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Prepare for Move-In?

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall. This page contains important information regarding Fall 2019 move-in. Read fully and carefully!!!

Law Student Move-In begins August 11th, 2019

Graduate Student Move-In begins August 30th, 2019

Neighborhood Unit Move-In begins August 30th, 2019 

University Villas Move-In begins September 20th, 2019

First-Year/Transfer Student Move-In begins September 21st, 2019

Returning Student Move-In begins September 22nd, 2019

Law Students

  • Law Program residents check-in on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Please plan to arrive between 9:00AM - 4:00PM. We request you bring your confirmation email at the time of check-in. See below for your check-in location:
    • Bellarmine Hall located at Bellarmine Service Desk; 2505 The Alameda, Santa Clara CA 95050. (553 Franklin, 745 Bellomy, & 569 Lafayette will check-in at Bellarmine)

    • St. Clare Hall located at St. Clare Commons Service Desk; 3355 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

    • Park Avenue Apartments located at 2675 Park Avenue #10, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

    • University Square located at 873 Franklin Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (University Square Residents will check-in at the St. Clare Desk)

Graduate Students

  • Graduate Program residents check-in on Friday, August 30, 2019. Please plan to arrive between 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Housing Office - Benson Memorial Center - Room 212 to check-in and receive your keys (if applicable). We request you bring your confirmation email at the time of check-in.

Neighborhood Unit Students

  • August 30: For students checking in on August 30, you may check-in at the Housing Office - Benson Memorial Center - Room 212, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • After September 2: For students checking in beginning September 3, you may check-in Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Housing Office located in Benson 212. 

University Villas Students

  • University Villas residents check-in on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the University Villas Service Desk, 9:00am-4:00pm. Click link for more details about University Villas move-in. 

First-Year/Transfer Students

  • First-year/transfer students will check-in on Saturday, September 21, 2019. There are two windows of time first-year students can move in. See schedule below:
    • 8:30am-10:30am
      • Check-in for even-numbered rooms in Campisi, Casa Italiana, Dunne, Finn, Graham, McLaughlin-Walsh, Sobrato, and Sanfilippo.
      • Check-in for Swig floors 1, 2 8, 9, 10
    • 10:30am-12:30pm
      • Check-in for odd-numbered rooms in Campisi, Casa Italiana, Dunne, Finn, Graham, McLaughlin-Walsh, Sobrato, and Sanfilippo.
      • Check-in for Swig floors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Click link: First-Year/Transfer Move-In for more details about move-in. 

Returning Students

  • Returning students check-in on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Returning students should arrive at their residence hall service desk between 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Click link: Returning Student Move-In for more details about returning student move-in



As you prepare your transition to Santa Clara University the Housing Office encourages you to consider the two lists of items listed below!  Remember as you pack and prepare for your move your new residence hall room will also house two or three additional individuals, two or three sets of university-issued furniture, and your personal belongings along with those of your roommate(s). Consider the size of residence hall rooms and try not to bring too many items! 

The University has sustainability commitments to be carbon neutral and zero-waste next year. Please help SCU reach its goals by stopping to think if you really need it or if you can use available campus resources. (Plus, it’ll make an easier move-out.)


LINENS -  All students will need to provide their own sheets, a blanket or comforter, and a pillow. All of the mattresses within buildings that house first-year and sophomore students are extra-long twin (39 x 80 inches) and therefore require extra-long twin sheets. Please note: University Villas has full-size beds. 

TOWELS & TOILETRIES* - Along with a bath towel students should also plan to bring a shower caddy to carry items to and from the bathroom. A limited supply of affordable shower caddies will be available at the donation-based Bronco Surplus pop-up shop, held at the Get Organized Vendor Fair on the Saturday of Welcome Weekend.
CONVENIENCE APPLIANCES* - Various appliances such as small microwave ovens, mini-refrigerators (up to 4 cubic feet), coffee pots, and hot pots without exposed coils are all permitted within the residence halls at SCU. ALL appliances must be energy star certified. Additionally, a vendor is present on-campus the first week of Fall quarter to rent mini-refrigerators to students. Of course, personal computers are permitted as well and the Housing Office encourages students to bring a computer so as to take advantage of the data networking and WiFi services within your room. Prior to bringing appliances like your own fridge or microwave, consider using communal kitchen appliances in your residence halls. This will make for an easier move-out and you’ll have more space in your room!
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES - The Housing Office also encourages students to consider keeping items such as a flashlight, batteries, and any other personal emergency supplies within their room. Furthermore, it is suggested that students keep and maintain a minimum 3 day supply of medications, water, and non-perishable items for any specific dietary needs. 
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS* - Additional items that should be considered include clothes hangers, an alarm clock, a study lamp, an iron, and a laundry bag. If you plan to bring a bicycle, also plan to bring a heavy-duty bicycle lock. Some of these additional, miscellaneous items can be found at the Bronco Surplus pop-up shop during Welcome Weekend.
ROOM DECOR* - Although students are permitted to add simple furnishings to their rooms, students are not allowed to remove university issued furniture or permanently alter rooms. There are rooms in which the furniture can be lofted or the beds bunked. Lofts that are constructed by any means other than using university issues furniture are not permitted. The painting of rooms is never allowed. However, you may hang posters and similar materials on the walls but make sure to use a hanging method that does not cause permanent damage to the walls. Textile materials such as sheets, nets, or other large pieces of fabric may not be hung from walls or ceilings for fire-safety reasons. The Housing Office has found that plants, posters, and pictures are all excellent means by which to personalize your room. Shop for decor when you arrive to campus! The Bronco Surplus pop-up may have decor, along with organizers and smaller household items (i.e. mugs) available!

ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME                                               

COOKING & HEATING APPLIANCES - Due to health and safety concerns and energy demands, sunlamps, torchiere halogen lamps, crockpots, toaster ovens, hot plates, space heaters, and other appliances with exposed heating units are not permitted in the residence halls. Furthermore, fire regulations do not permit flammable liquids, such as chemicals, gasoline, or lighter fluid within any residential building.

KNIVES FOR COOKING - Unless you are residing in an apartment with a kitchen, do not bring knives for cooking to campus. Knives for use in food preparation within the community kitchens can be checked out from the residence hall service desks.

AMPLIFIED INSTRUMENTS or DRUM SETS - These items will be confiscated and you will be required to ship these items home if they are seen or heard within the residence halls.

DRUGS or ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES Any student found in possession of or using illegal drugs will be documented and adjudicated through the Santa Clara University disciplinary process.

WEAPONS or EXPLOSIVE AGENTS -   The possession of any weapon including BB guns, air guns, firearms, hunting equipment, knives, martial arts tools, stun guns, paint-pellet guns, or any items of a similar nature, is prohibited in the residence halls. The use or possession of fireworks, firecrackers, or other explosives or chemicals is also prohibited.

The University is not responsible for the safety of personal possessions. In many cases, a student’s personal belongings are covered under a student's homeowners insurance. If this is not the case for you, the Housing Office suggests obtaining additional insurance.

*Items that can be found at Bronco Surplus Pop-up at affordable prices during Welcome Weekend at the Get Organized Vendor Fair.

You will not be able to see your residence hall room prior to your scheduled move-in date. Please visit our room layout and dimension page to see the average residence hall space for each community. 

Please note: We are unable to go to resident spaces to take measurements. This will have to be done at move-in.

You can begin sending mail to campus one week prior to your scheduled move-in date. 

Proper Address Format for Incoming Student Mail

All incoming mail (letters, flats, boxes, and packages) MUST be addressed as follows:

Student Name
SCU-_ _ _ _ *
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-_ _ _ _ *

*Your 4-digit box number assigned by Housing Services.

  • The term P.O. BOX should never be used in your address.

  • All mail is identified and sorted by your box number. All mail without a box number will be returned to the sender. DO NOT have mail addressed to your room number or residence hall/RLC name - it will not be delivered.

Amazon Lockers

Most amazon purchases can be sent to the Amazon lockers on campus. Select "Amazon Locker - Broncos" to have your Amazon packages delivered to the lockers in Alameda Hall. You have 3 days from the date of delivery to pick up your package. 

Package Pick-Up for Welcome Weekend

Package pickup will be available on Welcome Weekend at the rear dock area of Building #604 (Facilities building next to Finn Hall construction site). There will be signage to the rear dock from the parking lot. 

  • Package pick-up hours
    • Sat. 9.21.19 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Sun. 9.22.18 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Expanded Campus Post Office package pick-up hours
    • Mon. 9.23.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Tues. 9.24.19 5:00pm-7:00pm 
    • Wed. 9.25.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Thur. 9.26.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Sat. 9.28.19 12:00pm-3:00pm
    • Sun. 9.29.19 12:00pm-3:00pm
    • Mon. 9.30.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Tues. 10.1.19 5:00pm-7:00pm 
    • Wed. 10.2.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • Thur. 10.3.19 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Larger packages will be available for pickup from Central Receiving during Welcome Weekend at the following times:
    • Sat. 9.21.19 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Sun. 9.22.19 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Larger packages will be available for pickup from Central Receiving Monday - Friday between 11:00am-4:00pm during the academic year. 

Connecting to SCU-Student

The network SCU-Student allows our students to access all SCU resources and have very high-speed Internet connectivity. To keep the network secure, you will need to authenticate to the network, and only devices that meet a minimum security standard will be allowed to connect.

  1. Choose SCU‑Student from the list of available WiFi networks.
  2. SCU‑Student is encrypted with WPA. You will be asked to enter a WPA key.

    At the password prompt, enter "gosantaclara" (without quotation marks)

  3. After entering the WPA key, you will need to launch your web browser and browse to an off-campus website such as
  4. A web page will open and prompt you to type in your SCU Username and password. You are not fully connected to the network until you authenticate with your SCU Username and password.
  5. Once logged in, you may be asked to download a Policy Key. This must be downloaded to access the wireless network.

Please note, access to the wireless network requires you to authenticate through a protective shell called SafeConnect. Part of the connection process includes a review of your computer to see if it has current anti-virus/anti-malware software running on it. The review will also check to see if your system is relatively current on O/S patches and security updates. Systems not current in either of these are placed into a network quarantine, where you have the ability to correct this. For example, we provide Sophos Endpoint Security and Control. This is at no cost to current students, faculty & staff. This can be downloaded from the quarantine protection area and installed, which will resolve that issue. Protection of the campus network and resources and protection for your system are our primary concern.

If you are not able to successfully use SafeConnect to get online, please check the Common Issues page for known client issues and recommended actions to address them. If you continue to experience SafeConnect issues, please contact the Technology Help Desk at x5700 or drop by the desk on the 1st Floor of the Learning Commons.

As noted in the Santa Clara University Housing Contract, SCU assumes no financial responsibility and
provides no insurance or financial protection for the personal property of students. Most homeowner policies will cover renters insurance for dependents living on-campus. We suggest you contact your family's insurance agent for clarification on your policy. 

If you are looking for renters insurance, the University has a relationship with GradGuard’s exclusive student renters insurance program & Gallagher. View a short video for GradGuard here. We suggest you shop around for the best provider and policy for you and your family.