Will students be able to live in Michigan Housing this fall?
- Wearing face coverings at all times in the public areas
- Practicing physical distancing
- Maintaining good hand hygiene
We will share more details about what you can do to keep your community safe, and what we’re doing too.
CONTRACTS AND CANCELLATIONS
I’M A NEW TRANSFER STUDENT. WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO HEAR ABOUT MY HOUSING APPLICATION?
IF I SIGN MY CONTRACT NOW, BUT DECIDE THAT I WILL NOT NEED A ROOM IN MICHIGAN HOUSING, CAN I CANCEL?
IF I CHOOSE TO BE REMOTE THIS FALL, IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE ON-CAMPUS FOR WINTER TERM?
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO EACH ROOM/APARTMENT?
WHEN WILL I KNOW THE NAMES OF MY ROOMMATES?
CAN I CHANGE MY HOUSING ASSIGNMENT BEFORE MOVE-IN?
HOW CAN I REQUEST AN ACCOMMODATION FOR HEALTH OR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE?
We want everyone to feel comfortable in their living environment and in sharing their needs with us. Documentation for accommodation requests, such as for disability, health or religious observance, are due seven days after you submit your application. We encourage you to share with us your Housing needs as soon as possible since we have limited availability for rooms of a certain type.
WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST I SUBMITTED?
SHIPPING AND STORAGE
Where MAY I SHIP MY BELONGINGS AHEAD OF TIME?
While undergraduate residence halls and apartments are unable to accept packages prior to August 30, Michigan Housing has teamed up with John’s Pack & Ship (JPS) to offer in-room delivery service for items shipped to JPS by August 15th. We encourage you to use the JPS Porter Service, both for your convenience and to maintain safe physical distancing during move-in. Find complete details along with a registration link here: http://moveum.com/porter-service.
Textbooks ordered through the University’s course materials partner, Barnes & Noble, can be shipped for free to their locations in the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons. Look for a link in Wolverine Access where you find your course schedule.
WHAT IF I STORED MY BELONGINGS DURING WINTER TERM?
If you lived in undergraduate Michigan Housing for Winter 2020 semester and stored your belongings with Johns Pack and Ship, your belongings will be delivered directly to your student room.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE ARRIVING AT MICHIGAN?
- Taking their temperature two times a day and monitoring for fever.
- Watching for cough, trouble breathing or additional COVID-19 symptoms.
- Staying home and avoiding contact with others outside of their homes, including not going to work, school or social gatherings.
- Avoiding public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.
- Maintaining a physical distance from others (about 6 feet).
- Wearing a face covering when in public settings or while interacting with others outside of the home.
- Seeking medical attention if they develop a fever, other symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19. They will then be asked not to come to campus until they receive further instructions.
WILL U-M PROVIDE COVID TESTING BEFORE MOVE-IN?
New residential students (both undergraduate and graduate) moving into U-M Housing’s residence halls and apartments will be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, and be cleared before arriving in Ann Arbor. U-M is partnering with the national testing company Quest Diagnostics to accomplish this. Quest will provide testing kits, at no additional cost to students and families, directly to on-campus housing students at their homes to self-administer and then mail back to Quest for analysis.
Students who fail to return a test will be tested immediately upon arrival and asked to practice enhanced social distancing until results come back. We are requiring all students, whether they live on campus or not, to practice enhanced social distancing for two weeks before returning to Ann Arbor.
Any students who test positive will be asked to delay arrival on campus. Current CDC guidelines call for asymptomatic persons who test positive to self-quarantine for 10 days. Students living in our Munger Graduate Residences had an earlier move-in, and they are being tested after arrival.
We are testing residence hall students because we are asking them to live with us, and they will be in new large-scale community housing environments immediately after arriving. This measure exceeds current CDC higher education guidelines, which call for testing of symptomatic individuals and those with recent exposures to someone with COVID-19.
Updated information may be found in the university’s updated Maize and Blueprint FAQs.
WHEN IS MOVE IN?
Move-in will take place between August 24 through August 30. We will send an email to you indicating that you are now able to sign up online for a time slot, reserving a day and time for you to arrive. You can do this from the housing business portal (where you signed your contract).
CAN I SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT BEFORE I GET MY HOUSING ASSIGNMENT?
A submitted contract is required to view the time slots, which are set up by building.
WHAT IF I AM PART OF A SPECIAL UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM THAT NEEDS TO MOVE IN ON A SPECIFIC DAY?
