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Move-in Survival Guide

Welcome Home, Johnnies! The Office of Residence Life is excited you have decided to live with us in University housing this Fall!

If you are returning or a new student, as we prepare for your arrival on campus, this portion of the web, the Move-in Survival Guide, will serve as your resource page for all information related to Move-in at St. John’s University. We will continue to update the Move-in Survival Guide with information throughout the summer. So, please check back for additional details, checklists, and move-in announcements.

Fall 2021 Move-in Information

We ask all members of our St. John’s community to recognize and accept that we may need to change our plans based on public health concerns, changes in NYC and NYS guidelines, and for other considerations.

  • Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay away from campus during move-in. Please let us know that you are ill and we will schedule a new move-in date when you are feeling better.
  • Everyone who attends move-in will need to complete the St. John’s COVID screening app prior to being allowed on campus.
  • Common spaces, such as residence hall study, TV, game, and kitchen lounges will be open for student use this Fall.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring only belongings needed for the Fall semester. By minimizing belongings, it will be easier for students to keep their room clean and will allow for greater social distancing space between roommates. Students should arrange to store their boxes in their room.
  • Students who do not follow these instructions will not be able to move-in to the residence halls. The University has provided the following accommodations for students while they quarantine on campus.

Move-in Updates

Dear Student,

As we look forward to the start of the Fall Semester, we have an important update to your arrival instructions. In the previously published Fall 2021 Move-in Survival Guide, we indicated that we might need to change plans based on emerging public health concerns. The CDC recommends a 7-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers arriving from outside the U.S., and after consultation with local health officials, we will comply with this guidance. Below are the requirements: 

Unvaccinated Resident Students: 

Unvaccinated resident students arriving to St. John’s from outside the U.S. will complete the 7-day quarantine in the residence halls. You will now be required* to arrive on Monday, August 16 between 10:00am and 2:00pm to begin quarantine.  Resident students in quarantine will receive a voucher for complimentary meal delivery to their suite. To schedule a new move-in appointment, please contact Residence Life Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm ET, either by phone at 1-718-990-2417 or by email at [email protected] by August 2, 2021. We will provide COVID testing as well as the Pfizer vaccine on campus and free of charge for students arriving from outside the U.S. Students will be required to wear masks, socially distance, and report for testing until they are fully vaccinated.  

Law Students: If you are an incoming first year Law student currently scheduled to move in on August 12, or are an upper-level Law student registered for a pre-session course,  please contact Sarah Jean Kelly at [email protected] to discuss your options for arrival.  If you are a returning student and are not enrolled in a pre-session course, you will need to begin your quarantine no later than August 22.  Please contact Dean Kelly to discuss your options for doing so.   

Fully Vaccinated Resident Students: 

Vaccinated students arriving from outside the U.S. do not need to adjust their move-in plans at this time. In keeping with guidance for the full student body, you must upload proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination to the St. John’s University Health Portal by?August 1. To upload your documentation, please follow these instructions. Please continue to refer to the email sent from Residence Life on July 21 with a link to schedule a move-in appointment.  

St. John’s Vaccination Requirement 

St. John’s University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students planning to be on campus during the 2021–2022 academic year. All students arriving for the Fall 2021 semester must upload to the St. John’s University Health Portal proof of COVID-19 immunization—defined as a complete series of any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). In keeping with the University’s plan to safely resume full in-person activity this Fall, students who choose not to be vaccinated may not travel to campus or move into the residence halls.  

Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Offices of Residence Life and International Education 


*We recognize that international travel is incredibly complicated at this time, often for reasons far beyond your control. If you have special circumstances related to arrival and move-in that you would like to discuss with a member of the St. John’s team, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 1-718-990-2417 or mcc[email protected]

Move-in at a Glance

Move-in will take place by appointment only. Unfortunately, students who do not have an appointment will be turned away. Appointments are staggered to ensure a smooth and safe move-in process. Students can schedule their appointment using the Move-in Appointment Scheduler Application (will go live in July 2021). Please schedule your appointment based on the chart below.

