St. Mary's College of Maryland

Moving Checklists

What to do before you arrive | Packing | What to expect on move-in day for new students |

Returning students move-in days | How to move-out

What to do before you arrive

  • Check your housing and roommate assignments. Your housing assignment and roommate information will be e-mailed from the Office of Residence Life in July (Housing confirmations are emailed to incoming students' SMCM email accounts in early July). If you have not received your housing assignment by August 1, contact the Office of Residence Life at (240) 895-4207.
  • Contact your roommate(s) and decide who will bring what items. Commonly shared items include a mini-refrigerator, TV, VCR or DVD player, stereo, whiteboard, and carpet.
  • Check to make sure that your belongings are insured, either through your parents' homeowners' or renters' insurance policy, or through additional insurance that you purchase. The College does not provide insurance for students' personal belongings.
  • Review the "what to bring" and prohibited items list before packing.

Packing

  • Recommended items include:
    • Linens (extra long size)
    • Pillow
    • Towels & washcloth
    • Blanket or comforter
    • Laundry basket
    • Laundry detergent/fabric softener
    • Trash can (one per room is provided)
    • Toiletries
    • Shower shoes
    • Alarm clock
    • Flashlight
    • First-aid kit
    • Telephone
    • Clothes & clothes hangers
    • School supplies
    • Umbrella
  • Additional permitted items include:
    • Hair dryer
    • TV
    • VCR or DVD player
    • Computer
    • Printer
    • Shower caddy
    • Bicycle & bike lock
    • Storage crates
    • Whiteboard and markers
    • Carpet
    • Dictionary or thesaurus
    • Hot pot
    • Popcorn popper
    • Dishes
    • Refrigerator
    • Surge protector
    • Stereo
    • Fan
  • Prohibited items:
    • Electric fry pans
    • Crock pots
    • Microwave ovens
    • Toaster ovens
    • Firearms or other weapons
    • Portable heaters
    • Pets (other than non-carnivorous fish and non-venomous reptiles)
    • Candles
    • Incense
    • Illegal drugs
    • Air conditioner
    • Fireworks
    • Knives with a blade longer than 3"
    • Air pistols/BB guns
    • Halogen lamps/bulbs
    • Waterbeds
    • Alcohol if you are under the age of 21

What to expect on move-in day

  • The residence halls open for first-year students on Thursday, August 28 at 8 a.m. Move-in continues until 3 p.m.
  • Because most first-year students arrive on the same day, the area around the traditional residence halls (where most first-year students live) can become congested. For this reason, we ask that you unload your belongings quickly to the curb outside your residence hall and then move your vehicle to Lot T (Guam).
  • Check-in occurs in the lobby of your assigned residence hall. Check-in for Waring Commons, Townhouses and Lewis Quad occur in the staff offices of those areas.
  • Members of the campus Move-in Crew will be available to assist you with moving your belongings, and the Alumni Office provides water at stations in and around the residence halls.
  • When you check in, you will be given a lot of information, including:
    • Your room key. Put this in a safe place, and do not duplicate it or give it out to anyone.
    • Your SMCM ID card, which will give you access to your residence hall, activates the laundry machines, and activates your meal plan, flex and debit accounts.
    • Your Room Condition Report (RCR) and instructions. You should conduct a thorough inspection of your room and note any items that are damaged or missing. This form is due back to your Resident Assistant within 48 hours of occupying your room.
    • Your parking decal (if applicable).
    • Helpful information provided by offices around campus.
    • A package of poster mounts or tacks, which you can use to safely hang posters on your walls.
    • A schedule of activities for Orientation Weekend.
  • Orientation Activities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and continue through Monday. Parents and other family members should plan to leave prior to 4 p.m. to ensure that students arrive on time to Orientation. All Orientation activities are designed to help first-year students acclimate and thus are strongly recommended.
  • All first-year students are required to attend building meetings on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

RETURNING STUDENTS MOVE-IN DAYS

  • Returning students may check-in on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Check-in will take place in the following locations:
    • Calvert: Second floor rec. room
    • Caroline: Staff Office
    • Dorchester: Staff Office
    • Prince George: Staff Office
    • Queen Anne: Staff Office
    • Lewis Quad: Staff Office
    • Townhouses: LQ Staff Office
    • Waring Commons: Staff Office
  • When you check in, you will be given a lot of information, including:
    • Your room key. Put this in a safe place, and do not duplicate it or give it out to anyone.
    • Info on the Room Condition Report (RCR). You should conduct a thorough inspection of your room and note any items that are damaged or missing. 
    • Helpful information provided by offices around campus.
    • A package of poster mounts or tacks, which you can use to safely hang posters on your walls.

 

  • There is a mandatory resident student meeting on Monday, September 1 at the times and locations noted below:
    • Calvert: 7 p.m. on the front lawn (rain location: second floor hallway)
    • Queen Anne: 7:20 p.m. in the courtyard behind the building (rain location: lobby)
    • Dorchester: 7:40 p.m. in the courtyard behind the building (rain location: rec room)
    • Prince George: 8 p.m. in the courtyard behind the building (rain location: rec room)
    • Caroline: 8:20 p.m. in the courtyard behind the building (rain location: rec room)
    • Townhouses: 8:40 p.m. DPC patio (rain location: DPC)
    • Lewis Quad: 9 p.m. in the courtyard (rain location: covered patio)
    • Waring Commons: 9:20 p.m. on the patio outside the Bike Shop (rain location: under the breezeway)

How to Move-out

  • Students must vacate the residences at the end of the academic year. A students' belongings may remain the room during breaks.
  • Students are required to move-out of their residences no more than 24 hours after their last final exam, or by Tuesday, May 12 at noon, whichever comes first.
  • To ensure a smooth move-out, follow these steps:
    • Schedule an appointment with your RA to check-out. Failure to check out with a staff member will result in a fine.
    • Remove all of your belongings and clean your room. Students may be charged if excessive cleaning is needed.
    • Review your RCR with your RA and sign it. Turn in your key.
    • Visit the Office of Student Activities to forward your mail for the summer months.