Arrival Information

First-year and Transfer Students

Residence halls will open for first-year and transfer students at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. Students moving in on that date should enter the campus via Woodland Street from Main Street. Once on Woodland Street, University staff will direct you based on your residence hall, so please have your housing information handy. When you reach your hall, Clark students and staff will help unload your belongings; you can then park in the garage. At your residence hall, upperclass students from orientation and residential staffs will welcome you, give you your room key and help you get acclimated.

Live 500+ miles from campus?

First-year students who live 500 or more miles from Clark, and who are not coming for a pre-orientation program, may request permission to arrive on campus a day early (Wednesday, Aug. 23). To do so, please complete the Early Arrival Request form on your Housing and Dining Self-Service page by Aug. 1. Requests received after Aug. 1 will result in a $25 late application fee.

Residence halls will open at noon on Aug. 23 for students who have received permission to move in early. Please pick up your key at the Residential Life and Housing Office (142 Woodland Street); if you arrive after 5 p.m., you can collect your key and I.D. card from University Police in Bullock Hall.

Participating in an early orientation program?

If you are participating in an early orientation program (Connections, ACE, International Orientation, etc.), you should contact your program directly to determine your arrival time.

For students who like to plan ahead: Residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20, for winter break, and reopen for the spring semester at noon on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Students needing to leave after Dec. 20, or arrive before Jan. 14, may request extensions to their contract for up to 72 hours. The fee is $25 per day, if requested more than two weeks in advance; that rate increases if you wait longer (see your housing contract for details). Residence halls close at noon on May 10, 2018 for summer break.

Off-campus Accommodations

Listed below are a few hotels in the Worcester area that you may wish to contact if you need to arrive before your scheduled date, or need housing for family or friends:

Regency Suites: 508-753-3512
Holiday Inn Express: 508-757-4000
Baymont Suites: 508-832-7000
Worcester Inn: 508-852-2800


If you have any questions while preparing to come to campus, please feel free to give us a call. A representative of the Office of Residence Life and Housing would be happy to answer your questions.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.