Cumberland University

Important Dates for Residence Life

Move-In Information

Welcome to residence hall living for the 2018-2019 academic year.  

The residence halls open for the Fall Semester at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, August 19, 2018.  Students assigned to the residence halls will receive an email for CU Housing and Residence Life letting them know when the halls open and other important information.  For those living in the residence halls, please note the following carefully.

Halls Open and Contract Begins

The fall semester housing contract for residence halls begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018, with classes beginning on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  That is the earliest a student may move into the residence halls. If order for a student to move into the residence hall, they must:

(1) Completed their Occupancy Agreement and Emergency Contact Information

(2) Be Official with the University

(3) Have submitted their Immunization Records to the Admission's Office

Check-In and Approved Early Arrivals

Students returning to campus early for University sponsored programs (football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, marching band, etc.) may check into their residence halls as arranged for and communicated to them by their sponsoring department.

Students who need to arrive prior to the opening date should contact the Office of Residence Life via email at to arrange move in. The fee for early move ins is $25 per day. Move ins will not be granted over the weekends except in emergency situations.

Roommates and Assignment Adjustments

Most students, including those who have not known each other previously, become good roommates provided they take the time to get to know one another, make a sincere effort to cooperate and communicate, and make it a point to do things together at least occasionally. If you have roommate concerns, work with your residence assistant to explore your options.

For the past several years the number of students we have assigned to our residence halls has been near capacity.  This means that the Housing and Residence Life Office does not have the flexibility to make adjustments to room or roommate assignments.  If you have a question or concern about your assignment, please contact us by email ( and we will forward your question to the appropriate staff member for a response.

Requested Single Rooms

Unfortunately, due to the fact that we are near capacity, it is unlikely that we will be able to honor single room requests. We do what we could to assign a student of similar age, class standing, and preferences. If you are interested in a single room, we recommend that you sign up for a private shared suite in Howell Jackson or Horace Lurton Halls. If availability arises, students will be able to purchase a private room for $550 per semester.

Checking In

Students are to check in at their assigned residence hall. The residence hall are open from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. If a student expects to arrive late in the evening or at night, they should be considerate of their roommate and others while moving in. Anyone arriving after 3 p.m. should contact the Residence Life Office to arrange check in.

Welcome Crew Unloading Help

For several hours on Sunday, volunteers from each residence hall will be available to assist with move-in, to include helping with unloading vehicles. Welcome Crew is only available for the Fall semester move-in.


The beds in the residence halls are 36" x 80" (XL Twin) and are "bunkable".

What To Bring

As students pack their belongings for the upcoming year, it is suggested that they pack what they need as well as some of the items they’d like to have with them, knowing that items can either be shipped or picked up on subsequent visits home. Once roommates find places for everything, they can determine what if anything can and should be added to their “home away from home.” Suggestions on what to bring as well as a list of what is prohibited can be found by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page. It is very important that roommates discuss what they plan to bring before they pack for the trip to campus and that they remember that what goes in has to come out at the end of the year.

Power Strips

Students are expected to use a high quality power strip with a 16-gauge cord (minimum), a three-prong plug, a built-in circuit breaker, and a built-in surge protector for their electrical equipment and appliances.  We also strongly encourage you to save electricity by using the switch on your power strip to control the power to your electrical device(s).

If You Change Your Plans

If something comes up and your plans change so you will not be attending CU or living on-campus this fall, please let us know in writing (email -  at your earliest convenience.  By letting us know early, you may make it possible for us to more effectively respond to another student's residence hall preference.

We're Glad You're Here

We look forward to having you join us and believe that your residence hall experience - the friendships you will make, the opportunities for involvement and learning available to you, and the support you will have from residence hall and other University staff - will add considerably to your CU experience