Spring Move In Information

Welcome to CSU

The university will be bound by public health guidance that we will be required to follow to protect our students and community. The information provided here is subject to change and you will be updated as plans for the Spring are finalized. For the most up-to-date COVID information and resources visit covid.colostate.edu/#process

We would like to make your move in to the residence halls as streamlined and quick as possible. We will be adapting our typical process to maintain physical distancing. The information on this page will be helpful as you move in to your new home. The residence halls open for the Spring semester on Thursday, January 14. New students are encouraged to return on that date to participate in Spring Orientation activities. Additional check-in days will be available January 15-18. Please observe all necessary public health guidelines at all times.

Schedule your move-in date/time

Visit MyHousing.colostate.edu and select ‘Fall 2020 Move-In Registration’ to schedule your specific move-in date and hour of arrival.

    • If your desired timeslot is full, you will need to select another timeslot and plan to arrive accordingly. Your move-in process does not have to be complete within one hour, rather please schedule the hour in which you plan to arrive.
    • You may go back into MyHousing up until the day prior to your scheduled arrival to update the date/time.
    • If you have not yet received your hall assignment, please wait to schedule a Move-In arrival time until you receive it. All residents who have applied by July 15, will receive their assignments by July 27.
    • If your building assignment changes after you have scheduled a time, you do not need to go back into the system and select a new one. Your scheduled time will automatically update to your newly-assigned building.

What to expect when you arrive

New and returning residents will be asked to participate in COVID screening as soon as they arrive on campus and prior to checking in to their residence hall. More details related to screening, including a link to schedule your move-in timeslot will be sent via email.

  • Check in consists of completing important paperwork not already done and signing for and receiving keys.
  • This spring, we will make as much of the check-in process as possible online.

What to Bring

Rooms are furnished with these basics (one item per student):

Mattress (twin extra-long*, 39`` x 80``)


To honor social distancing and limit staff entry of student residence halls rooms, we have suspended the bed lofting program this year. All beds will be set at the medium height (approximately 30″, see image below). Students cannot attempt to loft beds themselves as injury can occur and the bed may not be secure.

medium-height bed

Desk and Chair


Trash can and recycling bin

* Residence halls offer a limited number of extra-extra long beds, which need to be requested through the University Housing (Assignments Office) at (970) 491-4719. All rooms are equipped with window curtains

You will need to provide your own:

Bedding & bath supplies

You may wish to bring:



Surge protected power strip

Desk lamp (halogen lamps are not allowed)

Small chair or beanbag

Cleaning supplies

Pot/Pan (for use in community kitchen)

MicroFridge (or small microwave and refrigerator)

While not prohibited, due to the large amount of MicroFridges left at move out we discourage you bringing these to campus. As an option, we encourage you consider a MicroFridge that can be rented at www.collegiateconcepts.net/schools/colorado-state-university/index.html

Students who are able, should bring a care kit with them for the Spring semester. This kit should include:

  • A thermometer to monitor for fever
  • At least two reusable, washable cloth face masks
  • Basic cold and flu medications
  • Hand sanitizer or hand wipes
  • A 30-days supply of their prescription medications that they routinely take (non-COVID related)
  • Their health insurance information

Students may access health care and pharmacy services through the CSU Health Network as part of their student fees.

Do not bring:

Futons and other furniture

To keep move in and move out as streamlined as possible, we are asking students to limit belongings to small, easily portable items. The bed lofting program has also been suspended this year to limit staff entry into rooms so there will not be space under beds for extra furniture items (there will 30″ of storage space).

Pets (a small fish tank is allowed)


Helpful Tips:
  • Each hall has a laundry facility in the building
  • Use of the laundry facility is included in the cost of room and board
  • Custodial services are provided for all bathroom facilities, corridors, floor lounges, and other public areas
  • It is your responsibility to clean your room (some supplies are provided at the front desk)
  • Contact your roommate(s) prior to arriving at CSU to plan what to bring

Bed Lofting

To honor social distancing and limit staff entry of student residence halls rooms, we have suspended the bed lofting program this year. All beds will be set at the medium height (approximately 30″, see image below; top of mattress sits at 42″) to allow for storage underneath. Students may not attempt to loft beds themselves as injury can occur and the bed may not be secure.

medium-height bed

For safety and to prevent damages, beds should be lofted and unlofted by Housing & Dining Services Staff ONLY
  • First lofting request is free
  • $25 charge per additional loft request
  • Loft requests processed in order they are received
  • Beds will be lofted based on availability of part
  • Removal of furniture will result in fines and/or replacement costs
  • Recommend not bringing/renting additional furniture beyond microfridge
Lofting Heights

