Fall Move In

Welcome to the University of Montana! We are excited to have you join us in the Residence Halls this fall and want to provide additional information about move in.

When can I move in?

First Day of Housing

The first official day of fall housing is Saturday, August 17, 2019. On opening day, August 17th, all residents will check in at the building they have been assigned to. Check-in desks will open at 8:30 am on August 17th. If you arrive after August 17th, you will check in at your area desk. 

If you are an international student coming for International Student Orientation or if you are part of the Freshmen Wilderness Experience, please see the information regarding those specific programs under the Special Programs section below. 

If you plan to arrive later than Sunday, August 25, 2019, please contact the UM Housing Office so we can continue to hold your room for your arrival.

Sign Up for Check-In Appointment Times

This year all residents (with the exception of international students and Freshmen Wilderness Experience program, see below) will check in on our opening day, Saturday, August 17th, for the kick off of Orientation Week. Due to this, UM Housing will have timeslots available to sign up for your check-in time. Check-in sign ups are now available in your myHousingPortal

  • Log back into your same application in your portal by selecting "Residence Halls" from the grey menu bar and selecting "Continue" next to your current application
  • Navigate to the "Appointments" page 
  • Select a time from the calendar on the screen and select "Save & Continue" at the bottom of the screen
  • You will receive a confirmation email once you have booked an appointment. You can also re-access the Check-In Appointment Confirmation page at any time to verify your check-in location details. 

Special Programs - International Students and Freshmen Wilderness Experience

Those who are international students arriving for the International Student Orientation or participating in either the river or backpacking trip for the Freshmen Wilderness Experience will check in before August 17th. Please note that if you are checking in before August 17th there will be a $23 per night charge for checking in early.

Those students still need to select a check-in time in their portal; however, they will be brought to an appointments page specific to their program. 

If you are a student in one of those programs and when you log in do not see the appointment page for that program, please contact the UM Housing Office at (406) 243-2611 so we can confirm you are part of that program. Then we will adjust your profile so you can see the correct appointment page. 

Upperclass or Transfer Students - Not attending Orientation Week

If you are an upperclass student, returning resident, or an incoming transfer student who is not attending Orientation Week and planning to check in after opening day, August 17th, you will not sign up for a check-in time. If you are arriving between August 18th and August 25th, you will simply check in at your area desk whenever you arrive to campus. If you arrive after the desk is closed, there is always an on-call staff member who can check you in. The on-call number is posted on the building doors; call that number when you arrive, and someone will come down and assist you. 

Area Desk Locations are:
  • Aber Hall residents will check in at Aber Area Desk
  • Jesse, Turner, and Knowles Hall residents will check in at Jesse Area Desk
  • Craig, Elrod, and Duniway Hall residents will check in at Craig Area Desk
  • Miller and Pantzer Hall residents will check in at Miller Area Desk

If you are a returning or upperclass student and you are planning to arrive on opening day, August 17th, you will still need to sign up for a check-in time. All residents checking in on August 17th need to sign up for a check-in time. 

What is needed for check-in?

GRIZ CARD CENTER HOURS  SUMMER HOURS - ENDING 8/16 Monday - Friday | 10:00am - 4:00pm  ORIENTATION WEEK HOURS  Saturday, 8/17 | 9:00am - 6:00pm Sunday, 8/18 | 9:00am - 2:00pm Monday, 8/19 | 8:30am-4:30pm Tuesday, 8/20 | 8:30am-4:30pm Wednesday, 8/21 | 8:30am-4:30pm Thursday, 8/22 | 8:30am-4:30pm Friday, 8/23 | 8:30am-4:30pm Saturday, 8/24 | 10:00am-2:00pm  FALL HOURS - Starting 8/26 Monday - Friday| 8:30am-4:30pmStudents will need to have their Griz Card or a picture ID to check in. Their Griz Card will provide access to the front door of their Residence Hall. 

If they do not have their Griz Card yet, students should request an outdoor access card to use until they get their Griz Card. Outdoor access cards are meant to be temporary and should be returned within 7 days. 

If a student still needs to get their Griz Card, please visit the Griz Card Center website for information about their availability during move in.

Please note that only the student can check into their room. Parents can not check in or pick up keys for students.

Where can I park?