Law Student Move-in (Report to DePaul Houses & Henley Road Complex)

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (New Law students attending orientation)
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Returning Law Students)

International Student Move-in (Report to Donovan Hall)

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (unvaccinated international students will have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine)

Freshman Move-in (Report to Marillac Terrace via Gate 4)

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (for students who already attended orientation)
    Students who are attending a late Orientation on 8/24, 8/25, 8/26 or 8/27 may schedule a move-in appointment the day before their Orientation session.

Continuing, New and Continuing Graduate, and Transfer (who already attended Orientation) Student Move-in (Report to Marillac Terrace via Gate 4)

  • Friday, August 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students will schedule an appointment to move-in using our appointment scheduler that was emailed to all students on July 21, 2021. The message was sent to your St. John's email and your recruitment e-mail address (new students).

We will activate your StormCard once you have uploaded your COVID-19 vaccine information and have checked in with our team on site. Therefore, students who do not follow this process will not have access to their residence hall.

Guests and Visitation

The University is reviewing guest and visitation procedures for Fall 2021 and will provide an update later this summer. We ask all members of our St. John’s community to recognize and accept that we may need to change our plans based on public health concerns, changes in NYC and NYS guidelines, and for other considerations.

Move-in Assistance

Students may be accompanied by family or friends as they arrive to campus. Guests are expected to wear face coverings indoors, and fully vaccinated guests may remove their masks outdoors. If a guest is not fully vaccinated, they must wear a face covering at all times. Up to 2 family members may enter the residence halls to assist in the move-in process. Additional family members should remain with the vehicle or outside.

Students should pack only the most necessary items. Though a limited number of moving carts will be available to be signed out that day, we encourage students to bring a hand truck or dolly to assist in the unloading process. Families should bring gloves and wipes for the use of the public moving carts.

Additional Resources

Microfridge Rentals

St. John’s students can elect to order a microfridge unit for their room from our preferred partner, University Logistics.

To learn more about microfridges, please view this informational video or visit To contact by phone, their call center can be reached at 800-525-7307. Donovan Hall rooms do not have microwaves and refrigerators. All students who rented from University Logistics last year will receive an automatic $10 discount for a repeat order.

Door to Dorm Shipping

Students can sign up for this service to have items shipped directly to their residence hall or apartment for an additional fee through our Door to Dorm option: Door to Dorm Shipping.

Summer Storage

Due to summer conferences and space limitations, St. John’s is not able to store anything over the summer. Please check out summer storage places in the area.

Please note that St. John’s does not take responsibility or liability for these places but offers them only as some possible suggestions.

Move-in Information

The best thing you can do before you move in is prepare. Residence Life would like to familiarize you with the move-in process and some of our policies and procedures so you will be off to a great start.

  • Complete your Move-in Ready Checklist (available beginning Monday, June 22).
    • To do so, please login to
      1. Click the University Information System (UIS) icon
      2. Select the Student menu
      3. Select Student Life option
      4. Select Resident Students
      5. Complete the Emergency Evacuation Plan by answering all 8 questions (do not skip any)
        • Complete the “Emergency Contacts” by designating two people with a “parent,” “sibling,” etc. relationship
        • Complete the “Missing Person Contact” by designating one person with the “Missing Person Contact” relationship
        • Then, click the Move-in Ready Checklist link to see what items you may still need to complete. All items must be green in order to be eligible for check-in. The checklist will confirm, among other things that the student has:
          • Uploaded MMR, meningitis, and COVID-19 vaccination documentation to Medicat (Instructions and requirements can be found for MMR and meningitis and COVID-19 vaccines.)
          • Registered for classes
          • Paid semester bill and confirmed their enrollment
          • Submitted high school transcripts
          • E-signed their housing agreement
          • Entered missing person and emergency contacts
          • Completed the Emergency Evacuation Plan (all 8 questions must be answered)
          • Received StormCard
  • Pre-schedule Move-in appointment on designated date (scheduler will go live in July)
  • Uploaded MMR, meningitis, and COVID-19 vaccination documentation to Medicat (Instructions and requirements can be found for MMR and meningitis and COVID-19 vaccines.)
  • Have all members of traveling party complete Campus Pass on day of arrival (pass must be "green" using the St. John’s Connect app)
  • Please bring StormCard (new students will receive their StormCard when they arrive on campus for Orientation)