Clearance is an estimate and may vary in some rooms

bed lofting low height Low Approximately 12″ clearance under bed (Braiden, Corbett, Laurel Village, Parmelee, Summit, Academic Village) Approximately 19″ clearance under bed (Allison, Durward, Edwards, Ingersoll, Newsom, Westfall)

bed lofting middle height Middle Approximately 30″ clearance under bed

bed lofting high height High Approximately 48” clearance under bed (Braiden, Corbett, Laurel Village, Parmelee, Summit, Academic Village) Approximately 53” clearance under bed (Allison, Durward, Edwards, Ingersoll, Newsom, Westfall)

Campus Resources

Connect Your Technology

Before Coming to Campus

University policy requires that computer systems have current operating systems, patches and updates.

  • Windows, Apple, Macintosh or Unix/Linux operating systems are allowed
  • Windows computers are required to have current anti-virus software
  • Free anti-virus software options (Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, and AVG)

Bring a network cable (Cat5 computer cable with RJ45 connectors)

Install and update anti-virus/anti-spyware programs

Ensure your operating system has the latest patches and updates

Linens Program

Colorado State University Residence Hall Linens Program

residence hall linen program

Colorado State University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 1993. Students at Colorado State University require specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses. These beds, which are longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort. When you reserve your college bedding through this program, you ensure the right size linens for move-in. The selection is larger than you will find anywhere else, at prices that are budget-friendly. Best of all, every product available through this program is guaranteed to fit and guaranteed to last from move-in all the way to graduation. Extra-long sheets, extra-long mattress pads, extra-long comforters, pillows, décor and storage solutions and all other products are backed by this guarantee. Guarantee Your First Choice Today! We recommend that parents and students respond early, in order to have the widest selection of college bedding to choose from. You will guarantee your first choice color or pattern and make great progress on your college shopping checklist.


“After receiving your literature, I went to the stores and compared what it would cost me, the stores prices for everything you offered in ‘The Complete Campus Collection’ totaled over $295.00. I came straight home and ordered your package! Thank you for all the help.” – B. Kelly, parent “This is an exceptional value. I know from past experience that dorm beds are impossible to fit – I’m glad this service is available. ” – N. Lawrence, parent of first-year student “I liked that you had several different “Value Pak” options. I checked out prices at several stores as well as online and found that your prices seemed to be a really good deal. ” – V. Mead, parent of first-year student “My daughter will be going away to college for the first time. With everything that needs to be done, ordering from RHL made things a lot easier. The time and money saved made it even better. ” – K. Engel, parent of first-year student

Mailing & Shipping

Standard carriers (USPS, UPS, FEDEX, etc.) will start delivering mail and packages starting August 15.
If you would like to hire a 3rd party mover to ship/move your belongings into your residence hall you may schedule that for (August 7-14). Below are resources that has been vetted by CSU.

Buehler Companies
They have requested that students and families who would like to hire them call (303) 336-9461 directly to make arrangements.

Burke Moving and Storage
They have requested that students and families who would like to hire them call (800) 987-3608 directly to make arrangements.

College Student Storage
Use the online form to make arrangements www.csstorage.com/signup
Phone: (970) 482-1777
Email: info@csstorage.com

Use the online form to make arrangements colostate.zippyu.com/shop/
Phone: (888) 329-0482
Email: info@zippyu.com

To hire a 3rd party mover, you must complete the following important steps prior to move-in:

  1. Contact the company and make arrangements directly with them
  2. Complete the 3rd party waiver below


  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • I understand and give consent to the staff of the CSU Department of Housing and Dining Services to enter my room for the purpose of allowing the above named moving company (“Company”) to deliver my personal property/belongings as described in my agreement with Company. The terms and conditions of delivery of my items are subject to the agreement between myself and the Company. While reasonable care will be taken, I understand that the University is not liable for the loss of or damage to my personal goods or the personal goods of any other person which may be present in the residence. I hereby agree to release and hold harmless the State of Colorado, Colorado State University, the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, and the Department of Housing and Dining Services, together with their employees, agents, affiliates, representatives, and officers, past or present, from any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, damages, suits, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any nature resulting from or arising out of the entry to my room for delivery of my personal belongings as set forth above and in my agreement with the Company, including any damage to belongings other than my own. I understand that this Waiver and Release Agreement binds me, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns. The laws of the state of Colorado shall govern this Waiver and Release Agreement, without regard for conflicts of law. The University is a state government institution governed by the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, C.R.S. § 24-10-101, et seq. (the “Act”). Notwithstanding any other provision of this Waiver and Release to the contrary, no term or condition of this Waiver and Release shall be construed or interpreted as a waiver, express or implied, of any of the immunities, rights, benefits, protection, or other provisions of the Act, as now or hereafter amended. I understand and agree that liability for claims for injuries to persons or property arising out of negligence of the state of Colorado, its departments, institutions, agencies, boards, officials, and employees is controlled and limited by the Act, as now or hereafter amended, which provisions are hereby incorporated and made a part of this Waiver and Release Agreement.
  • If student is under the age of 18, the student’s parent or legal guardian must also sign. I am the parent or legal guardian of the student who has signed above. I have read and I understand the provisions of this document, and acting on behalf of the participant, I consent to the participant taking part in the activities described above, and I fully enter into and agree to the above Release From Responsibility, Assumption of Risk, and Waiver as authorized pursuant to C.R.S. section 13-22-107.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Standard carriers (USPS, UPS, FEDEX, etc.) will start delivering mail and packages starting January 14. When shipping items or sending mail to arrive after move-in, please note:

