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UC Riverside Welcomes Student Residents During Move-In Day

Annual Migration of Undergraduate Students, Family and Friends Amid Construction

(September 13, 2004)

Students move into the Lothian residence hall

Students move into the Lothian residence hall

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — More than 3,100 students, plus family and friends, are expected to descend on the University of California, Riverside campus on Saturday, Sept. 18, the official move-in day for undergraduates living in campus residence halls.

“This is an exciting time for these students many of whom are new freshmen,” said Andy Plumley, director of Housing Services at UCR. “A large number of Housing Services and other campus staff will be on hand to assist so that their first day on campus is fun and memorable.”

Move-In Day will begin at 8 a.m. and runs until 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. “In an effort to minimize traffic problems, we have provided residents different approach options to the campus and their residence hall,” Plumley said.

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

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 occupy.

  • Those going to the Aberdeen-Inverness residence halls are advised to exit the 60/215 freeway at University Avenue and travel up Linden Street to parking Lot 22.

  • Those going to the Pentland Hills residence halls are advised to exit the 60/215 freeway at Blaine Street-Third Street and travel east to Watkins Drive, turn right, and enter campus at the Corporate Yard to parking Lot 21.

  • Those going to the Lothian residence halls are advised to exit the 60/215 freeway at Central Avenue-Watkins Drive and travel down Watkins to Big Springs Road, turn left and proceed to parking Lot 14.

Detailed Move-In Day driving directions are available online. General directions to the UC Riverside campus are also available online at the Web site for the campus map.

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.

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, which accepted about 1,400 additional students last week. UCR’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.

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