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New Students

Preparing for the Move

Your room will be your home away from home. Here you'll entertain friends, study, and sleep. You are an individual and you have your own characteristics, habits, and dislikes - remember that like you, your roomate is also an individual. Having a roommate will be a learning experience and is similar to other relationships - to be successful it requires openness, flexibility, and respect. Remember that communication and respect for each other's differences are key. Your RA will help guide you through the Roommate Agreement where you will mutually agree on important issues that affect your living together and can help you and your roommate work through problems and challenges.

Expect Differences

The halls are communities of learners from different disciplines, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and lifestyles. Expect to meet and room with people who are different from you. Different does not mean anyone is wrong, ignorant, immoral, or strange. Talk to your roommate about your differences to understand why they exist. You might be surprised to learn that not all people view the world as you do. In the end, you also might have to agree to disagree and that is fine too.

Do's and Don'ts when Setting Up Your Room

Bring an ethernet cord

Internet access in the residence halls consist of direct access from the use of Ethernet cords and WI-FI. We recommend that you not connect more than two devices to the WI-FI at any time. WI-FI is available throughout the building however with the ever increasing reliance on and use of technology, we believe limiting the amount of devices to the WI-FI improves access for everyone.

Connecting printers and video consoles

Limit streaming videos to Ethernet connected devices. Three hundred residents with two to five devices connected to the WI-FI can create a significant amount of traffic on WI-FI. This excess traffic can bog down the system and frustrate users due to the sluggishness of the system. Turn off devices that are not currently used to avoid additional traffic.

Suggested Items

DO Bring

Bed and Bath

  • Bedding
  • Decorations
  • Lamp (Non-Halogen)
  • Trash Can and Liners
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Bath Towels/Washcloths
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes


  • Laundry Basket
  • Detergent (HE only)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hangers


  • Snack Food
  • Can Opener
  • Dishware/Silverware


  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Jump Drive/Memory Stick
  • Calculator
  • Radio, Stereo, MP3 Player, iPod, etc.
  • TV (must contain a Clear QAM Digital Tuner)
  • Mini-Refrigerator (max 3.2 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (max 800 watts)
  • Surge Protector


  • First Aid Kit
  • Cleaning Supplies (suite style rooms only)
  • Umbrella

DO NOT Bring

  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Valuable/Irreplaceable Items
  • Space Heaters
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Wi-Fi Routers (will be confiscated if found)
  • Window Air Conditioners
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Candles/Incense
  • Toaster Ovens
  • George Foreman Grills


Alcohol and Marijuana are major inhibitors of student academic success; Southeast Missouri State University will enforce the ban on alcohol and alcohol containers (full or empty).

Candles are a concern for your safety, and are a danger to you and to every other student in your building. Please leave your candles at home when you are packing for Southeast. Electric candle warmers and electric scents are welcome.

Cable and internet are two things you will want to set up after you move into your room. Students must supply their own television and coaxial cable cord to view cable channels. All televisions must be equipped with a digital “QAM” or “Clear QAM” tuner. To access campus internet, you will need to register all electronic devices that need WI-FI. Instructions for accessing the internet are available online.

Microfridges are available for rent through the Office of Residence Life for a fee per semester or academic year. They are provided with a mounted microwave.

Are You Ready to Move In?


Pursuant to Missouri  Revised Statute §174.335, all students who reside in on-campus housing, including fraternity and sorority housing, are required to have received the meningococcal vaccine not more than five (5) prior to the date of enrollment at the university.  If you have not submitted a copy of your shot record containing proof of meningitis vaccination, you need to submit verification before you move into the residence hall. If you have not received the vaccination prior to your arrival, you will be directed to the Campus Health Clinic, operated by Southeast HEALTH, to obtain your meningococcal vaccination. The Health Clinic accepts most insurances and the charge can be applied to your student account. If you want to be exempt from receiving the shot, you must complete the waiver form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life. Both forms can be submitted by email or fax. Our email address is and the fax number is (573) 651-2557. Proof of your meningococcal vaccine, or a completed waiver form must be on file prior to the first day of classes.

