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Important deadlines approaching – Updates and reminders for a smooth Move-In  

Residence Life and Student Housing is eagerly awaiting and preparing for the return of students to campus in August. The best way to ensure a smooth move-in process for you or your student is to make sure you meet deadlines for your SMU ID photo, move-in timeslot, and loft request (see below for dates). This allows our team to be ready for your arrival.  

The following updates and reminders about these items and much more were sent to residential students on June 18, 2021:  


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We hope your summer is off to a good start.  Here are some reminders, important dates, and other information as you prepare for August move-in.  Please be sure to read the e-mail in its entirety, as there are some upcoming deadlines and other action items included. 

SMU ID Photo Upload 

All incoming students will need to upload a self-photo for the SMU ID on the ID Card System. The deadline to complete this task is July 1.  Please note that students without an approved SMUID Card photo are not eligible to get their housing assignment in mid-July.  It is important to complete this task by July 1.  

Sign Up for a Move in Time for Fall Semester 

We know that many of you may be eager to set your travel plans in place. You can sign-up for a move-in time in the SMU Housing Portal. Please note, time slots are available on a first come, first served basis and may fill quickly. If your plans change, you are able to modify your timeslot until the deadline, July 31. 

Loft Request Information and Planning 

Many students choose to have their beds lofted. The loft request form is available on the SMU Housing Portal.  The deadline to submit a request is July 31.  Requests received after the deadline will be completed after move-in. 

What to Pack 

As you prepare to join us on campus, look at our helpful packing guides to ensure you bring the essentials and leave at home items SMU already provides! Also be sure to read through our prohibited items list so you stay safe while on campus: 

Meal Plan Information 

All students living in the residential commons, Perkins Hall and Smith Hall are required to have a meal plan.  The SMU Dining Services website has information about meal plans, flex dollars, dining locations, dining menus, sustainability and health and wellness.  

Helpful Information to Consider 

As you prepare for your arrival to the Hilltop, follow the links below for more information. 

You probably have many questions about what you will experience this fall.  Be sure to check your email regularly so you don’t miss important information.  Here’s when you can expect to hear from us again: 

Mid-July: New Student Building Assignments and Move-In Instructions 

July 19: Live video tours of your assigned building.  More details will be included in the New Student Building Assignment email 

Early August: Roommate Confirmations and Final Move-In Details 

Your SMU e-mail address will be our primary means of communication. Please be on the lookout for more updates! Pony Up!