TU students begin move-in process: What you need to know

By Kyle Hobstetter on August 25, 2021

Learn more about move-in, dining and other requirements

A family moving their student to campus
Towson University will begin welcoming students to campus for move-in starting with freshmen on Wednesday, August 25. The first day of classes is Monday, August 30. (Lauren Castellana/Towson University) 

Towson University began welcoming almost 6,000 student housing residents back to campus for the fall 2021 term Wednesday.

If you're a student still on the way to TU, here is what you need to know before you arrive.

Before Moving In

All students must complete the pre-move-in process before coming to pick up their residence hall key by visiting the student housing gateway and clicking on “Pre-Move-In Process.”

There, students review their emergency information card, learn about TU’s housing policies and review important move-in information. If students do not complete this process, they will not be able to check in and pick up their keys. 

Vaccination Requirement

To be in compliance with the University System of Maryland's mandate, students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved vaccine exemption to move in.

Students who have been vaccinated, but received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, less than 14 days before returning to campus can still move in but must follow Health Center protocol until they are considered fully vaccinated. 

Students who are not fully vaccinated can still come to campus and attend classes, but until fully vaccinated, they must follow Health Center protocol by wearing masks indoors, taking a return COVID-19 test, completing daily Tigers Care QuickScan screenings and participating in twice-weekly sentinel testing as directed. 

Students must submit vaccine verification or apply for an exemption. Students who are not compliant with the mandate may not live on campus this term.

Students should not attempt to verify vaccination status until a final dose is administered. Once verified at towson.edu/vaxverify, students can cease daily screenings, testing and mask wearing (where not otherwise required). 

Updated Mask Requirements 

Following recent CDC guidance and Baltimore County’s announcement requiring masks in all county offices and facilities, Towson University requires masks in indoor locations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in university buildings.

TU will continue to monitor data and work in conjunction with our local, state and federal partners.

Masks are required to be worn in every building, except when alone in private spaces like offices and in residence halls with only roommates, or while briefly eating or drinking. Masks must be worn in common areas, while walking between locations indoors and when seated in open work stations, such as cubicles. Masks will continue to be required while on TU-provided community transportation, in healthcare settings—including the University Health Center and West Village Testing Center—and in settings where pre-school and K-12 student groups are present.

These requirements apply to all TU facilities, including those not on the core contiguous campus area, as well as to visitors of those spaces. 

Move-In Schedule

Students and thier parents moving in during the last fall move-in
Students will be moving in this fall all across campus, including the West Village Commons area. (Alex Wright/Towson University) 

Students are required to register for a specific, two-hour window before moving in through Aug. 29. Move in will take place from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on each day. For example, if you select 10 a.m. as your move-in time, you would have from 10 a.m. until noon to move in. Here is the remaining move-in schedule for the fall:

  • Thursday, Aug. 26: Incoming freshmen and students transferring in, last name N–Z
  • Friday, Aug. 27: Rising sophomores
  • Saturday, Aug. 28: Upperclassmen
  • Sunday, Aug. 29: Upperclassmen

Move-In Process

Students signing up for thier residence hall at South Campus Pavillion
The move-in process starts at South Campus Pavilion, where students will sign-in to receive the key to their residence hall. (Alex Wright / Towson University)

During a student’s move-in window, they will arrive at the South Campus Pavilion to check in, retrieve their room key and confirm they are compliant with the USM's COVID-19 mandate.

Students may not bring more than two move-in helpers, and the student must be the only one that enters the South Campus Pavilion for check-in. Towson University will provide help through the student-led “Move-In Crew.”

Move-in windows are based on a student’s class standing. Each time slot is limited to 15 students per building. Move-in time slot selection began on Aug. 10. Students will only see time slots that are available to them.

Early Arrivals

Only students who have been approved can move in early. Early arrivals will be emailed their move-in date and time. Move in will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. based on your building assignment. You will not be able to move in before your approved move-in date.

Campus Construction

New Science Complex
The recently opened Science Complex is the newest academic building on campus. It will host classes this fall, and is the new home for TU's science faculty. (Alex Wright/Towson University) 

Towson University continues to grow, and that is evident by the changes that students will see when returning to campus.

The biggest change is Towson University’s new Science Complex. The building is now TU’s largest academic structure and features 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories, 50 classrooms, eight lecture halls, 10 collaborative student spaces, an outdoor classroom leading to the Glen Arboretum, a rooftop greenhouse complex, a new planetarium and an observatory.

READ MORE: TU's new Science Complex opens

Rendering of the updated University Union
A render of the University Union, which will be partially open at the start of the fall 2021 academic term. 

The Towson University Union is seeing an overhaul, with part of the building opening in time for the term. This includes new dining options, more space for student organizations, a new and larger ballroom space and a new home to the TU Career Center.

There will be some ongoing construction throughout the year, as the project has entered Phase 2 of its plan.

READ MORE: University Union expansion

Renovations to the Glen Towers began this summer with Tower C. The renovations will include updating the utility infrastructure and replacing the exterior facades of each tower.

Each renovation will take approximately one year and will be carried out consecutively to maximize housing availability. Following Tower C’s reopening in summer 2022, TU will renovate Towers B, A and D in subsequent years through 2025. The Glen Dining Hall, which was recently renovated, will remain open.

READ MORE: Glen Towers Renovation

Finally, Towson University has broken ground on a new College of Health Professions building. Located along University Avenue on the campus’s academic core, the 240,000-square-foot building will contain 19 collaborative classrooms; 10 specialty labs facilitating hands-on learning in nursing, occupational therapy, pediatrics, anatomy, health assessment and more; 10 patient exam rooms; eight speech and audiology research labs; six specialty simulation labs; an acute care multi-patient simulation environment; and a 300-seat auditorium.

Parking and road adjustments are being implemented. Pedestrians should follow posted signs. Paratransit assistance is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays by calling 410-704-RIDE (7433). 

READ MORE: College of Health Professions building page

Parking

Students can now purchase their fall 2021 term parking permits. Before a permit can be purchased, you must be registered for classes and have your housing assignment (if applicable). All permits are purchased online through eParking

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. On most weekdays during the fall and spring terms, the Towsontown, Glen and Union garages are full by 10 a.m. Ample parking in the lots near the stadium complex and free shuttle services are available.

All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid permit during enforcement hours: Monday–Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more about student parking permits and regulations by checking out the student parking website.

Dining

Inside the newly renovated Glen Dining Hall
The Glen Dining Hall is newly renovated and ready for the fall academic term. (Lauren Castellana/Towson University) 

All Towson University students can choose from 16 varied dining locations on campus.

Students can see dining hall hours, menus, locations, available dining plans and nutritional information on the TU Dining Services website. Students can also keep up with special programs and dining specials by following TU Dining’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.