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Move-in Day at UCR

Students at UCR Move in This Month

About 1,200 expected to move in to campus-owned apartments, more than 3,000 others expected to move into campus residence halls

(September 13, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — More than 4,200 students, their families and friends are expected to move to the University of California, Riverside and surrounding neighborhoods this month in anticipation of the start of classes on Sept. 29, 2005.

About 1,200 students began moving into campus owned apartments Sept. 1. Campus-owned apartment complexes include the Bannockburn Village, Plaza, Stonehaven and International Village.

More than 3,000 undergraduate students are expected move into UCR’s Aberdeen-Inverness, Lothian and Pentland Hills residence halls on Saturday, Sept. 24, UCR’s official Move-In Day.

Move-In Day lasts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students, their friends and family are cautioned to be prepared for heavy traffic, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when delays, due to traffic congestion, may range from 30 minutes to an hour.

This year, travel may be affected by a number of Cal Trans freeway construction projects at the interchange of highways 60, 91 and Interstate 215, and along Highway 60/Interstate 215 between Blaine Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“In an effort to minimize traffic problems, we have provided residents different approach options to the campus and their residence hall,” said UCR’s Director of Housing Andy Plumley.

  • Aberdeen-Inverness residents are asked to exit Highway 60/Interstate 215 at University Avenue, travel toward campus, turning north onto Canyon Crest Drive, then right onto Linden street to Parking Lot 22.

  • Lothian residents are asked to exit Highway 60/Interstate 215 at Central/Watkins Drive and take Watkins Drive down the hill, turning left onto Big Springs Road to Parking Lot 14.

  • Pentland Hills residents are asked to exit Highway 60/Interstate 215 at Blaine Street traveling east and turning right onto Watkins Drive. Pull into the Physical Plant Corporation Yard and cross it to Parking Lot 21.

Detailed Move-In Day driving directions are available as a PDF file at the following link. General directions to the UC Riverside campus are available online at the campus map Web site.

“Move in is an incredible experience,” Plumley said. “For parents and families, it is a time of joy and sorrow; joy because they are proud of their sons and daughters and their accomplishments, but sorrow at saying good bye.”

Housing officials have prepared for a variety of needs that may arise during the move-in process, according to Plumley. An event staff of specially trained students will be on hand to help incoming students navigate the move-in process; officials in roving golf carts will provide water and snacks as needed; elevator attendants will be on hand; volunteers will be helping students, family and friends to carry boxes; and move-in carts will be available. Custodial staff and an elevator technician will be on hand to address any problems students may encounter with services in their rooms or with the operation of elevators.

“We assist the families by providing receptions for them where they meet the building staff and receive a gift bag, which includes a packet of tissue,” Plumley said.

Students and their families should keep in mind that residence hall rooms and suites come furnished and have limited space. The average residence hall room is about 12 feet long by 12 feet wide, with two students sharing most rooms.

As the UC Riverside campus grows, so has the need for on-campus housing. This year, UC Riverside will provide housing for about 75 percent of incoming freshmen, said Plumley. About a quarter of the overall student body lives in campus housing, whether in residence halls, or in university-operated apartments and family housing. UC Riverside’s long-term goal is to provide housing for half of the 25,000 students expected by 2015, according to the campus Strategic Plan for Housing.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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