Students may only arrive at their scheduled appointment time. Students living in the off campus properties (Henley, Seton, DePaul, Goethals) should not go directly to their building. Please review the move-in locations by date provided to determine where you should report to check-in. Most importantly, if you are sick, or displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS. Please consult with your physician to seek treatment to protect yourself and the University community.

University bills must be paid or the appropriate financial arrangements must have been made prior to move-in. Even though Student Financial Services may be available on Move-In Day, we strongly urge students to make sure that bills are paid in advance of arrival to campus. If a bill is not paid, students will not be able to complete the check-in process. University bills include tuition and housing charges, as well as other University fees.

Fall term bills are due by Wednesday, July 21, 2021. You can view your bill in UIS, by logging into and we suggest you double-check your account before you depart.

A St. John’s University identification card is necessary in order for students to move in. New students will receive their StormCard at New Student Orientation Connection Days.

On the Queens Campus, StormCards are processed at the Public Safety Office located on Goethals Avenue outside Gate 6. If you are near campus and wish to obtain your StormCard, please visit Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have questions about your StormCard, please contact Public Safety at 718-990-6257.

It is important that we have all the necessary contact information in the event of an emergency. Residence Life requires students to register emergency contact names and phone numbers and missing person contact names and phone numbers.

This information must be submitted in UIS using the emergency contact person link. Students should designate an emergency contact person and a missing person contact. In addition, students are required to disclose health insurance provider information (either St. John's or private plan).

St. John’s requires that each students submits an emergency evacuation plan. This plan will assist students in the event of a campus evacuation by predetermining a person, location, and mode of transportation in that emergency that can assist. 

Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for residence hall living. The Residence Life Handbook is available online. Your resident assistant will review some of this information during your first floor meetings. However, it is your responsibility to read and review all policies and procedures.

The Office of Sustainability has provided each suite/room with a small blue recycling bin to be used to collect your recyclables. Large recycling bins are available in the trash rooms on each floor of most of the residence halls. Residents should place non-recyclable trash in the appropriate trash receptacles.

Packing Lists

You are about to move into a new home, so you need to bring necessities and a few items to make your stay in campus housing more comfortable and enjoyable. We hope these lists of Things You Can Bring and Things You Cannot Bring help you make informed decisions about what to pack.

As you are gathering your items, keep in mind that you will have roommates and/or suitemates who will also bring a carload of belongings. Please refer to the Residence Life Handbook for clarification on any items.

  • Linens/blankets (standard twin)
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Cleaning supplies (mop, broom, wipes)
  • Garbage can
  • Hangers
  • Area rug (not carpet tiles)
  • Dishes/utensils
  • Refrigerator (4.0 cubic feet or less) (or you can rent from University Logistics)
  • Television/DVD player (TVs must include stand and may not be wall mounted)
  • Stereo/alarm clock
  • Computer/laptop accessories
  • Desk lamp
  • School supplies
  • Message board
  • Toaster oven – apartments only (Henley, Seton, DePaul, Founders, and Goethals and must have auto shutoff feature)
  • Coffee maker/K-cup coffee maker (must have auto shutoff feature)
  • Table-top ironing board/iron (with automatic shut off)
  • Extension cord/power strip (with surge protector)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Coaxial cable
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Medicine cabinet items/first aid kit
  • Renters insurance

Please note: Bedrooms are designed for one television and one 4.0 cubic foot refrigerator.

