Student moving into on-campus housing

2020 Fall Move-in Information

Welcome, Cardinal, to SVSU Housing!  We are so excited to serve as your home away from home, and we can’t wait to welcome you into our campus community. Please read all of the following information carefully to help you with your check-in process. We look forward to greeting you!  

Upon your arrival on campus, it is mandatory that you first go through check-in at Groening Commons, register your maximum of two (2) guests, and obtain your key. Please remember to bring a picture ID to check-in, i.e. driver’s license. 

Once you have your key, parking lots open for unloading include K, L, R, J-2, J-3, and J-4 (see map below). Our entire enthusiastic Housing and Residential Life staff will be on hand to greet you and welcome you to campus.To protect the safety of our entire campus community, all students and guests must pass the daily health screening, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing. Residents must also submit the Residential Student Advance Plan PRIOR to arrival. You may wish to bring a cart or dolly to assist with transporting your belongings to your room. 

Check-in Dates & Times

 Monday, 8/24/20 – Wednesday, 8/26/2020
Residents living in First Year Suites and Living Centers
9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily - see Move-in Schedule below for full details

 Thursday, 8/27/20 – Saturday, 8/29/2020
Residents living in University Village and Pine Grove 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily - see Move-in Schedule below for full details


Fall 2020 Housing Map (176KB)


 Select Student Service Offices, The Bookstore and The Dining Office will be open on Saturday 8/29/2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Steps to Check-In

  1. Prior to arrival, fill out the mandatory Residential Student Advance Plan (You will need to login with your SVSU username and password to access the form)
  2. Complete the Daily Screening Form,  submitted upon arrival and including any guests - two guests maximum
  3. Mandatory Face Masks and Social Distancing - students with ADA needs must register with the Office of Accessibility Resources & Accommodations 
  4. Residential students are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to their scheduled arrival to campus. Students who test positive must self-report to and may not come to campus until they have been cleared to do so by SVSU. . Isolation/Quarantine: Please expect to convalesce at home or another location. Limited spaces are dedicated on campus for isolation for emergent need. A 14-day bag should be packed and ready to go by all residents for pandemic response.
  5. Receive a Parking Pass. If you have already registered, you may claim your pass at check-in at our Parking Services table.
  6. Move vehicle(s) to your residential/temporary unloading parking lot, validate your colored bracelet at the building entrance, and move in.  Face coverings and social distancing are required. Maximum of two guests to assist you. Follow the signage and guidance from staff on one-way navigation and elevator capacity.  No driving on sidewalks at any time.
  7. SVSU will be providing each student with one SVSU-branded face mask. Check your SVSU email and open the message titled "Get a FREE SVSU face mask: Take the NEST Pledge TODAY".  Complete the NEST Pledge to reserve your SVSU mask at check-in.

Move-in Schedule

Find the move-in date and time for your residence hall below. 

 First Year Suites

TIME  MONDAY - 8/24/2020  TUESDAY - 8/25/2020  WEDNESDAY - 8/26/2020
9:00 am A-G House (#9) A-G House (#8) A-G House (#7)
10:00 am      
11:00 am A-G House (#6) A-G House (#5) A-G House (#4)
12:00 pm      
1:00 pm      
2:00 pm A-G House (#3) A-G House (#2) A-G House (#1)

Merry Jo Brandimore House

TIME MONDAY - 8/24/2020  TUESDAY - 8/25/2020  WEDNESDAY - 8/26/2020 
9:00 am 3rd floor 301 - 314 (odd #s) 3rd floor 315 - 330 (odd #s) 3rd floor 331 - 342 (odd #s)
10:00 am 3rd floor 301 - 314 (even #s) 3rd floor 315 - 330 (even #s) 3rd floor 331 - 342 (even #s)
11:00 am 2nd floor 201 - 214 (odd #s) 2nd floor 215 - 230 (odd #s) 2nd floor 231 - 242 (odd #s)
12:00 pm      
1:00 pm 2nd floor 201 - 214 (even #s) 2nd floor 215 - 230 (even #s) 2nd floor 231 - 242 (even #s)
2:00 pm 1st floor 101 - 114 (odd #s) 1st floor 115 - 130 (odd #s) 1st floor 131 - 136 (odd #s)
3:00 pm  1st floor 101 - 114 (even #s) 1st floor 115 - 130 (even #s) 1st floor 131 - 136 (even #s)