Each room or suite has a mailbox with corresponding number in the front desk area of each hall. Mailboxes are shared by the occupants of the room or suite. Mail should be addressed in the following manner:

[Student Name]
[Room #] [Hall Name]
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Do Not:
  • Use “Colorado State University” or the University zip code “80523” in the address. This will delay arrival.
  • Address the mail/package to someone who does not live in the room (such as a parent, or using a nickname). A photo ID is required to pick up packages and this will result in the package being returned to sender. Ordering items under an alias or fictitious name is considered mail fraud.

Microfridge Rentals

MicroFridge® with Safe Plug® is the original combination appliance, designed for the collegiate environment. MicroFridge® with Safe Plug® is approved by your school because it’s safe. There are no exposed heating elements and MicroFridge® with Safe Plug®’s patented internal circuitry is designed to reduce energy consumption.

Ordering Your MicroFridge
  • Pay with check, money order If student’s place an order before the cutoff date the unit will be delivered to their room before they arrive to campus. If it is placed after the cut-off date we will arrange delivery with them once they get to campus.
  • Free delivery
  • After order is placed, you will be contacted to arrange delivery to your room
  • Delivery will most likely take place after you arrive on campus
  • View rental agreement
  • Brochure

Approximate Dimensions 18 5/8″ wide x 20 1/8″ deep x 44 1/8″ high

Academic Year Rental $239.00 plus tax

Renter's Insurance

All students living in the residence halls should consider insurance to cover personal items (bikes, books, computers, electronics, etc.) that may be lost, damaged, and/or destroyed by accident, theft, or other means.

  • The University does not cover students’ personal items
  • Family homeowner policies may provide coverage
  • Not all homeowner policies cover everything students bring to school
  • Homeowner policies can have a high deductible
  • Determine what is covered under your family homeowner policy

Room Details

Rooms are furnished with these basics (one item per student)

Mattress (twin extra-long*, 39`` x 80``)


Desk and Chair


Trash can and recycling bin

* Residence halls offer a limited number of extra-extra long beds, which need to be requested through the University Housing (Assignments Office) at housing@colostate.edu. All rooms are equipped with window curtains.

Decorating Your Room

Housing & Dining Services recognizes that students may want to personalize their rooms. We encourage and support room decoration efforts. However, we ask that all residents observe Safety and Security Standards for the safety of themselves and of other residents and guests. Please keep in mind that you should leave your room in the same condition it was in when you checked in at the beginning of the semester.


Students may NOT paint their own residence hall rooms. Any alterations or changes to a resident’s room must be completed by University personnel only.


Draperies are provided by the University. They meet fire code and should not be removed or replaced except by University staff.

Room Carpeting

All residence halls have carpet in the rooms for your comfort. Please DO NOT put your own carpet on top of the room carpet. This causes excessive wear and reduces the life of the permanent carpet. Small throw rugs are permitted.

Walls, Doors, and Decorations

Room decorations should not be hung or use any materials that may cause damage to the walls. Paint, duct tape, foam tape, or other strong adhesives should never be used. Students are responsible for cost of repairs for any damage. Students should not attach items to the walls, including but not limited to using nails, drills, screws or other hanging devices. Items that do not attach can also cause damage, such as hanging racks that fit over the top of doors. Blue painters tape is recommended to hang posters and pictures. Nothing should ever be hung from, drilled into, or rested against the ceiling, light fixture(s), sprinkler heads, smoke detector, or other safety devices. Furthermore, do not tamper with light fixtures or attempt to change the bulb(s) or add a colored cover. These areas and devices should always remain clear. Please do not rely on any product claims not to cause damage or leave permanent marks. This includes but is not limited to chalk and dry erase markers. Use of these items on room walls, doors, and other surfaces have been proven to leave permanent marks. Students are not permitted to repair any damage themselves. Decorative display and/or collection of empty alcoholic beverage containers is prohibited in residence hall rooms.

