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Spring Move-In Guide

Welcome to living on campus! Southeast Missouri State University is very pleased to have you as part of our campus community. Information about room assignments, the move-in schedule, early arrival registration, meningitis vaccinations and a list of suggested items to bring to campus are contained in this move-in guide.

Assignments for individuals who submitted a housing contract prior to December 20, 2019 will be viewable starting December 21. Individuals who submit a housing contract after this date will not receive an assignment until the first week of January.

To view your assignment,please go to the Residence Life Housing Portal, select “New Students” and then “Assignment Info”. Here are a few things to remember about the housing assignment process for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • New students are joining an existing community
    • Space may not be available to accommodate roommate pairs
    • Every effort is made to assign students to their first or second building choice
  • Incoming first-year students are eligible to live in any residence hall
    • Every effort will be made to place students in areas designated for first-year students if space is available
    • Assignments are made using the preference responses
  • Transfer and re-entering students are assigned to upper class housing, based on availability
  • Private rooms, if available, are assigned in application date order
  • Roommates are assigned by these criteria
    • Roommate preferences - study, sleeping and socializing habits
    • Mutual request - Roommates must enter each other's Southeast ID for consideration. For the Spring semester, roommate requests are strongly considered, but an assignment with a specific roommate cannot be guaranteed due to variables in space availability

Move-In Schedule

New International Students

Move-in begins on Friday, January 10 at 8:00am for new international students. Please complete the International Education Services Arrival Form. Students arriving before January 10 will be charged $25 per night. Students should check in with the Customer Service Desk at the Towers Complex for key pick up. You may call the duty phone number displayed at the desk if closed.

New Students Attending First STEP on Friday

Move-in begins Friday, January 17 at 8:00am. Students should check in with the Customer Service Desk at the Towers Complex for their keys before 4:00pm.

New Students Not Attending First STEP

Move-in begins on Sunday, January 19 at 8:00am. Students should check in with the Customer Service Desk at their assigned building for keys.

Returning Students Moving in to New Assignments

Students can return to campus on Sunday, January 19 at 8:00am. Keys will be available for pickup at your customer service desk.

Classes Begin

Classes begin on Tuesday, January 21. 

Meal Service

Regular meal service begins on Friday, January 17 with the breakfast meal at Starbucks, Grill Nation, Towers, the UC Redhawks Market and St. Vincent's Commons. Meal plans are not active prior to January 17. You may purchase food from limited Chartwells dining services using cash/credit and Redbucks.


Missouri State Law 754 (section 174.335) requires each student living on campus to have received the meningococcal vaccine, unless the student has a medical or religious exemption. Vaccination records can be mailed to the Office of Residence Life, faxed to 573-651-2557 or emailed to residencelife@ If you have not received an immunization prior to arrival, vaccinations can be obtained at the Campus Health Clinic. The clinic will bill to insurance carriers first and then anything left over will be billed to the student’s account. Proof of your meningococcal vaccine, or a reason for exemption must be on file prior to the first day of classes.

Early Arrival Registration

Students who need to move into the residence halls prior to January 13 should complete the Early Arrival registration form online . Please note that you will be charged a $25 nightly fee, unless you are required by the University to be on campus early.

To register, please complete the following

  1. Log into My Southeast portal, go to the Student SS tab
  2. On the Student SS tab, scroll down to locate the Residence Life channel. Select "Residence Life Housing Portal"
  3. Select "New Students"
  4. Select "Early Arrivals"
  5. On the "Early Arrival" page, verify your information
  6. After verification, select "Next Step" to advance to page 2
  7. On page 2, complete the accommodation fields and select the nights you will ned to stay on campus
  8. Select "Next Step" to advance to page 3
  9. On page 3, you can download a summary of your accommodations or send an email to yourself
  10. Select "Finish"
  11. A confirmation email will be sent to you

Preparing for the Move

DO Bring

  • Alarm Clock
  • Linens/Blanket/Pillow
  • Iron/Iron Board
  • Hangers
  • Bath Towels
  • Shower Essentials
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent (he)
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Shower Shoes
  • Waste Basket
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Umbrella/Rain boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snack Food
  • Dishes, Bowls, Silverware
  • Can Opener
  • Cards/Board Games
  • Microwave (max 800s watts)
  • Refrigerators (max 3.2 cubic feet)

DO NOT Bring

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana or other illegal drugs
  • Candles/Incense
  • Extremely Valuable/Irreplaceable Items
  • Weapons (Guns, knives, etc.)
  • Decorative Swords/Knives
  • Pellet/BB Guns
  • Paintball Guns
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Flammable Liquids
  • George Foreman Grills
  • Toaster Ovens/Toasters
  • Airsoft Guns
  • Space Heaters
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Wi-Fi Routers (will be confiscated)
  • Window Air Conditioners

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


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.

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(573) 651-2274
Towers Complex 102

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