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We can't wait for you to join us at EIU on Move In Day!

Before then, please take a look at this assignment guide to help you prepare to come to campus! This guide has information about what you can check off your list this summer, what to plan for in August, and helpful resources to make Move In Day a breeze. Also, please be on the lookout for more information about Move In Day later this summer.

We can't wait to meet you in August and look forward to hearing about how EIU has become your home away from home.

Summer To Do List

Pay your housing down payment.
The down payment of $100 can be paid through the MyEIU Portal or your PAWS account. Your payment deadline can be found in your assignment letter. If you have questions contact us at housing@eiu.edu or 217-581-5111.

Contact your new roommate.
Good communication between you and your new roommate is the key to a successful year. Just like you are getting to know your new campus, it is important to get to know the person you're going to be living with. Your roommate's email address, mailing address and phone number are included in the room assignment letter.

Start a shopping and packing list.
We want to make sure you have everything you need for a successful year! As you plan, please take a look at our list of things to bring and things not to bring on Move In Day.

Learn more about your meal plan and new community.
In order to avoid information overload, we encourage students to start researching their new campus community and learn about how their meal plan works. We know there is a lot to plan for, so getting started now can help!

Connect with campus.
We encourage you to connect with Housing and Dining, and your new residence hall on social media to stay updated throughout the year.

Rent a microfridge combo
Visit our partner at campusfridges.com or call 877-423-7434. All orders received prior to August 1st will be eligible for a $30 discount and will be delivered prior to the start of the academic year. Orders received after August 10th may be delivered after the start of the academic year. Residents assigned to Pemberton Hall, McKinney Hall, Ford Hall or Weller Hall do not need to purchase or bring a microfridge. One microfridge per room will be already provided.

Consider renter insurance or personal property insurance.
Contact your insurance provider to see if you're already covered. Eastern Illinois University and University Housing & Dining Services assume no responsibility for theft or damage to personal property, or loss of money, valuables, or personal effects of any student or guest.

Plan for Move In Day!
More information about Move In Day is available on our Move In Day page! You can learn more about what kind of computer to bring, how to connect to the internet, setting up your room, furniture that is available, and more. We can't wait to see you on campus in August!

Freshmen and Transfer Students will be able to move in on Thursday, August 18. Returning students will be able to move in on Friday-Sunday, August 19, 20 or 21. Additional information will be communicated later this summer via your EIU Email account and our website to give more details on how to sign up for your move-in date!

COVID-19 Guidelines

Our students’ well-being is our priority at EIU. Please continue to monitor this page for updates on COVID-19 information and guidelines at EIU: eiu.edu/covid.

Support RHA during Move In

Eastern’s Residence Hall Association (RHA), a student organization that strives to build community and develop leaders in the residence halls, has teamed up with Residence Hall Linens to provide goods and services for the upcoming academic year.  Outfit your new place from top to bottom, the perfect online, one-stop-shop for bedding, bath supplies, decor and countless other accessories.

Place your orders before July 31 to guarantee delivery before move-in day.

Housing Assignments: Thinking about requesting a change?

When asked what residence hall is the best, we always respond that it's the people that make the experience, not the building. But if you're looking for something a little more specific, these options may just fit the bill.

Room Layouts are available for download to view room dimensions, and find out more about your new residence.

Requests for changes to housing or roommate assignments can be made via email to housing@eiu.edu. Please include your name and Enumber along with your specific request.

Looking for On-Campus Jobs in the Fall

Service Assistants are representatives for the community in which they reside and act as the “face” of EIU Res Life. This customer-oriented position's duties include answering phones, data input, computer inquiry, mail forwarding, filing, and, most often, assisting residents and guests at the reception counter. As positions open, applications will be made available on the hall’s webpage.  To apply or find more about this position, click here.

Panther Dining has many different employment opportunities for our 500+ student workers in the various dining centers. If you possess wait staff experience, Panther Catering might be the right fit for you. If you prefer something "behind the scenes", we offer dishwashers and kitchen aids. If you enjoy mingling with customers, we have line servers, table bussers, and hot bar/salad bar stockers. To apply or to find out more about working in Dining, click here