Res Life Move In Hero

Move-in Survival Guide

Fall 2024 Move-in Information 

STEP 1:   The move in process begins by completing the Move-in Ready Checklist in UIS. Once you've completed all fields, you'll be able to click on the check-in button and proceed to the next step in the process. The checklist will become available in July and a formal email to all residential students will be sent to announce the start of this process. In the interim, you can begin working on the requirements by updating your emergency contact, missing person contacts in UIS. You can also submit your immunization forms in Medicat.

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 in Step 1. 

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

After completing steps 1, 2, and 3, please arrive to campus at your pre-scheduled appointment date and time to check in. Students should be prepared to present their Storm Card (received at Orientation) along with a Move-in Day Parking Pass, which can be printed when completing the Move-in Ready Checklist


Students Eligible 

Time & Location 

Monday, August 12, 2024

Law Students

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (by appointment) 
DePaul Houses

Saturday, August 31, 2024

First Year Student Move-In

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (by appointment) 

Sunday, September 1, 2024

All Continuing and Graduate Students

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (by appointment) 

Wednesday January 17, 2024

First Day of Classes


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

Students assigned to the DePaul Houses, Goethals Apartments, or Seton Complex will report to the Office of Residence Life to check in and sign out their keys.

Meal plans will reactivate for Spring 2024 for dinner on Monday January 15, 2024 with brunch.

Submit Your Immunization Records

Move-in Expectations 

Due as soon as possible after June 1. 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:  

  1. Immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).  (ONLY FOR STUDENTS NEWLY ADMITTED TO ST. JOHN'S FOR SPRING 2024)

  2. Immunization to meningococcal disease (meningitis) or acknowledgment/declination of meningitis vaccine. 

  3. For more information about required immunizations, directions on how to submit your immunization records or declination forms, and how to access the patient portal please visit the SHS website.  

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 1-800-525-7307. 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
  • Delicates bag
  • Cleaning supplies (mop, scrub brush, broom, wipes soft scrub or other bleach based cleanser)
  • 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
  • Roku (if bringing your own TV and want to connect to Spectrum U)
  • 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)
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Medicine cabinet items/first aid kit
  • Renter's 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
  • Air Fryers
  • Pressure Cookers
  • Instantpots
  • 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
  • Furniture
  • Personal desk chairs
  • 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.

Suggested First Aid and Medical Packing List 

  • Please Note: St. John’s University offers fee and confidential health care to all St. John’s University students at Student Health Services located in DaSilva Hall. For more information about the student health center please visit the SHS website. Provided you do not have any contraindications or allergies to the below, these are some helpful items to bring with you to campus:  

  • Health insurance card
  • ​​​​​​​At least 30-day supply of any prescribed medications 
  • Face coverings.  Face coverings should be changed daily. 
  • Thermometer 
  • Tylenol 
  • Advil
  • Cough drops 
  • Band Aids/Gauze 
  • Cotton swabs/Q-tips 
  • Bacitracin or Antiseptic cleansers 
  • Adhesive medical tape 
  • Plenty of water, sports drinks, decaffeinated tea, etc., to help you stay hydrated if you are moved to isolation due to a COVID-19 infection.
  • Hand soap 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfecting spray, Clorox wipes) 
  • Paper towels 

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 2024 term bill payment is due on Monday December 11, 2023. Students can view their bill in UIS, by logging into We suggest students double-check their account before departing for campus.

Students will receive their Storm Cards at New Student Orientation this summer.

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.

Learn how to make the most of your meal plan, by reviewing these Frequently Asked Questions.

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 mail room in the ROTC Building by Gate 6.

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

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.

Residential Mailing Addresses

Residence Mailing Addresses

Residence Mailing Addresses

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.



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 connect to SpectrumU

Information Technology Help Guide

How To Connect To Technology and Internet Services In The Residence Halls

Queens Campus

St. John's SpectrumU Channel Line-Up
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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
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BBC America HD EastESPN HDINSP HDOutdoor Channel HDTelemundo (WNJU-DT) HD
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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
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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
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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 EastWomen's Entertainment (We) HD
Disney Junior HDHBO2 HD EastNickelodeon HD EastStarz in Black HD EastWorld (WLIW-DT3) SD
    Zee TV USA SD