Welcome Home to Clemson! Your Clemson Family is excited to welcome you to Tigertown, but there are some important things you need to know and do before you arrive. Make sure you’re ready for Clemson Move-In!
We hope you are as excited as we are for move-in! It’s an exciting time and it’ll be here before we know it. To make sure you are prepared to come to Clemson, make sure you read and complete all the items below. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home and we’ll CU soon!
Make sure you have all the information needed for a successful move-in and get ready for your arrival on campus!
Set your Move-in Appointment (Fall Only)
Move-in appointments are available any time after you have selected or been assigned to a space. Each resident must set an appointment in the Clemson Home Portal to determine the exact time and date that you will check in. Below you will find the dates that will be available for each student classification.
- First-Year: August 16-19
- Sorority (Barnett, Quad, Smith): August 14
- Continuing: August 16-19
- Bridge: August 16-19
- Sorority Potential New Members August 15 (Move In Appointments: 8am-5pm)
Prepare to Park
Plan for Severe Weather
In case there is severe weather during move-in, be sure to familiarize yourself with Clemson University warning sirens and safe alerts. If severe weather impacts move-in operations, notification will be sent through the CU Safe Alert system.
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Get the Guide
The Clemson Home Guide gives you all the resources you’ll need for move-in and on-campus living right in the palm of your hand!
Have everything you need for move-in? Let’s make sure! Below you’ll find all the information you need for purchasing, renting, packing, and shipping. We highly recommend using packing labels to ensure your items don’t get lost during move-in. Print them on Avery (r) Template 5164/8164 or use printer paper and tape.
What to Bring
Consider bringing the following items. These are approved for use in University Housing and are not provided. Be sure to check with your roommate(s) so duplicate items are not brought.
- Trash can
- Broom & dustpan or small vacuum
- Laundry basket, detergent & fabric softener (for HE machines)
- Towels (bath, hand, washcloth)
- Flip-flops for showering
- Bedding to fit an extra-long twin mattress: mattress cover/topper, sheets, pillows, blankets
- Important note: Residents in Douthit Hills West (Buildings A, B, C and D) and Thornhill Village will need bedding to fit a full-size mattress instead.
- Clothes hangers
- Storage bins
- Folding chairs, inflatable seating, etc.
- Push pins or white sticky tack
- Re-usable water bottle
- A few dishes (bowl, plate, flatware)
- Can opener
- Laptop (CCIT’s List)
- Flashlight and batteries
- First aid kit/medicine
- Umbrella, raincoat & boots
- Television, mini-projector, or tablet
- Power strip (no extension cords)
- Clothes for the Fall semester
Additional Items for Suites
- Bathroom cleaning supplies
- Toilet paper
Additional Items for Apartments
- Bathroom cleaning supplies
- Shower curtain (liners are provided)
- Toilet paper
- Cooking utensils
- Most normal kitchen appliances, including microwave ovens, may be used in apartment
kitchens. These include: George Foreman Grills®, Panini presses, coffee makers and Keurig machines, blenders,
slow cookers and toasters (not toaster ovens)
What to Leave Behind
We ask that residents do not bring the following items. This is done to keep our residents safe and our residence halls in good condition. These items are prohibited in all University Housing.
- Air conditioners and space heaters
- Parachute canopies on the ceiling
- Cooking appliances for the residence hall (i.e. rice cooker, toaster oven, hot plate)
- Fog, Smoke, and Haze Machines
- Weapons, explosives and fireworks
- Candles and wax warmers
- Halogen lamps
- Extension cords
- Pets other than fish
- Screws, nails
- Refrigerators over 3.6 cubic feet
- Change for the washer/dryer – we offer limitless laundry in all our residential communities! (Not prohibited – just not needed.)
- Printer – Clemson offers no-cost printing quotas to all students each semester (Not prohibited – just not needed.)
*Common bathroom areas will be cleaned by custodial staff – all residents who have a sink, bathroom or kitchenette in their space will be responsible for their own cleaning.
Room decorations such as posters, curtains, bulletin boards, etc. may be used along with push pins and white sticky tack. However, no drilling or nailing is allowed. Curtains (tension rod recommended) must be fire resistant.
Packing Tips & Ideas
Less is More
- Contact your roommate(s) prior to move-in to avoid duplication of items
- Remember, move-in and move-out are busy times, and the smaller your load the easier it is to handle
- Space is always limited, so don’t bring anything you aren’t sure you’ll need
- Pack your stuff carefully to bring the fewest boxes possible
- Crates can be great for move-in and as shelves for your room
- Instead of bringing a futon, bring inflatable or folding furniture
- Folding ottomans can be great storage and seating
- Folding chairs are easy to transport and store, but provide extra seating when needed
Limit Your Wardrobe
- Think about the occasions you’ll need clothes for and pack accordingly. Remember, you don’t need everything.
- Limit your clothes to just what will fit in your clothes basket. Closet and dresser space is limited, so be selective!
- Bring clothes that work for multiple occasions and can be versatile.
Ditch the bulk and go small
While we know that Command Strips are a staple for college housing, we have started to see damage in some of our residence halls after constant long-term use of the strips on drywall. To make sure our living spaces continue to be well-maintained and attractive for all current and future residents, we do ask that you consider using alternatives if possible. We love when our residents personalize their spaces and show off their personalities, so check out this list of decorating options that have worked well for other students.
- High and Mighty Hooks* (for drywall only)
- White sticky tack for posters and pictures
- Tension rods for curtains and storage needs
- Over the door hooks for doors, beds, etc.