Living Center Southwest

TIME MONDAY - 8/24/2020 TUESDAY - 8/25/2020 WEDNESDAY - 8/26/2020
9:00 am 3rd floor 2301 - 2310 (odd #s) 3rd floor 2311 - 2325 (odd #s) 3rd floor 2326 - 2334 (odd #s)
10:00 am 3rd floor 2301 - 2310 (even #s) 3rd floor 2311 - 2325 (even #s) 3rd floor 2326 - 2334 (even #s)
11:00 am 2nd floor 2201 - 2210 (odd #s) 2nd floor 2211 - 2225 (odd #s) 2nd floor 2226 - 2234 (odd #s)
12:00 pm      
1:00 pm 2nd floor 2201 - 2210 (even #s) 2nd floor 2211 - 2225 (even #s) 2nd floor 2226 - 2234 (even #s)
2:00 pm 1st floor 2101 - 2110 (odd #s) 1st floor 2111 - 2125 (odd #s) 1st floor 2126 - 2134 (odd #s)
3:00 pm 1st floor 2101 - 2110 (even #s) 1st floor 2111 - 2125 (even #s) 1st floor 2126 - 2134 (even #s)

Living Center South

TIME MONDAY - 8/24/2020 TUESDAY - 8/25/2020 WEDNESDAY - 8/26/2020
9:00 am 3rd floor 1301 - 1322 (odd #s) 3rd floor 1323 - 1335 (odd #s) 3rd floor 1336 - 1345 (odd #s)
10:00 am 3rd floor 1301 - 1322 (even #s) 3rd floor 1323 - 1335 (even #s) 3rd floor 1336 - 1345 (even #s)
11:00 am 2nd floor 1201 - 1222 (odd #s) 2nd floor 1223 - 1235 (odd #s) 2nd floor 1236 - 1245 (odd #s)
12:00 pm      
1:00 pm 2nd floor 1201 - 1222 (even #s) 2nd floor 1223 - 1235 (even #s) 2nd floor 1236 - 1245 (even #s)
2:00 pm 1st floor 1101 - 1122 (odd #s) 1st floor 1123 - 1135 (odd #s) 1st floor 1136 - 1145 (odd #s)
3:00 pm 1st floor 1101 - 1122 (even #s) 1st floor 1123 - 1135 (even #s) 1st floor 1136 - 1145 (even #s)

University Village East

TIME THURSDAY - 8/27/2020 FRIDAY - 8/28/2020 SATURDAY - 8/29/2020
9:00am 405, 406 (units #1 and #4) 405, 406 (units #2 and #5) 405, 406 (units #3 and #6)
10:00am 407 (units #1 and #4) 407 (units #2 and #5) 407 (units #3 and #6)
11:00am 408 (units #1 and #4) 408 (units #2 and #5) 408 (units #3 and #6)
12:00pm 409 (units #1 and #4) 409 (units #2 and #5) 409 (units #3 and #6)
1:00pm 410 (units #1 and #4) 410 (units #2, #5 and #7) 410 (units #3 and #6)
2:00pm 411 (units #1 and #4) 411 (units #2 and #5) 411 (units #3 and #6)
3:00pm 412 (units #1 and #4) 412 (units #2, #5, and #7) 412 (units #3 and #6)

