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Residential Move-In Guide for Fall 2019

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Download your 2019 Move-in Guide for information on Move-in Weekend and a complete list of what to bring to campus!

Visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to check your room assignment and specific move-in date and time. Move-in will take place on August 15, 16 AND 17.  Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place, and University Lofts report to TDECU Stadium Cougar Club (3700 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004).

Bayou Oaks residents will report directly to Bayou Oaks, NOT TDECU Stadium Cougar Club.
  1. Visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to:
    • Verify your room assignment
    • Check your assigned move-in date and time
    • View roommate information
    • For more information contact the housing office.
  2. Attend orientation - At orientation, you will:
    • Enroll in classes
    • Get your Cougar Card (student ID). The Cougar Card is needed to check in on move-in day.
    • Purchase a parking permit
    • Learn about financial aid
    • Sign up for the student health plan
    • Buy textbooks
    • For more information contact the admissions office.
  3. Visit AccessUH and follow the steps below to select your meal plan. For a full meal plan, eligibility details click here.
    • Select the “Cougar Card” icon
    • Click on the “Meal Plan” drop-down tab
    • Select the “Buy Meal Plan” option from the menu
    • Select the appropriate semester (Fall 2019)
    • Choose a meal plan
    • View the meal plan terms and conditions
    • Check the box to accept the meal plan terms and conditions
    • Click "Buy"
    • Click "OK"
  4. Make a packing list - Review the suggested list of items to bring as well as prohibited items included in this guide. Be sure to talk with your roommate and/or suitemates to decide who is bringing shared items to avoid duplicates.
  • Cougar Card – You will use it for check-in, dining and getting into your residence hall.
  • Linens – pillow, blanket, quilt or comforter, pillow top or egg carton cushion, mattress pad, towels, washcloths, sheets (Beds in Cougar Village I & II and Moody Towers are extra long twin size beds. Beds in Bayou Oaks, Cougar Place, and University Lofts are full-size beds.)
  • Desk lamp/desk organizers
  • Closet organizers
  • Personal toiletries including toilet paper
  • Personal decor items – posters, photos, etc. (No nails, screws or staples), only use blue painters tape or 3M Command Strips
  • High-efficiency laundry detergent, clothes hamper, iron/ironing board, hangers
  • Housekeeping supplies – spray cleaner, trash liners, small vacuum, air freshener
  • Surge protector - Fire Marshal requires these to be UL approved
  • Bicycle lock (if you bring a bicycle to campus, UHPD recommends U-shaped bike locks)
  • Computer/laptop
  • Food/eating utensils
  • For move-in day: bungee cords, plastic or tarp (in case of rain) 

TIP
- Make sure to pack all belongings in boxes or totes. Loose items can easily be lost or misplaced. All boxes and totes should be labeled with your name, residence hall and room number so they can be clearly identified.

You are strongly encouraged to insure your personal property and carry renters insurance, whether that be a special policy or as a part of the parents' homeowners policy. 

Emergency Preparedness Kit
In case of an unforeseen emergency, an emergency preparedness kit is recommended. Each kit should contain supplies for a 72-hour period. For a full list of recommended items, visit the Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Preparedness Website: https://www.uh.edu/emergency-management/planning-and-response/building-department-preparedness/hurricane-preparedness/emergency-preparedness-supplies-checklist-2018.pdf 

Do not bring

  • Pets – Other than fish in a maximum 10-gallon tank
  • Open coil heating or cooking devices (toaster ovens, hot plates, space heaters)
  • Candles or incense
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon*
  • Drugs/paraphernalia
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Tobacco - UH is a tobacco-free campus, this includes use of electronic cigarettes and vape pens
  • Extension cords – Fire Marshal prohibits the use of extension cords
  • Multi-plug adapters without UL approved surge protectors
  • String lights such as Christmas lights unless battery operated
  • Hoverboards

*Use or possession of any items used as weapons, including, but not limited to, handguns, firearms, ammunition, fireworks, pellet guns, paintball guns, BB guns, knives, tasers, or explosive or noxious materials on University premises except in accordance with federal, state, local law, and/or University of Houston policy. NOTE: See University of Houston policy regarding Campus Carry at http://www.uh.edu/af/universityservices/policies/mapp/07/070105.pdf

A note about refrigerators

Several residence halls come equipped with refrigerating appliances.