Protection of Heat Circulation Systems

The efficient circulation of heat from the hot-water radiation panel in your room requires that unrestricted air flow be permitted from the bottom of the radiator panel as well as the upper vent area. Room arrangements and additional furnishings must allow for this air circulation. Restriction of this air flow can result in frozen pipes and extensive water damages. NEVER close any valves or shut-off devices on the pipelines that control heat circulation to other areas of the floor. Use the vent “flapper” control on the radiator cover panel to control the amount of heat desired in your room.

Transportation & Parking

During Move-In

Use CSU’s interactive move in map to navigate campus. When you arrive on campus, be mindful of pedestrians, scooters, and bicyclists who you are sharing the sidewalks and lanes with. If your guests bring a separate vehicle, please park one vehicle in the unloading area and park the other in a nearby temporary Move In lot. Once unloaded, vehicles must be moved from unloading zones. Temporary Move In lots are marked on the interactive Move In map. Non-residents are asked to leave campus by the end of Move In day as overnight guests are not permitted this year. Camping or parking RVs/campers on University grounds is strictly prohibited.

Academic Year Transportation Options

Your Roommate

Living Together

Here are some things you may want to consider discussing with your roommate(s), regarding the use of your room environment.

Communication: How will you communicate with each other when there is a problem? What do you feel comfortable or not comfortable talking about?

Arranging the Room: It is important to arrange and decorate your room when you have both arrived so that each of you has some ownership in your environment. If you want to rearrange your room in the future, be sure to talk to each other first. When decorating (i.e. on your walls and outside on your door), please be considerate of each other and make sure that you are both comfortable with the posters, pictures, etc. that you display.

Chores and Cleanliness: Discuss expectations for room cleanliness and how you will share responsibilities. Knowing each other’s habits can help alleviate stress later.

Guests: Non-resident guests are prohibited until the pandemic is over, including residents of other buildings and family members, except in the lobby areas. All lobby guests are required to wear masks

Sleeping/Alarm Clock: How much sleep do you need nightly? What happens if someone is sleeping through the alarm? Where will your alarm(s) be placed? What about the snooze button? How will your class schedules affect your sleeping habits? What time do you go to bed? What time do you need to get up? How will you work through differences in sleeping patterns? Will you use a fan or keep windows open?

TV/Music: During what hours will the TV or music be on? At what volume? Should headphones be used? Does gaming impact your sleep habits? Do you invite friends over?  When is it okay to use the headset to chat?

Studying/Noise: What do you each define as noise, and what is too loud and what is not? What environment do you need for sleeping and studying in the room? At what times should noise be minimized? What activities will take priority in the room when there is a conflict? When do you plan on scheduling study time, and how much time? Will you take breaks? What are your class schedules like?

Sharing Food: Will you buy groceries together or individually? If you have food in the room, can roommates borrow food from each other? If so, how soon should it be replaced or paid for? Will you label food items with names?

Personal Belongings: Will you share or borrow any personal items? Which items cannot be used by anyone other than the owner? Set clear expectations for the use of these items: Is permission needed to use them? Is maintenance required? If you purchase items together, how will you split the bill, and who will own them at the end of the year? If you do share some belongings, make sure they are accessible to all roommates and are not hidden or locked away.

Privacy: How do you feel about privacy? How are your needs different? Where is a private place to make calls?


As a member of our community, you have an important opportunity to help determine expectations and opportunities in your Roommate Success Plan:

  • The expectation to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of these activities.
  • The expectation to sleep without undue disturbance from noise, lights, etc.
  • The expectation that a roommate(s) will respect one’s personal belongings.
  • The expectation of a clean environment in which to live.
  • The expectation to free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from another roommate(s).
  • The expectation to privacy.
  • The expectation to correct problems with an open mind and understanding that successful roommates may need to compromise from time to time. Residence hall staff is available for assistance in addressing
  • The expectation to be free of fear and intimidation, physical and/or emotional harm.
  • The expectation to reasonable cooperation in the use of “shared” space, room amenities (A/C, bathroom, closet space, etc.), appliances (microwave, refrigerator, etc.) and a commitment to have agreed-upon payment procedures, as applicable.
  • The expectation to be free of peer pressure or ridicule regarding your personal choices.

If you are concerned that your expectation are not being honored, please discuss your concerns with your roommate, and seek assistance from your RA if necessary.


