» Moving into Chapman Housing

Student checking in at residence hall.We are looking forward to you joining us in our residential communities, in Fall 2021!

Move-In Day for Incoming First Year Students: Tuesday, August 24th

Move-In Day for Incoming Transfer Students: Thursday, August 26th

Move-In Period for Continuing Students: Thursday, August 26 - Sunday, August 29th

For more info on Orientation please visit the Orientation Website or email orientation@chapman.edu.

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Move-In Day Checklist

Even in the most ideal living situations, on-campus living can still make for a crowded situation. Think about what you will really need, and don't bring anything else! It is also recommended that you communicate with your roommate(s) to prevent duplicate items from taking up unnecessary space in the room.

Due to the uncertainty and unpredictability of a spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the region, we recommend that you limit the number of items you bring to campus. Please only bring the necessary items that you could pack up and bring home with limited notice.


  • Twin XL bedding (sheets, pillows, pillowcases, comforter, blankets)
  • Washable Face Coverings – recommended one per day minimum
  • Towels, bathmat
  • Toiletries
  • Hangers
  • Cleaning supplies for room and bathroom
  • Laundry hamper and liquid detergent (powdered soap prohibited)
  • First Aid Kit
  • School Supplies
  • Surge protectors/power strips (must have a switch to turn on or off)

Suggested/Optional Items

  • Electronics: television, computer, printer (not wireless - to prevent hacking), gaming systems, portable speakers, HDMI cable(s)
  • Micro-fridge rental unit 4.0 cubic feet max (coordinate with roommate before ordering)
  • Mini-refrigerator unit 4.0 cubic feet max 
  • Sticky tac - to display items on the wall
  • Mattress pad
  • Fan(s)
  • Under-bed storage
  • Accent or supplemental lighting (non-halogen lamps or string lights)
  • Over the door hooks or drying rack
  • Batteries
  • Decorative shower curtain
  • Utensils

Prohibited Items - Do Not Bring These

  • Candles, incense, halogen lamps, extension cords, or multi-plugs
  • Command strips (use sticky tac to hang things on the wall)
  • Tape, pushpins, or nails for walls
  • Pets/animals other than fish (maximum of 10-gallon tank size)
  • Wireless printers (or bring a cord to connect it to your computer for printing)
  • All weapons, INCLUDING replicas, cap guns, BB guns, prop guns, water guns, knives with blades longer than 3 inches, martial arts weaponry, etc.
Final note: If you do not have a kitchen in your unit (this mainly applies to residence halls), you should not have kitchen appliances outside of microfridge and coffee maker.

First Year Experience

For more information on the First Year Experience and the programs and resources being offered please visit their webpage.

Microfridge Rental

We work with an outside vendor, Affordable Installations, to offer students a compact refrigerator/freezer/microwave oven combination unit that meets all our size, safety and electrical requirements and is approved for use in our student room’s in the on-campus resident halls.

More information will be sent out to students this summer with housing assignments. We encourage interested students to connect with their roommate(s) before renting a Microfridge unit.

Meal Plans

There are 2 different meal plans, the Commuter and the Residential. 

The Commuter meal plan is geared towards students living in apartment style buildings.  That plan is a set amount of Panther Bucks you can use in any retail eatery on campus, or you can use to purchase meals in the dining hall.  That meal plan is purchased through the Cashier’s Office.

The Residential meal plan is the one that is required for students living in the residence halls. It’s a set number of meals per week in the dining hall and an amount of Panther Bucks for the semester. That is billed to your student account at a flat rate per semester.