  • Moody Towers - rooms come with a microwave-fridge
  • Cougar Village I and II - rooms come with a mini-fridge
  • Bayou Oaks - suites come with a full-size fridge
  • Cougar Place - suites come with a full-size fridge
  • University Lofts – suites/rooms come with a full-size fridge

Due to limited space, it is recommended that you don’t bring extra refrigerating appliances.  

Residents of Cougar Village I & II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place, and University Lofts will move in during your assigned time block between Aug. 15 - 17.  

Your assigned check-in day and time is important information to know. With thousands of residents moving in each fall, we stagger the check-in times and dates in order to provide everyone the best move-in experience possible. For access to your move-in date and time, please visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to check your room assignment and specific move-in date and time.

Below is the process you will follow the day of move-in:

Step One – Arrive at TDECU Stadium (3700 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004): You should arrive at your designated check-in date and time. Directions to TDECU Stadium are available here. There will also be signs to guide you.

Step Two – Park: Once parked in Zone F, you will enter TDECU Stadium and go to the Cougar Club. There will be signs to guide you. You will need to bring your Cougar Card (student ID) with you in order to check-in.

Since this step is for check-in only, please leave your possessions in the car. 

Step Three – Check-in: At TDECU Stadium, you will “check-in.” This includes confirming your room assignment and receiving keys. Once this process is completed, you will then head back to your vehicle with a color-coded campus map printed specifically to the line they will be queued from and then directed to your residential building.

Please place your check-in packet on the driver’s side dashboard when you get back in your car. This will help our volunteers know you are here to move-in.

Step Four – Vehicles will line up according to residence hall: While in parking Zone F, vehicles will be arranged into queues specific to each residence hall. Each queue will correspond to the color-coded campus map received during check-in. Do not go directly to your residential hall.

Vehicles will then be released to move from the parking lot to the unloading location close to your residence hall. Please follow the directions/route on your check-in packet (the one you received at TDECU Stadium).

Step Five – Unload: Arrive at your residence hall unloading zone. You will unload your vehicle(s), assisted by volunteer Cougar Movers.

Step Six – Park your vehicle :

Once empty, vehicles will be moved to a designated parking location (Zones C, D, E, and F). While the vehicle is being relocated, you will be assisted with moving your belongings up to your room.

The color-coded map will tell you which parking lot to park in.

Location 1: Parking Zone D will be for students unloading at Moody Towers.

Location 2: Parking Zone E will be for students unloading at Cougar Village I & II.

Location 3: Parking Zone F will be for students unloading at Cougar Place.

Location 4: Parking Zone C (across from University Lofts) will be for students unloading at University Lofts.

Please DO NOT park in “reserved” parking spots.

Take advantage of the passenger carts and pedicabs that will be available to drive you and your guests back to the residence hall.

Texas weather can be unpredictable. August is prone to extreme heat and torrential rain. Tents for shelter and water stations are available at each building for your convenience.

If you notice damage or issues in your room after moving in, you must submit a FIX-IT request within 48 hours to address the issue. If you do not submit a FIX-IT request could potentially be charged for preexisting damages after checkout. To submit a FIX-IT request you can: email fixit@uh.edu, call 713-743-4948, send a text message to fixit@uh.edu, or log online to AccessUH and find the FIX-IT icon.

If you run into any issues, please visit the 24/7 front desk in your building or call them at:

  • Cougar Village I – 832.842.6020
  • Cougar Village II – 713.743.6432
  • Moody Towers North – 713.743.6057
  • Moody Towers South – 713.743.6056
  • Cougar Place – 713.743.6994
  • Bayou Oaks – 713.743.6594
  • University Lofts – 832.842.5638

CAUTION: If walking and crossing the rail, please make use of the designated crossing areas to avoid accident or injury.

Opening Events

Thurs., Aug. 15 

8-10pm: Game Night – Lobby of Residence Hall  

Come play games and eat good food! Get to know other students living in your residence hall and hang out with students from Registered Student Organizations

Fri., Aug. 16

7-8pm: Milk and Cookies with a Professor – Lobby of Residence Hall  

Enjoy milk and cookies from Tiff’s Treats with your Faculty in Residence!  

8-10pm: The Student Program Board Presents: Move-In Movie – Lynn Eusan Park  

Come watch a movie under the stars with the Student Program Board and Council for Cultural Activities! Bring your own blanket, popcorn, sno cones, and drinks will be provided.  