  • Weapons of any kind (including items for decorative purposes)
  • Alcohol/drug paraphernalia (including items for decorative purposes such as shot glasses, bottles, etc.)
  • Carpet tiles
  • Space heaters of any kind
  • Halogen lamps, octopus style lamps, candles, oil lamps, incense
  • Hot plates
  • Toaster/toaster ovens (restricted from Donovan, Hollis, DaSilva, Carey, O’Connor, Century, and St. Vincent)
  • Weights heavier than 15 pounds
  • Electric blankets
  • Speakers (DJ equipment)
  • Pets of any kind
  • Refrigerator larger than 4.0 cubic feet
  • Cordless telephone/answering machine
  • Excessively large storage
  • Non-university furniture/mattresses
  • Internet/wireless router
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting/carpet tiles

Please note: Bedrooms are designed for one television and one 4.0 cubic foot refrigerator.

We have prepared a supplement to the packing list in our Move-in Survival Guide. Please contact your health care provider to discuss what you should bring to campus.

Before arriving on campus, please get your flu shot! A flu shot is an important step in protecting your health. Per New York State, Department of Health guidance for higher education during the COVID-19 public health emergency, anyone with flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms will be required to self-isolate.

To help, we have developed the following list of items you should bring to help you stay healthy.

  • A thermometer
  • Tylenol (e.g. acetaminophen)
  • Advil (e.g., ibuprofen)
  • Cough drops
  • At least a 30-day supply of any prescribed medications (if you can arrange for a 90-day supply so you have enough prescribed medications until you return home before Thanksgiving that would be best.)
  • Plenty of water, sports drinks, tea, etc., to help you stay hydrated if you become ill
  • Plenty of face coverings; you will be asked to wear a mask in public areas. Face coverings should be changed daily. Reusable face coverings need to be washed after each use.
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g., disinfecting spray, Clorox wipes) to clean bathrooms, common areas, desks, sinks, computer keyboards, etc. before and after every use
  • Paper towels
  • Your insurance card and the number for your primary care physician; please check with your health insurance company to confirm that they reimburse for tele-health appointments.

Resident Resources

St. John's provides a modern and vibrant residential community, offering home-like environments for studying, with the appeal of a Big East University. If you need assistance or any other information, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

At St. John’s, we take full advantage of our financial and metropolitan resources—passing these benefits along to students who live on campus. For instance, we offer discounted tickets to major New York City events including Yankee games, museums, and Broadway shows. The living conditions you’ll find at St. John’s are second to none.

Campus Dining offers students a number of dining options and healthy choices. Montgoris Dining Hall is an all-you-care-to-eat facility conveniently located in the center of the Queens campus. Here, you can help yourself to an assortment of fresh food.

A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the building. Each time a resident enters a building, students present their StormCard at the front desk. Commuter students must be accompanied by their residential host, show their storm card, and sign-in to the building.

Every room is equipped with state-of-the art life protection systems, including fire sprinklers. St. John’s also has its own on-campus security force, which is in direct contact with the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department. Additionally, emergency call boxes are always nearby. To contact the Public Safety office, call 718-990-6281 or 718-990-5252 in the event of an emergency.


Each hall (except Goethals) offers residents free access to washers and dryers, located in the basement of the building. If a washer or dryer malfunctions, please inform your residence hall staff immediately or Contact ASI at 1-800-734-8851, or visit Vending machines are also located in the basement and in some lounges of each residence hall.

The cleanliness of the residence halls is very important to all residents and staff. Housekeeping is responsible for the cleanliness of the common areas of the building (e.g., hallways, lounges, stairwells). Residents are responsible for the cleaning of their own suites/rooms, including their bathrooms. As a community member, you have the right and responsibility to help keep your residence hall clean and orderly. .You also have the opportunity to report concerns about cleanliness to your residence hall staff. Ongoing concerns about the condition of common area facilities should be reported promptly to your Residence Director.


