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Residential Move-In Guide for Fall 2017

AUGUST 17, 18 AND 19
Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place and Calhoun Lofts report to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

AUGUST 17, 18 AND 19
Bayou Oaks (residents will report directly to Bayou Oaks, not the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)

Visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to check your room assignment and specific move-in date and time.


  1. 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

  2. Visit AccessUH and follow the steps below to select your meal plan.
    • 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 2017)
    • Choose a meal plan
    • View the meal plan terms and conditions
    • Check box to accept the meal plan terms and conditions
    • Click "Buy"
    • Click "OK"

  3. 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.

  4. Visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to:
    • Verify your room assignment
    • Check your assigned move-in date and time
    • View roommate information
  • 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
  • Desk lamp/desk organizers
  • Closet organizers
  • Personal toiletries including toilet paper (except Moody Towers residents)
  • 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)
  • Computer/laptop
  • Food/eating utensils
  • For move-in day: dolly, bungee cords, plastic or tarp (in case of rain)

Student Housing and Residential Life also highly recommends purchasing Renters Insurance.

Emergency Preparedness Kit
In case of an unforeseen emergency, an emergency preparedness kit is recommended for students moving into a residence hall or apartment. Each kit should contains supplies for a 72-hour period. Contents should include:

  • 72-hour supply of water
  • Nut-free emergency food rations
  • AM/FM radio
  • Flashlight
  • Glow sticks
  • Solar blanket  
  • N95 NIOSH respirator   (Face mask for emergency situations)
  • Whistle
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Critical medications, copies of prescriptions
  • Bottled water
  • Sturdy shoes, rain gear, change of clothes, sweater or jacket
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Sealable plastic bags (for waste and storage)
  • Tissues, premoistened towelettes  
  • Out-of-area emergency contact telephone number
  • Cash (after a tornado, hurricane or flood, most purchases will be strictly “cash and carry.” ATMs may be unusable for days)
    In the event of an emergency students are expected to use the items within the kit and replace any missing items upon their return.

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
  • Water guns or “look-alike” gadgets
  • Drugs/paraphernalia
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Tobacco - UH is a tobacco-free campus, this includes use of electronic cigarettes
  • Extension cords – Fire marshal prohibits use of extension cords
  • Multi-plug adapters without UL approved surge protectors

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 comes with full-size fridge
  • Calhoun Lofts - suites/rooms come with a full-size fridge
  • Quads - not equipped with a refrigerator
  • Calhoun Lofts – lofts come with a full-size fridge

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

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 the student’s name, residence hall and room number so they can be clearly identified.

Residents of Cougar Village I & II, Moody Towers, the Quadrangle, Cougar Place and Calhoun Lofts will move in during their assigned time block between Aug. 17 - 19. To see your room assignment and check-in information login to AccessUH - myHousing. 

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 residents, family members, and volunteers the best move-in experience possible.

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

Step One – Arrive at the University of Houston via Spur 5: Residents and their family members should arrive at their designated check-in date and time via Spur 5 and make a right onto University Drive. There will be signs to guide you.

Step Two – Park in lot 20C, across from the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center: Once parked in lot 20C, residents will enter the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) which is located across from the Welcome Center on Calhoun Road. Residents will need to bring their Cougar Card (student ID) with them in order to check in.

Since this step is for check-in only, please leave your possessions in the car. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on the curb of University Drive.

Step Three – Check in: At the CRWC, residents will “check in.” This includes confirming their room assignment and receiving keys. Once this process is completed, residents will then head back to theirmove in vehicle with a color-coded campus map printed specific to the line they will be queued from and then directed to their 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 lot 20C, 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 facility.

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

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

Once empty, the vehicles will be moved to a designated parking location (lots 4A, 9C, 12A, or 21A). While the vehicle is being relocated by a family member, the resident will be assisted with moving their belongings up to their room.

Step Six – Park your vehicle:

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

Location 1: Parking lot 4A will be for students unloading at Moody Towers.

Location 2: Parking lot 9C will be for students unloading at Cougar Village I & II and the Quadrangle.

Location 3: Parking lot 12A will be for students unloading at Cougar Place.

Location 4: Parking lot 21A will be for students unloading at Calhoun Lofts.

Please DO NOT park in “reserved” parking spots.cart

Take advantage of the passenger carts and pedi-cabs that will be available to drive family members back to the residence hall.

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

Thurs., Aug. 17th, 2017
8 p.m. - midnight: Game Night - Lobby of your Residence Hall
Fri., Aug. 18th, 2017
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Milk & Cookies- Lobby of Residence Hall  
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Outdoor Movie- Lynn Eusan Park
Sat., Aug. 19th, 2017
4pm-7pm: Party in the Park BBQ and Concert- Lynn Eusan Park
8pm-11pm: GLOW Bowling and Billiards- Student Center Games Room
8pm-midnight: Karaoke- Student Center Monumental Stairs (Outside of Games Room)
Sun., Aug. 20th, 2017
6pm-7pm: Opening Floor Meetings- Each Building/Floor
7:30pm-11pm: Cougarpalooza- Lynn Eusan Park and Cougar Village courtyard

Streaming Television
Streaming television service is free to all residents through Philo. Philo 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. 

To use Philo on your laptop, visit To watch Philo on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, you must be on campus and use your Cougarnet account and password.

Philo channels include all local broadcast networks in HD such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW, a variety of standard cable channels such as CNN, ESPN, MTV and USA, and the Student Video Network, which is student run and produced here at UH. Three premium channels are also included: HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax. A complete channel listing can be found at

UIT recommends that residents use a Roku 3 device to enjoy Philo on their television sets directly. If you choose, you can also connect your laptop directly to your television with an HDMI or VGA connector. Rokus and all necessary cabling are the responsibility of the resident to provide, whichever option you choose. More information is available at

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.

Network Services – Wired and Wireless (WiFi)
WiFi is available in all residence halls. If you are having difficulty connecting to the network in your room, please visit and submit a ticket.

 Get the Most out of WiFi

  1. 802.11ac is available in most Student Housing buildings. Go to and check our videos to make sure you can use the best WiFi infrastructure.
  2. Take the speed test: 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 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 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 setup wireless, and where to get software.  

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

Live Chat: - Monday through Friday, from 8am-8pm


Phone:  713-743-1411

In Person: Tech Commons, 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 8am to 8pm

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