Move-In Information



We are working to make the check-in process easier in order to avoid congestion. The new check-in location and directions will be updated very soon. Please revisit this site for updates. The information will also be made available on our Facebook page and the NMSU INSIDER free mobile app.


Move-In Dates and Times

Fall Semester Move In –
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – Beginning at 8:00 am.

Move-In Day marks the beginning of college life for many students. Our goal is to make this day as easy and as enjoyable as possible for everyone. Your first step will be to check-in at the residence hall or community to which you have been assigned. We are looking forward to your arrival on campus!

Special note for parents: We recognize that this is a significant day for your student and for you. You are welcome to stay as long as you like, but try to keep in mind that your student will want time on their own to make new friends, explore, get acquainted with a roommate, etc. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family!

At 5:00 p.m. on Move-In Day, please join us for the Aggie BBQ in Taos Restaurant on the 1st floor east side of Corbett Center Student Union. Students and families welcome!

Early/Late Arrival or Assistance on Move-In Day

Early Arrival: Early check-in requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students participating in organizations or events that necessitate arrival before August 14. Please email your request to as early as possible to ensure consideration. Early arrival may require payment of a nightly rate from the date of check-in until opening day. Please note that summer school, summer conferences and our facility cleaning schedule all impact our ability to accommodate early arrivals.

Late Arrival: If you will be arriving after the first day of classes, please notify our office to ensure your space is held for you.

Students or Families Needing Assistance: If you need assistance during Move-In Day, please call the Housing Office at 575-646-3202 to make arrangements.

Driving Directions

Specific directions to the ALL NEW check-in location will be announced very soon once they are confirmed. We hope this new check-in system will help make the process smoother for students and parents.

Family Hospitality Area

Hospitality tents for family members will be available along the I-Mall in front of Garcia Hall. Mingle with campus administrators and enjoy the companionship of fellow families. Relax with a cold drink while your student finishes unpacking and settling into their new home.


Students, once you arrive, please proceed to the check-in station at your assigned living area. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE ALL-NEW CHECK-IN PROCESS WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON. Please be sure to bring your NMSU ID Card with you. In Pinon, RGH, Garcia and Chamisa Village, your ID Card provides access to the exterior doors/gates. Room and mailbox keys will be issued as part of the check in process. NMSU ID Cards are issued though the NMSU ID Card Office. Avoid delays by obtaining your NMSU ID Card before you arrive on campus. The ID Card Office will open at 7:00 a.m. on Move-in Day.

Unloading, Traffic & Parking


Garcia Hall & Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall

If you will be living in one of these three communities, enter campus at Locust Street from University Avenue. Our staff will greet you and provide directions to designated 30-minute unloading zones next to your building. Please check-in at the designated stations to receive your room keys. Once you are unloaded, please move your vehicle to the large parking lot #30 east (mountain side) of the Pan American Center.

Piñon Hall

Unloading zones for Piñon can be accessed from the north side of the Pan American Center. From University Avenue, turn South onto Triviz Drive, then right onto Arrowhead Drive. Turn right at the stop sign into Lot #29. Our staff will greet you and provide you with directions to designated 30-minute unloading zones. Students, please check-in at the designated station to receive your room keys. Once you have unloaded your vehicle, please make room for the next person by moving your vehicle to the large parking lot #30 east (mountain side) of the Pan American Center.

Chamisa Village

To reach unloading zones for Chamisa Village, turn South on Triviz Drive from University Avenue. Turn right onto Arrowhead Drive and follow it to the second stop sign and turn right onto Stewart Street. Designated unloading zones will be next to Chamisa along Stewart Street and in the spaces to the west of the buildings. Please check-in at the designated station to receive your room keys. Once you have unloaded, please move your vehicle to make room for the next person. You may park in parking lots #39 and #40 across Stewart Street (south of Chamisa Village).

Vista Del Monte Apartments and Cervantes Village

To reach Vista Del Monte Apartments and Cervantes Village, turn south on Triviz Drive from University Avenue. Turn right on Arrowhead Drive, right onto Wells Street, and then turn left onto Research Ave. Check-in at the Housing & Residential Life South Operations Office at Center. You may park and unload in any available parking spaces next to your assigned unit.


Parking restrictions will not be enforced on Move-In Day, except for handicapped spaces.

Please print your 45-Minute Unloading Zone Pass prior to arrival.

Any student may bring a vehicle to campus. Parking is free, year-round in the brown, unrestricted parking lots to the east of the Pan American Center. However, if you intend to park in any other lots on campus, you will need to purchase a parking permit.


Move-in Day Tips

  • Know what residence hall and room you are in before arrival so you will know where to go once you arrive.
  • Keep a file of everything the University sends you and bring it with you to check-in.
  • Move-In Day will be hot; dress accordingly.
  • Garcia Hall, Piñon Hall and Chamisa Village have elevators, while Rhodes Garrett Hamiel does not.
  • Expect some congestion and traffic.
  • An information tent will be located on the International Mall south of Garcia Hall if you need directions or have questions.
  • While some move-in carts will be provided, there is a limited supply. If you have your own cart, dolly or hand-truck, you might want to bring it along.
  • Water will be provided throughout the day.
  • Pizza is provided throughout the day for students and family members.
  • Limited food service will be available on Move-In Day. Meal plans for students begin with dinner on Sunday, August 16th. If you have not purchased a Meal Plan yet, you may do so online or at ID Card Services located on the lower level of Corbett Center Student Union.

Housing Agreement

You are expected to be fully aware of the obligations of your Housing/Dining agreement. Please note that the term of your housing and dining agreement is for the full academic year (August though May). Release from the agreement prior to the end of the spring semester is very limited. If there are extenuating circumstances which may require special attention, these are considered on a case-by-case basis. All requests for release from the housing and dining agreement must be submitted in writing. Failure to obtain release may result in the full assessment of all financial obligations. Be sure to fully read your housing and dining agreement prior to coming to campus. If you have any questions about what something means or how a particular clause may be interpreted, please do not hesitate to contact our office.