University Village West

TIME THURSDAY - 8/27/2020 FRIDAY - 8/28/2020 SATURDAY - 8/29/2020
9:00am 470, 471, 472 (units #1 and #4) 470, 471, 472 (units #2 and #5) 470, 471, 472 (units #3 and #6)
10:00am 416, 417, 418 (units #1 and #4) 416, 417, 418 (units #2 and #5) 416, 417, 418 (units #3 and #6)
11:00am 419, 436, 440, 444 (units #1 and #4) 419, 436, 440, 444 (units #2 and #5) 419, 436, 440, 444 (units #3 and #6)
12:00pm 420 and 432 (units #1 - #8)
451, 452, 453, 454 (units #1 and #4)
420 and 432 (units #9 - #16)
451, 452, 453, 454 (units #2 and #5)
420 and 432 (units #17 - #24)
451, 452, 453, 454 (units #3 and #6)
1:00pm 455, 456, 457, 458 (units #1 and #4) 455, 456, 457, 458 (units #2 and #5) 455, 456, 457, 458 (units #3 and #6)
2:00pm 459, 460, 461, 462 (units #1 and #4) 459, 460, 461, 462 (units #2 and #5) 459, 460, 461, 462 (units #3 and #6)
3:00pm 473, 474, 475, 476 (units #1 and #4) 473, 474, 475, 476 (units #2 and #5) 473, 474, 475, 476 (units #3 and #6)

Pine Grove

TIME THURSDAY - 8/27/2020 FRIDAY - 8/28/2020 SATURDAY - 8/29/2020

7620/ 7650 /7670 /7690 (units #1 and #3)

7620/ 7650/ 7670/ 7690 (units #2 and #4)

10:00am 7570/ 7615/ 7640/ 7645/ 7655/ 7660/ 7685/ 7720
(units #1 - #3)
7570/ 7615/ 7640/ 7645/ 7655/7660/ 7685/ 7720
(units #4 - #6)
7570/ 7615/ 7640/ 7645/ 7655/7660/ 7685/ 7720
(units #7 and #8)
11:00am 7801/7802/7803 (units #1 and #4) 7801/7802/7803 (units #2 and #5) 7801/7802/7803 (units #3 and #6)
1:00pm 7804/7805/7806 (units #1 and #4) 7804/7805/7806 (units #2 and #5) 7804/7805/7806 (units #3 and #6)
2:00pm 7807/7808/7809 (units #1 and #4) 7807/7808/7809 (units #2 and #5) 7807/7808/7809 (units #3 and #6)

Additional Move-in Information

Please access tentative room assignments by using the link provided in your email at and entering your SVSU login name and password. To engage with your roommates before coming to campus, you can contact them via email using the SVSU email system located in the portal. We suggest that you not purchase belongings with roommates in case changes are made before you move in. For your convenience, we recommend that you limit how many belongings you bring with you in the event the university needs to switch to remote learning sooner than Thanksgiving. Also, we encourage you to stay on campus as much as possible to limit exposure to your home community as well as your on-campus community.  

We want to ensure that students have the meal plan that best supports their needs. To make any changes, please email and fill out the meal plan change form anytime thru Friday, September 4th. 

Your ID card will be distributed at check-in if you did not receive it at our SOAR or TOP orientations. You’ll need it for identification and to access meal plans and building entrances. 

All University housing facilities are furnished. In response to COVID-19, our shared bedrooms have been converted to single bedrooms, but the extra set of furniture must stay, as we do not have additional storage on campus. While it isn’t necessary for you to bring furniture, we do encourage you to personalize your room, noting that you may need to pack up quickly if the university switches back to remote instruction before Thanksgiving. Please do not put holes in any surfaces. Also, the Housing Operations Office does not endorse any adhesive product for hanging items on walls. 

Students who will be keeping a vehicle on campus will have the opportunity to register their vehicles with Parking Services in advance by going online to and clicking on Parking ServicesPermits will also be available at Parking Services on check-in day for all pre-registered individuals. In alignment with our commitment to affordability, permits are free of charge to students. Students are required to provide their driver’s license and valid vehicle registration in order to register vehicles. Parking lot assignments will be provided when you register your vehicle. Students who will be keeping a vehicle on campus need to park their vehicles in a residential lot by midnight when checking in. You may not drive on sidewalks or grass under any circumstances. 

