Fall 2021 Early Arrival

Can’t wait to move in? There are opportunities for residents to arrive early to campus. 

Visit this page often. The information below is subject to change per developments in COVID-19.

Undergraduate Residence Halls  

For residents who would prefer to move into the halls as early as possible, we offer an Early Arrival option. With this option, residents will be required to sign up for a Move-In date and time. 


August 15-17 


There is an additional costs associated with Early Arrival. The rates for Early Arrival housing in the undergraduate halls are shown below. The fee will be charged to your student account and will be reflected in the October bill. Daily cost per night includes three meals each day — continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner beginning on August 16. 

If you are assigned to a Living-Learning Community (LLC) and move in August 16 or 17, you will not be charged an Early Arrival Fee. The LLC Orientation Fee includes room and board for these two nights. If you choose to move in on August 15, you will be charged the nightly fee.  

Move-In Date Cost Per Night Notes
Sunday, August 15 $40 No meals on Sunday
Monday, August 16 $60 Includes 3 meals
Tuesday, August 17 $60 Includes 3 meals 
All days (August 15–17) $160 Includes 6 meals 

Please note that you will be billed for early arrival as soon as you receive your keys, regardless of whether or not you stay in your room during the early arrival period.

Move-In Instructions 

Move-In Instructions will differ from day to day. Be sure to follow the instructions planned for your Move-In date. 

Dining During Early Arrival

Dining units will open during early arrival beginning with breakfast on August 16 through dinner on August 17 during regular hours prior to meal plans beginning. Fall 2021 meal plans begin with lunch on August 18.

The Early Arrival meal balance will not show up in the MyHousing system as a meal plan balance normally would. Once you move in, the meals are available on your i-card. If you need to check your Early Arrival meal balance on your i-card, ask the cashier in the dining facility.

Early Arrival meal credits may only be used once per meal period (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) with three available meals each day. Unused meal credits from Early Arrival are not rolled over to the academic year.

If you are part of an approved Early Arrival group and you eat more than your group’s predetermined meals, your student account will be billed for the extra meals. You are welcome to use Illini Cash or a credit/debit card to pay for meals outside of your group’s plan.

Campus Groups

Units who wish for their group to move in early will be permitted to move in earlier than August 18. There are Early Arrival fees that can be charged to a campus unit FOAPAL and/or to an individual student account. To arrange for your campus group to move in early, please email the Housing Information Office at housing@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-7111 for information on how to gain pre-approval for your group.

International Students

Review the International Move-In page for information specific to your needs.

Daniels and Sherman Halls 

Early Arrival housing in the graduate upper-division halls is only available to students who have a confirmed 2021–2022 housing assignment in either Daniels or Sherman Hall.

We will bill any fees associated with Early Arrival to your University student account as our offices cannot accept cash or credit cards.


Students must apply for Summer Housing.


Students must apply online for Interim Housing at Daniels Hall. You will be notified by email of your approved Interim Housing reservation.

  • Cost: $40 per night. Meals are not included. 
  • Check-in: Begins on August 8 at 9 a.m. at the Daniels Hall front desk.
  • Check-out: Residents of Sherman or Daniels may check out of Daniels on August 15 at 8 a.m. and move into their permanent fall room assignment on that date. This will apply to Daniels residents if they are not already placed in their permanent assignment during Interim Housing. The nightly rate remains $40 per night in Sherman and Daniels Halls through August 15. 


Students moving in to Sherman or Daniels must apply online for Early Arrival. You will be notified by email of your approved Early Arrival date.

  • Cost: On August 15, there are no meals available and the rate is $40 per night. From August 16–17, meals are offered in the dining halls. The rate is $60 per night for residents with meal plans and $40 per night for residents without meal plans.
  • Check-in: Details TBD


Meal service during Early Arrival is available beginning with breakfast on August 16 and ending with dinner on August 17. Fall 2021 meal plans begin with breakfast on August 18.
If you are part of an approved Early Arrival group and you eat more than your group’s predetermined meals, your student account will be billed for the extra meals. You are welcome to use Illini Cash or a credit/debit card for meals outside of your group's plan. 

Have questions about Sherman and Daniels? Email gradhalls@illinois.edu.