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Move-in Survival Guide

In making the decision to live with us this year, you have just taken your college experience to the next level. The convenience and added amenities of the Residence Life program will prepare you for a fully engaged and top-notch experience.

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Speaking of getting ready, 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.

Move-in Dates and Arrival Times

New and Continuing Student Move-in Dates

Spring 2019

Date

Times

Queens Campus

Staten Island Campus

Monday, January 21, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Only for students newly admitted to St. John’s University attending Orientation

Residential Success Center,
Donovan Hall

Office of Residence Life, 35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – All continuing students (including continuing students new to housing)

Residential Success Center,
Donovan Hall

Office of Residence Life, 35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All continuing students (including continuing students new to housing)

Residential Success Center,
Donovan Hall

Office of Residence Life, 35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Thursday, January 24, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All continuing students (including continuing students new to housing)

Residential Success Center,
Donovan Hall

Office of Residence Life, 35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Friday, January 25, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All continuing students (including continuing students new to housing)

Residential Success Center, Donovan Hall

Office of Residence Life, 35 Arlo Road
Staten Island, NY 10301

Planning for Your Arrival on Campus

Review and Complete the Move-in Ready Checklist

Log in to MySJU and review the Move-in Ready checklist. If all steps are completed, you have met the requirements for move-in. If steps are incomplete, please follow the instructions given to complete those requirements prior to move-in.

Viewing and confirming your checklist prior to your arrival will make for a much smoother move-in. Examples include:

  • Student Account Paid
  • Registration for Classes Complete
  • Vaccinations Submitted
  • Emergency/Missing Persons Contacts Provided
  • Housing Agreement Submitted

To view your Move-In Ready Checklist:

  1. Log on to MySJU at mysju.stjohns.edu
  2. Select "How Do I..." tab
  3. Find the "Residence Life" portlet on the page
  4. Select "Move-in Ready Checklist"

Upon Your Arrival to Campus

You will need your StormCard to check-in.  In the Spring, there is no Web Check-in option.   

Arrive to campus during your scheduled move-in date and time. For Queens residents, please report to the Donovan Community Room (Residential Success Center). 

For Staten Island residents, please report to the Residence Life Office at 35 Arlo Road. 

Move-in Reminders

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.Cancel

Things You Can Bring:

  • 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

Things You Cannot Bring:

  • 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.

Pay Your University Bill

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 available beginning Monday, June 25, 2018, and payment is due by Monday, July 23, 2018. You can view your bill in MySJU, and we suggest you double-check your account before you depart.

Get Your StormCard (Student ID Card)

A St. John’s University identification card is necessary in order for students to move in. While there will be an opportunity to obtain a StormCard during Orientation and Move-In, we strongly urge students who are able to come to campus prior to move-in to do so in order to get their StormCard.

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.

On the Staten Island Campus, Stormcards are processed at the Public Safety Office, located in Spellman Hall.  If you are near campus and wish to obtain your StormCard, please visit anytime or day. If you have questions about your StormCard, please contact Public Safety at 718-390-4487.

Submit Emergency Contact Information

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).

Submit Your Immunization and Health Forms

New students are expected to submit their MMR vaccination information to the St. John’s University Health Office prior to arrival. Students may not remain in residence without proper vaccinations and documentation. For more information, please see Required Health and Immunization Forms.

Residence Life Handbook

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.

Recycling and Trash

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.

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. We offer:

Cable Television

Campus Cable, a closed-circuit system available in all of the residence halls, provides broadcast network channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox), popular cable channels (MTV, ESPN, MSG), and more. Students must provide their own televisions and cable cords. Please see Service and Amenities below for the current channel lineup. 

Internet Access

Rooms are equipped with multiple data ports and Wi-Fi is available throughout campus, ensuring Internet access to all your devices.

The University issued laptops come complete with everything needed to connect to the St. John's network. For more information, students can contact the Office of Information Technology at 718-990-5000.

Campus Dining

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, including grilled specials, pasta, Asian dishes, salads, sandwiches and enticing entrees. Find out more about the Meal Plan options at St. John's.

Safety and Security

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.

Laundry and Vending Machines

Each hall 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 http://servicerequest.coinmach.com/. Vending machines are also located in the basement and in some lounges of each residence hall.

Housekeeping

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.

Maintenance

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.

Parking

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.

Exercise and Recreational Sports

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.

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.

  • For student-friendly storage of boxes and for other small items, please see Collegiate Storage and Rental.
  • For more traditional storage and for storage of larger items (i.e. furniture), please see Public Storage.

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

Fire Safety

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

Residence Life offers a range of academic support services to help students succeed at St. John’s. We are committed to providing a residential environment that fosters intellectual growth.

The Residential Success Center (RSC) is located in Donovan Hall and offers free drop-in tutoring, learning skills workshops, success coaching, quiet study space, and much more.

The friendly staff in the Residential Success Center is ready to help you succeed at St. John’s. Please feel free to stop by and let us know how we can help you.

You can use your StormCard to enter and access the RSC during hours of operation. Hours are subject to change, and the RSC will be closed on University holidays and breaks.

To reserve the RSC, please contact Residence Life at 718-990-2417 or [email protected].

RSC Hours of Operation
SundayClosed
MondayOpen Study12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
TuesdayOpen Study12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WednesdayOpen Study12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
ThursdayOpen Study12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FridayOpen Study12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
SaturdayClosed

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

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

Important Links:

  • University Closing Procedures
  • Emergency Planning Information

In Case of Emergency

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.

Hurricane Preparation

For more information about what you need to know about hurricanes in New York City, please visit Know Your Zone (NYC.gov).

  • All furniture, including beds, should be pulled away from the windows whenever possible. Electronic devices should be kept off the floor, preferably in a closet. All electrical items should be unplugged, except refrigerators.
  • Since the floors can get wet, all articles such as shoes, rugs, clothes, bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed off the floor on closet shelves or in dresser drawers.
  • All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets. Papers, books, etc., should not be left on the tops of desks or dressers.
  • Valuables should be placed in closets or dresser drawers. All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room or apartment.
  • During the peak of the storm, electronics including computers and televisions should be disconnected from electric outlets, cable TV jacks, and elevated above floor level.
  • Make sure all windows are closed tightly. Do not open or “crack” windows in attempt to “equalize” or “balance” pressure within the room or building. Opening windows does not help with pressure. This only creates additional forces inside the building which can lead to structural damage. Open all blinds (regardless of style) and curtains. This is to permit as much light as possible to enter the room in the event of a power loss and to minimize damage should window breakage occur. Do not tape windows or modify or cover windows in any manner without permission from Residence Life Staff.
  • Any student who owns a car should see that the emergency brake is set. If you have an automatic, make sure the car is in park. If you have a manual (stick-shift), you should put the car in reverse gear. All windows should be closed and the car locked. All cars must remain in assigned parking areas.
  • Each student should provide their own flashlight in case of power failure. Do not use candles under any circumstances; fire is uncontrollable during a hurricane.
  • Students should provide themselves with necessary food items for a three-day period. Items that do not require cooking or refrigeration are usually best.

Procedures During a Hurricane:

  • It is essential that all residents stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane or other emergency situation.
  • Students should remain away from danger areas, such as the glass windows and doors in the lobby areas of the halls or the living rooms of suites.
  • Students should not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside.
  • Report all accidents, injuries, broken windows or excessive water to the Resident Assistant, Residence Director, or Public Safety.
  • Cell phone calls should be made only in case of emergency, such as those mentioned above.
  • Whenever possible food service facilities will be open. Students are encouraged to provide for their own food requirements for the initial period of the emergency, usually three days.

SpectrumU

SpectrumU TV is a video streaming service available to resident students  that delivers a wide variety of live TV, entertainment, news and sports programming, including on-demand television shows and movies.

How to Use St. John's SpectrumU (PDF)

Queens Campus

St. John's SpectrumU Channel Line-Up
A&E HD EastDisney XD HD EastHGTV HDNicktoons Network HD EastStarz Kids & Family HD East
ABC (WABC-DT) HDDIY Network HDHistory Channel en Espanol SDNYC TV CUNY SDSundanceTV HD
AMC HDE! Entertainment Television HD EastHistory HD EastNYC TV Drive SDSuperCanal Caribe SD
American Heroes Channel HDEl Rey HD EastHLN HDNYC TV Government HDSYFY HD
Animal Planet HDESPN Classic SDHSN HDNYC TV Life (WNYE-DT) HDTBN (WTBY-DT) HD
Antenna TV (WPIX-DT2) SDESPN Deportes HDIFC HDNYC TV SDTBS HD East
Arabic TV SDESPN Goal Line & Buzzer Beater HDImpact Network HDNYC TV World SDTeenNick HD East
BBC America HD EastESPN HDINSP HDOutdoor Channel HDTelemundo (WNJU-DT) HD
BBC World News HD (101449)ESPN News HDInvestigation Discovery HDOvation TV HDTelemundo SD East [National]
beIN SPORTS en Espanol HDESPN2 HDION (WPXN) HDOWN HDTeleN SD
beIN SPORTS HDESPNU HDITV Gold SDOxygen HD EastTelevision Korea
BET HD EastEstrella TV (WASA-LD) HDKBS World SDPAC-12 National HDTeleXitos (WNJU-DT2) SD
BET Her HD EastEvine HDKorean Broadcasting Network SDParamount Network HD EastTennis Channel HD
BET Soul SDEWTN HDLeased Access - BQN SDPBS (WHJN) SDThe Olympic Channel HD
Big Ten Network HDFood Network HDLifetime HDPBS (WLIW-DT) HDThe Weather Channel HD
Bloomberg TV HDFOX (WNYW-DT) HDLifetime Movie Network HD EastPBS (WNET) HDTLC HD East
Boomerang SDFOX Business HDLive Well (WABC-DT2) HDPBS Kids (WNET-DT2) SDTNT HD East
Bravo HDFOX Deportes HDLOGO HD EastPOP HDTravel Channel HD East
Buzzr (WWOR-DT3) SDFOX News Channel HDMeTV (WJLP-DT) HDQueens Public TV 34 SDtruTV HD East
BYUtv HDFox Sports 1 HDMLB Network HDQueens Public TV 35 SDTurner Classic Movies (TCM) HD
Cartoon Network HD EastFox Sports 2 HDMLB Network Strike Zone HDQueens Public TV 56 SDTV 10-55 (WLNY-DT) HD
CBS (WCBS-DT) HDFreeform HD EastMotorTrend HDQueens Public TV 57 SDTV Dominicana SD
CBS Sports Network HDFuse HDMSNBC HDQVC HDTV Land HD East
China Central TV (CCTV4) SDFX HDMTV Classic SD EastRAI Italia SDTV One HD
CMT HD EastFX Movie Channel (FXM) HDMTV HD EastRevolt HDTVG SD
CNBC HDFXX HD EastMTV Live HDSEC HDTVK2 SD
CNN Espanol SDFYI HD EastMTV Tr3s SDSEC Overflow HDUniMas (WFUT-DT) HD
CNN HDGalavision HD EastMTV2 HDSET Asia International SDUNIMSAT
Comedy Central HD EastGAME07HDMTVU SDShowtime 2 HD EastUniversal Kids HD
Cooking Channel HDGem Shopping Network SDMyTV (WWOR-DT) HDShowtime Beyond HD EastUnivision (WXTV) HD
Cozi TV (WNBC-DT2) SDGetTV (WFUT-DT3) SDNat Geo Wild HDShowtime Extreme HD EastUnivision Deportes Network HD
Create (WLIW-DT2) SDGolf Channel HDNational Geographic Channel HDShowtime HD EastUnivision HD
C-SPAN HDGreat American Country HDNBA TV HDShowtime Next HD EastUnivision tlnovelas SD
CW (WPIX-DT) HDGSN HD EastNBC (WNBC-DT) HDShowtime Showcase HD EastUP HD
Destination America HDHallmark Channel HD EastNBC Universo HD EastSmithsonian Channel HD EastUSA Network HD East
Deutsche Welle A SDHallmark Movies and Mysteries HDNBCSN HDSorpresa SDVH1 HD East
Discovery Channel HDHBO Comedy HD EastNew Evangelization TelevisionStadium (WRNN-DT2) HDViceland HD East
Discovery en Espanol SDHBO Family HD EastNewsmax TV HDStart TV (WCBS-DT2) SDWAPA America SD
Discovery Familia en Espanol SDHBO HD EastNFL Network HDStarz Cinema HD EastWFUTDT4 (WFUT-DT4)
Discovery Family HDHBO Latino HD EastNFL RedZone HDStarz Comedy HD EastWillow Cricket HD
Discovery Life SDHBO Signature HD EastNHL Network HDStarz Edge HD EastWMBC-TV HD
Disney Channel HD EastHBO Zone HD EastNick Jr HDStarz HD EastWomens Entertainment (We) HD
Disney Junior HDHBO2 HD EastNickelodeon HD EastStarz in Black HD EastWorld (WLIW-DT3) SD
    Zee TV USA SD
  1. Log in to MySJU.
  2. Click the How Do I? tab.
  3. In the "Residence Life" portlet under Residents' Links, click Overnight Guest Registration.

