Fall 2020 Move-In Day will be Wednesday, August 26, 2020! Stay tuned to this webpage for more information during the spring 2020 months!

For any student that is unable to move-in on August 26 and needs to request an Early Move-In, you can find additional information on our Early Move-In Info page. Please be aware, that all requests are reviewed and not guaranteed to be approved.

Updated as of 12/4/2019

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Residence Life and MSU have worked hard to make the move-in day experience for all students, parents, and families as easy and smooth of a transition into college life as possible. 

We realize that moving into the residence halls is a new and exciting time in your life. To help MSU students and parents with the logistics of getting settled, hundreds of MSU Faculty and Staff volunteer their time to help you unpack your car, load carts, and haul boxes.

When you arrive at your assigned residence hall, Residence Life staff members (including Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, and Program Coordinators) will be waiting to help you through the administrative processes necessary to get your room key. Staff members train for months prior to your arrival to ensure you have a positive transition.

  • Students will receive their specific check in time from the 5 defined move in periods from 8:00am to 3:30pm, information, and tips for moving in via email by the end of July if their housing application has been processed. 
  • Assigned move-in times will be created to minimize the impact on infrastructure bottlenecks such as elevators.
  • Please check in at your assigned time to ensure you have enough time to get settled before new student orientation and moving in is a great experience for everyone.
  • Students will need either their CatCard or the pre-assigned barcode image that will be emailed to them starting at the end of July.
  • Students will not be able to request a specific check in time. If a students need to move in early, they are encouraged to contact Residence Life at 406-994-2661 or housing@montana.edu
  • The August Orientation schedule will be modified on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to accommodate for students moving into the residence halls. To see the tentative August Orientation schedule, please visit the Office of Admissions Orientation page.
  • Residence Life offers loft bed rentals for Johnstone Center (Pryor, Colter, Mullan) students on a first come first serve basis. All other halls (except Quads and some ResLife Apartments) will have bed lofting systems. More information about bed lofting options is available online on the Residence Life website.
  • Residence Life has partnered with Collegiate Concepts, Inc. (CCI) to offer students the opportunity to rent MicroFridges for the entire academic year that are delivered and installed in their room prior to arrival. More information about this option is available on the Collegiate Concepts website

In your room, you will find the following furnishings: extra long twin bed (regular twin beds are furnished in the Quads and Roskie Hall), closet, trash can, desk, and chair. A weekly linen exchange for University-furnished linens is provided for all students at no additional charge.

Students are expected to keep MSU Residence Life furniture in their room and it must be in the same condition at the end of the year as it was at the beginning of the year when the student moved in. 


The following list, created by residence hall students, suggests items you may want to bring that will make your residence hall room feel more like home.

Desk Items:

Multi-outlet plug-in strip, envelopes, stamps, highlighters, stapler and staples, rubber bands, paper clips, poster tack, markers, binders, paper, stationery, post-its, tape, glue, pushpins, note cards, safety pins, desk lamp, pencil holder, pencil sharpener, writing utensils, 3-hole punch, ruler, scissors, calculator, calendar.

Shower Items:

Shower shoes, bathroom caddy, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, soap, bar soap container, shampoo, conditioner, shaving kit, cosmetics, deodorant, bathrobe.

Laundry Items:

Laundry basket/bag, detergent, softener, bleach, Woolite, dryer sheets, hangers, drying rack, iron/clothes steamer, ironing board.


Towels, wash cloths, blankets, sheets, pillows.


Microwave (must be UL-Approved), mini refrigerator (up to 4.5 cubic feet), coffee maker, CD player, speakers, DVD player, HD television, computer, printer, fan, alarm clock, water filter, hot pot, floor lamp, blow dryer, curling iron.

MicroFridge Information can be found on the Residence Life website.


Pictures, yearbook, wall decorations, rugs, favorite books, music, video games, movies, strands of lights, plants, camera, planner, temporary shelving, keepsakes, boots, waterproof jacket, athletic equipment, windshield scraper, dishes, silverware, water bottle, medicine, batteries, storage bins, furniture, posters, sewing kit, packing tape, first aid kit, food, umbrella, stress ball, tool kit, cards/dice/board games, extension cords.