Move-in Readiness

UCSC is in one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education. While being situated in the middle of a redwood forest provides both beauty and serenity, it also creates a challenge for large-scale events like move-in. With only two roads in and out of campus, we have to be strategic and intentional when designing move-in plans. In order to get over 9,000 students moved-in over the course of four days, and ensure everyone has the smoothest move-in experience possible, we ask that you follow the instructions provided to you regarding your specific move-in time/window. We appreciate your help in making this the best move-in and first few days on campus for our students!

Given the brief window students have for unloading, and the limited storage space available in campus rooms, we strongly encourage you to pack light. Please check out our What to Bring and What NOT to Bring pages for more details.

Please note that if you or your family members leave campus to run errands, it will be difficult to get back to your specific college. If you decide to leave campus immediately following your move-in time, you will need to park in the East Remote parking lot.


  • UCSC Move-In is 9,000 students in 4 days via two roads!
  • We need your help to make it go smoothly.
  • Please pack ONLY what you really initially need.
  • Please follow all instructions, adhere to your move-in time slot, and make your drop-off efficient.
  • Thank You and Go Slugs!

Your student will be sent an email to their UCSC email address with specific instructions. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we make sure to get all our Slugs moved in safely and efficiently!