Moving In

Fall 2019 Move-In

Visit to view your housing assignment. Please arrive during the time that you have been assigned to help minimize congestion.

Moving In Tips

Towson University pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.  So far, the university has reduced its emissions by over 40% and has a 43% recycling rate.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we can’t move forward without your help.  Below are a few tips to get you on the green track. 

Bring a reusable water bottle. There are FREE water filling stations all over campus, and you get a discount on refills at dining locations.  Plus, it’s one less thing to recycle. 

Pack using containers you already have. Laundry bags, reusable grocery bags, and gym duffel bags are all great choices and will come in handy throughout the semester. 

If you need more boxes, get them used. Ask your local grocery or department stores surplus boxes.  Recycle them when you’re done.  Just leave them flattened in any waste room in your hall or look for the large blue recycling bins. 

If you don’t love your bike leave it at home but bring your helmet. TU offers two bikeshare options.  You can rent a bike all semester long from Campus Rec or you can pay as you pedal with our electric bikeshare.  

Pick up a free LED lightbulb from the front desk. Don’t bother with standard bulbs.  We have efficient ones available at the front desk, upon request. 

Ditch the car and hop on the free shuttles to do your shopping. The TU shuttles travel all around the Towson area, the Collegetown shuttles connect to other institution, and the campus Zip Cars give you wheels when you want them.  Everything you need to get out and about without having to pay for a parking permit.

Feed the yellow compost bin in your residence hall. It loves food scraps and pizza boxes.  Trust us. 

Keep the temperature in mind. Make sure sensitive items are the last ones in the car and the first ones out. Aerosol sprays and certain electronics can melt, explode and damage other boxes if left out in the heat for too long.  Drop off unwanted electronics at the specialty bin in University Union or West Village Commons.

Be a Thrifty Tiger. There are tons of local thrift shops, where you can buy and sell gently used clothes and household goods.  Consider one of these shops before heading to the mall or big box store. 

Recharge responsibly. Consider purchasing a smart power strip or rechargeable batteries.  Better yet, head over to Freedom Square to charge your device off the grid at one of the solar umbrellas. 

Visit to find out more about the university’s sustainability initiatives.

Freshmen, and incoming Transfers 

Thursday, August 22

New incoming students assigned to the following high rises.

  • Glen Towers (A, B, C, D)
  • Residence Tower
  • The Residences at 10 West Burke Avenue 

Your group arrival time is included with your housing assignment.

Group Time
Group 1 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Group 2 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Group 3 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

All Other Students

Thursday, August 22 A - F 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 22 G - M 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 22 N - Z 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m

Continuing Students

Date Time
Saturday, August 24  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To help your move-in go as smoothly as possible, the Department of Housing & Residence Life requests your cooperation with the following:

  • Follow the arrival information enclosed with your building assignment (new students).
  • Pack light. You don't need to bring everything on your first trip to campus. Box as many items as possible. This will help you to maintain order and cut down on missing items. You may want to bring a handcart if you have one.
  • Unload and move your car as quickly as possible to the designated lots. Spaces near the residence halls are needed to move people in.
  • If they're available, use the move-in crew. In certain areas that are prone to congestion, student staff members will assist you in moving in. Let them help you!
  • Elevators will be used only for moving in. Use stairs as much as possible.

Drop Off Initiative

Interested in dropping your belongings off before move-in to make move-in day easier? Incoming freshmen and transfer students assigned to the Glen Complex (Tower A, Tower B, Tower C, Tower D), Residence Tower, or the Residences at 10 West Burke Avenue are able to express interest in being in a lottery to drop off belongings on Wednesday, August 21st from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at no additional cost.

Students assigned to the designated community will have information emailed to them with their housing assignment about how to add their name to an interest list. Housing assignments will be available on Friday, August 2nd at 5:00pm and students will need to add their name to the interest list by Wednesday, August 7th at 5:00pm. There will be a randomized lottery and students will be notified via email on Friday, August 9th if they were selected to participate in the drop off initiative.

If selected, students will be able to drop off their belongings in their assigned building on Wednesday, August 21st between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Once a student picks up their key to drop off their belongings they will have one hour to place belongings in their room before needing to return their key. This initiative is purely to drop off belongings to make move-in day easier, it is not for students to be able to fully move-in early and spend the night. Students are expected to return their key before leaving campus. Fines will be levied for any student who does not follow expectations. 

Fall Tripled Room

Due to the increasing popularity of Towson University and with demand exceeding the supply for on-campus housing, we have increased the number of available accommodations. A number of double rooms have been expanded to triples. These rooms have been specially configured and furnished to accommodate up to three people. Fall triples are only located in the Glen Complex and Barton and Douglass Houses. There are permanent 3 person spaces in other buildings on campus that are not considered a fall triple. Students assigned to a fall triple will be notified via email.

The following information is intended to answer any questions you may have.

Furnishings in Glen Fall Triples

  • one set of bunk beds and one single bed (has under bed storage)
  • three desks and chairs
  • two large closets to be shared
  • two dressers to be shared
  • microfridge

Furnishings in Barton/Douglass Fall Triples

  • one set of bunk beds and one single bed (has under bed storage)
  • three desks and chairs
  • two closets to be shared
  • three dressers
  • microfridge

A Special Room Discount

Students assigned to a fall tripled room will receive a 20% refund of the weekly room rate. The refund is based on the number of weeks you reside in this room. You will initially be billed the standard or premium multiple room rate. The refund will be pro-rated based on the number of weeks three students are living in a fall tripled room. Your student account will be credited with the appropriate amount, once the room has been de-tripled.

NOTE: Once we have enough space to offer all students a regular accommodation, the refund will end. Since all students who live in fall tripled rooms will be offered to detriple by the beginning of Spring Semester, no refunds will be available in the Spring Semester.

How long will I live in a fall tripled room?

It is normal for cancellations to occur at the beginning of the semester. We may also have students assigned to "overflow" areas that are rooms not normally used to house students and are only meant to be used for short-term housing. Students in overflow will be moved out of their temporary assignments first. Once we have relocated all these students, we will then begin to offer students in the fall tripled rooms the opportunity to move. Some students will be "de-tripled" in the first few weeks of the semester. As in the past, we anticipate that many students will want to remain in their current assignment. Friendships are established quickly and we find in many cases that students prefer to remain where they are. In any case, we expect that all students will be reassigned by the beginning of Spring Semester. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Housing & Residence Life, (410) 704-2516.


Department of Housing & Residence Life

Marshall Hall Suite 50
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.