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Move in from Aug. 20-23, 2020

An explanation of what will happen, including COVID-19 testing.


KU Student Housing will follow new check-in procedures this August, both for your safety and to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • Arrival: You will check-in with a photo ID at the front desk of your hall during your appointment time and get your room key.
  • COVID-19 testing: At check-in, you will take a COVID-19 saliva test. Do not eat, drink, smoke, or brush your teeth 30 minutes before you arrive. You will receive test results online and it may be up to 72 hours later.

Remember: You and everyone in your group must wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer. A limited number of carts may be available, but you will have to disinfect the cart before and after use. Consider bringing your own handcart for your convenience. One other item to bring is a water bottle. Although the water bottle filler is working (as it is touchless) the fountains will not work.  This Q&A contains other information regarding fall opening.

Arrive on campus at your pre-determined time, which is detailed in the confirmation email you received when you made your appointment.

No travel routes are designated for move in. A map of all halls, plus addresses for each hall for use with any online mapping program, is available.

There will be designated unloading zones for vehicles near the front of your hall. Please unload, then move your empty vehicle to longer-term parking and return to set up your room. You will have about one hour to unload and use the elevators. Avoid red or blue parking stalls, but cars in student parking lots will not receive tickets until Aug. 24. Hashinger: A section of the parking lot in front of Ellsworth Hall has been set aside for Hashinger residents. Park only in designated parking zones. Do not park in a fire lane and do not park in a handicapped accessible space without the appropriate credentials.

Enter your hall and check in at the front desk. You will need to present a photo identification. From behind the plexiglass shield, the front desk assistant will put a clear Ziplock bag on the desk for you to take. Check to make sure it contains these items:

  • A pre-printed registration card, so you may confirm your information on it.
  • Your room key.
  • Two face coverings.
  • A bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Your KU ID card, which grants building access.

While the student is taking the COVID-19 saliva test, anyone who accompanied the resident should begin unloading the vehicle and moving items to the resident’s room. Those who accompany the resident do not have to be tested.

After you've finished moving in your belongings, there is time to run an errand and return if necessary. The first hour of your move-in time should be reserved for moving as many items as possible up to your room using the elevators. Once your items are in your room, you can continue to set up your room. If you need to use the elevators and stairs after your appointment, we ask that you let the individuals who are scheduled for that time go first. You can leave to run errands, but we ask that when you return you allow the individuals moving in at that time go first when using the elevators.

All on-campus residents will take a saliva test for COVID-19, at no cost to the resident. Testing sites will be at a table in the lobby of each building. Everyone living on campus will be tested, even if they've been tested in another setting (i.e., early program arrivals that may have required a separate test).

After you check-in at the front desk, go to the testing location in the hall and follow the attendant’s instructions for kit pick-up, registration, specimen collection, and completed kit drop-off. Here is a video of the process you’ll follow. Full instructions will also be available when you check in at your hall.

You will receive a text when your COVID-19 results are ready, up to 72 hours later. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive follow-up instructions about how to self-isolate and when you may return to campus. If you test negative, please continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus: wear a mask, observe social distancing, and regularly wash or sanitize hands.

Questions? Contact:
KU Student Housing

The first check in is at Crawford Community Center for the north side communities. This includes Grace Pearson, Douthart, KK Amini, Margaret Amini, Rieger, and Krehbiel. Students will be able to check in at a table outside of Crawford and receive COVID testing.

The second check in is outside between Pearson and Stephenson. This will be for the south side communities, which includes Miller, Watkins, Battenfeld, Pearson, Stephenson, and Sellards. Students will be able to check in and receive COVID testing here.

Staff will be stationed at 14th and Louisiana and 14th and Alumni Place directing traffic.

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