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Move In Guide

Heritage Hall

We can't wait to see you!

Just like you, we are preparing for a very important event - your arrival to Tarleton!

We hope that this guide will help you get ready for your Move-In Experience. Please take a few moments to look through the items below to find important information about what to bring, how to pack, things to take care of before moving in and what to expect when you get here.

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Getting Ready

Furnished Items
Trying to figure out what to pack before moving into your residence hall can seem a little overwhelming. Luckily, Tarleton has already provided a few things in your room, meaning you DON’T have to bring the following:
  • Microfridge (mini refrigerator/microwave combo)

Please note: Additional units not allowed

  • Extra long twin bed and mattress (Integrity, Traditions North and South, and some Honors Hall rooms are furnished with full size beds and mattresses)
  • Desk and chair
  • Nightstand
  • Small dresser

Furnished Items

View room layouts and photos of all of our facilities!

What to Pack
There are definitely some essentials that you don’t want to be without when you move-in to your residence hall. Here’s a list to get you started:
The Essentials
  • Extra long twin sheets (Integrity, Traditions North and South, and some Honors rooms are equipped with full size beds)
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Toiletries
  • Towels/wash cloths
  • Bath Robe
  • Portable shower caddy
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Clothes hangers
  • Plastic bowls/containers
  • Coffee Maker (internal heating element only)
  • Coffee mug/thermos
  • Plastic ware
  • Can opener
  • Snacks
  • Paper towels
Study Supplies
  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Desk lamp
  • Scissors, stapler, staples, three-hole punch, paper clips
  • Notecards
  • Calendar and/or daily planner
  • Backpack
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Small fan
  • Table or floor lamps
  • Headphones
  • Hairdryer
  • Mattress pad/mattress protector
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Sticky Tack, 3M Command Strips, or equivalent product (for wall hanging)

Too much to remember? Make it easy and print off a shopping list!

Prohibited Items
Here are a few things that we ask you NOT to bring with you:
  • Electric skillets, deep fryers, toaster ovens, grills (indoor or outdoor)
  • Extension cords (bring surge protector strips instead)
  • Multi-plug outlet extensions
  • Space heaters
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles, fireworks, weapons and/or ammunition*
  • Outside antennas
  • Traffic signs
  • Decorative Christmas/party lights
  • Products that could damage paint/wall surfaces (e.g., nails, screws)
  • Steel-tipped darts and dartboards
  • Alcoholic beverages or containers (regardless of age)
  • Pets (exception includes a fish in a 10 gallon tank or smaller)

*For more information regarding firearms in residence halls, please visit the Campus Carry Website

You can find additional policies and regulations in the Guide to Community Living.

How to Pack

The Move-In Experience at Tarleton is fast-paced, so it's important to know how to pack properly to ensure your stuff is quickly placed in the right room.

  • Avoid loose items
  • Carefully pack all items in a secure container (such as boxes, plastic totes or suitcases)
  • Pack tightly to prevent breakage
  • Label every container with your name, residence hall and room number

    Sample Label

  • Load as much as possible into one or two vehicles. Trailers and moving vans are highly discouraged.

Before You Arrive

Map Out Move-In Day
We'll be helping students settle in to 9 separate residence halls during the Move-In Experience, so it's a good idea to know where you're going before you get here. For most halls, you will report directly to the residence hall to unload, however, for the larger halls you may be asked to first report to a staging lot.

Please watch your email in the weeks leading up to Move-In Experience for important information such as:

  • Reporting day and time
  • Where to report/Move-in routes
  • Printable dashboard signs
  • Parking info for after unloading

Get an idea of where your residence hall is located by viewing our interactive map.


If you lost your email from RL&L or didn't yet receive one, you can find and print your dashboard signs and packing labels online. Here's how:

  • Log on to MyGateway
  • Select Ducktrax > Student Housing > New Incoming Portal > Move-In Permits & Labels
  • Print a dashboard sign for each vehicle that will be unloading
  • Print enough mailing labels for all your boxes/packages, cut and tape them on.
Set up cable and Internet

To guarantee you're connected as soon as you move-in, it's recommended to set up your account in advance. Keep in mind you will need to provide your own Coaxial cable for cable service and your own Ethernet cable for Internet (if not using wifi).

Please note: Outside routers are not allowed.

Other Things to Consider

Moving in more than 2,000 students is quite a feat. Here are a few things to prepare for before arriving to campus:

  • Bring along snacks and beverages (just in case there is a wait)
  • Bring plenty of water (keep in mind the August heat)
  • Take a bathroom break just before arriving
  • If bringing a bicycle to campus, be sure it is registered through the University. Contact Parking Services for additional information about the free registration process.
Move-In Schedule Breakdown
Move-In Schedule Breakdown Coming Soon!

When You Get Here

What to Expect on Move-In Day
We work really hard to make sure the Move-In Experience is as easy and painless as possible for you and your family. Here are the steps to take and what you can expect when you arrive.
  • Arrive to your designated reporting location (watch your email for additional information)
  • Once you have made it to the unloading zone directly in front of your residence hall, head to the lobby to check-in.

If possible, please make sure a driver remains with your vehicle(s)

  • Volunteers will unload the vehicle.
  • Your vehicle(s) will need to immediately be moved to a designated parking area.
  • Volunteers will assist you with carrying your items to your assigned room.
  • Someone should remain with your belongings until all items are secure in your room.
  • Most of all, relax! We're here to help.
Campus Services Available During Move-In Day

Need to take care of some last minute business or want to get some more Tarleton gear? Once you're settled, take advantage of the following services/offices open and available during the Move-In Experience: Hours and Dates TBD

Dining Locations
Campus Book Store
University Parking
Texan Card
Post Office