Spring Move-in

Prior to Arrival

Before coming to campus, be sure you have completed the following:

  • Sign up for COVID-19 Gateway Testing or request an exemption to the required testing (see Required Gateway COVID-19 Testing below).
  • Download the Everbridge App to send us a daily "Wellness Check" before you come to or move throughout campus.
  • Submitted your Health History Form and Immunization Record to Stetson Health Service. You won't be able to receive keys without having submitted these forms.
  • Read the Guide to Residential Living and the Code of Community Standards.
  • Check out our Packing List. It'll give you an idea of what you'll need and what's not permitted in the residential buildings.
  • Connected with your suite/apartment-mate(s) to discuss room layout and who's bringing what items that may be shared (e.g., TV, mini-fridge, microwave, etc.).

Spring Check-In Information

Required Gateway COVID-19 Testing

All students living on campus for the Spring term must sign up for an appointment to complete Gateway COVID-19 Testing.  Access to all university buildings, including residential buildings, will not be granted until testing is complete.  Testing will take place January 10 - January 13 8:30am - 3:30pm.  If you will be arriving outside of the testing times, please submit an exemption request to ensure your access to university building is activated when you arrive.

For Gateway Testing appointment sign up or to submit an exemption request, please visit the Safer Stetson website.

Required testing at the start of the Spring 2021 semester, referred to as Gateway testing, will be part of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Gateway testing on the DeLand campus will consist of mass rapid antigen nasal or throat swab testing scheduled over the course of a few days prior to the start of the semester.

Stetson community members who come to campus including employees, undergraduate, and graduate students enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes, on-campus residents, and undergraduate commuters living within 45 miles of campus will be required to participate. Any testing conducted prior to our on-campus testing will not count towards the gateway testing requirement. No-charge testing must be completed on campus unless an exemption is requested and granted through Stetson’s formalized process.

All incoming students who fit the above criteria MUST participate in gateway testing prior to their attendance of FOCUS Orientation.  

For more information about gateway testing, including the appointment sign-up links visit the Safer Stetson website.

Moving In and Returning to Campus

Stetson residence halls and apartments will open for both new and returning students for the Spring 2021 semester by appointment time only from Jan. 10-13. Each student’s required COVID-19 gateway testing appointment sign-up will also serve as his or her check-in and arrival time.

We encourage students moving to campus for the first time this Spring to plan on arriving on Sunday, January 10 or Monday, January 11. Your room key will be available for pick-up at the gateway testing location, the Rinker Fieldhouse.  Students will receive their keys and access once they complete the required testing and receive a negative result.  

Students currently living on campus for Fall and returning to campus for Spring will be permitted to return to their assigned space AFTER completing COVID-19 gateway testing and receive a negative result.  Access to residence halls will only be granted after the student completes testing.

Only two guests per resident will be allowed into the residential buildings to assist help their student move in/return to campus. The guests must complete Visitor Screening at the Welcome Center prior to entering the buildings each day that they plan to help the student move in/return to campus.

Be sure to visit the Safer Stetson Community Updates webpage regularly for important updates and information about our campus and residential life.

If you have any questions regarding Spring Move In please email [email protected].

Early Arrivals

It's very important that university staff have ample time to finish renovation and maintenance projects, prepare the buildings and train the R.A.s so that everything is ready when you arrive. Outside of those students who are returning because of their involvement in university-required functions, all new students and returning students for Spring 2021 need to plan to check in on or after Sunday, January 10.

Residents who are part of an approved early arrival group don't need to submit an individual request this year; your group leader will request your participation.

Other students may request an early return, but exceptions are rarely given. The Early Arrival form and information will be available on Housing Central from November 1 to January 4.

All students approved for early arrival will be required to complete COVID-19 gateway testing on January 9.

University Opening in Tier 1 for Spring 2021

The university will be opening in Tier 1 for the Spring semester and anticipates moving into Tier 2 by January 28 (two weeks after the start of Spring classes).  To learn more about Stetson's COVID-19 Tiers, visit the Stetson Tiers website for more information.  Also, be sure to review the Safer Stetson website for updates regarding COVID-19 and university policies.

Getting Settled

Getting set up in your room is an important first step. All students living on campus for Spring 2020 will not have a roommate living in the same bedroom but will be assigned to an individual bedroom.  An empty room is full of possibilities and is just waiting for you to add your personal touch. Remember that bunking or lofting your beds (loft kits are available in your residence hall, but are limited - ask an R.A. on move-in day for where to find one) can really open up the floor space.

Some students will be living in a suite or apartment and will have suite-mates or apartment-mates.  We encourage you to reach out to your suite-mages(s)/apartment-mate(s) prior to the move-in day to discuss some basic ideas about how to set up the room to your shared preferences.  Most often students moving in for the Spring Semester will have a suite-mate/apartment-mate who lived on campus for Fall, therefore it is important to communicate about the set up of the room currently. 

Animal Friends

Stetson University is an animal-friendly campus. It's important to remember that only Stetson Cove Apartments, University Hall, and the 300 building of the University Village Apartments are animal-friendly. So, any pets that are helping to send you off to college need to remain outside of the other residence halls and check-in area.

All animals living on campus must be approved by Residential Living and Learning to live with you in our three animal-friendly residence halls prior to arrival on campus.  So, please be sure you have gone through the application and approval process before bringing your animal with you to campus. We accept applications for new animals until January 2.