Moving in guide

Get packed, it's time to move into your residence hall! Make sure that you have a valid housing contract for the term that you're moving into, and prepare to enjoy the true college experience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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2019 students moving into the mbs complex, walking with their suitcases up the stairs.

1) Confirm Assignment

Log in your MyHousing portal and check your assignment information carefully to make sure everything looks correct and confirm your assignment!

2) Sign Up for Check In Time
Select your check-in time slot via your MyHousing portal.  Found below your assignment information, select a time from the drop-down menu.

3) Submit Health Record

Per Board of Regents' policy 09.11.010, all students living in high density campus housing must provide immunizations.

Non-compliance will result in cancellation of your housing assignment.

Immunization Requirements:
  • Meningococcal (MCV4) (Last one administered after the age of 16. Required for those 16-20 years of age.)
  • Tetanus (Tdap, TD) (Last one administered in the last 10 years.)
  • 2 Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR)
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test (TB) (Required with initial move in.)
 How to upload your records:
  • Sign into your Patient Portal.
  • Login using your UA student ID number and password.
  • Enter your birthdate.
  • The next page will provide you with a menu to view your immunization record and upload immunization documents.
Submit an ROI for Residence Life 

This will allow the Health Center to share with Residence Life that you are compliant with the immunization requirements.

How To check if you are compliant:
  • Log into your MyHousing Portal through UAOnline
  • Click ‘Personal Information’
  • Click ‘My Info’

If you are missing a required immunization or have issues accessing your portal contact the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043.

COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer required for student housing starting Fall 2022.

4) Connect to Roommate(s)

After learning your room assignment, login to your Housing Portal to view your roommate and/or suite-mates name(s). If you and your roommate(s) completed a Yada Assessment, you can learn more about each other by viewing your Yada Roommate Report! You can also click on your roommate(s) name(s) to get their email address. This allows you to reach out to them directly and share things like your academic plans, common interests, and what each of you will contribute to your room's set-up. Check-out more about living with a roommate here. We know you're excited about personalizing your space on campus, but keep in mind that your room will be a shared living space, make sure you set ground rules before move-in.

5) Get Your Polar Express Card

You will need a PolarExpress to access your hall and to use your meal plan. If you do not have a PolarExpress card please submit the Campus Housing PolarExpress Form immediately. You can pick-up your card when you move-in.

Fake Polar Express ID Example

6) Arrive on Campus
August 22-First Year Student Move In
First-year students moving into McIntosh, Nerland, Stevens and Lathrop halls will get their keys from the check-in station located on the corner of S Chandalar and Denali Lane.  Then cars will be unloaded behind the halls on Denali Lane.  Parking will be in the Lower Dorms lot and Nenena lot.



Early Arrivals, Returning students, and Transfer students Move In
Check-in at the Nook Concierge located in the MBS (Moore/Bartlett/Skarland) lobby. You will receive your key(s) and can then proceed to your hall.
Don't forget to purchase a parking permit if you are bringing your car to campus. 
Visitors to campus can pay for parking via the parking kiosk located in the Nenana lot or by using the Passport parking app. Visitor parking information available here.
7) Figure Out What to Pack

Review our items to bring checklists for items you should bring, and things not to forget. Most students bring too much stuff. The best advice we've heard is to set out everything you want to bring, then pack and bring one-half of the total.




Everything you need to know about living on campus is in our Housing Handbook, from services available to residents to important phone numbers.

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FERPA release

Look over the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act with your parents and/or guardian. Make sure you sign it and your parents and/or guardian.

Moving In
Packing List

Not sure where to begin when it comes to packing for college? Here's a good place to start. We made a packing list to help you get started for living and studying in Fairbanks.


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Dining options
Where can I use my meal plan?
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REV-IT-UP move-in event

The event is designed for first year students moving into Moore and Skarland. Staff are on hand to help move residents into their rooms. In an effort to simplify your transition to campus, services are set up in the MBS Complex. All residents are welcome to attend Rev-It-Up to take care of University business.

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Technology information

For technology information and what technology to bring (and not to bring).

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Automatic coffee makers, air popcorn popper, refrigerators (which do not exceed 3 1/2 feet in height), microwave ovens smaller than 1 cubic foot (1,000 watts) are permitted within individual rooms/apartments.

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Room swap

To request a room change after you move in, you can use the Room Swap or Even Room Swap program.