Move-In Day Information

Move-in day is August 21!

Are you ready to move into an M State Fergus Falls campus residence hall? We're getting ready for you and are dedicated to fostering a safe and supportive learning and living environment for all residents. To do this, we must make sure that we (residents, staff, faculty administrators) have a shared understanding of what a safe and supportive learning and living environment is.

You'll be able to move in between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21.

At 5 p.m., we'll serve dinner. Please note that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it may be necessary to cancel this dinner. If it's canceled, it will be announced via email to all students who have a completed housing application.

Getting to campus

M State doesn't provide transportation, nor can we help you make travel arrangements. Residents are responsible for making their own arrangements to arrive on campus when housing opens. There is limited ground transportation to Fergus Falls. M State does not endorse any transportation service, but some (not all) of your fee-for-service options are:

If you arrive after hours, you will need to arrange hotel accommodations. Several hotels are available in the Fergus Falls area. M State doesn't endorse any particular hotel and encourages you to select the option that best meets your needs.

Early/late arrival or assistance on move-in day

M State housing officially opens, your contract begins and you gain access to your assigned room on move-in day.

Early arrival: Early check-in requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students participating in organizations (fall athletics pre-arranges early arrival for their student athletes) or events that necessitate arrival before move-in day. Please complete the Academic and Student Services Appeal - Level One as early as possible to ensure consideration.

  • Approval is not guaranteed and is based on availability and staffing.
  • Prepayment of the daily housing fees is required from the date of check-in until opening day.
  • Please note that summer school, summer conferences and our facility cleaning schedule all impact our ability to accommodate early arrivals.

Late arrival: If you will be arriving after the first day of classes, please notify our office by emailing to ensure your space is held for you.

Students or families needing assistance: If you need assistance during move-in day, email the Housing Office at prior to move-in day.

What's in your apartment?

Inside the apartments:

  • Each bedroom includes a twin (not XL) bed, three-drawer dresser, desk, chair and closet.
  • Living rooms are equipped with two chairs, one love seat or couch, one end table, and a coffee table.
  • Kitchens are equipped with a full-sized stove, oven, refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher.
  • Dining area contains a table and up to four chairs.
  • There are two bathrooms in each apartment.
  • Most bathrooms have a shower/tub combo, though there are some bathrooms that have showers only.

Here are some recommendations as you think about what to bring to make your home away from home comfy!

Move-in day tips

  1. Do you have a housing assignment? Check your student email in SpartanNet for a "Notice of Room Assignment" message.
    • If you have a room assignment, then report to the residence hall you were provided in the email for check-in according to your last name.
    • Please do not come to move-in day unless you have an assignment. If you do not have a notice of a room assignment email, then you have not been assigned a room and will not be allowed to move in.
  2. Keep track of the emails that M State Office of Housing and Residential Life sends you.
  3. Move-in day likely will be hot; dress accordingly.
  4. M State residence halls do not have elevators.
  5. Expect some congestion and traffic.
  6. If you have your own cart, dolly or hand-truck, you might want to bring it along.
  7. There is no food service available on move-in day. Meal plans do not begin until Monday, August 23.
  8. M State Office of Housing and Residential Life will host residents and their families for dinner as part of orientation.

Housing Contract

You are expected to be fully aware of the obligations of your Housing Contract. Please note that the term of your housing and dining agreement is for the full academic year (August through May). Release from the agreement prior to the end of the spring semester is very limited. If there are extenuating circumstances which require special attention, these are considered on a case-by-case basis. All requests for release from the housing contract must follow the procedure outlined in the Housing Contract. Failure to obtain release may result in the full assessment of all financial obligations. Be sure to fully read your housing contract prior to coming to campus. If you have any questions about what something means or how a particular clause may be interpreted, please contact The Office of Housing and Residential Life at