Fall Move-In Guide

Welcome Home Mustangs!

The Residence Life & Housing team has been working hard in anticipation of our Fall 2023 move-in process.  We’re excited to welcome our new Mustangs and reconnect with our returning students. 

In an effort to make the arrival and move-in process as streamlined as possible, please read the following information carefully.  The information on this page will be helpful as you make plans. You’ll find important details about our move-in process, packing lists, and a schedule of activities for you when you arrive. 

Questions about the Fall 2023 Move-In can be emailed to housing@msutexas.edu.  Check back regularly or follow us on social media for updates. 

With Mustangs Pride,

Kristi Schulte

Director of Residence Life & Housing

Important Dates

August 1st - Schedule your Move-In Day Appointment

August 11th - Summer II Move-Out

August 21st - Volunteer Move-In Day

Move-In Dates and Locations:

  • Tuesday, August 22nd, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Clark Student Center Atrium
  • Tuesday, August 22nd, after 3:00 p.m. Legacy Commons Desk
  • Wednesday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 27th, Legacy Commons Desk

August 22nd, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Mustangs Move-In Day

August 22nd, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Welcome Home Ice Cream Social

August 23rd - 27th - Mustangs Roundup

August 28th - September 1st - Stampede Week/ First Week of Classes

Move-In Dates

All students are eligible to move in between Tuesday, August 22, 2023, and Sunday, August 27, 2023.  Please note that our rapid-drop-off process and campus volunteers will be available on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 7:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Kindly note the location of key pick-up on the following dates:

All students must present a photo ID prior to being issued keys. Examples of appropriate forms of identification include an MSU ID, high school ID card, driver’s license, state ID, passport photo, etc.

To assist with traffic flow, students planning to arrive on Tuesday, August 22nd will be required to schedule a move-in appointment.  The link to sign up will be sent to your MSU Texas email on Tuesday, August 1st.  Please watch your email for this message.

Lastly, while the Legacy Commons Front Desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we encourage students to be mindful of arrival times after 9:00 p.m. and prior to 9:00 a.m., as to limit disruptions to roommates.  Students arriving between these hours are strongly encouraged to communicate with roommates to avoid surprises. 

Scheduling Your Move-In Appointment

Students planning to arrive on Tuesday, August 22nd between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will be required to schedule a move-in appointment. These appointments help us avoid unnecessary lines, utilize our volunteers appropriately, and allow the process to move more smoothly overall.

Move-In Day Appointment sign-up will be available on August 1st

Students arriving after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22nd are not required to schedule a move-in appointment.

Early Arrivals

Students required to arrive prior to their official housing opening date must complete the Early Move-In Request Form (Fall 2023) on Mustangs Link at least three business days prior to the requested arrival date. We encourage students to complete this form as soon as possible, as requests are not guaranteed. With the exception of international students, early arrival requests will not be granted prior to August 18, 2023.

Early Move-In Request Form (Fall 2023) - Coming Soon!

Students approved to move in early will be notified via email.  Keys may be picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on your approved date in the Legacy Commons. 

Unless arrangements have been made by a sponsoring department, students approved to arrive early may be assessed a $20/night charge for any move-in prior to August 22.  Early arrival fees will be billed directly to the student’s University account no later than Friday, September 1, 2023. 

Student-athletes arriving early for pre-season workouts will receive information regarding their check-in location directly from your coach.  Please note that student-athletes are required to complete the Early Move-In Request Form (Fall 2023) on Mustangs Link at least three business days prior to the required arrival date.

Before You Leave Home

To expedite the move-in process, students need to complete three critical steps prior to arriving on campus.  Each of these items minimizes the amount of time you’re waiting in line and helps us promote positive social distancing throughout move-in.  Think of it as your MSU “fast pass” opportunity! 

Step One:  Complete your Mustangs Link Profile & Download the CORQ app

Step One:  Complete your Mustangs Link Profile & Download the CORQ app

Mustangs Link is the central calendar for student life on campus and includes a number of important resources to help you connect to others on campus.  CORQ is our mobile app for Mustangs Link.

Detailed instructions for setting up your Mustangs Link profile

Once you’ve set up your profile and downloaded CORQ, familiarize yourself with the CORQ app and where to find your Event Pass.  Your Event Pass is a QR code unique to you—many students will save their pass to their phone for even easier access.  Most events for the upcoming semester will require students to use their event pass to gain access.

We will be utilizing the Event Pass as your first step in the check-in process.  We strongly recommend that you save your event ID pass (which will have your name and a QR code) to your phone’s wallet for quick access.    

Step Two:  Download or Update the MSU Safety App

Step Two:  Download or Update the MSU Safety App

Available for your Android or Apple device, download or update the free MSU Safety App. Please familiarize yourself with the information and updates provided in the app.

Instructions and information for setting up your MSU Safety App

Step Three:  Log Into Your Housing Portal and Verify Emergency Contact Information

Step Three:  Log into Your Housing Portal and Verify Emergency Contact Information
On August 1st, students will receive an email through their MSU Texas email address providing final move-in information.  Included in this communication will be information about logging into your Housing Portal where you will be asked to verify your emergency contact information.  If information is incorrect or has changed, you may make changes directly in the portal.  Once complete, our office will be notified that your approved information is on file.

Late Arrivals

Students arriving after the first Monday of classes (August 29, 2023) must notify the Office of Residence Life & Housing via email at housing@msutexas.edu to avoid cancellation of your room assignment. 

Move In Volunteers

We know there are a number of Mustangs who enjoy helping others and welcoming folks to campus.  If you or your student group is interested in volunteering during the move-in process, please complete the Move-In Day Volunteer form on Mustangs Link.

Sign up to be a Move-In Day Volunteer

Move-in volunteers are able to arrive early on August 21st at no charge and will be provided a free t-shirt. Residence Life & Housing will also verify participation for those who need volunteer hours as a part of organizational membership.

Campus Mail

Students residing in Legacy, Killingsworth, or McCullough-Trigg Hall will have a post office box located in the Legacy Commons.  Your mailbox combination will be emailed to your MSU Texas email address prior to move-in. 

Students living in Sundance Court and Sunwatcher Village apartments will have a mailbox assigned to them in each of these respective complexes.  Keys will be issued upon move-in. 

Information about the MSU Texas Postal Office and On-Campus Mailing Address


On Tuesday, August 22nd, students checking in between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will receive parking placards for their vehicles that should be placed on the dashboard of any vehicles at move-in.  These are designed to help volunteers direct you to the appropriate unloading zone. Please note that these placards are only to help direct traffic on this particular day and are not an official “parking permit.”

Students should monitor their MSU Texas email for information about campus parking registration through University Police. Once a vehicle is registered, be sure to print the temporary permit and place on the dash of your vehicle until your official sticker arrives.

University Police will not be issuing parking tickets on August 22nd unless vehicles are illegally parked in handicap spaces, fire lanes, or other areas of campus not intended for parking (e.g. sidewalks, etc.).  Students and families should also avoid blocking areas surrounding dumpsters to allow city sanitation employees access to these areas. 

Information about parking rules, permits, and more can be found on the MSU Texas Police webpage

Liability and Insurance Considerations

Please remember that MSU is not liable for loss or damage to items of personal property caused by residents or by occurrences such as flood, weather, or mechanical-related events which occur in University housing or on its grounds prior to, during, or subsequent to the period of the housing agreement.

MSU does not endorse any individual insurance program but strongly encourages students and families to explore protection options prior to arriving on campus.  Consider renter’s insurance or researching coverage that may be available through existing homeowner’s insurance or individual renter’s insurance policies. Policies for residence hall spaces are relatively inexpensive while offering peace of mind to families and students.

Programming & Social Opportunities

The fun begins on Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.  All students are invited to the traditional Welcome Home Ice Cream Social between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Legacy Courtyard. This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends and for new students to begin meeting other students.

Mustangs Roundup is MSU’s signature program designed to help new students learn all they need to know about MSU before the first day of classes. Join us Wednesday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 27th to make sure you’re not missing out on the fun or the freebies!  

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