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Residence Life at Messiah College

Early Arrival Request


This form is intended for students who have a 2014 fall housing assignment.


Completed forms must be returned to the Office of Residence Life for approval by Friday, August 1, 2014 if a student desires to arrive prior to the following dates:

Thursday, August 28, 2013(for First-Year & Transfer Students)
Sunday, August 31, 2013 (for Returning Students)

Students approved for early arrival will be informed by email and billed to their student account.

Early arrival charges are as follows:

  • Sibling of a sponsored student: $25/day
  • Student Teaching: Students who are required to return early for student teaching as part of a class requirement may do so free of charge. Along with this form, the professor of the class must approve the student's early arrival.
  • Students who live more than 300 miles away may move in 1 day early with no charge. However, a $75/day charge will apply for each day earlier than 1 day ahead.
  • All other approved requests: $75/day (these will be extremely limited)

Requests received after August 1, 2013 will be charged a late fee. August 4 - 17 the late fee will be $10 and August 18 - 30 the late fee will be $25.

Early Arrival Form


Special Reminders:

** Students who arrive on-campus and are not sponsored by a campus department will have to provide their own meals until the official start of their meal plan. Students can use cash at any of our open food operations.

Meal Plan start dates:
Lunch on Thursday, August 28 (for First Year & Transfer Students)
Lunch on Sunday, August 31 (for Returning Students)


** Students will not be allowed to access their room unless they have prior approval for early arrival. Additionally, Campus Safety will not distribute keys or open doors for students who arrive on-campus without approval or fail to check-in during the scheduled check-in hours.

Students who arrive on campus and are not on the approved list will be charged $100 per night/person. The $100 per night/person fee will be charged retroactively if students are found living on campus without permission.


Any student who moves in without checking in at the Office of Residence Life & Housing will be charged a $50 improper check-in fee. Check-ins will only occur during the designated check-in hours (see Complete Early Arrival Info) or if other special arrangements are made.