Sat., Aug. 17

8pm-11pm: GLOW Bowling and Billiards- Student Center South Games Room 

Come enjoy a free game of bowling, bring socks! 

8pm-midnight: The Residence Hall Association Presents: Karaoke- Student Center South Monumental Stairs  

Join the Residence Hall Association for the best night of karaoke you have ever been to, come ready to sing and see how talented your fellow Cougars are!   

Sun., Aug. 18

2-3pm & 3:15-4:15pm: Sex Signals –Student Center Ballroom  

You won’t want to miss this improv comedy show coming to Houston all the way from Chicago! Come ready to laugh and learn about what a healthy relationship looks like a college student. Two shows starting at 2 pm and 3:15 pm.  

6pm-7pm: Floor Meetings  

Join your Resident Advisor on your floor for a mandatory meeting to learn everything you need to know about living on campus this semester.  

7:30pm-9pm: Cougarpalooza- Lynn Eusan Park  

Celebrate the beginning of the school year at Cougarpalooza. Enjoy a free meal from the Campus Ministry Association, free snow cones, popsicles, inflatables, bubble soccer, photo booth and more! Relax and get ready for a great year living on campus at UH. 

Streaming Television

Philo Edu delivers live TV and DVR capabilities to your laptops, tablets, smartphones and TV sets anywhere on your campus network. It offers entertainment at your fingertips with the ability to watch live TV and record up to 20 hours of your favorite programs - news, sports, and series-all from the devices you use most. It's TV the way you want it: on your schedule, anywhere on campus.

For more information about Philo Edu, visit: http://www.uh.edu/infotech/help/resident-support/philo/

Peer-to-Peer Music or Video Downloading
In accordance with state and federal regulations, the University does not support illegal peer-to-peer music and video downloading.

Wireless (WiFi) Network Services 
WiFi is available in all residence halls. If you are having difficulty connecting to the network in your room, please visit uh.edu/housing-support and submit a ticket.

  Get the Most out of WiFi

  1. 802.11ac is available in most Student Housing buildings. Go to uh.edu/improve-wifi and check our videos to make sure you can use the best WiFi infrastructure.
  2. Take the speed test. Visit uh.edu/testmyconnection. If your speeds are slower than 5 Mbps, check the following settings to ensure your built-in WiFi adapter is optimized:
  3. Disable Power Savings Mode. Some devices will slow or turn off WiFi to conserve battery power. Maximize WiFi performance by changing your power settings
  4. Switch WiFi channel to 5GHz. 2.4GHz is a common frequency for electronic devices. To avoid wireless interference with these electronics, switch your device to 5GHz: Network Connections --> Adjust the Channel mode to prefer 5GHz
  5. A USB WiFi adapter. This is an easy way to enhance your device to get the fastest speeds available. UIT recommends the NetGear A6210, which is available on campus at the CougarByte and online stores or electronics retailers near you.
  6. Test a USB adapter before you purchase! Visit the Tech Commons Support Center to try a WiFi adapter and see how much of an improvement it is over your current WiFi connection.

Information Technology Support
There are several ways to get help with your IT needs. The most frequently asked for services involve general account issues (Cougarnet, Blackboard, etc.), your computer, how to set up wireless, and where to get the software.  

IT Support Center staff will be on-site during move-in to assist you. You can also reach us at:

Live Chat: uh.edu/livechat  - Monday through Friday, from 8am-8pm

Email: support@uh.edu

Phone: 713-743-1411

In-Person: Tech Commons, the basement of MD Anderson Library, every day from 8am-8pm

You can also text UIT at 713.743.1411. This option is available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm

UH ALERT is the official emergency notification system for the University of Houston. UH ALERT is used to provide prompt notification to students, faculty, and staff in the event that there is a condition that may threaten the health or safety of those on campus. To learn more and sign up, click http://alerts.uh.edu/about/

The University of Houston is vulnerable to impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes. This Hurricane Planning Guide provides guidelines and establishes protocols for an organized response to a hurricane. It addresses pre-storm preparation and post-storm recovery as well as management of the campus during a storm. Click on the following link to learn more information: http://www.uh.edu/emergency-management/

The University of Houston Police Department (UHPD) can be reached at 713-743-3333 or by dialing 911 from a campus phone. For resources and information, please visit www.uh.edu/police/