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Move In Dates and Times: 

Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 21 at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 
Sunday, August 22 at Noon - 3:00 p.m. 

Each resident should report to the dark brown office building located in the center of the parking lot. At check-in, residents will receive their keys.  A picture ID is required to do so this includes a panther card, driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID. 

Ready to move in? Let’s talk details: 

We can't wait for you to check in to your new home at Eastern Illinois University! Move-In Day is a busy and exciting time for both students and parents. We are sure that you have a lot of questions about your new home away from home. If you are unable to find the answers here, call the University Court office at, 217-581-8000. 

As we welcome our students back to our residential communities, we will be managing move-in days/times to limit traffic and density of individuals on campus, and in each building—including stairwells and elevators.  Students will be able to sign up for a specific move-in time slot using our online form (date of availability coming soon).     

  • New Incoming Freshmen and New Transfer Students will move back to campus on Wednesday, August 18, or Thursday, August 19. 
  • Returning Students will be permitted to back to campus between Friday, August 20, and Sunday, August 22.  
  • Early Arrivals – Your move-in date/time will be communicated to you by your program director/leader/supervisor/coach/etc.  Please go to to determine if this applies to you. 

Information Specific to your apartment: 

All apartments contain a desk and chair, couch, lounge chair, two end tables, two lamps, nightstand (one per bedroom), dresser (one per roommate), mattress and metal bed frame, electric stove with oven, refrigerator, sink, dining table, four dining chairs and ample closet space. 

  • One - Two Bedrooms 
  • Full Kitchen 
  • 1 or 1.5 Baths 
  • Direct Internet Connection 
  • Trash Removal 
  • $50 Water Allowance per Apartment 
  • On-Site Pool (Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day) 



The University does not provide electricity. Please contact Ameren at (800) 755-5000 to initiate service. Ameren will ask for the following: 

1) your address  

2) your Social Security number  

3) your state id number or Driver's License number.  

Residents are responsible for notification for disconnection of electricity prior to the time of checkout. 


Water overages exceeding $50 usage per month will be charged to your student account. 

Mailing Address 

For your mailing address please click here. 

What to Pack 

When you move to campus don't forget to bring these important items. If possible, we suggest that you communicate with your roommate to decide who will bring what to your new home! 

Follow Eastern Illinois University What to Bring on Pinterest


  • Pillows, bed linens (Beds on campus are Twin XL), blankets, etc 
  • Alarm Clock 
  • Clothing Hangers 
  • Pens, pencils, paper, envelopes
  • High-Efficiency Laundry Detergent, Laundry Basket/bag 


  •  Outdoor camping chair/ Patio chairs  


  •  Microwave ovens not to exceed 900 watts
  • Can Opener, Pots, Pans 
  • Glasses, Plates, and Silverware 
  • Flashlight 

Living Room 

  • Radio, Stereo, Headphones 
  • Umbrella   


  • Shower Curtain, not using one can lead to water damage! 
  • Towels and washcloths 
  • Toiletries 
  • Medications and Thermometer 


  • Phone    
  •  Fused multiple electrical outlet strip   
  • Personal computer, 10/100 LAN Ethernet adapter card, and a 10' minimum category 6 cable   

Don’t forget to pack plants, posters, command hooks, and more to decorate!  

Items that should be left at home: 

  • Electric blankets 
  • Portable electric heating units  
  • Halogen lamps without a safety grid and wattage over 300 watts  
  • Candles, incense, and other open flames 
  • Hoverboards  

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Hungry? We've got you covered.   
Take advantage of our extended Housing & Dining office hours Thursday – Saturday to purchase dining dollars.  


FAQImportant information/ FAQ 

Bringing your computer     
Room Setup Guide   
Renters Insurance     
University Court Policy  


Here Already here? Let's get you settled. 

Reporting Room Repairs/Work Order Form
Getting Involved on Campus 
Laundry On Campus
WIFI, Safe Connect Computer Connectivity
Movies On Demand




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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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