The Resident shall be responsible for maintaining such renter’s liability insurance as the Resident chooses. The University shall have no responsibility for the personal possessions of the Resident [per Section 9 of the University Contract]. Residents may want to check personal home insurance providers for additional coverage. 

At SVSU, the safety of our campus community is always our priority. We strongly encourage all students to enroll in Campus Alert— SVSU's Emergency Notification System. Enrollees receive official notifications via cell phone, text messaging, landlines and email, in the event of a critical incident or campus closing due to adverse weather. Enrollment takes just a few minutes and can be completed online by visiting Parents, if you choose to have your student register your contact information, please be advised that you will also receive notification of campus closures due to adverse weather, which are often issued early in the morning. 

What to Bring:

  • bathing suit and towel
  • blankets, pillows, linens and mattress pad (mattress size 36"x 80" also called extra-long twin)    
  • cleaning equipment and supplies (mop, bucket and broom)
  • clock radio with battery back-up
  • computer with Ethernet cord
  • desk supplies
  • extension cord and surge protector
  • flashlight
  • kitchen supplies and snacks
  • laundry detergent, softener and laundry basket
  • pictures and mementos from home
  • small spring rod with curtain for armoire
  • spending money
  • sports equipment
  • study lamp (halogen bulbs are prohibited)
  • toilet paper, soap, shampoo and shower supplies
  • trash bags
  • TV with digital QAM tuner and coaxial cable/video games
  • vacuum cleaner

What the University Provides:

Review the list of amenities provided. University furnishings are not allowed to be removed from the room. Residents interested in bringing additional or larger items (i.e. furniture) are encouraged to wait until after check-in and move-in to receive consent from roommates due to space limitations.

What to Leave at Home:

Be aware of items on the university's Prohibited/Monitored Items List. Students are not allowed to have pets (except non-carnivorous fish, halogen lamps, spider lamps, open element appliances (George Foreman grills, heating plates, toaster ovens, etc.), open flames (candles, incense, etc.), weapons, firecrackers, and metal-tipped or plastic-tipped darts and dartboard. Possession of items on the prohibited list will result in fines and possible disciplinary actions. 

Mattresses are 36" x 80" and are also called extra-long twin.

In an effort to protect our residents and comply with FERPA, Housing Operations will not disclose directory information except to students of SVSU. Students may also elect to remain unlisted by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

Residents may access housing directory information via using their SVSU username and password.

Residents are instructed to provide the following contact information to family members and friends in cases of emergency or concern.

Emergency Situations – contact University Police at (989) 964-4141

Non-Emergency Situations during normal business hours contact:

Housing Operations
(989) 964-4255

Monday – Friday 
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Desk operations are located in the lobbies of all Living Centers. Desk staff can assist with contacting on-duty staff and local phone numbers. Any customer service issue can be reported to the desk operations staff. 

Residents may check out vacuum cleaners, brooms and other items through the Front Desk Operations.

Mail and packages are delivered by 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.  The University does not participate in Saturday delivery. 

Mail and packages may take extra delivery time as SVSU participates in a central mailing operation with Delta College using the “48710” zip code. Hence, express shipping of packages is not recommended, as express shipping only guarantees to drop shipments at the university and not to the end recipient. Once a package has been received and is processed, students will receive an email with instructions on how the package can be picked up. The package will either be in a locker in the MJ Brandimore House lobby or able to be picked up at the front desk of MJ Brandimore House.

Typically, your school address is not your permanent address. Therefore, residents cannot complete a change of address form through the United States Postal System. As a result, it is important to update your temporary mailing address with businesses and other important individuals. The same is true when vacating SVSU housing, mail and packages will only be delivered to students residing on campus. Housing Operations does not forward mail or packages upon your departure and they will be returned to the sender. Students are responsible for providing their permanent and current mailing address to the SVSU Office of the Registrar.

Mailing Address:

Complex, Building and Room Number (*see below)
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710 

*Example of how to address:
First Year Suites A-1A
Merry Jo Brandimore House 101A
Living Center South 1101A
Living Center Southwest 2101A
University Village 405-1A
Pine Grove 7570-1A

Building and Room Assignment

Mailbox Location

Package Pick-Up

First Year Suites (A-G)

Merry Jo Brandimore House (Lobby)

Merry Jo Brandimore House (Lobby)

Merry Jo Brandimore House

Merry Jo Brandimore House (Lobby)

Living Center South

Living Center South (Lobby)

Living Center Southwest

Living Center Southwest (Lobby)

Pine Grove (All)

Pine Grove 7800 Community Building

University Village 405-412

University Village 409 (Laundry)

University Village 416-462

University Village Kiosk (Near 416)

University Village 470-476

University Village 475 (Laundry)

Each suite or apartment is fully equipped with an operational cable television hook-up.  Charter Communications is SVSU’s service provider.  Students must provide the coaxial cable and television equipped with a digital QAM tuner. 

Any problems experienced with cable television service should be reported by clicking the following link to create a Maintenance Request. For channel information, download the channel guide: SVSU Cable Channel (1,039KB)  .

Wireless access is available in all housing areas and on campus. Information regarding access can be found at Questions can be directed to IT Support Center at (989) 964-4225 or via email at

Students must comply with the technology use policy.

Computer labs are also available for students who do not wish to bring systems.

SVSU residents traditionally choose to communicate using their personal cellular telephones. The university recognizes that cellular coverage may be inconsistent within the freshman residential facilities. Courtesy telephones are located in the corridors of freshman residential facilities. Local telephone service is provided at these courtesy phones.

Residents assigned to freshman residential facilities who have unique circumstances or would otherwise like to be considered for an in-unit phone are advised to contact Housing Operations at (989) 964-4255.

On-Campus Calls: Dial the Last Four Digits

Example: Housing extension 4255

Local Off-Campus Calls (Saginaw, Bay City, Midland):  Dial Nine First

Example: 9–964–4255

For long-distance calls outside the Saginaw, Bay City or Midland area, require students to dial nine first. 

Damages: Residents are provided with room condition forms to document room and furnishing conditions at move-in. Room condition forms should be submitted within seven days of occupancy to any unit. [Room Condition Report (175KB)   ] Residents are liable for missing items or actual damage to the unit or any ancillary facility (hallways, stairwells, lobbies, study lounges, laundry rooms, etc.), including furniture, appliances, equipment and for maintaining the unit in a safe and sanitary manner. In the event of such damage, the university will hold all residents of a unit jointly liable for damage charges, and resident(s) will be billed accordingly. Please report any damages immediately so that responsibility can be determined while occupants are still residing. The list of damage fines are below:

Bathroom Ceiling ($50) 

Bathroom Countertop ($125) 

Bathroom Door Damage ($75) 

Bathroom Door Replacement ($225) 

Bathroom Floor ($200) 

Bathroom Shower Head ($25) 

Bathroom Sink ($50) 

Bathroom Toilet ($75) 

Bathroom Towel Rack ($25) 

Bathroom Wall Damage ($50) 

Bedroom Blinds ($35) 

Bedroom Carpet Damage ($50) 

Bedroom Carpet Stain ($100) 

Bedroom Chair ($150) 

Bedroom Closet Door Damage ($75) 

Bedroom Closet Door Replacement ($100) 

Bedroom Desk ($75) 

Bedroom Door Damage ($75) 

Bedroom Door Replacement ($225) 

Bedroom Drawer ($60) 

Bedroom Lamp ($40) 

