You’ve chosen Concordia University Ann Arbor for many reasons: you want an excellent education, one that offers a Christian foundation rooted in Lutheran doctrine. You love the beautiful campus and the ability to get involved in extracurricular activities. You’re excited to make your mark during this new chapter of your life!

The CUAA Residence Life staff is here to help you make a smooth transition onto campus so you can enjoy all those things. We’ve put together a residence life checklist of need-to-know information and handy tips to help you get right into the swing of things.

We’ll see you on campus!

Check-in checklist

  1. Follow the signs to the correct side of campus to fill out paperwork and receive instructions on what to do next.
  2. Pick up your Student ID.
  3. Bring your student ID and check-in with the RA staff inside your residence hall on the main floor. Pick up your key, Room Condition Inventory, and other materials.
  4. Read your RCI (Room Condition Inventory). This states that the condition of the items in your room at the time you move in. Inspect your room to see if there are any discrepancies between the RCI and the actual condition of the room. If there are, note them on the RCI to ensure that you will not be financially accountable to pre-existing damages upon check-out.
  5. Park your vehicle in the grass nearest your hall. Campus Safety and Student Leaders will be there to guide you.
  6. Once you have unloaded your car, move it to free up spaces closer to the building for other students.
  7. Last step! Finish move-in by bringing your belongings to your room, getting settled in, and celebrate your new year at CUAA!

Move-In Dates 2023

  • Wednesday, August 2nd – Volleyball, Men and Women’s Soccer: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 7th – Football Freshman: 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Football Returners: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 15th – Dance, Cheer and Cross Country: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 20th – Transition Leaders: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 24th - New Student Move-in: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 26th - Returning Student Move-in: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Questions? Contact the Director of Residence Life,

Tried-and-true moving tips

  • Pack medium-sized boxes and don’t make them too heavy. Your back will thank you.
  • Bring a cart or dolly to stack boxes and make each trip more productive.
  • Recruit strong helpers to assist you in unloading your car and getting your belongings to your room quickly.
  • Bring your patience! Our staff will be at every building trying to move things along as quickly as possible, but sometimes it’s a slow process. Check weather forecasts and plan accordingly. Bring umbrellas and plastic coverings for your things just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

RAs – We’re here for you!

Knowing where to go and who to talk to can make all the difference. One important group of people who will play a vital role while you are living on campus are the Resident Assistants.

  • Your Resident Assistants (RAs) have your back. You’ll meet your RA on move-in day, and he or she will be there throughout the academic year to help with any concerns you have about adjusting to college life.
  • You’ll also get help from Student Leaders. On move-in day, they join forces, wear matching shirts and look for opportunities to help you. They will direct you to the right locations and help you carry boxes.

Connecting with your roommate

If you have been assigned roommates, their name(s) should be listed in the email from Residence Life.

New students are assigned housing according to the date we receive their completed Housing Agreement and $300 deposit. Roommates are assigned based on self-reported preferences entered on the Roommate Match in the Housing Application. While Residence Life makes every attempt to place requested roommates together, due to the high demand for housing, we do not guarantee roommate requests.

Living with a roommate can enhance your college experience. We encourage you to contact your new roommate(s) once you receive their information. Decide who will bring the TV, snacks, and more. Talk about how you will decorate your room or loft/bunk your beds to create more floor space.

If you did not receive your first choice in hall or roommate, you may apply for a room change once you arrive on campus. These changes will be considered after the first two weeks of the Fall Semester and on a space-available basis. (One change per year, please.)

Nervous about your first conversation with your roommate? Try to relax and keep an open mind. Expect that there will be differences between you as people. The most important goal of the conversation should be to establish good communication with each other so that you have a base to build on when move-in day arrives. If you don’t hit it off right away, don’t give up. Working on building a relationship can be exceptionally rewarding. Remember, our Residence Life staff is here to help!

Getting plugged in

Computers play a large part in college life and CUAA has you covered! is our web portal that provides single sign in web services. All registered students have access to course information, library, campus life, Onecard, email, and more – anytime, anywhere.

Each student is given a email account. This feature rich account is setup on Microsoft servers and can be linked to a Live account for resources like single sign in to your personal computer, Skydrive and more.

The 3 P’s: Personal property protection

CUAA is generally a very safe campus, but it never hurts to follow these simple guidelines:

  • If your property is not already covered by insurance, it is wise to obtain coverage for the time you are living on campus.
  • Lock your room every time you leave and while you sleep.
  • Do not lend your room key or to anyone. Doing so is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
  • Limit valuables in your room. Record the serial number and make/model information for valuables you will bring to campus.
  • An engraving tool is available at the Campus Safety Office for you to use to mark your valuables.
  • Store valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your bike and register it with Campus Safety.

Items of note

International students: If you are an international student, fall athlete or participating in a music group on campus, you’ll receive additional correspondence concerning your early check-in.

Cancellations: If plans change and you will not be attending for Fall Term or you change your mind about living on campus, you must notify both Residence Life and Admissions, separately and in writing (email, fax or letter is great). The Residence Hall Agreement is valid for the entire academic year. In most cases, cancelling your Agreement will result in financial penalty .

Contact us!

We’re here to help make your stay on campus as great as possible. Please stop in to our offices, or send us an email: