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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.

Spring 2023 Move-in Information

STEP 1: Complete your Move-in Ready Checklist and click check-in button via UIS.

STEP 2: Once you receive your invitation to schedule an appointment (early January) login to the Housing Portal and click on “Check-in appointments” to schedule a date and time for your building to move-in.  Students will only be eligible to schedule an appointment when they have completed the checklist from Step 1.

STEP 3: Arrive to campus ONLY at your scheduled appointment date and time. 

Move-in Appointment Dates and Times

Pre-scheduled Move-in appointments will take place during the following dates and times:

DateStudents EligibleTime & Location
Monday, January 16, 2023Newly Enrolled Students10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (by appointment)
Report to your building for check in
Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 23, 2023All Continuing StudentsTuesday-Thursday,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment)
Report to your building for check in

Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (by appointment)
Report to your building for check in

Keys (if applicable) will be distributed at students’ assigned building upon arrival.

Students living in Founder’s Village will report to Carey Hall for key pick up.

Students living in the Henley Road Complex will report directly to their building.

Students living in the DePaul Houses, Seton Complex, and Goethals Apartments will report to the Donovan Hall Fitness Center to claim their apartment keys.

Move-in Expectations

Due as soon as possible after December 12, 2022. As per New York State Public Health Laws 2165 & 2167 All students (even if you are registered for online/hybrid courses) are required to submit proof of:

  • Immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Immunization to meningococcal disease (meningitis) or acknowledgment/declination of meningitis vaccine

As of April 21, 2021, St. John’s will require all students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and to provide proof of vaccination before the start of each term. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs, defined as students not physically on-campus for the duration of the degree, do not need to provide proof of vaccination. This does not include students taking only some of their courses online. To submit proof of immunization to MMR, Meningitis, and COVID-19 vaccination through the St. John’s University Health portal, (Medicat) by following the directions below.

  1. Go to and sign in using your St. John's network credentials that you use to access your St. John’s email.
    • If you need assistance logging in, please review the support article, How do I log in to If this is your first-time logging in, you will be prompted to set up multifactor authentication.
  2. Once you signed in, click on the icon for Medicat (Student Health Services and Wellness).
    Medicat icon in Okta
  3. Once you in Medicat, select Uploads. Scroll down to the drop-down menu and select type of document you will be uploading.
  4. Click Select File to browse your computer for the document you will upload and click Upload.
    • Please make sure you upload all the required forms.

St. John’s has an interface with the New York State and New York City Immunization Registries. If you received your COVID-19 vaccination in New York State it is very likely we already have your vaccination on file and do not upload anything.

Please note we are unable to accept these documents via mail, fax, or email.

  • Students may have 1-2 family members enter the residence hall or apartment to assist in the move-in process. Residence Life will have a limited supply of moving carts available for student use. We encourage students to pack a dolly or rolling device whenever possible.
  • We ask that family members wear a mask during the move-in process.  Given the exceptional transmissibility of the variants, health experts are recommending upgrading the quality of your mask to medical grade models. If you are using a cloth mask, consider double masking with a multi-ply disposable surgical mask under the cloth mask for a tighter fit. It is important that a seal is created between the mouth and nose.
  • Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 should stay away from campus during move-in. Students should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form.
  • For added convenience, St. John’s has developed the Move-in Survival Guide online which contains information including packing lists, mailing addresses, arrival times, and answers to frequently asked questions about move-in in one location.
  • Students are required to have the COVID isolation packing list supplies available to them at all times.

We look forward to having you back on campus for the Spring semester! Until then, please take care of yourself. Follow the Johnnies Care Commitment and public health guidelines when away from campus to reduce your level of risk and exposure to COVID-19. 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.

Please monitor your St. John’s email regularly. If you have additional questions, please contact your residence director or call the Office of Residence Life at 718-990-2417 Mondays to Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are excited for your arrival on campus! Welcome home!

Move-in Ready Checklist

To be eligible to schedule a move-in appointment, you must first please complete all parts of your Move-in Ready Checklist on UIS.  Once you have all green check marks, please click the “Check-in” button.   

Students may access UIS by logging on to and clicking on the “UIS” button, and the following steps:

  • In UIS, go to the “Student” tab and click, “Student Life”
  • Click “Resident Student”
  • Click “Move-in Ready Checklist” 

Additional Resources

Exclusively for St. John’s University students, Dorm Room Movers' Shipping Service is the most convenient way ship items home or get your items delivered right to your residence hall. The service will send packing supplies to your school address, provide scheduled pick up and delivery service, professional and insured movers, as well as secure and climate controlled storage facilities.

For more information, please visit the website: Dorm Room Movers (St. John's Only).


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.

Move-out day will be here before you know it. Our official storage provider, Dorm Room Movers is here to help you with your stuff this summer so you can focus on what really matters - school!

Here’s how it all works:

  • They send you boxes and tape. You pack - that’s it.
  • They pick up your items, store them while you’re away, and deliver everything back before you return.
  • Graduating or not returning to campus? Dorm Room Movers can also ship boxes home or to your new school.

Why DRM is the right choice for you:

  • Up to $100 coverage included per box or unboxed item.
  • Climate-protected storage and 24/7 security.
  • BBB A+ accredited.

​​​​​​​Register now and join more than 85,000 students that have made life easier for them and their parents by leaving storage & shipping to Dorm Room Movers!

Have questions? Learn more, text (856) 369-3676 or call (888) 769-3676

Due to summer conferences and space limitations, St. John’s University is not able to store anything over the summer.

Please check out summer storage places in the area.

  • 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 services but offers them only as some possible suggestions.

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)
  • Nerf guns, pellet guns, and gel blasters
  • 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, and Century)
  • 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
  • Bed risers
  • E-mobility devices (not permitted inside residence halls for storage or charging)
  • Lithium ion batteries (should not be charged inside residence halls or garages)

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

  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol
  • Advil  
  • Cough drops
  • At least 30-day supply of any prescribed medications
  • Plenty of water, sports drinks, tea, etc., to help you stay hydrated if you are moved to isolation.   
  • Face coverings.  Face coverings should be changed daily.
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfecting spray, Clorox wipes)
  • Paper towels
  • Health insurance card 

Move-in Information

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.

Spring 2023 term bill payment is due on December 12, 2022. Students can view their bill in UIS, by logging into We suggest students double-check their account before departing for campus.

A St. John’s University identification card is necessary in order for students to move in.

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 when completing their housing application in the Housing Portal. 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.

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.

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.

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 building administrator (Area Director, Residence Director or Graduate Assistant).


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

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.

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

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.

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.

We have many residence halls that offer a variety of living options, including traditional and suite-style halls as well as apartment style housing. All rooms include streaming cable, utilities, laundry (on premises), and Wi-Fi at no additional cost. For more information, please visit our Residence Halls virtual tours.

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.