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New incoming students and transfers are welcomed back to campus a few days before classes start each semester. During the move in day, you will be able to get your Clark OneCard and room key. A resident adviser will greet you and bins are available to assist in moving your belongings into your new space. 

Returning residential students are allowed to move in the day before classes. Similarly to new student and transfer move in, during returning student move- in a resident adviser will greet you and bins are available to assist in moving your belongings into your new space. 

Family and friend helpers are allowed to assist for Move In, though we ask that you following Clark University’s Visitor Policy and the Clark Commitment. 

Specific information related to upcoming Move-In processes will be detailed below. Please contact RLH at with any questions or concerns. As always, we are here to support you as you stay safe and come to Clark!

Please check back in early August 2022 for more specific information and guidance related to Fall 2022 Move-In.

Please check back in early January 2023 for more specific information and guidance related to Spring 2023 Move-In.

Late Stay and Early Arrival Requests

Undergraduate students are welcome to request to stay past the closing date or to arrive early before the opening date. Typically, our office allows students to stay up to 3 days late and to arrive up to 3 days early. All applications to stay late and arrive early will be located on your Housing & Dining Self-Service portal, under the Application tab. Students must complete these requests on time to guarantee approval. Please be sure to view the Residence Calendar for the closing and opening dates.

*International students and students whose permanent address is 500 miles or more away from campus are eligible to receive two days of the late stay/early arrival fee waived. These students must complete the corresponding Request form and be approved in order to stay late or arrive early.*

Request Cost
Approved late stay or early arrival $30 per day
Arrive unannounced requesting key Daily rate + $100 fee
In the halls without permission Daily rate + $150 fee

Students with exceptional circumstances that prohibit them from moving out by the above deadlines can apply for late stay. Late stay applications are due by Friday May 6, 2022 at 11:59PM. Requests will be reviewed by RLH and approved on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage residents who wish to request a late departure to do so as early as possible.

  • Students who may need a late departure to accommodate travel plans should communicate these needs to RLH by submitting the request form.

To learn more about late stay and apply use this link- Late Stay Housing Request Application

Students with exceptional circumstances that prohibit them from moving into the residence halls during the scheduled days and times can apply for early arrival. Additionally, departments who need to have students move in early can apply for them to be an early arrival.

The Fall 2022 Early Arrival request form is open from Wednesday. June 1, 2022 through Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM (EST).  Students should log into their Housing and Dining Self-Service portal and click on the link, which is visible in the ‘Helpful Links’ section.

The Early Arrival Request form is for Undergraduate Students who are requesting to arrive early prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. Students living in Graduate Housing are not able to request early arrival status since their housing start date is August 1.

If you are working with a department/are a part of a sports team/etc. that may want you to come back for Early Arrival, please do NOT submit a request until you have talked with your program administrator/coach.

Please note the following important dates when making your request:

  • Saturday August 20, 2022: Earliest Date that Undergraduate Students Can Request to Arrive
  • Thursday August 25, 2022: First-Year Student Move-In
  • Friday August 26, 2022: Transfer Student Move-In
  • Sunday August 28, 2022: Returning Student Move-In

If you have a permanent address farther than 500 miles away, Residential Life & Housing will waive the costs of early arrivals for up to 3 nights (or starting Thursday August 25, 2022)  as per the 2022 – 2023 Undergraduate Housing Contract.

Departments that are looking to bring students as early arrivals so they can work/ perform services should email for submission guidelines. Departments will be able to submit students for early arrival between June 13, 2022 and July 17, 2022.

Room Change Requests

If you’d like to request a change to your on campus housing assignment, please complete the Room Change Request form that is located on your Housing & Dining Self-Service portal. The form is open for a month over the summer, for a majority of fall semester, and for a month in spring semester. Please note that these requests are not guaranteed, but our office will do our best to meet your requests.

Fall 2022: Students who want to change their rooms will be able to submit a room change request starting Monday September 19, 2022. The form will be available online and further instructions will be sent to your Clark email address when the form becomes available. At this time, singles are very limited, so it is highly unlikely that you will be able to switch into a single room even if you complete the room change request form.

Dining Services

Sodexho provides dining services and meal plans at Clark University.  Students, staff, and community members a like can enjoy a variety of offerings on any given day.

For more information on the types of meal plans offered, visit their website on meal plans.

Dining services and meal plans are only available during the Fall and Spring semester. Limited services are available during break times- schedules are posted in advance. During these break times, we encourage you to plan ahead for meals. You are encouraged to shop ahead, bringing food to campus with you when possible. If pre-arrival shopping is not an option, you can make use of delivery or mobile dining options like InstaCart, UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub, etc. at your expense.

  • You are welcome to visit the Clark University Food Pantry for possible support with food. More information is available at the Higgins UC Information Desk.
  • Visit for information about virtual events and engagement opportunities!

Please contact RLH at with any questions or concerns. As always, we are here to support you as you stay safe and return to Clark!

Meal Plan Changes

Students are able to change their meal plans at any point during the summer/winter break and through the first 2 weeks of school each semester. To change your meal plan, login to your Housing & Dining Self-Service and click on Meal Plan Selecting & Changes. Students who live off campus or in apartment style housing on campus can request to cancel their meal plans by emailing our office at Meal plan cancellations are only allowed during the first 2 weeks of class each semester. Students can upgrade their meal plan to a plus plan at any point in the semester.

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