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Student Move-In Day

Student Move-In Day Means Major Activity at UC Riverside

Campus Gears Up for Arrival of More Than 3,100 Students to Residence Halls

(September 13, 2003)

Pentland Hills Residence Halls

Pentland Hills Residence Halls

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— More than 3,100 students, plus assorted family and friends, are expected to descend on the University of California, Riverside on Saturday Sept. 20, the official move-in day for undergraduates living in campus residence halls.

“We call it controlled chaos,” said Andy Plumley, director of housing services at UC Riverside. “We’re asking people to come with their best possible attitude.”

Move-In Day will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Students, friends of students and parents are asked to prepare for heavy traffic, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when delays may range from 30 minutes to an hour. Last year, move-in day traffic congestion prompted transportation officials to issue a Sig-Alert for Highway 60 in both directions, Plumley said.

To alleviate traffic congestion, this year, campus officials are advising students and their move-in day friends to use one of three freeway exits, depending on which residence hall the student will be living in.

  • Those going to the Pentland Hills residence hall are asked to exit Highway 60 at Third Street/Blaine Street.

  • Those going to the Aberdeen-Inverness residence hall are asked to exit Highway 60 at University Avenue

  • Those going to the Lothian Residence Hall are asked to exit Highway 60 at Central Avenue/Watkins Drive.

  • Detailed move-in day driving directions are available on the UC Riverside Housing Services Web page. General directions to UC Riverside are available on the campus map Web page (See Related Links below).

    Housing officials have prepared for a variety of needs and problems that may occur during the move-in process, Plumley said. An event staff of about 120 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, their family members and friends to load boxes; and move-in carts will be available. Custodial staff and an elevator technician have been hired to address any problems students may encounter with services in their rooms or with the operation of the elevators.

    Housing officials ask students and their families to remember that they will be occupying confined spaces and that suites come already furnished. The average residence hall room is about 12 feet long by 12 feet wide and that two students will share most of those rooms. About 100 larger rooms will be shared among three students.

    As the UC Riverside campus grows, so has the need for providing on-campus housing. This year, UC Riverside will provide housing for about 75 percent of the incoming freshman class, Plumley said. About a quarter of the overall student body lives in campus housing; 3,150 in residence halls; 1,100 in university-run apartments; and 268 students in family housing, he added.
    UC Riverside’s long-term housing goal is to eventually provide for half of the 25,000 student expected to arrive by 2015, according to the Strategic Plan for Housing.



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