The UM Police Department oversees parking at the University of Montana. There will be additional short term parking locations available near the Residence Halls for move in. We encourage students to be mindful that move in is a busy time, and to not leave their vehicles in "quick stop" parking spaces for longer than the allowed time period.

Please note that reserved, accessible, quick stop, no overnight, and hourly parking spaces will be enforced during move in. Be aware of where you are parking to avoid a parking ticket.

Receiving Mail

Students wishing to ship items to themselves may do so. We request that students ship their items to have the package arrival date be as close as possible to their move-in date so the student is able to pick up their package upon arrival. Storage for packages is limited within the Residence Halls. Please do not ship anything to arrive before Monday, August 12th, as the package may be returned to sender as mailing addresses are not in effect until this day.

A student's mailing address consists of their first and last name on the first line, their room number and hall on the second line, and Missoula, MT 59801 on the third line. Do not include "University of Montana" in the mailing address, as this will delay delivery. For example:

Monte Bear
123 Craig Hall
Missoula, MT 59801

What should I bring for my room?

All Residence Halls are equipped with standard twin-size beds, desks, dresser, closet, chairs, bookshelves, overhead light, network connection, and a wastebasket. Pantzer Hall suites' common living area also has a refrigerator, microwave, large storage closet, a furnished living room, and two bathrooms. Miller Hall pods also have a refrigerator, microwave, and a living room furnished with a two-seat sofa and sofa table. Miller Hall singles also have a refrigerator and microwave.

Students should bring:

  • Personal care items, toiletry basket, shower shoes
  • Standard twin-size sheets, blankets, pillow, mattress pad
  • Clothes, hangers
  • Bath towels
  • School supplies, such as notebook paper and pens
  • Desk study lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry basket or bag, laundry detergent

Optional items that many students bring, but are not needed include:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Throw rugs
  • Pictures/posters
  • Camera
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk organizer
  • Small fan
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator (under 4.0 cubic feet inside space)

What can't I bring for my room?

The following items are not allowed in the Residence Halls:
  • Electrical appliances for cooking are not allowed in any of the buildings. This includes electric burners, George Foreman Grills, toasters, toaster ovens, etc. Exceptions are made for hot air poppers, coffee pots, hot pots, and microwaves.
  • Anything with an open element
  • Candles and incense
  • Flammable liquids
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets (other than fish in a tank 10 gallons or less)
  • Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, and Skywalkers

Renters Insurance

The UM Housing Office assumes no responsibility and provides no insurance or financial protection for students' personal property. By not carrying protection while on campus, you understand that you are fully responsible for your personal property and any damages you cause while living on campus. 

GradGuard Renters Insurance is a smart investment for college students and their families. With the GradGuard Renters Insurance plan, personal items that are stolen or damaged by a covered cause of loss can be replaced, subject to a $100 deductible. GradGuard Renters Insurance also protects students financially from large scale, unintentional damage they may cause to their residence hall or bodily injury they may cause to others for which they are legally liable.

Features of GradGuard Renters Insurance for University of Montana students include:

  • Low $100.00 Deductible. Compared to $500, $1000, or more for a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.
  • Replacement Cost. If your personal property is stolen or damaged due to a covered peril, it will be replaced with an item of like kind and quality.
  • Electronics Coverage. Your electronics, including your TV, laptop, smartphone, and tablet, are covered up to the policy limits.
  • Personal Liability Coverage. If you cause damage to university property or injure others, you may be liable for the damages. Renters Insurance from GradGuard provides up to $300,000 in personal liability coverage. For example, if you unintentionally set off your building’s sprinkler system, liability protection can help pay for the resulting damages.

Griz Welcome

Griz WelcomeGriz Welcome is a series of events providing opportunities to become familiar with campus, get involved, meet other students, and have fun as Fall classes kick off. Griz Welcome is our way of making incoming students feel comfortable and at home. During this time, students will participate in our Fall Orientation which includes information about class registration, residence halls, financial aid, and more. We will also be offering services to students like Move-in Crew that will help freshmen move into their new home away from home. A variety of different activities are put on in order to welcome incoming students to campus as well as to their new community - beautiful Missoula, Montana. For more information please visit the Griz Welcome webpage

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions regarding move in, please contact the UM Housing Office at (406) 243-2611. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.