Return to Campus

Fall 2020 Move-In and Housing

We have been working hard to facilitate an environment and experience for you this fall that will enable you to connect with other students and the Arcadia community, given the new COVID-19 realities.

Fall Move-In

  • Move-in for new resident students will occur between Aug. 14 and Aug. 26, by appointment only.
  • Returning resident student move-in will also occur between Aug. 14 and Aug. 30, also by appointment only.
  • Fall Orientation will be offered in an All-Modes capacity to facilitate participation by students both remotely and in-person.

Any student with questions or inquiries about accessibility should contact Disability Specialist Jessica Holdren (215-572-4033,

Housing Availability and Safety Information

To promote and protect the health and safety of our campus community, we are determining where we can reduce occupancy and ensure support for social distancing. We anticipate accommodating students in single rooms, except students who have requested or have been placed in the Castle Residence Hall rooms, as these rooms are more substantial and allow for more than two individuals in the space while maintaining an appropriate distance.

To de-densify campus and mitigate the spread in our community, we will be working on occupancy in on-campus, Oak Summit Apartments, or off-campus university-managed units.

Housing Assignments

For the last several months, we have been preparing to open our residence halls with normal occupancy; however, the widespread surge of COVID-19, particularly among those under the age of 35, requires us to reconsider this plan. Therefore, we are moving to an almost all single bedroom model in University Housing to reduce further the density of individuals living on campus. The following factors have contributed to this decision:

  1. The exponential rise of COVID-19 cases across the country.

  2. The increasing time it takes to obtain accurate results for COVID-19 testing.

  3. Recent CDC data are demonstrating an 85% increase in positive cases among those under the age of 35.

Unfortunately, this means that we do not have enough single rooms for our entire residential population who wish to reside on campus. We are hard at work securing off-campus properties to house additional students. Still, we now anticipate not being able to accommodate about 25% of our residential population who have requested University housing. We need you to complete the following form by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, to confirm if you still want to reside in University Housing. (Updated Fall 2020 Housing Form) We will be using the following prioritization to place students into University Housing.

  1. Student staff members (Resident Assistants) to support a residential population

  2. Students who, based on ADA accommodation needs, need to live on campus

  3. Housing insecure students 

  4. First-year students 

  5. Graduating seniors (Class of 2021)

  6. Students with specific academic needs (this could include students in the arts who need access to studio space, students in for-credit internship experiences, student teachers, etc.)

  7. Students from countries and states where timezones in their home location would pose an academic hardship

  8. Students with on-campus or off-campus jobs that require their physical presence

  9. All other deposited residents based on the date of deposit

We anticipate updated housing assignments will be sent to students no later than August 6th. Students who we are unable to house in the immediate will be placed on a waiting list. With fewer students moving in, we expect students to move in from August 18th through the 30th. New students will be moved in by August 26 for Fall orientation. Move-in appointments will be delivered as soon as possible after you have received your assignment.

What to Bring

Residence and Commuter Life provides a resource to resident students about what to bring when moving in. We also suggest the following specific Health and Safety items:

  • Face masks (recommended 2-3 cloth masks that cover your nose and mouth)
  • Personal thermometer
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer