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Welcome to Hopkins!

Below you will find important information regarding moving into University housing. This page may be updated periodically so be sure to check back for any updates!

Fall 2021 Move-In Dates

International First-Year & Transfer Move-InFriday, August 20
First-Year and Transfer Move-InSaturday, August 21 – Sunday, August 22*
Returning Students Move-InThursday, August 26 – Friday, August 27*

* Exact date & time will be determined by assignment and appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

I need to arrive before the official Move-In dates, what should I do?

If you need an exception for an early arrival, please email with your request and the reason why you need an early arrival. Someone from the Housing team will review your request and get back with you when a decision has been made.

I won’t be able to make the scheduled Move-In times, what should I do?

First, please email Housing at Our team will acknowledge your email and instruct you on what you will need to do.

Students will need to schedule their COVID test through MyChart and follow up with Student Health and Wellness the next business day. Students who are not vaccinated will need to contact Student Health and Wellness to determine when they will be vaccinated. Unvaccinated students must wear a mask at all times on campus and quarantine in their room until their first negative COVID test, unless otherwise directed by Student Health and Wellness. Students may only leave their room to get their meals and bring them back to their room.

After-hours arrivals and arrivals outside the scheduled Move-In dates will need to pick up their keys at the Housing office in Wolman (during business hours) or at the Wolman Hall security desk (post business hours and on weekends).

Where do I pick up my keys?

If you arrive during the scheduled Move-In appointments, you will pick up your keys at Shriver Hall after getting tested and meeting with Student Health and Wellness.

If you are arriving after hours or outside the scheduled Move-In dates, your keys will be at the Housing office at Wolman Hall (during business hours) or at the Wolman Hall security desk (post business hours and on weekends) for pick up. Please see the section above for after-hours and late arrivals.

Will someone be there to help me move?

Yes, if you are arriving during the scheduled Move-In days, we have contracted movers to assist with unloading your vehicle and bringing items to your room.

Unfortunately, if you have an early arrival, arrive after hours, or outside the scheduled Move-In dates, we will not have movers to assist with your belongings.

Will Move-In bins be available after hours?

If you are moving in outside of the Move-In days, while the Housing Operations office is open (Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5PM), you may use a bin to move your belongings in hours. These can be checked out from the Housing Operations office in Wolman 103.

Unfortunately, if you arrive after business hours, or outside the scheduled Move-In dates and times, we will not have bins available for check out.

What furniture comes in the residence hall room?

Each room comes with the following furniture:

  • Extra Long Twin Bed and Mattress
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Wardrobe (if there is not a closet in the room)

Can we have the bed lofted?

Yes, however, lofting must be done through the Housing Operations office.

Same day bed lofting will be available on the scheduled Move-In dates (August 21, 22, 26, and 27) on a first-come first-served basis. Requests for lofting can be made on Move-In day by calling Housing Operations at 410-516-7962.

There will be no bed lofting between August 23 and August 25.

Starting on August 30, you may go to to schedule an appointment for bed lofting. This will be available until September 30.

Beds lofted without permission or assistance of Housing Operations are not permitted.

What if I miss my Move-In appointment?

If you miss your Move-In appointment, please contact Housing Operations at 410-516-7962. We will work with you to schedule a new appointment or coordinate after-hours Move-In.

What should I do if my J-card is not working?

If you are having access problems with your J-Card, contact Housing Operations at 410-516-7962 (Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5PM) or Security at 410-516-7777 after hours.

If you have lost your J-card and need a replacement, you will need to contact the J-card office at 410-516-5121. Replacement J-cards are $20.

Can we bring bikes?

Bikes are allowed at Hopkins. We have bike rooms in AMR II and McCoy, and bike racks in most of our residence halls. It is your responsibility to register your bike with Housing Operations and provide your own locking device.

How do I find the building I am supposed to move into?

Your housing assignment was sent to you via email, however, you can access it from the Housing Portal by clicking on “My Housing”.

How much is 1 laundry cycle?

Laundry costs are included in the on-campus housing fees and as such all residents will automatically receive 18 cycles of laundry per month (1 wash or dry = 1 cycle). The 18 cycles per month are valued at $27 ($1.50 per cycle) and on the 1st of each month, the balance is reset to $27.

Can I remove furniture from my dorm room?

All furniture that comes in the room must remain in the room for the duration of the year. The furniture cannot be removed from the room.

My assignment is not what I’d hoped for, can I change rooms?

If your assignment is not what you had hoped for, you have the option to sign up for the waitlist, which is located on your housing application on the student housing portal. Both the room change waitlist (first-year students) and singles waitlist (second-year students) operate on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, we encourage you to be open-minded about your assignment, as all of our buildings are great places to live and learn with other members of your community.

Please keep in mind: if you and your roommate(s) decide to switch rooms within your suite, you must notify Housing Operations. Internal room switches that occur without approval from Housing Operations are considered ILLEGAL and are subject to a $75 fee. Please email for more information on the internal room switch process.

When will the mailrooms begin receiving my shipped packages?

The mailrooms will begin receiving shipped packages and belongings for incoming residents on August 16. If you have an early Move-In date, we will begin accepting those package on August 9.

Will the mailrooms be open to pick-up my shipped packages on Move-In weekend?

Yes. The mailrooms will be open on Move-In weekend from 8am–6:30pm.

Where can I can find my complete mailing address?

Your complete mailing address can be found on the “My Confirmation” page in your housing portal.

Move-In Appointments

In order for students to be eligible to move into their residence hall, the following must be completed:

  • Upload COVID-19 vaccine information to Vaccine Management System (VMS) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  • You should have already registered for the Pyramed Health WebPortal and completed the PDF Document: JHU Pre-Entrance Health Form (deadline was July 15), if you have not done this already please complete ASAP!
  • Please do not wait until you have a COVID-19 vaccine to complete and send health forms to
  • Activate your MyChart account.
    • You can call 888-676-3433 or email at any time, 24 hours, seven days a week, if you have difficulty activating your MyChart account.
  • Download Prodensity
    • JHU affiliates will use the Prodensity app to conduct mandatory daily wellness checks, receive asymptomatic testing alerts, and monitor compliance with the University’s COVID-19 and flu vaccine policies.

Because of public health guidance, all students will need to sign up for a move-in time. Appointments will be every half-hour from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The last appointment is at 5:30 p.m. Appointments will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important for students to arrive at their appointment time. Arriving outside of your appointment time may impact your check-in process and that of your fellow students. For those students who are part of a group arriving early, you will not make an appointment and will receive move-in information from your group leader.

Students who have been told by the Student Health and Wellness Center that they require a TSpot test for tuberculosis on the day of move-in, should schedule their move-in time for earlier in the day, ideally before 12 p.m.

Scheduling an appointment

Please log into the Housing Portal to sign up for a move-in time by NOON on Monday August 16th. Once you have logged in, please click on “Move-In Appointments” button in the top navigation bar and follow the directions to select your move-in time:

  • Appointments will either be marked “available” in blue or “unavailable” in gray.
  • Select desired appointment time.
  • A pop-up window will appear asking “Are you sure you want to book this appointment?” Click “yes” to continue.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to your JHU email with your appointment information.

Cancelling or changing an appointment

Appointments may be changed or cancelled through the Housing Portal until NOON on Monday, August 16th.

To change an appointment the existing appointment must first be cancelled before a new appointment can be scheduled.

To cancel an appointment, log into the Housing Portal and click the “Move-in Appointments” button in the top navigation bar. You will see the scheduled appointment listed under the “My Appointments” heading. To cancel, click the “Cancel” button on the right and confirm the cancellation when prompted. A confirmation email will be sent once the appointment has successfully been cancelled.

To create a new appointment see the “scheduling an appointment” section above.

Cancellations and changes after NOON on Monday August 16th must be done by calling 410-516-7960. These requests are subject to availability and may not be granted.

Move-In Procedure

At your scheduled time, you should arrive at the South Garage (3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218). After parking, please go into Shriver Hall and complete the health screening and COVID testing. After completion you will receive your residence hall key. Families are welcome to walk their student to Shriver Hall, we will have welcome tables and refreshments for families while they wait for their student. There will be information sheets available for family members who are interested in their own COVID vaccination or testing while they are in the Baltimore area.

Although there will be an immunization station for students who have outstanding pre-entrance health form requirements, or were unable to receive their COVID vaccine, we strongly encourage you to receive the vaccines prior to arrival.

Flu vaccines will also be administered during move-in. It will be mandatory to have a documented flu vaccination or approved exception by November 19. Students who wish to apply for an exception can indicate this during move-in and they will receive additional information.


All residents are required to comply with all JHU weekly testing requirements, public health guidelines, and housing contract and addendum mandates. Students are not vaccinated and received an exception or are still in the process of completing their vaccination cycle will be required to wear masks while indoors (except while inside their individual residence hall room) and will have to test twice weekly. Vaccinated students living on campus will not be required to mask while on campus, however they will be required to test once a week. Failure to follow these requirements may result in disciplinary action including and up to removal from the residence halls.

JHU currently requires that undergraduate and graduate students who will be on-campus in the United States attending classes, performing duties, and/or participating in on-campus activities will be required to upload documentation of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine or receive an exception. Additionally, students assigned to on campus housing who are not in compliance with JHU’s vaccine policy will be refused access to the residence halls. More information about the vaccination requirement can be found here.

Key Pick Up

After screening and testing, you will be given your residence hall keys. You will use the QR code located on the welcome page of the Housing Portal. Please have this QR code readily available (either printed or on your mobile device) when you reach the Housing table at Shriver Hall. A staff member will scan your QR code and give you the keys to your room. You will also receive your J-Card at this time.

At the Residence Hall

After you have received your keys you will be directed to your residence hall. Staff members will be directing traffic as you approach your residence hall.

Upon arrival at your residence hall, you will be greeted by a staff member and directed where to park. Once you are parked, staff will be there to assist with unloading your vehicle and bringing your items to your room. The driver must remain with the vehicle while at the residence hall so that your car can be moved as soon as it is unloaded to make room for the next student.

Once your car is unloaded, your car will need to be moved to an appropriate location to park, either within the community or at the JHU San Martin garage. Please be diligent in complying with all parking signs on or around campus. It has been our experience that the City of Baltimore can be quite aggressive in ticketing and towing all vehicles parked illegally.

Please note that visitors and guest, including family members, must wear masks while inside the residence halls.

Mail Services

The AMR II and Wolman mail rooms service the freshman class. Students residing in AMR I, AMR II, and AMR III A and B will have all lettered US & campus mail and packages delivered to the AMR II mail rooms. Students residing in Wolman and McCoy will have all lettered US & campus mail and packages delivered to the Wolman mail rooms. Please refer to these helpful tips when sending mail to your campus address:

  • Your mailing address will be located on the “My Confirmation” page. If your mail/packages are not addressed correctly, your mail may not be delivered or may be delayed in arrival.
  • The AMR II and Wolman mail rooms can accept mail and packages beginning Monday, August 16th. Due to space limitations, all items sent prior to this date will be returned to sender.
  • For approved early arriving athletes/special groups, the AMR II and Wolman mail rooms can accept mail and packages beginning Monday, August 9th.

The AMR II and Wolman mail rooms will be open for Fall Move-in during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 20th from 8:00am – 6:30pm
  • Saturday, August 21st from 8:00am – 6:30pm
  • Sunday, August 22nd from 8:00am – 6:30pm
  • Mon, August 23rd- Wed, August 25th from 10am-5:30pm
  • Thursday, August 26th from 8:00am – 6:30pm
  • Friday, August 27th from 8:00am-6:30pm

J-Card Services and Card Access

As a reminder, your J-Card functions as your access card for your residence hall. Upon move-in, first-year students will receive their J-Card with their keys, and it will already be programmed to access their building. Returning students, if you have lost your J-Card, contact the J-Card office ( to request a replacement. Your J-Card will get you into residence halls, the library, academic buildings, other campus facilities, and your meal plan. It is also as good as cash: you can store money on your J-Card and use it to buy food and other items on- and off-campus. J-Cards are also accepted by more than a dozen businesses in Charles Village. Should you ever have any issues with your J-Card, you may contact the J-Card Office in Wyman Hall.


Students and Families will have access to the dining halls during the move-in periods.

Sabbath Observance

If you require accommodations for key pick-up due to observance of the Sabbath, click here to complete the form. The Housing Operations office only uses this information for the purpose of Sabbath key distribution.

Residence Hall Bed Lofting

You can request a bed loft during the first weeks of each semester at

MyFridge Rentals

For the 2021-2022 academic year, MyFridge Rentals are only available to students residing in the AMRs. Click the images below for more information.

Additional Information