Welcome Home The Fall 2019 Move-In Experience



A-E 7 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

F-K 9:30 A.M – 12 P.M.

L-Q. 12 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

R-Z 2:30 P.M. 4 P.M.

Students who missed their scheduled time 4 P.M. -7 P.M.

Wondering what it's like living on-campus?

Here it from our students!

Congratulations! We know how excited you are to move in. Check out our "Move-In Website" to help guide you on what "Move-In Day" looks like.

Moving In


On Move-In Day, traffic has a history of being found across campus, so all parents/guardians are encouraged to park in the Stadium Parking lot as their students check in at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium and in their residential facilities. Once the student has been given the approval to begin moving their belongings into their room, parents/guardians may move their vehicle to the unloading area of the residence hall. Because parking is limited, unloading zones are for temporary parking only. Campus police will be present to offer directions and parking restrictions.


Carts – or large wheeled bins – and dollies are provided for students on a first-come-first-serve basis and may be checked out for a limited time. To check out a cart or dolly, residents will need to provide an identification card. There is a limit to one cart/dolly per person. Students and families are encouraged to bring their own moving materials with wheels.


Elevator access is offered in the following residential facilities: FAMU Village, Gibbs Hall, Sampson Hall, Young Hall, and Palmetto Street Phase III. Palmetto Street South and North do not have elevators, so please plan accordingly.


To avoid getting overwhelmed on Move-In Day, some items be brought or shipped at a more convenient date

OUH knows that moving from city-to-city or state-to-state can be alot of work. Check out our "What to Bring" and "What NOT to Bring" list below to help with your packing.


Of course every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start. Items we consider essential are starred (*). Make sure to consult your roommate to avoid purchasing doubles of items like lamps or appliances!



  • Extra-Long Twin Sheets *
  • Comforter*
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillow(s) and Pillow Cases *
  • Blanket*


  • Towels and Washcloths*
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops*
  • Shower Caddy


  • Hanging Storage Solutions
  • Underbed Storage Organizer
  • Hangers
  • Mirror-Full Length
  • Trash/Recycle Can
  • Trunk (convenient storage and table in one)


  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Detergent
  • Iron (auto shut-off)/Ironing Board
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Towels


  • Soaps/Shampoo
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Hair Products/Hair Dryer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescription/OTC Medications*


  • Notebooks, binders, folders
  • Computer/Laptop
  • Laptop’s Charger and Locking Cable


  • Desk Lamp & Bulbs
  • Floor Lamp & Bulbs
  • Refrigerator (max 4 cubic feet)
  • Microwave
  • Wall Deco
  • Area Rug
  • Fan (large and/or clip)


  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • Ear Buds/Headphones
  • Gaming System
  • Power Strip w/Surge Protector (UL approved)
  • TV (w/remote and user manual)
  • TV coaxial cable (6-10 feet)


  • Backpack
  • Message Board (Dry erase board)
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Sealable Food Storage Containers
  • Dishware/Silverware
  • Can Opener
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Umbrella/Raingear
  • Sports Equipment (ex. bicycle, rackets, balls)
  • Sunglasses


  • ATM Card *
  • Credit Cards *
  • Driver License *
  • Insurance Cards *
  • Passport/Visa
  • Lock Box

Items NOT Allowed

  • Cooking equipment with an exposed heating coil (toaster ovens, hot plates, steam cookers, deep fryers, electric skillets, gas or charcoal grills, air fryers, etc.)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Electric heaters
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Propane Canisters
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Charcoal
  • Live Christmas Trees
  • Ceiling Fans
  • TV Wall Mounts/HDTV/Wall mounted Shelving/ Wall Mounted Mirrors
  • Lofts or concrete blocks to elevate beds or other furniture
  • Weapons of any kind (including handguns, rifles, shotguns, any firearms, knives, darts, archery equipment, B-B guns, air guns, pellet guns(metal or plastic), paintball guns, fireworks.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
  • Empty alcoholic beverage containers or other prohibited decorative containers
  • Regular extension cords
  • Wireless routers.

Hurricane Preparedness Items

Hurricane season in Florida is from June 1 through November 30 each year. We want everyone prepared for the possibility of a storm in our area. Tropical storms are monitored and information is provided to the campus community through FAMUINFO, the FAMU main webpage and through the Blackboard Connect Emergency Alert Notification System. All residents should have the following supplies ready in the event our area is impacted by a tropical storm or hurricane:

  • Blanket/sheet
  • Change of clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Medications
  • Non-perishable foods/snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Games, books, playing cards
  • Portable phone charger
  • Poncho/rain gear
  • Toilet paper/moist towelettes
  • Personal care items – soap, deodorant, hygiene products, etc.
  • Put important documents in a waterproof bag (identification, insurance, etc.)
  • Whistle to signal for help

FAMU may designate a shelter on campus to house you while the storm passes. You should have these items when you come to the campus shelter or if you choose to wait out the storm at another location.

