Move In!

Welcome to Saint Mary's! To help you best prepare for your arrival on campus, please read the following information regarding move in.


If you are traveling to campus through Lafayette, please note that there is construction happening on Saint Mary's Road.  The alternate motor vehicle route from Lafayette is to take the Central Lafayette/Oak Hill exit and use Moraga Road past the Saint Mary's turn, through Moraga to Rheem Blvd.  Another option is to use Hwy 24 to the Orinda Exit and approach the College on Moraga Way. 


Move-in Dates and Times

Fall Housing 2018 Move-In:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018:  Orientation IV participants
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Last name: A-L, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.; M-Z, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Thursday, August 23, 2018: Incoming First-Year students 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Last name: A-L, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; M-Z, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Sunday, August 26, 2018: All Returning Students & Incoming Transfer Students
Move-in time is 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m..

January & Spring Terms 2019 Housing Move-In:

Applications will open on Starrez October 1st for students studying abroad or off-campus seeking on-campus housing in the fall. Our application will be accessible on a rolling deadline.

Arriving on Move-in Day

Once you arrive on campus, Campus Housing staff will direct your vehicle to the Check In Area in the parking lot at the Brother Urban Gregory Hall.  Please have a form of photo ID with you. While remaining in your car, you will receive your Check In Packet with your residence hall keys and informational brochures.  You will then be directed to drive up to your assigned residence hall.  Once you arrive a team of welcoming students will assist you in unloading your vehicle and escorting you to your room.  The driver will be asked to move the vehicle during your escort.  Once in your new room you will be required to complete a Check In Room Condition Report and return it to your Resident Advisor no later than Friday, September 6th.

Hint: To help us better direct you to the right area, be sure to place your "I'm In" sign on the dashboard of your car upon entering campus. 

Late Arrival

We encourage you to plan your arrival during the official move-in hours. However, we understand that circumstances may prevent you from arriving during those hours. If you arrive during business hours after your official move-in date, you can pick up your keys and Check In Room Condition Report at the Campus Housing Office in Ferroggiaro Hall, Room 200, Monday - Friday from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm.

Early Arrival

If you need to move into your room early, please fill out an Early Move-In Request Form. Please note additional fees will apply.

Resident Advisors

In each of our halls we have student and professional staff who are there to lead the residential community. Resident Advisors are students who have been trained to develop the community and create a self and welcoming environment for all students.

Facilities Work Order Request

The Facilities Office worked hard this summer to ensure that your room would be ready for your arrival.  However, if there are any problems or issues with your room, you can contact them at 925-631-4286 or enter an online work order request. The password is:  gaels

Student Handbook

The Undergraduate Student Handbook is updated during July each year.  All residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with its contents. Many frequently asked questions are answered there, so when a Resident Advisor or staff member in the Office of Community Life is unavailable, we encourage you to look to the handbook for answers. Also, when residents sign the Residence Hall and Dining Services License, they acknowledge their responsibility for abiding by the policies and procedures outlined in the handbook.

What to Bring

Fridge and Microwave Rentals

Here is a list of items to bring with you to campus. Keep in mind that you will most likely be sharing a room with another person (or two!), so be sure to coordinate with your roommate(s) about what you will bring. Additionally, if you have a single room, you will still have limited space.

  • Bath towels, Flip-Flops, & a shower caddy full of supplies
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bed linens (Size: Extra-Long Twin, 39” X 80”) & pillow
  • Small desk lamp (no Halogen Bulbs)
  • Computer & ethernet cord for high-speed internet connection
  • Laundry soap & a small basket or portable hamper
  • Mini-Ironing board or wrinkle-release spray
  • Extension cords & Surge Protector power strips
  • An umbrella or rain coat
  • A small fan for hot days
  • Milk crates or stackable shelves for storage
  • Flashlight
  • Clothes-but not your entire wardrobe, as space is limited!
  • Headphones to respect Quiet Hours
  • Clip-on-Light for reading in bed
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Camera, plus pictures from home
  • Email List- so you can freely communicate with your family & friends
  • Removable decorations to personalize your space
  • A Television
  • A Cell phone-Sprint or T-Mobile provider receives best service

Parking Permits

All students living in the residence halls that wish to have a car on campus must obtain a parking permit.   Please apply on-line BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL ON TO CAMPUS to ensure your permit will be available upon move-in.  To apply go to: and go to the Parking Permits & Policies link.  If you have any questions, please email Public Safety at:

Post Office Box

P.M.B. boxes are assigned to ALL undergraduate resident students of SMC.  Undergraduate residents need to visit the Post Office on campus to receive the P.O. Box number and the key within the first week of the Fall semester.  The cost is $1.00, paid to the US Post Office. If a student does not want their assigned P.O. Box, they should contact the Post Office directly to close the box and avoid charges. For more information, visit

For further information about living on campus, download Your Guide to Campus Housing.