Bedroom Light Globe ($75) 

Bedroom Mattress Damage ($150) 

Bedroom Smoke Detector ($100) 

Bedroom Wall ($45) 

Bedroom Window Screen ($60) 

Bedroom Window Sill ($100) 

Cable Port ($30) 

Carbon Monoxide Detector ($100) 

Door Adhesive ($40) 

Door Frame Damage ($150) 

Door Repaint ($60) 

Exterior Grease Stain ($75) 

Fire Extinguisher Missing ($110) 

Furnace Door ($140) 

Improper Checkout ($100) 

Kitchen Bulletin Board ($50) 

Kitchen Counter Damage ($115) 

Kitchen Dining Chair Damage/Missing ($100) 

Kitchen Dining Table ($250) 

Kitchen Drawer Damage ($60) 

Kitchen Floor ($150) 

Kitchen Microwave ($50) 

Kitchen Oven Not Clean ($100) 

Kitchen Refrigerator Dents ($100) 

Kitchen Refrigerator Drawer Broken ($500) 

Kitchen Stove ($50) 

Living Room Carpet Damage ($250) 

Living Room Burn in Carpet ($100) 

Living Room Carpet Stain ($120) 

Living Room Chair Damage ($400) 

Living Room Coffee Table ($200) 

Living Room End Table ($75) 

Living Room Entertainment Center ($50) 

Living Room Lamp ($100) 

Living Room Sliding Door Screen ($75) 

Living Room Sofa Cushion ($100) 

Living Room Sofa Damage ($250) 

Living Room Sofa Replacement ($800) 

Lost Key ($50) 

General Cleaning ($50)

Patio Damage ($100) 

Public Area Damage ($75) 

Thermostat ($150) 

Wall Adhesive ($50) 

Wall Repaint (1 Wall) $100 

Wall Repaint (2 Walls) $150 

Wall Repaint (3 Walls) $200 

Wall Vent Damage ($50) 

Every attempt is made to determine parties responsible for any and all damages that occur. In the instance where responsibility cannot be determined, the charge, including labor, will be distributed among all residents of the facility.

University property, other than furnishings assigned to the licensed premises, is not allowed in student rooms. Such items will be removed and a charge will be levied to the occupants.

Residents are encouraged to have all immunizations up to date upon move-in. Meningitis vaccinations are also strongly recommended.

By signing the Housing Contract, students agree to make payment(s) according to the payment schedule. If students plan to utilize scholarships, student loans or any other student financial aid, they must submit the appropriate application materials to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in a timely manner to ensure adequate time to complete any required review processes and their ability to meet payment deadlines. Failure to meet payment deadlines will result in the student's removal from registered classes and university housing. Students are not released from their Housing Contract if they re-enroll during the contract period.

A limited number of loft kits are available for university housing bed furniture (Living Centers, University Village, and Pine Grove 7800-7809 buildings only). Only university-provided lofts are permitted. The fee associated with the loft kit request is non-refundable once delivered. Students are responsible for loft kit assembly and tear down.  

Loft kits can be requested by emailing using the student's SVSU email address and including the following:

  • Email Subject Line: Loft Kit Request
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • SVSU ID Number
  • Room Assignment (if known) including Building and Room

A $50 fee will be assessed to the student account once delivered. The fee is subject to change.

Although pets outside of non-carnivorous fish are not permitted in campus housing, documented Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and service animals are. In order to have an ESA or service animal reside in university housing, students must apply to be approved through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations. To learn more about the approval process for ESA and service animals, visit


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT CHECK-IN! Please contact us if you have any questions before your arrival at We are here to support you in any way that we can! 

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place.  COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Even with appropriate safety precautions in place, there is a risk of contracting COVID-19.
By entering this campus, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


Housing Operations
Curtiss 118
(989) 964-4255

Residential Life
Curtiss 114
(989) 964-4410

Dining Services
Curtiss Hall 122
(989) 964-4252