The university provides maintenance and repair services to all residence halls and apartments. It is important that you request repairs on a regular and timely basis, so that we may properly maintain our facilities. If you have a maintenance request or other concern regarding the physical upkeep of your room/suite (plumbing problem, broken heater, broken dresser, light bulb replacement, etc.) you should complete a Facilities Work Order Request. You may also contact Facilities Services at 718-990-6254. After office hours, emergency maintenance problems should be reported immediately to Public Safety at 718-990-6281.

Residents must purchase a Resident Parking Permit from Public Safety in order to park a car on campus. Only residents in their junior or senior year and graduate and law students are permitted to purchase residential parking stickers. Parking stickers are limited in availability and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please know that limited parking is available, but parking is not guaranteed. Overnight guests who are parking with vehicles must obtain a temporary parking pass from Public Safety.

Mail Services

Letters and packages can be sent directly to the University. Students are strongly encouraged to have their packages insured and tracked.
Resident students will receive an email for all mail and packages addressed correctly.

All mail and packages may be retrieved in the Residence Hall mailroom in the ROTC Building by Gate 6.

Mailroom Hours
Monday to Thursday8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Missing deadlines because your mail has not been picked up in the Residence Hall Mailroom located in the  ROTC building is not an appropriate excuse.

The following is a template for proper addressing of on-campus mailings:

Student Name
Residence Hall
Building # St. John’s University, Suite and Room #
Queens, NY 11439-Building Zip Code

Residence HallBuilding No.Building Zip Code
O’Connor Hall1001000
Carey Hall2002000
Century Hall3003000
DaSilva Hall 4004000
Hollis Hall5005000
Donovan Hall 6006000
Founder’s Village
Building G, H, I, J, or K
St.Vincent Hall (Townhouses)8008000

The following are templates for proper addressing of off-campus mailings. (Blanks in apartments indicate the actual apartment number of the student and should be filled in according to the actual student assignment. Blanks in the DePaul street address will be completed according to student assignment.)

Student Name
DePaul Complex
147-__ Union Turnpike, Apt.__
Flushing, NY 11367

Student Name
Goethals Complex
164-07 or 164-09 Goethals Avenue, Apt.__
Jamaica, NY 11439

Student Name
Henley Complex
172-14 Henley Road, Apt.__
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432

Student Name
Seton Complex 
152-11 Union Turnpike, Apt.__
Flushing, NY 11367

Mail services are not offered over the summer months. It is the student’s responsibility to forward all mail to a permanent address to obtain personal mail because mail will not be held. Students are encouraged to track all of their packages to ensure safe and proper delivery.

Campus Recreation offers on-campus weight and exercise rooms, fitness classes, and personal training. Students can also take advantage of the many intramural and club sports organized each semester. You can enjoy live broadcasts of St. John’s athletic teams as they compete in the Big East. The Henley Road Complex also features a fitness room.

Please see Public Safety's important message regarding kitchen cooking and fire safety.

Please keep the Student Emergency Brochure (PDF) handy so you will know how to respond in the event of a problem.

If a fire alarm is activated or Public Safety initiates an emergency evacuation of your building:

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Proceed to the closest emergency exit. Do not take the elevator.
  • Follow instructions of Public Safety Officers and Emergency Evacuation Volunteers (EEVs).
  • Once outside the building, continue to follow the directions of Public Safety Officers who will direct you to an assembly area.

Public Safety Contact Information

  • Queens Campus - Emergency Number: Ext. 5252
  • Staten Island Campus - Emergency Number: Ext. 4487
  • Manhattan Campus - Public Safety Front Desk: 212-277-5155
  • Oakdale Campus - Public Safety Officer on Duty: 718-374-1435