Congratulations, you're almost here! This page will give you a sense of what to prepare for your arrival for the start of the semester. This is the information for the 2014-2015 year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Welcome Newsletter

This 2014-2015 newsletter contains information about the residence staff, FAQ, a handy what to bring list, fire safety information, an academic calendar, and more!

Move-In Day

New students may move into their residence halls on Sunday, August 31, 2014. When you arrive at the residence campus you will be directed to an unloading zone designated for your building. Please refer to the residence campus map for building numbers and directions to get to campus:

The unloading zones will be in the following locations and marked with balloons in the building's official colors:

Hall Pull up on... Hall color
Simmons Hall, Brookline Rd. Side
(room #'s X00-X15)
Brookline Rd. Yellow
Simmons Hall, Pilgrim Rd. Side
(room #'sX21-X38)
Pilgrim Rd. Yellow
Morse Hall Brookline Rd. Green
South Hall Brookline Rd. Blue
Mesick Hall Smith Lot, Pilgrim rd. entrance Orange
Transfer students in other halls
As directed when you get to campus

Your first stop will be to check in with Orientation at Alumnae Hall (Map, Bldg 14). There, you will receive your Orientation materials including your schedule for Orientation, your residence key, and your Fenway Card, which you will need to access your building. If you have not yet had your picture taken for your Fenway Card ID, you will have the opportunity to get your picture taken at Orientation check-in. To pick up your ID you will need to present a state issued ID: Driver's license, State ID, US or foreign passport, Military ID, or INS I-1551 resident alien card.

Following your registration, you will be directed to your residence hall to begin your move-in process. If arriving by car, you may unload from your designated unloading location. Once you unload your belongings, Public Safety officers will direct you to move your vehicle to the parking garage on the Simmons main campus. As it is important to keep these unloading zones free from traffic, there will be "Street Team" helpers assisting you as you unload your belongings into carts.

We recommend against parking or leaving vehicles unattended on Pilgrim Road as this is a "resident only" parking location for the Kenmore/Fenway area and is subject to ticketing by the city of Boston without the appropriate sticker.

To help make the move-in process move more quickly for everyone, we are asking families to stagger their arrival times. We understand if you are not able to schedule your arrival at the specified time; however, if you are able to do so, please follow the schedule listed below.

Students living on the fourth & fifth floor arrive between 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Students living on the third floor arrive after 9:30am
Students living on the second and first floors arrive after 10:30am

To assist with your moving, carts and dollies will be provided throughout the morning with assistance from the returning student Street Team. If you need to check out a two-wheeled dolly or additional cart, they will be available for check out with a State Issued ID at a table in the middle of the residence quad.

Undergraduate Orientation will take place from Sunday, August 31, 2014 through Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Please note that all students regardless of whether or not they live on campus are expected to attend the Orientation events on each day of Orientation. We also encourage you to attend other activities through the first week of classes, including the Connections Carnival and other activities. Find out more on the Orientation site »

What is Move-In Day like?

Watch a video of a previous year's move-in day to see what move in day looks like! You'll see our returning student street team helping new students bring items from their cars, students in Alumnae checking in with Orientation and Residence Life, and lining up to attend our opening address.


Are you living on a Theme or Special Interest Community?

We were excited that so many new students signed up for theme communities on their application. While we weren't able to accommodate everyone who requested a theme community, we want to let you know that anyone is welcome to join in on the programming and fun with these communities. Don't know if you are on a theme community or special interest floor? View the cheat sheet below, and read more about each community online!

Theme communities:Sports Pride

Special Interest Communities:

Resources and More Information

Welcome Class of 2018 Page: Links to everything you need to know, from advising & registration to submitting your ID photo online. It is incredibly helpful to submit your photo online before you arrive if you did not take your ID picture during summer Orientation!

Facebook, Class of 2018: Get to know your fellow classmates, join in the discussions, and connect with staff.

The New Students web page on the Campus Life site includes frequently asked questions, costs and fees, and information about Special Housing Accommodations.

A "What to Bring" check list. Don't forget to also read your College Housing License Agreement to review the prohibited items!

Residence Hall Room Photos: Take a peek at what your future room could look like. Please keep in mind however that rooms vary in size and layout depending on the location in the hall. All rooms come with a standard twin bed, dresser, closet, shelf, desk, and desk chair. You can also view a sample hall floor plan online (student login required). Please note, all fire doors are not shown on floor plans. Rooms in stairwells will have a fire door into the room next door to them.

Microfridge Interested in renting a Microfridge for the academic year? To reserve a Microfridge for 2014-2015, please go to or call 1-800-637-7567. Orders must be received by Tuesday, August 19th, and the Microfridge will be delivered to your room prior to your arrival on campus.

Your Fenway Card: Did you know you can add money to your Fenway Card to make purchases on- and off-campus at over 75 different locations? The card features a prepaid spending account - "Fenway Cash" - which allows you to make easy, cashless purchases with just a simple swipe! Watch your email for more information on how you and/or your parents can add money to your card and be ready for all your fall purchases. Visit for more info.

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