Early and frequent communication is critical to keeping a good relationship with your roommate(s). Living with others can be challenging, but you can make your relationship a success by:

  • Having respect
  • Being flexible
  • Appreciating your differences
  • Being willing to communicate
  • Having genuine care and regard for others
  • Being willing to compromise, but also asserting your expectation
  • Being honest with your feelings
  • Keeping in mind what expectation you value the most
  • Considering not what is ideal, but what is reasonable
  • Working on what you can agree about, but not arguing about difficult subjects (you can ask your RA to mediate if necessary)

No matter how hard you try, communication sometimes breaks down. Clues that you have had a break-down in communication include: your roommate isn’t talking to you, they leave the room whenever you enter, they complain to their friends about you, or get angry over trivial matters. Take the first step in communicating with your roommate(s) to try and understand what is wrong. It may be something simple that can be easily cleared up, or everyone may have to work on the issue(s) together to create a better situation. Include your RA if necessary.

Communicating About Safety

You and your roommate(s) might have different ideas about safety, so it is important to discuss issues and find an agreement for keeping you, your room, and belongings safe. Some issues may include:

  • When to lock the room
  • Sharing passwords
  • Carrying keys and student ID cards
  • Allowing floor neighbors to be in your room when roommates are not present
  • Following residence hall, University, state, local, and federal policies and laws

Note: Safety and security experts highly recommend that doors remain locked and un-propped, passwords not be shared, keys and ID cards remain with the owner at all times, and laws/policies are followed in order to maintain the safest living environment.

Ten Steps
  1. Everyone involved in the conflict should get together at one time.
  2. Each person involved should agree to be up-front and honest with their feelings on the matter(s) at hand.
  3. Each roommate should take a turn describing their perception of the situation, how they feel about it, and what they want.
  4. Use “I” statements. The word “I” in a statement lets you take ownership of your feelings. It removes the blaming tone and will probably decrease your roommate’s defensiveness.
  5. Everyone should agree to compromise and help develop a solution. The alternative is continued tension and escalation of the original issue.
  6. Describe a situation that would be an acceptable solution to everyone. If you cannot agree among yourselves, bring in a third party (such as your RA) to mediate.
  7. Talk about what changes will be needed to resolve the problem.
  8. Make a plan of action and set a time frame for these changes to occur.
  9. Everyone should be committed to the plan, and make necessary personal changes.
  10. If necessary, set a future date to evaluate and re-negotiate.
Constructive Conversations
  • Start right. Set a time to discuss the conflict, which is convenient to everyone involved. Avoid bringing it up when someone involved is not there. A good approach would be, “Could we talk about what is going on? When would be a good time for us to work things out?”
  • Remember that everyone involved is equal and has equal rights to be heard. Create this sense by sitting on the floor or at the table where each person is at the same level.
  • Set aside your desire to “win.” Winning an argument is not the same as succeeding in conflict management, where you and your roommate(s) win over the situation.
  • All roommates should be able to talk freely about how they feel without being uncomfortable. Make sure that each person’s ideas and feelings are being heard and are clear to everyone involved. Be willing to share your feelings honestly and don’t expect others to know how you feel about something without your explanation.
  • Avoid blaming each other. Whose fault it was is irrelevant when everyone agrees to work toward a solution.
  • Be task oriented in sticking to the topic. Avoid digressing into other non-related grievances or incidents.
  • Avoid generalizations or blanket remarks. Avoid comments like, “You NEVER take out the trash.” A more constructive approach would be, “I felt like you didn’t do your share of taking out the trash this week.” This statement specifies a time frame, as well as articulates how you feel about the situation.
  • Talk about actions that can be changed, rather than personalities. “Please do not leave your books on the refrigerator,” can lead to a change of habit, while “You’re a lazy slob,” will only lead to defensiveness and hostility. Personal attacks destroy communication of productive ideas and solutions.
  • Don’t team up with another person against your roommate(s). This creates defensiveness. You should all be working together for a solution.
  • Don’t psychoanalyze your roommate(s). Avoid, “Maybe you don’t realize this about yourself, but…” Most people don’t like the feeling of being analyzed or critically examined by another person, especially in a conflict situation. Instead, take responsibility for your own feelings: “What you’re doing makes me feel…”
  • You don’t have to let a confrontation go from bad to worse. Take responsibility for keeping the tone of the discussion calm through your own example.

Get Your RamCard

Your RamCard is your official University ID and all-access pass to Colorado State University. Sample RamCard

Get your RamCard during Ram Orientation at the RamCard Office (Lory Student Center 271)

Bring a valid US driver's license, state ID, military ID, or valid passport

Be prepared to have your photo taken

Upload your own photo prior to Ram Orientation

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