Fall 2020 Move-In

Reopening Updates

August 1, 2020: Our goal is to provide Howard’s same excellent level of academic training in a delivery method that allows our students to continue their matriculation to their degrees as safely as possible. Although we are confident this could be accomplished entirely online, the campus will be open for small subset of students who need to be on campus due to extenuating circumstances such as food and housing insecurity.

In keeping with CDC and local social distancing guidelines, we have reduced the number of students living in our residence halls as well. To date 2,807 students are signed up for on-campus housing, but we need to continue to reduce that footprint.

Read the full letter from the President.

DC Travel Update

July 25, 2020: Consistent with new D.C. requirements, students traveling from hot spot states must be quarantined on campus in appropriate housing, or in their off-campus housing, for 14 days, or until a negative COVID-19 test result is obtained after 3-5 days of quarantine. Currently, the hotspot states are listed as: Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. Once students arrive on campus, we are discouraging domestic travel, and non-essential travel outside of the DMV (District, Maryland, Virginia region) region. Howard University will outline this new requirement and add the details to the Fall Re-opening Plan and website.

Read the full letter from the Provost.

To ensure the safety of our new and continuing students, the Fall 2020 move-in will take place over the course of ten days, with check-in times scheduled by last names and/or floor assignments.

The Fall 2020 Move-In will start on Friday, August 14, 2020, and continue to Sunday, August 23, 2020.

If students are unable to arrive to campus during the assigned move-in period, students must contact their residence hall directors to schedule a move-in time.

View the move-in schedule by hall or by day.

Always contact your Residence Hall Director first. They can answer your questions most efficiently.

Office of Residence Life

Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

2205 4th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20059

Safety Requirements

Everyone must wear face masks while moving in.

Students may bring one person to help them move in. Helpers must depart within the assigned time blocks.

The Office of Residence Life and University Housing is following regular updates of COVID-19 and developing plans to address the unique needs of our university housing communities.

Move-In Schedule

What should I bring?

All rooms are furnished with a desk, desk chair, bed, and dresser for each resident. There are also closets and/or wardrobe to share in each room.

Please pack accordingly. Only bring items and clothing that you need for the first semester (fall season). You can always bring your winter and spring clothing back to campus with you following the winter recess.

Remember to bring these: DO NOT bring these:
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Blanket
  • Extra Long Linens
  • Quilt/Comforter
  • Pillows
  • School Supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine/first aid kit
  • Umbrella
  • Shower Shoes
  • Desktop/Laptop
  • Surge Protector
  • Alarm Clock
  • Small Television and Cable Cord

These items are not allowed in the residence halls.

  • Hotplates
  • Blenders
  • Extension Cords
  • Grills
  • Motorbikes
  • Animals/Pets
  • Hookahs
  • Weapons
  • Heated Blankets
  • Halogen-Type Lamps


Renters Insurance

Accidents happen, and it is important that all students take the proper steps to protect their personal belongings. We recommend that all students carry renter's insurance while they are away from home.

There are many options when it comes to renter's insurance. One of those companies is GradGuard, which specializes in college life protection.

Visit GradGuard