- Magnetic hooks for metal surfaces, including lofted bed
- Freestanding shelving (wire shelving can be versatile, portable, and may have hooks)
- Freestanding towel or drying rack
- Suction cup hooks for smooth surfaces
- Clamp hooks and shelves
- Push pins for lightweight items
- Monkey hooks* for heavier items
- Push pin hooks
We encourage you to get creative with your room and figure out ways to make it your own. There are plenty of options and you can always look online for more ideas!
Note: Some communities have cinder block walls and will not be able to use many of our alternatives. For these communities, damage will be minimal and Command Strips may be your best option. These communities include the Shoeboxes (Benet, Cope, Geer, Sanders, Young), Bryan Mall (Barnett, Byrnes, Lever, Manning, Mauldin, Smith) and Thornhill Village.
*Clemson Home is not endorsing any specific products. Brand names are used only as common identifiers for general product types such as adhesive strips, drywall hooks, etc.
The MicroFridge is the ONLY MICROWAVE ALLOWED in residence hall rooms.
Order now at collegefridge.com/clemson
To guarantee pre-delivery of your unit to your room before you arrive for the Fall semester, please order before July 24th. A late fee of $25 will be added to your order if placed after the advertised deadline date. MicroFridge rentals are not available for the Summer semester.
*Please note you may bring your own refrigerator as long as it is 3.6 cubic feet or smaller, but cooking appliances other than a Microfridge are not allowed in the residence hall rooms. Hall kitchens are available in each community. Most normal kitchen appliances, including microwave ovens, may be used in apartment kitchens.
Over 1,600 MicroFridge’s were ordered by Clemson students last year with CCI!
All MicroFridge’s have a smoke sensor embedded in the microwave. This safety feature will automatically shut off the microwave at any detection of smoke. Also, each microwave will have a charging station with 2 USB ports and 1 traditional outlet.
The MicroFridge’s conform to all Clemson University and Housing building, fire, and safety specifications.
The proceeds support Student Government and the Residence Hall Association in their programming efforts.
Twin XL bedding is required for all on-campus housing, except Douthit Hills West and Thornhill Village (which offer full-size beds)
OCM is a wonderful place to find all your campus essentials, selling the Twin XL sheets, as well as Clemson gifts, organization accessories, care packages, decor, and more! Purchasing your college supplies from OCM allows you to get your shopping done in one place while also supporting the Clemson Residence Hall Association!
Items may be shipped ahead to the on-campus student post office across from McAlister Hall. Please ensure you will be able to transport items back to your residence hall after picking them up.
To mail items to the student post office, use the format below.
2275 University Station
PO Box Number & Residence Hall Name
Clemson, SC 29632
**You will need to include your box number and residence hall name on Line 2 of the address. If you move to a new residence on campus, you will need to ensure you use the new residence hall name.
Information about your P.O. Box assignment will be sent to your Clemson University email account prior to move-in. Please do not ship anything until you receive your P.O. Box assignment.
You will receive an email notification when you have mail or packages available for pick up and will indicate if you will need to visit the Student Post Office or one of the package lockers located across campus.
Buying something from Amazon? Check out the guides to adding your student post-office address to your account and getting help.
Student Mail Services will be open 8am-5pm the weekend of move-in and the following weekend.
What’s the process for Move-In Day?
Your check-in location will depend on when you arrive. Please view the information below based on your planned check-in.
Fall Regular Move-In
All residents arriving August 16th-20th will need to check in at the C-1 Parking Lot at your move-in appointment to receive your key and unloading pass before proceeding to your building. You will need to follow the driving directions for Check-In. If you are checking in after the assigned times or have been approved for early arrival, you will need to check in at your Area Desk.
Summer School Move-In
Summer School residents will check in at their Area Desk.
Spring Semester Move-In
Spring Semester Residents will check in at their Area Desk.
You will have 30 minutes to unload your vehicle in designated locations close to your building but will need to move as soon as you are done. Each vehicle will receive an unloading pass at the Check-In lot, so be sure all cars go through the check-in line. You must have an unloading pass hanging on your rearview mirror in order to be allowed into unloading zones.
Move your vehicle
Once you have moved your vehicle, you may return to your space and begin unpacking. Remember to take all trash and recycling to the receptacles outside the building and don’t block hallways or doors as you unpack.
If you would like to loft your bed, follow our instructions to do so with two people and a rubber mallet.
Bed rails will be in the room when you arrive and cannot be removed from the space.
Lofting your Bed
Students are responsible for lofting their own beds. However, lofting the provided ADA compliant modular beds is a simple process requiring two people. Just follow the steps below.
- Remove the mattress
- Lift all four corners of the spring frame out of the headboard and footboard
- Raise the frame to the desired height (11 different options)
- Hook the frame on the brackets on each leg
- Make sure it’s secure
- Replace the mattress
- Enjoy the extra space!
What is a Modular Bed Frame?
The bed frames provided are modular, which will allow you to raise or lower your bed to various heights without a loft kit. Raising the height of your bed creates more floor space, which allow more room for things like futons and TV’s.
Can I Use Other Lofts/Risers?
Raised platform floors, bed risers, personally constructed lofts, or other physical space alterations are not allowed in any University-owned housing.
2023 Fall Move-in
- General Move-in: August 16-19
- Fall 2023 Meal Plans Activate: August 15
- Sorority (Barnett, Quad, Smith) Move-in: August 14
- Sorority Potential New Members Move-in: August 15 (Move In Appointments: 8am-5pm)
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