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Spring 2021 COVID-19 Prepare for Move-In

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this winter! This page contains important information regarding Spring 2021 move-in. Read fully and carefully!!!

Spring 2021 Move-In Instructions and Information


March 24th - March 28th, 2021

Students must arrive during their Move-In appointment date & time. Failure to do so could result in cancellation of your Housing for Spring 2021.


  • On your confirmed date/time, students proceed promptly to the building and assigned residence hall to move-in (see Spring 2021, Move-In Map below)
  • Students may have two individuals assist with the move-in process; students & helpers must wear face coverings and practice physical distancing (maintain 6 feet of distance from others)


  • Resident students will proceed to the parking lot or garage of their assigned residence hall as noted on Spring 2021 Move-In Map (see below).
  • Once, parked, students proceed directly to their assigned apartment/suite/room- all personal belongings should be unloaded into the student's room, although not necessarily unpacked within the allotted move-in period.


Residence hall and room access is provided via an ACCESS card or an ACCESS mobile credential. To ensure that your move-in is smooth, it is essential that you take action related to your SCU ACCESS credential ASAP (no later than March 17th). When you arrive to move-in your credential will activate for access to the building/room once you hold it up to any exterior access point at your assigned residence hall.

If you already have an ACCESS card or an ACCESS mobile credential, please email with name and ID to confirm that your card or mobile credential is current.

If you are a new student with no ACCESS credential, please take the following steps to set up your mobile credential:

  1. Upload your ID photo
  2. Set up Duo Security 2-Factor Authentication on your smartphone
  3. Visit the mobile credential setup page to upload your mobile credential


Each student is permitted two individuals/guests to assist with the move-in process; the two individuals must vacate the building at the end of the move-in period per the COVID19 guest policy. The University will not provide volunteers or staff to physically assist students with moving into their residence hall room.


SCU will provide limited move-in equipment (mail carts) to help assist with the move-in process. These carts will be located in the lobby of each residence hall and can be used on a first come, first serve basis and are to be used at the sole discretion of the user. SCU will provide basic cleaning supplies for mail cart users to clean carts in between uses.


In order to complete the move-in process in a manner that prioritizes student health and the health of our community, the following actions will be taken:

  • You may only bring two (2) additional individuals to assist you.
  • You and anyone assisting you will be required to wear a face covering when you are in any public area in the residence halls or moving between your room and your vehicle. Gloves are not required but highly encouraged.
  • If you or anyone assisting you is sick, you are not permitted to come to campus to move-in.
  • Elevator capacity will be limited to one student & two helpers at any given time. 
  • It is expected that you and anyone helping you will follow all physical distancing expectations, including maintaining a distance of six feet. 
  • We expect that you and anyone assisting you to wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations are located in the main lobbies of each residence hall.
  • Anyone who is assisting you, will not be permitted to spend the night in the residence halls and must depart campus promptly once all of your belongings have been moved into your room and no later than the end of your Move-in appointment.


All students moving into campus housing are required to participate in the SCU arrival testing & quarantine protocols.

During the arrival testing quarantine protocol:

  1. Students will take a COVID19 test immediately upon arrival (within 12 hours)
  2. Maintain restricted activity for five (5) days
  3. Test again on day six (6)
  4. Assuming the 2nd test result is negative, the quarantine is complete on day seven (7).
  5. NOTE: Students moving in on March 27 or March 28 will take the second test on Thursday, April 1 and end their quarantine on April 2 or 3 respectively. 

In between tests, students may leave their rooms only for the following essential tasks:

  1. COVID19 testing
  2. Picking up pre-ordered food in Benson Memorial Center
  3. Partaking in outdoor solo physical activity.

The COVID19 testing center at Benson Memorial center will be open 12:00PM - 4:00PM from Wednesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 28. Spring Quarter testing hours begin March 29th. 

  • Benson Memorial Center: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Lucas Hall: Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Please note the testing center will be closed on Good Friday (April 2). 

Learn more about SCU's COVID19 Testing Protocols and register in advance with the University's testing provider ShieldT3.

Spring 2021 Move-In Map

DUE TO COVID-19 we highly encourage students to pack lightly. DO NOT BRING ADDITIONAL FURNITURE OR FUTONS TO CAMPUS THIS YEAR. 

All rooms are furnished with 1 bed (including mattress), 1 desk, 1 chair, and 1 dresser per student. Ultimately, each student will determine the items that they need to make Santa Clara University home.

The University made a sustainability commitment to be carbon neutral and zero-waste. Please help us reach our goals by considering the impact of your purchases and the availability of campus resources. Your move-out will also be easier if you bring fewer items!

Each residence hall has specific room types, layouts, and content. Check out the layouts and specific included items here.


  • Clothing (Santa Clara weather ranges from warm to cool)
  • Bed linens (Twin XL), pillows, blankets, comforter
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Mobile phone, charger, accessories
  • Storage boxes
  • Basic first-aid supplies, face masks, hand sanitizer, thermometer
  • Medications
  • Emergency supplies (flashlight, 3-day supply of medications, water, and non-perishable items for any specific dietary needs)
  • Toiletries
  • Important documents (government-issued ID, passport, etc.)


  • Computer and accessories
  • Notebooks, folders, binders, etc. 
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Calendar/planner
  • Calculator
  • Stationery, stamps, envelopes
  • Batteries


  • Laundry detergent (HE detergent only, laundry pods are not recommended), dryer sheets
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing kit and safety pins
  • Glass/surface cleaner
  • Small vacuum cleaner
  • Dish soap, sponge, dish towel (apartments only)


  • Minifridge or MicroFridge (max 4.5 cubic feet & Energy Star certified)
  • Television and accessories (Note: your Xfinity account works with SmartTVs or Roku only) 
  • desk lamp and light bulbs
  • Fan
  • Power strips/surge protectors (must be UL-approved, circuit breaker type)
  • Some dishes/flatware
  • Umbrella
  • Playing cards and board games
  • Decorations (Residents may cover a max of 50% if a wall)
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Bike with strong U-style lock
  • Coffee pot

Suggested Do Not Bring Items

  • Heirlooms/expensive jewelry
  • Printer (There are printers available)

Not Allowed

  • Water beds and furniture that does not meet California state fire codes
  • Removal of University-provided furniture
  • Air conditioning units
  • Ceiling fans
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements (Includes: George Foreman style grills designed for indoor or countertop use, hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, sunlamps. 
  • Extension cords (UL-approved surge protectors are okay)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles/incense
  • Flammable liquids (lighter fluid, gasoline)
  • Amplified Instruments 
  • Drugs or illegal substances
  • Pets (except fish in a max 5-gallon tank)
  • Hoverboards
  • Drones
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers, and other explosives and chemicals
  • Alcohol or alcohol containers (if under 21)
  • Wireless router

See the Student Handbook for more information. 

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



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 now!!!

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.

Mailing Services Location & Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Mail and packages can be picked up at Mailing Services located in Building #604 (Facilities building next to Finn Hall and behind Casa Italiana Hall). 
  • Mailing Services will be open March 24-28 for move-in from, 9:00am - 4:00pm. 

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. 

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.

View or download the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Move-In Packet.

This packet contains important information. 

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.