OUH takes pride in the Move-In Day Process. Read below for more information about what "Move-In Day" processes will look like.

Your Check-In Check List

Are all of your forms filled out before you get your key? Here is a step-by-step of what Move-In Day will look like!

STEP 1: Arrive at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium.

STEP 2: Speak with a representative and they will direct you to the proper location to begin the check-in process for your facility.

STEP 3: After gathering information and instructions from your facility table in the Al Lawson Center Teaching Gymnasium, go to your facility’s front desk to receive informa-tion on how to get into the your room.

STEP 4: Make sure you complete all Move-In documents to avoid charges or fees.

STEP 5: After your Room Condition Form has been completed and the Housing representaive at your facility’s front desk has given you approval, you may begin to move-in.

STEP 6: Take a breather! You have checked into your residence hall! The hard part is over. Welcome Home!

OUH wants to make sure you have everything you need! Read below to find out where our First Aid Stations are.

First Aid Stations Located on Campus

Wondering where our First Aid Stations are?

August 22, 2019 - First Aid Station will be in FAMU Village East

August 23, 2019 - First Aid Station will be in Palmetto Phase III

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is Move-in Day?

This year, the Office of University Housing is offering students a two-day Move-In Experience. On Thurs., August 22, residents that will be living in Sampson, Young and Truth Hall along with FAMU Village are the only residents that are allowed to begin their Move-In process. While residents of Gibbs Hall, the Paddyfote Complex, Palmetto Street South, North and Phase III will begin moving in on Fri., August 23. The Move-In process will begin promptly at 7 A.M. on August 22 and 23.

What if i can’t Move-in on those days?

If you need to arrive before August 22 or after August 25 , please contact the Office of University Housing by e-mail as soon as possible and follow up by phone to make arrangements. Early arrival may be possible only for residents who have academic department obligations. Late arrival (after 5 P.M. on August 25) without prior arrangement may result in cancellation of your contract with penalty or reassignment of your space.

Where do I Check-In?

The Office of University Housing is embracing a centralized check-in location located in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium. This is where you will begin your check-in process. After leaving the Lawson Center Teaching Gymnasuim, you will be directed to your designated residential facilities to complete the check-in and move-in process.• What do I need to Check-In?Please bring a picture identification (FAMU student ID, driver’s license, etc.) with you to Check-In.

What do I need to Check-In?

Every university housing facility is fully furnished. Residents can expect an twin bed (36” X 80”), a desk, a desk chair, dresser drawers and closet space. Apartments are also furnished with living room and dining room furniture, and kitchen appliances (stove/oven and refrigerator). Each resident is responsible for supplying their own linens (pillows, blankets, towels) and in apartments with kitchens, cooking utensils. (See “What to Bring” on pg 1.)

Who will clean my room?

Although custodial workers are employed to keep all public areas and public community bathrooms clean, you are expected to clean your own room, bathroom, and common areas in the apartment.

How can I find out about the details of my contract?

Information about your housing contract will be sent to the e-mail address we have on file for you. If you require a hard copy of your contract, you may request one at the Office of University Housing next to Gibbs Hall.

Do I have to get a meal plan?

Students living in traditional residential facilities are required to purchase a meal plan, while students living in apartment-style facilities are not, but may do so if they wish.

Will there be a staff member to help me move my stuff into my room?

Don't be shy, meet the Green Team! Our Green Team is a group of student and campus partners volunteers and they are here to help you move your belongings. Please be aware that the number of volunteers are limited along with carts and dollies. So please plan accordingly.

Is there a smoking policy?

All University facilities (including housing), regardless of location, are smoke-free environments. Smoking (including electronic cigarettes and vaping), is not allowed, even if roommates give their consent or the resident is the sole occupant of the apartment or residence hall room. All common areas - also designated smoke-free.

Can I bring a pet with me?

Animals are not allowed to reside or be kept in our residential facilities, unless the animal has been an approved service animal through Student Health Services or CeDAR. If pets are found without authorization, a fine will be assessed to the owner of the pet for cleaning costs. Immediate removal of the pet will be required and the student is put at risk for possible disciplinary action.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you require a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at (850) 599-3076 prior to the start of the event

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