Dear Parents and Guardians:
I write as many of you are likely packing (or even already unpacked) or perhaps on the road, headed for Charlottesville. No doubt you all are seeking ways to spend quality time with your student as they prepare to move into their residence hall at UVA. Despite all the difficulties of the past few months, I hope you and your family will have a moment to reflect on this bittersweet time, and the resulting memories of move-in will be positive ones.
By now, you should have taken a close look at the fall 2020 move-in website, which provides detailed information on building access, parking, what to bring, and other important topics. The parking website provides complete details for each residence hall. In addition, please pay close attention to the packing tips and recommendations to pack lightly for this semester.
Housing & Residence Life has asked that I pass along two quick reminders:
- Please make sure your student brings a valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, or U.S. military ID). They will need to present it at check-in to obtain their University ID card, which also serves as their room key for on-Grounds housing.
- Please bring your own rubber mallet. You will need it if your student wants to raise or lower the adjustable bed in their room.
Hours of Services and Facilities: Many areas of the University will be operating on different schedules during move-in and potentially throughout the fall. Please refer to the recent UVA Today article on What’s Open, and When.
Safety: In addition to everyone wearing a mask and practicing six feet of social distancing with others, you and your student are reminded not to leave personal items unattended in parking lots or on sidewalks. Also, during move-in and in the future, students should never prop exterior doors open.
Wahoo Welcome: Be sure your student checks the Wahoo Welcome schedule for important meetings and social activities.
Residence Hall Meetings: Resident Advisors are holding a mandatory hall meeting with their residents. Your student’s RA will be in touch with them with specific information for their community, including whether the meeting will be conducted in person and physically distant or virtually via Zoom.
Your Student's Mailing Address: To find out how to send mail and packages to your student for on-Grounds housing, please use the Mailing Address Finder.
Hoos Connected: Be sure your student knows about Hoos Connected, a series of weekly, virtual meetings for small groups of first-year and transfer students, each led by two upperclass student facilitators. More than a club, Hoos Connected groups gather for activities and discussions, and in the process, explore what brings students together, what can keep them apart, and how these things manifest in UVA’s social culture. At its heart, Hoos Connected is about getting to know people beyond the surface-level, which is hard to do in a regular semester but is particularly challenging in a mostly-virtual world. The tone is relaxed, fun, and reflective. Sign-ups are taking place now. (And an added bonus: Students will be paid to take short surveys.)
We look forward to your arrival this week and helping your student become acclimated to what we know will be a very different, but we hope still rewarding, semester at UVA.
If you have questions about the move-in process, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe travels and warm regards,
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer