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NSO Move-In Day Information Packet

The NSO 2018 Move-In Day Information Packet will be posted online here by September 1. It will contain Directions, Driving Routes, Maps, and the NSO Parking Pass. Read it carefully and share it with anyone accompanying you to campus on Thursday, September 20.

This will be a busy morning, with move-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. (PST). Please expect traffic congestion at the residences. Thank you for your patience!

All new students must be checked in by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, September 20, 2018.


On Thursday, September 20, go directly to your residence, where check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

all transfers should check in at kimball hall between 8:00 a.m.-12:00 P.M.

Directions to Campus

Review the following websites for driving directions, shuttle service, public transportation options, and more: 

Remember to manage your luggage accordingly - make sure you do not pack a bag that is too heavy for you to lift or so many bags that you cannot carry them all if you have to manage them alone. Make sure each piece of luggage is clearly labeled, inside and outside, with your full name and Stanford residence.

Travel Information

Review Stanford's Visitor Information website for travel-related information to help you plan your trip to campus:

Directions Around Campus

Once you arrive to campus, follow the directional signs for the East Campus and West/Central Campus Driving Routes mapped out in the NSO Move-In Day Information Packet.

Do not use GPS for campus navigation on this day, as some roads will be temporarily one-way.

SPOT participants: Walk from the SPOT campsite at Roble Field to your dorms on Thursday morning and arrange to meet your parents and families at your dorms.

Checking In at the Residences

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., NSO volunteers and residence staff members will greet you and help you move in.

Go to the Check-In Tables to pick up your room key, SUID card, and NSO packet containing your nametag, NSO calendar, and P.O. Box key. Be ready to show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. 

NSO volunteers will help you unload your car and carry your belongings to your room. Use the building entrances closest to your room. A few residences have elevators, most do not.

Breakfast items will be provided at the residence check-ins on this morning.

Plan to move in by 12:00 p.m. so that you and your family can enjoy the day’s activities. If you arrive after 12:00 p.m., check in at the Housing Front Desk in your residence complex to pick up your room key and NSO packet. Transfers arriving after 12:00 p.m. should check in at the Gerhard Casper Quad Housing Front Desk for their NSO packet.

(If you have already been issued a SUID card, be sure to bring it, as a new card will not be printed. InternationalStudent Orientation participants will recieve their NSO packet at ISO check-in on September 17.)

All new students are required to check in by 5:00 p.M. If you are unable to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Move-In Day, you must notify Approaching Stanford (650-723-7674, in advance to explain your situation.


When you arrive at your residence, display the NSO Arrival Day Parking Pass (30 minutes) in your car for temporary parking up to 30 minutes, while unloading.

After unloading, your parent/family member should move your car to the Galvez Parking Lot, near the Stanford Stadium, for free all-day parking on September 20. Directional signs to the Galvez Lot will be posted around campus. Thank you in advance for moving your car quickly and allowing other students to park and unload.

Free Marguerite Shuttles will return parents from the Galvez Lot to the residences, running every 15-30 minutes until 7:00 p.m. Shuttle stops are marked on the maps.

If you encounter traffic congestion, you can park temporarily in the Wilbur Field Garage (for Wilbur/Stern) or the Roble Field Garage (for Roble/Lagunita), check in at your residence, and see your room before returning to unload. Your NSO parking pass will be valid in the garages on this day.


Visitor Parking Information

The NSO Arrival Day Parking Pass is valid only on September 20, 2018. Parents and family members who wish to park on campus after Move-In Day (or before Move-In Day) can park at designated visitor parking spaces on campusVisitors may park by the hour or by the day. Enforcement hours throughout campus are Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meters are generally enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted.  

Freshman Parking Policy

Per University policy, first-year students are not allowed to have cars on campus in their first year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters) and cannot purchase a parking permit. There are many programs and resources at Stanford that support students’ transportation needs including the Frosh Emergency Ride Home Program. For more information, visit Transportation Options for New Students and register in advance for the Frosh Emergency Ride Home Program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who intend to keep a car on campus after NSO must purchase a parking permit, as the temporary NSO Parking Permit is valid only for Move-In Day. Transfer students can order their permit online in advance of their arrival or visit the Parking & Transportation Services Office located at Bonair Siding (near the Stanford Department of Public Safety).

What to Bring

Guidelines for Packing

Check out Guidelines for Packing for a handy list of what to pack. This list is based on the expert advice from new students that have come before you. Since you'll be moving at the beginning and end of every school year, we recommend you start by bringing only the necessities!

Be sure to have your government-issued photo ID handy, as you will need to show it at check-in.

Shipping Your Belongings

Some of you will choose to ship items to campus, rather than bring everything with you on Move-In Day. Follow the Guidelines for Shipping carefully and address your packages according to the instructions. Your P.O. Box number, available in Axess in early September, will be needed for your delivery address.

Note: You cannot ship your items early, as they will not be accepted until you have moved in. Once your packages arrive, you'll need to pick them up from the Fed Ex Office in Tresidder Union. Therefore, make sure you bring with you what you'll need for your first couple of nights at Stanford, including: ID, toiletries, clothes (& jacket), shoes, and basic bedding.