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Moving In On Campus

Fall 2021

New students should have received email by August 4, 2021 with arrival instructions specific to your move-in date and time. Move-in for new students is August 19, 20, or the morning of August 21. If you need to change your arrival appointment, do so within the housing portal.

Please read this summary of arrival instructions.

Please read what to pack, and what not to bring.

Plans for fall arrival and move-in may change if the CDC, New York state, or Cornell change guidance to ensure we provide a safe environment.

Shipping in advance

Two excellent service providers can have items delivered to your room before you arrive. Please note the deadlines and instruction details.

Order Room Essentials from DormCo

The Cornell Store and Cornell Housing & Residential Life are collaborating with DormCo to provide a convenient solution for ordering room essentials. DormCo offers high-quality bedding and over 5,000 budget-friendly products to help make your room or apartment one of a kind. On-campus students: let us do the heavy lifting! Order by August 2, 2021 and we’ll put your order in your room before you arrive! View details and order.

Big Red Shipping & Storage

Items you pack and ship yourself can be placed in your room before you arrive. NOTE: Boxes must arrive by August 10, 2021. Learn about our Pre-Arrival service with Big Red Shipping & Storage.

Other packages, or after the deadlines

Packages addressed to your campus address will go to a service center on campus. You'll receive email when your package arrives and is ready for you to pick up at the service center. Read about addressing and receiving mail.

Order microwave-refrigerator combination units

Refrigerators and combined microwave-refrigerators that meet Cornell's electrical requirements may be rented from My MicroFridge. Order by August 10, 2021 to have the unit waiting in your room when you arrive. 


Shop gently-used items when you arrive

Cornell's Dump & Run sale will be held August 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2021. Huge supply of useful items that were donated in May and June. Proceeds from the sale go to local charities. Learn more about shopping at Dump & Run.

Visit Cornell's coronavirus webpage for the most current campus updates and FAQs.