Early Arrivals

Residence Life is pleased to offer limited housing to students who need to arrive prior to move-in day. Depending on the date of your arrival, you may not be able to move directly into your Fall assignment. To register for early arrival, log into your Residence Life Housing Portal and select ‘Forms’, then ‘Early Arrivals’.  After registering, you will be notified via your Southeast email whether your early arrival is approved or not.  Moving into your room early is not free, there is a $25 nightly charge applied to your student account.  

Check In Instructions

Early Arrivals

Any new student approved to move in prior to Move-In Day is considered an 'Early Arrival'.  Depending on the date of your arrival, you may not be able to move directly into your Fall assignment.  If you need to arrive prior to Sunday, August 16, you will need to register for early arrival by logging in to your Residence Life Housing Portal and select 'Forms', then select 'Early Arrival'. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation (to your Southeast email) along with additional information regarding your arrival, check-in times, etc.  Moving into your room early is not free, there is a $25/night charge applied to your student account for any student arriving prior to Sunday, August 16. All new students arriving prior to Move-In Day will check-in at the Towers Desk (1000 Towers Circle), regardless of which residence hall you are assigned to.  Check-in times for early arrivals will be:  TBD

Move In Day

The University and Office of Residence Life have developed a special move-in process exclusively for new students. We have set up a “One-Stop Shop” at the Student Recreation Center located at 1333 N. Sprigg Street on Thursday, August 20. There you will find a centralized check-in process for all residence halls with a wide range of staff and services available to assist with your needs.

In addition to picking up the key for your room, receiving your 1st-year t-shirt, and completing the medical contact information card at the Student Recreation Center, you will also be able to:

  • Meet members of the Residence Life professional and student staff
  • Pick up your parking permit or information from parking services
  • Meet staff from various departments and receive information about the services they provide
  • Visit displays by student organizations to find out how you can get involved in co-curricular activities
  • Visit displays by local businesses and learn about their services and products on site

To provide you with assistance, we have a large crew of student volunteers to assist you in moving. Our volunteers will greet you at your residence hall and help you move everything from your car to your room. To ensure proper delivery of your belongings, please label all boxes with your name, building and room number.

Once you are in your residence hall, the hall staff will stop by to meet you, provide you with important hall information, and assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Campus shuttle services will be available to take you from your residence hall to the parking lots and around campus.


Parking for move-in day will be on the North side of the Student Recreation Center / Show Me Center. Only one vehicle at a time will be permitted to unload at the residence halls. In order to allow for temporary parking for unloading vehicles, please do not park in spaces near the residence halls after you have unloaded your vehicle. To allow every student to unload, meet their roommate, and to say goodbye to their friends and family, it is critical that unloaded cars park in the Show Me Center lot or other lots designated by Parking Services.

Parking Services staff will be present to direct traffic, locate parking for unloading vehicles and give directions around the campus. Campus shuttle services will operate on Thursday to take students and parents to and from the Student Recreation Center, the residence halls and other campus locations. To limit traffic congestion and speed your entry to and exit from campus, please park away from the residence halls and use the shuttle service for transportation around campus.

Check-In Time

Move-In Day is Thursday, August 20. Scheduled move-in times start at 8:00 am. Please use the following schedule to make your travel plans and arrive on campus at your designated check-in time. We offer an Early Bird move in (7:00 am – 8:00 am) option to those who would like to arrive earlier than their regularly scheduled check in time. Early Bird check in is available to everyone, no pre-registration is required. Remember: you have to arrive at the Student Recreation Center to check-in and collect your keys, do not go to your assigned residence hall.

Dobbins River Campus
All Floors TBD
Merick and LaFerla Halls
3rd Floor TBD

Ground, 1st, 2nd Floors

4th Floor TBD
Myers Hall
1st and 5th Floors TBD
2nd Floor TBD
4th Floor TBD
3rd Floor TBD
Towers North, East, South, and West
12th Floor TBD
5th  Floor TBD
8th Floor TBD
7th Floor TBD
10th Floor TBD
4th Floor TBD
11th Floor TBD
3rd Floor TBD
6th Floor TBD
9th Floor TBD
2nd Floor TBD
Vandiver Hall
5th Floor TBD
3rd and 1st Floors TBD
2nd and 4th Floors TBD

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(573) 651-2274
Towers Complex 102

Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701