  4. From Overnight Guest Registration, you can register a St. John's student or non-St. John's student; click on the applicable link.

  5. Fill out the guests' first name, last name, gender, arrival date, and departure date.
    Please note: Only one guest will be permitted per night. The guest must be the same gender as the overnight stay requester. There is a limit of 3 nights per 7 days. Every overnight guest is required to carry a photo ID. As a resident student, you are responsible to inform your guests of the University policy, located in the Resident Handbook, which states that the University will only accept a current, legal, and valid state-issued driver photo ID, state issued non-driver photo ID, or a passport; non-St. John's University college IDs are not accepted

  6. To submit your request, click Submit.
    Please note: Submissions do not guarantee approval. Submissions must be approved by Public Safety. Registration and pass pickup requires proper identification.

How to Cancel and Overnight Pass

  1. To cancel a submitted overnight guest registration, follow steps 1-4 above to get to the Overnight Guest Registration page.
     
  2. From the Overnight Guest Registration page, click Cancel Overnight Pass.
     
  3. Find your submission row and click Cancel.
     
  4. A popup will require you to confirm the cancellation; click OK to cancel the overnight pass.

Residence Life is pleased to announce that the Energy Star-rated MicroFridge Combination Appliance is available for rental. This service is provided by University Logistics.

MicroFridge is the original 3-in-1 refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination appliance. It has a 0° real freezer and a state-of-the-art touchpad microwave, all in an Energy Star-rated package that substantially reduces the amount of electricity required to operate the unit.

These units offer more efficient freezer storage space with a separate door offering true freezer capability compared to basic single door units. The units we offer meet all University requirements for energy consumption and space allocation.

How to Order a MicroFridge or Safe:
University Logistics is proud to offer St. John's residents electronic safes for purchase. Please visit www.universitylogistics.com or call toll free at 800-525-7307 for more information and to place your order.

Mail Service

Each resuite is issued a mailbox located in the lobby of each residence hall. You will be given a key to access the mailbox. If you receive packages requiring your signature, letters, or packages too large to fit in your mailbox, a notice will be placed in your mailbox. You can retrieve this mail at the ROTC Building Mailroom.

View the mailroom hours of operation.

On-Campus Mailing Addresses

To ensure that your mail is delivered to your residence hall in a timely and efficient manner, please provide your address in this format:

Name
Residence Hall
Building #
St. John's University, Suite & Room No.
Queens, NY 11439-[Building Zip code below]

Residence Hall Building No.Building Zip
O'Connor1001000
Carey2002000
Century3003000
DaSilva4004000
Hollis5005000
Donovan6006000
Founder's Village7007000
St. Vincent8008000

Off-Campus Mailing Addresses

Henley Road Complex
Student Name
172-14 Henley Road, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432

Seton Complex
Student Name
152-11 Union Turnpike, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Flushing, NY 11367

DePaul Complex
Student Name
147-(insert building no. here) Union Turnpike, Apt. (insert apt no. here)
Flushing, NY 11367

Goethals Avenue
Student Name
164-(insert building no. here) Goethals Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432