Move-In 2020

The following information, including dates and processes, are subject to change. Please return to this page and check your CatMail regularly for updates. 


To help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible, Move-In information will be posted here throughout the summer. Don’t forget to check your CatMail email frequently so you don’t miss important emails. 

Online Check-In

The pre-arrival Online Check-In process will be available very soon. This will include details about the forthcoming Addendum to the Housing License Agreement. We will send you an email when these are available to you. We thank you for your continued patience. 

Move-In Dates & Times

As we mentioned in our July 24 email, the University will conduct a COVID-19 test of all campus housing residents when you get to campus, before you move into your dorm.



We have added additional days to our Move-In process to account for testing and in an effort to reduce density during Move-In. There are no longer any early Move-In fees.



You will select your Move-In date and COVID-19 testing time when you complete your pre-arrival Online Check-In, which should be available in MyUAHome in the next week (you will get an email alert). There are limited time slots each day for individual dorms, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Online Check-In process must be completed before you get to campus, and contains information about our polices, an Addendum to the License Agreement and other important items you must review and agree to prior to living in campus housing. You’ll get more details about this soon.



When you arrive on campus, you’ll need to go directly to the McKale Memorial Center to receive a free COVID-19 test. You will not be able to check into your fall dorm room assignment without being tested and receiving a negative test result. The test results should take less than two hours. More information about this process can be found here.   

We continue to establish a carefully organized Move-In process spread out over several days to follow public health safety guidelines. In order to provide a physically distanced and efficient Move-In experience, please review the following updates:

  • Unloading assistance will not be available.
  • We will have large rolling cardboard bins and hand trucks (dollies) available at each dorm to assist you should you wish to use them, or you may bring your own.
  • Each student can bring up to two (2) family members or guests to assist with moving belongings. Do not bring anyone with you who may be sick or considered at risk.
  • Per local and University guidelines, all individuals will be required to wear a face covering while on campus.
  • You will choose your arrival time slot (based on their dorm assignment) and will have a limited amount of time in which to complete your Move-In. You should report to McKale at your selected time.
  • Please consider reducing the amount of personal belongings you bring with you to campus. Doing so will help ensure you have a quick and easy unloading process.



Due to the potential of moving into an isolation space on campus if you receive a positive test result, we suggest you bring a bag packed with approximately 14 days’ worth of clothing, toiletries, and any other necessities you may need during this time.

If you ordered services for your dorm room or are using the “Ship to Your Room” program, these items will not be available to you while in isolation, so please plan accordingly. 


There will be no Housing rent changes or refunds for move-in delay or isolation due to COVID-19.

If you no longer plan to live in campus housing next year, please click on the ‘Cancel Housing Application’ link in My UAHome and follow the prompts to cancel your Undergrad 2020-21 housing application.


If you are planning on arriving after 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, please notify the Housing office at 520-621-6501 or


If you are on campus prior to August 13 for any reason, please stop by the CatCard office to have your card issued quickly; no lines, no waiting. The CatCard office is located in the Student Union Memorial Center Building, on the basement level in the Business Center. CatCards are used for campus identification purposes. Most all of our dorms are equipped with a card access system. 

You can also get your CatCard on your Move-In day at the COVID-19 testing site in the McKale Center, Aug. 14-22. Be sure to submit your photo online in advance at as doing so will ensure your CatCard is ready for you when you arrive to McKale!

COVID-19 Testing Registration

Registering for your COVID-19 testing appointment is a two-part process:

1. Students should complete their pre-arrival Online Check-In at to select their Move-In day and testing appointment time. Students will receive an email confirmation when this process is complete.

2. Next, students should register on the UA's testing website at Students will receive their QR code when registration is complete. Students should show this QR code on their Move-In day when they arrive for the COVID-19 test.

Special Groups Move-In

If you are a part of a special group, you may be notified of your Move-In date by your group. Please contact your group for more information.

Global Orientation

If you are attending Global Orientation, you may Move-In starting Friday, August 14 during your Move-In time.

If arriving after the designated desk hours on August 14 or August 15, please call the Resident Assistant On Duty number, which will be posted at the entrance of each building. Students wishing to check-in outside of these designated Move-In days and times will be accommodated on a case by case basis, however Friday, August 14 is the earliest Move-In date available. Contact the main Housing office line at 520-621-6501 or email to provide notification that your arrival that will be outside of the available dates and/or times.

Summer School

After receiving a negative COVID-19 test, summer school students can move into their academic year room that same day, starting Monday, August 10 - 12 p.m. noon on Wednesday, August 12. Summer school residents should be packed and ready to go the day prior to their COVID-19 test and anticipated move date.

If summer school residents test positive for COVID-19, they will move to an isolation dorm with all of their belongings without assistance. Once cleared to move out of isolation and into their fall dorm room assignment, summer school residents will receive moving assistance.


ROTC will Move-In Friday, August 14 between 8-10AM.