January 2021

We look forward to welcoming students back for the Spring semester! The campus may look and feel different, but we have created a plan around housing, residence life, and dining so that students can feel comfortable and secure while living on campus. As a function of this, the move-in process has been designed with best practices in mind to be as flexible and efficient as possible for our students and families.

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! Keep the following details in mind as you make plans for spring move in:

  • All students must complete the mandatory Spring Onboarding process prior to arrival to campus. (The onboarding clearance process can be accessed through the Emory Forward website beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021.)
  • If you are shipping belongings to campus and would like for them to be delivered to your room prior to move in, they must arrive to campus no later than January 4, 2021. Packages arriving after this date will need to picked up from Emory Mail Services. Click here for more information.
  • 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 up to TWO 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. And, if this is your first time on campus, your EmoryCard.

If you shipped items and they arrived on campus before January 4, 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 campus. Residence Life staff will hold virtual floor meetings each night of the move-in process and through the first week of classes. Small in-person programs (in accordance with CDC and university guidelines) may be planned, so keep an eye out! We can’t wait to see you here.

Dining During Move In

Spring move in will take place over a period of several days. During this time, the following dining facilities will be available:

  • If you are on a spring semester meal plan, your plan will be activated on your designated move-in day. 
    • New students should choose their meal plans on MyHousing by Friday, January 15.
    • New and returning students may change their spring meal plan through 5:00 p.m. of Friday, February 5, 2021. 
  • The Dobbs Common Table in the Emory Student Center will continue to be take-out only and be restricted only to students enrolled in a meal plan. The DCT reopens for dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22
  • On-campus dining options for guests will be limited to Cox Hall Food Court and Kaldi's at the Depot.

For more information about campus dining, please visit: dining.emory.edu