Residence Life


Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If yours isn’t answered or you have additional questions about residence life at Southwestern please contact us directly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the Residence Halls safe to enter? 

    • Yes. The residence halls will be thoroughly cleaned prior to move-in.  

    Please follow all CDC instructions to help us limit the spread of COVID-19:

    1. If you or anyone in your party should feel unwell, have a fever or cough, or have been in contact with someone that could have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you (and/or they) stay off-campus and contact us to find alternate arrangements. Please email
    2. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as needed (especially if you’re stopping for a water or snack break while unpacking).
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth while unpacking and moving in.
    4. Utilize social distancing at all times while on campus and during move-in 

    Will I have assistance in unloading my car?

    • For safety reasons, you are responsible for unloading your car and getting your belongings to your room. Residence Life and Housing have a coordinated move-in process that will allow you to do this in an organized and safe manner. We encourage you to bring only the essentials i.e. what you’ll need to make your residence hall home for the fall semester.

    We recommend that you bring the following to manage your move: 

    • Small furniture dollies and/or wagons 
    • Containers or suitcases that can stack and roll 
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes - there may be a waiting period to get inside the building 
    • Hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes or disinfectant and paper towels 
    • Water and or hydrating beverages (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.)
    • Wear a face-covering unless you’re in your room with the door closed

    Do I have to have my move in complete within the arrival window I signed up for? 

    • You do not have to complete the entire move-in process in the one-hour arrival window. This window is for you to arrive on campus, get to your hall, and unload your belongings.

    How many people can I bring with me to Move-In?

    • There is no limit to the number of cars or guests you bring with you. Masks are required for all unvaccinated guests and are strongly recommended for vaccinated individuals while indoors.

    What if my preferred day and arrival window is full?

    • If there is no other option due to transportation, work schedules (personal or family), or if there is a medical need, please email We will do our best to accommodate you. 

    Can my roommate and I move in during the same arrival window? 

    • You and your roommate will share a space throughout the semester and will have to get comfortable living with each other safely. If you all do decide to arrive on the same day and in the same arrival window, we ask that you have a conversation about navigating the unpacking process safely and effectively, while adhering to the New Student Move-In guidelines. All roommates should have a general conversation to coordinate how you will unpack your rooms, get acquainted in person, and acclimated to residential living using practical social distancing. 

    Am I required to exit the building at a certain time on New Student Move-In Days?

    • Parents, families, and guests will need to exit the building prior to the start of community meetings.

    What if I’m a fall athlete?

    • First-year fall athletes (except football) will need to sign up for a regularly scheduled move-in time.

    What if I’m an international student?

    • International students will receive specific instructions from the Study Abroad and International Student Services Office. 
  • Pirate Preparedness Kit 

    • Face coverings 
    • Hand sanitizer - with an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol 
    • Disinfectant/Disinfectant Wipes - The most common EPA registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface
    • Hand soap 
    • First-Aid Kit 
    • Insurance Cards 
    • Prescribed medication

    Linens and Laundry

    • Linens (bed sizes are different for each hall, see your individual residence hall page  to find the size)
    • Pillows
    • Towels
    • Laundry Basket/Bag
    • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheets 
    • Hangers

    Personal Items

    • Alarm clock
    • Computer and charger
    • Study lamp
    • TV
    • Headphones
    • Umbrella
    • Coffee pot
    • Flashlight
    • Lamp
    • Posters, decorations, etc.
    • 3M Command Adhesive Strips (for hanging pictures/posters on walls in Ruter, Mabee, and Clark)
    • Push pins (for hanging pictures/posters on walls in Brown-Cody)
    • Microwave (coordinate with your roommate)
    • Refrigerator (no larger than 4.3 cubic ft.) (coordinate with your roommate)


    • Shampoo/Conditioner, 
    • Bath/Face Cleanser,
    • Toothpaste/Toothbrush, 
    • Tweezers, Nail Clippers, 
    • Razor/Shaving Cream,
    • Lotion/Facial Moisturizer,
    • Comb/Brush
    • Hair Dryer 
    • Toilet bowl cleaner/brush
    • pets (except fish in under 10 gallon tank)
    • halogen lamps
    • candles and incense
    • hot plates
    • air fryers
    • refrigerator larger than 4.3 cubic ft.
    • anything with open burner (hot plate, toaster, crock pot, portable grill, etc.) 
    • extra furniture that the university already provides (university owned
    • furniture cannot be removed from room, this includes mattresses)
    • wireless routers or wireless access points
  • Please see your individual residence hall page  to see specifics on furniture provided by the University, room layouts, and dimensions. 

  • Washers and dryers are provided in residence halls on campus. Each load is 1.25 to wash and 1.25 to dry and you pay with your Pirate Card.

  • There is an on-campus residency requirement at Southwestern for students who have had less than four full-time semesters in college.  Incoming students must be at least 17 years of age at the time of initial occupancy to live in University housing.