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Residential Move-In Guide for Fall 2018

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Visit AccessUH and click on myHousing to check your room assignment and specific move-in date and time. AUGUST 16, 17 AND 18 Cougar Village I, Cougar Village II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place and University Lofts report to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Bayou Oaks residents will report directly to Bayou Oaks, NOT the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
  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 inforamtion contact the admissions office.
  3. Visit AccessUH and follow the steps below to select your meal plan. For 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 2018)
    • 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"
  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 (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, UHPD recommends U-shaped bike locks)
  • Computer/laptop
  • Food/eating utensils
  • For move-in day: dolly, bungee cords, plastic or tarp (in case of rain) 

- 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 are strongly encouraged to insure their personal property and carry renters insurance, whether that be a special policy or as a part of the parents' homeowners policy. Any personal property remaining in the unit after it has been vacated by the resident, whether willingly or not, will be removed and stored by University at resident’s cost and will be deemed abandoned if resident has not paid all such charges and collected his or her property within thirty (30) days after the space has been vacated.

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 numbers
  • 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
  • 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 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:

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
  • University Lofts – suites/rooms come with a full-size fridge

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


Residents of Cougar Village I & II, Moody Towers, Cougar Place and University Lofts will move in during their assigned time block between Aug. 16 - 18. 

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. 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 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 Zone C, across from the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center : Once parked in  Zone C, 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 their 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 Zone C, 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.

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. Students who 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, call 713-743-4948, send a text message to, 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

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 by a family member, the resident will be assisted with moving their belongings up to their 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 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.

Opening Events
Cougar Move-In Weekend

Thursday, August 16  
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 the Baptist Student Ministry, Council for Cultural Activities, Center for Sorority and Fraternity Life, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Association, and Student Program Board.  

Friday, August 17  
Milk and Cookies with a Professor  – Lobby of Residence Hall  
Enjoy milk and cookies from Tiff’s Treats with your Faculty in Residence!  

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 and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, August 18
Party in the Park BBQ  - Lynn Eusan Park  
Come party with student organizations in Lynn Eusan Park! Enjoy a free meal while participating in fun activities with student organization members. Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement.

GLOW Bowling and Billiards- Student Center South, Games Room  
Come enjoy a free game of bowling, bring socks!  

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!

Sunday, August 19th  
2-3pm & 3:15-4:15pm
Sex Signals  –Student Center, Theatre  
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 as a college student. Two shows starting at 2pm and 4:15pm.
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.

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, night club cardio, bubble soccer, and more! Relax and get ready for a great year living on campus at UH.
For more information on becoming part of RHA or NRH click  here.
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. Find a  complete list of philo channels here.

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   www.  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:   www.  - Monday through Friday, from 8am-8pm

Email:    support@

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

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 which may threaten the health or safety of those on campus. To learn more and sign up, click

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:

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
For a printable version of the Move In Guide click here.