue will be one way only between Fearing Street and Massachusetts Avenue with access from Massachusetts Avenue only. Residence Halls that will need to use Sunset Avenue to gain access to their halls are: Crampton, Prince, Patterson, MacKimmie.

Where to Unload Based on Your Hall

Students needing to pick up a key should travel to their unloading zone then walk to their Residential Service Desk to pick up their key. 


Linden - Navigate to Tobin Rd. unload at the spaces along Linden 
Birch, Maple, Oak – Navigate to Tobin Rd. From Tobin Rd., turn left onto CHC concourse and proceed to your residence hall’s designated unload zone 

Sycamore, Elm - Navigate to upper Hicks Way to unload in front of Sycamore and Elm


Cance, Coolidge, Kennedy Washington, - Navigate to the Southwest concourse from Fearing street by driving between Cance and Washington halls. 
John Adams and John Quincy Adams – Navigate to parking area behind John Adams and John Quincy Adams from Fearing Street 
Crampton, Prince, Patterson, MacKimmie – Navigate to Sunset Ave via Massachusetts Ave 
Thoreau – Navigate to Massachusetts Ave 
Emmerson, Melville, James – Navigate to the Southwest Horseshoe via University Drive 

Orchard Hill 
Dickinson, Grayson, Field, Webster - Navigate to the Orchard Hill Quad by driving onto the sidewalk between Field and Webster halls. 


Lewis and Johnson:  Navigate to Thatcher Road
Dwight, Leach, Mary Lyon and Crabtree, Hamlin, Knowlton: Navigate to Lot 43 via Eastman Lane

Brett, Brooks – Infirmary Way
Gorman, Wheeler – Butterfield Terrace

Baker: Navigate directly to your hall and use the loop on Clark Hill Road to unload directly at Baker Hall.
Chadbourne & Greenough: Navigate to Lot 49 via Chancellor’s Way
Van Meter/Butterfield - Navigate directly to your hall

Cashin, McNamara, Brown – Sylvan loop via Eastman Lane

North Apartments
North D and C – N Residential Drive
North A and B – N Thatcher Road

Early Arrival

Students who are interested in moving in on Friday, January 21 can contact Residential Life Student Services at living@umass.edu or 413-545-2100 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to request Early Arrival. Students who move in before Sunday will be charged a $120 fee which will be applied to your spring bill after halls have opened. 

Students attending New Student Orientation for the Spring 2022 can move into their Spring 2022 assignment on Thursday, January 20 between 9:00am – 8:00pm for January 21 attendees only.  

Move In Reservation Schedule

The time at which the Move In Reservation application will be available on January 14 will depend upon your residence hall assignment, and will remain open for all halls through 4pm on January 20. Move in reservations are available on a first come first served basis within each residence hall. Students will have the ability to change their reservation at any time while the application is open.

9:00AM - Washington, Webster, and Wheeler
9:30AM - Baker, Birch, Brett, Brooks, Brown, Butterfield, and Cance
10:30AM - Cashin, Chadborne, Coolidge, Crabtree, Crampton, and Dickinson
11:30AM - Dwight, Elm, Emerson, Field, Gorman, Grayson, Greenough, and Hamlin
12:30PM - John Adams, James, Johnson, and John Quincy Adams
1:30PM - Kennedy, Knowlton, Leach, Lewis, Linden, and Mary Lyon
2:30PM - MacKimmie, Maple, McNamara, Melville, and Moore
3:30PM - North Apartments, Oak, Patterson, and Pierpont
4:30PM - Prince, Sycamore, Thoreau, and Van Meter

What if I can't arrive on either Move-In day?

Students who are unable to arrive by 10 p.m. on Monday, January 24 should contact Residential Life Student Services at 413-545-2100 to request late arrival status. If you cannot make it to campus by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, be sure to contact us to avoid being reported as a no show and subject to cancelation of room assignment.