UW News

September 22, 2020

Soundbites & B-roll: UW students move into residence halls

UW News


University of Washington students living in residence halls began moving in on Tuesday, and about 4,000 students total will move in this week. This number is less than half the UW’s normal residence hall capacity. Move-in usually happens over two days, but will take place over a four-day period this year to ensure minimal contact and proper physical distancing.

Download soundbites and B-roll here

Download additional B-roll of dining facilities and an example isolation room here

Fall quarter begins Sept. 30, and about 90% of classes will be held remotely.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of special precautions are being taken to ensure minimal contact and proper physical distancing during the move-in process. Among these:

Facemasks are required in all indoor space, per campus policy, and outside whenever appropriate physical distance cannot be ensured.

A limit of two people can arrive with students to help with moving in. No pets are allowed during move-in.

Only one vehicle can be used per student to move in.

Carts will be available for students and their families to move belongings from the check-in location to their rooms. Carts will be sanitized between each use using EPA-registered disinfectants. Hand sanitizer will be available for use near elevators.

All staff and volunteers assisting during move-in will be required to wear surgical masks. There will be student volunteers assisting with the loading and unloading of residents’ belongings.

In each community, one elevator will be designated to move carts to floors and one elevator will be designated for resident and guest use. No more than two people (or three people from the same household) will be permitted in an elevator at a time.

Ainsley Jordan, first-year student from Everett
Rachel Oommen, first-year student from Sammamish
Megan Baffaro, student move-in volunteer coordinator
Pam Schreiber, executive director of UW Housing & Food Services

Students and families arrive, pick up housing assignment information
Unloading cars, moving belongings into residence halls
Unpacking in individual rooms
Students visiting UW dining facilities
An example of the isolation rooms available for students, if needed