Athletics, Marching Band can move in on Aug 23 and they should be able to see Aug 23 as an option when they go to the time slot. Other groups are not designated for a specific day.\
MLC students should move in prior to the date and time the program has asked you to arrive. If you are asked to be here by Friday, plan on looking at Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday time slots.
MAY I BRING AN EXTRA HELPER IF I HAVE SOME SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?
IS THERE A SERVICE TO ASSIST ME WITH MOVING BELONGINGS FROM MY VEHICLE TO MY ROOM?
WHAT IF I WANT TO MOVE IN THE SAME DATE AND TIME AS MY ROOMMATE?
To meet physical distancing requirements, we do not advise nor permit roommates to move in at the same time.
WHAT IF I MISS MY TIME SLOT?
WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE AFTER THE LAST TIME SLOT?
MAY I ARRIVE AFTER MY CONTRACT STARTS?
Please email us and let us know when you are arriving. We can make arrangements for your check-in.
I (OR MY HELPER) CANNOT WEAR A MASK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
I’M TRAVELLING INTERNATIONALLY. WHAT ARE MY TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS TO CAMPUS FROM THE AIRPORT OR TRAIN/STATIONS?
INSIDE YOUR RESIDENCE HALL
WILL GUESTS BE ALLOWED INTO RESIDENCE HALLS AND APARTMENTS?
At this time, only residents of a building will be able to access that building with their Mcards. In the interests of public health, visitors to your room (anyone who lives outside of the building) are not permitted. No overnight guests will be allowed in residence halls or apartments.
During move-in, one helper at a time can join you in the building.
HOW WILL I COLLECT PACKAGES AND GET HELP WITH LOST KEYS AND OTHER SERVICES?
Each residence hall has a package room, which may not be in the same building. At the package room, you will see physical distancing markers for queuing, and staff will have safety precautions in place as they locate your item for you. Every community has a Community Center, a great resource for lost-and-found, temporary key and MCard check-out, and helping with general questions. You’ll see physical distancing markers here too. Remember, outside of your room is a public space, so face coverings will be required for these services.
WHERE WILL FACE COVERINGS BE REQUIRED?
Face coverings, such as disposable masks or cloth face coverings, must be worn by all individuals at all times in public areas of your hall unless you cannot medically tolerate such a covering. This includes lounges, hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, and elevators.
When you arrive for move-in, you will receive a safety kit that includes two face coverings and hand sanitizer, but bring additional ones if you can since a clean one should be used each day. Residents are expected to launder their face coverings regularly, so you may need extra in between trips to the laundry room.
WHAT COMMON AREAS INSIDE A RESIDENCE HALL WILL BE OPEN?
Right now, the best public health guidance recommends that common areas such as lounges and study rooms be closed for the time being. As the situation evolves and the term progresses we will update you on new guidelines. Where appropriate, spaces will be open where physical distancing is possible.
WILL LAUNDRY ROOMS BE OPEN?
Yes. Every community has a laundry room. For safety, you will see signs in each room with guidelines for doing your laundry appropriately. You might already be a laundry expert, but there are some extra precautions when you are doing laundry with shared equipment. Face coverings will be needed in the laundry room. Using our “laundry locator”, you can see which machines are available from your smartphone, so you can plan your trip.
WILL BATHROOMS BE SHARED?
Most residents in undergraduate residence halls will live on a corridor with a shared bathroom secured with card access. You’ll see signs in the bathrooms to encourage physical distancing in bathrooms, which are still communal spaces.
WILL THERE BE RESIDENT ADVISORS THIS YEAR?
WHAT IF I FEEL SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
If you show symptoms, including a fever of 100 degrees or greater, immediately call the 24-hour Nurse Line at the University Health Services for help and COVID-19 testing. Students who test positive are required to isolate and may be required to move temporarily into alternative housing if isolating locally is not possible. If you have any concerns about exposure to COVID-19, do not hesitate to contact the 24-hour Nurse Line.
In addition to the safety kit you’ll receive at move-in, you will need to bring your own thermometer and should be regularly checking your temperature.
HOW WILL THE COMMON AREAS BE CLEANED?
Our facilities team will be using enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the residence halls, especially high-touch areas like door handles, flat surfaces, elevators, and handrails. Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with techniques proven effective against viral transmission.
Residents, too, have a role to play in keeping surfaces clean: that’s why you will see sanitizer dispensers at entrances and near areas like the package room, elevators, and community centers.
HOW WILL MY ROOM BE CLEANED?
You are responsible for cleaning and sanitizing your room. We will provide guidelines, and there will be cleaners available for you in the hall, which will be replenished regularly. Cleaning your room protects you and the whole community.