August 6, 2020

Move-In is one of our most festive times of the year! Although this year’s move-in activities will look and feel differently than in the past, we still anticipate a lot of excitement!

What to Know Before You Arrive

We know settling into your room can represent quite an achievement not only for you, but also for the friends or family members who help you move-in! This year, we’re asking that you keep the following details in mind as you determine who will be joining you for move-in:

  • All students must be tested for COVID-19 before checking in to their residence halls.
  • Only students will be tested when they arrive on campus. There may be visitors on campus who are not COVID-free during move-in.
  • Although multiple people can join you on campus for move-in, only one other person can be in the residence hall with you at any given time. This means that, if you have more than one person with you, they will have to take turns helping you carry boxes in, arrange your furniture, set up your computer, etc.

Getting Tested

As you’re packing, make sure you have the following items at-the-ready for an easy, efficient testing process:

  • Your COVID-19 testing appointment confirmation email with location details
  • Printed, completed and signed HIPAA Authorization and Consent Treatment forms (NOTE: If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign the HIPAA Authorization form on your behalf.)
  • A face covering that meets university requirements for you and every person joining you at the testing site (If you or someone with you does not have a mask, extras will be available at the testing site.)
  • Your Emory ID or government-issued identification
  • In the event you are asked to transition to isolation or quarantine after testing is complete, we also recommend that you bring a “go bag” with the following items: prescription medications (that will last 2 weeks), electronics and accessories (including laptop, phone, headphones, and chargers/cords), academic items and books, clothes, and underwear for a week (laundry will be available), personal items (toothbrush and toothpaste, hair products, feminine products, deodorant, glasses/contacts, retainer, skin medications, etc.), and a pillow and other comfort items.

When you arrive on campus, go to your confirmed walk-up or drive-through testing site. After showing your identification, you’ll receive an Emory Welcome Kit and complete a health screening before being swabbed for your COVID-19 test. You will then be directed to a waiting area where you can practice your masking and physical distancing for the 20-30 minutes it takes to process your test.


If you are not exhibiting symptoms and have a negative COVID-19 test result, you will receive a text message indicating you can leave the testing area and move on to your next move-in activity!

If, however, you are exhibiting symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test result, you will need to discuss next steps with a representative from Peachtree Immediate Care, our testing partner.


Student Health Services (SHS) has prepared an online COVID-19 Guide with more details on our testing plans and processes.

Let’s (Finally) Move In!

The Residence Life staff will be eagerly waiting to welcome you to your assigned residence hall! Before moving anything in, you will need to check in and get your room key, if this is your first year at Emory, your EmoryCard.

If you shipped items and they arrived on campus before August 3, they will be waiting for you in your room! Staff volunteers will be on-site to help you with your bags and boxes. Remember that only one guest can join you in your residence hall at a time, throughout move-in.

Although the arrangements are one person per room, furniture will still match the room’s original configuration, i.e., two sets of furniture for traditional doubles. The additional furniture cannot be removed, but feel free to use it and the extra closet space to make your room extra cozy and comfortable!

Once you’re settled in, we encourage you to don your favorite face covering and explore the campus! We’ll be hosting several community-building events during your first few days, including Orientation events for first-year students. And we can’t wait to see you there!