Fall Transfer-out, Intersession, Spring Transfer-in: What You Have to Know | BU At this time

The coronavirus pandemic is not going to go away anytime soon. And that means that the move in spring 2021 will look a little different. In fact, it will be very similar to the tiered move-in last fall, with time windows and required COVID-19 testing as per Massachusetts travel orders.

And this year, students who do not wish to travel during the off-season (December 20th to January 10th) can book a room at the Commonwealth Hotel for just $ 40 per night. Quarantine and isolation accommodations on campus remain open with full service. (See below for more details.)

Classes for the spring semester start a week later than usual – January 25 – and the spring break has been canceled to reduce the risk of COVID infection on campus.

But first, some information about dates that you need to consider for the end of the fall semester 2020.

Take off autumn

Leave the campus after the final? Make sure you are out by Sunday December 20th. The dining rooms will close after dinner on Saturday, December 19, and the dorm-style residences will close at 12:00 noon the following day, December 20.) All apartment-style residences, including Harry Agganis Way 33, will remain during the Open in mid-season. Students moving out – those graduating, taking leave, or retiring – must remove all belongings from their rooms and return their keys to Residence Life by noon on December 20th.

Students returning for the spring semester can leave their belongings in their rooms. RA passages are still popular in dormitories, as is disinfection in public spaces.


Can’t you go home for the break? This year, from December 20 to January 10, the Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square will offer accommodation for US $ 40 per day. The students are brought into a room in pairs and can register from November 2nd via the My Housing portal and pick up their roommate. (If you don’t have a roommate, one will be randomly assigned.) All students are responsible for their own meals during this time. However, if you are staying in quarantine or isolation accommodation on campus, full service – including meals – will be provided during the session.

Although the university cannot enforce COVID-19 guidelines during the session, it is important that everyone continues to adhere to them. “The guidelines set by BU are certainly intended to ensure the safety of our entire BU community, but go beyond the pure BU,” says Judy Platt, Director of Student Health Services. “This is not just a university-level team effort. As a state and as a country, we must all take public health measures to protect one another. Whether there is a requirement or not, following these guidelines protects everyone. “

Students living in apartment and vacation homes during the break are expected to complete the COVID-19 tests during the break. More information will be available in the following weeks.

Spring arrival

This year’s spring move-in will take place from January 14th to 20th, 2021. As in the fall, all students living in BU apartments – returning or new to campus – must register for a return flight date and time. There are two shifts per day, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The move-in must be completed within these time windows. In order to maintain the required social distance, each shift is limited to a maximum of 370 students. So prepare for a backup date and time if your desired time slot is occupied. (Registration runs from December 14th to January 8th in the My Housing Portal.)

This is not just a university-level team effort – as a state and as a country we must take all public health measures to protect one another.

Judy Platt, Director of Student Health Services

Do you want to come back before January 14th? Good news – you can, as long as you get approval in advance. For students who decide to move in in the spring, registration begins on November 23rd and ends on December 13th. All requests are then reviewed by a committee, prioritizing student-athletes returning to training and international students traveling from outside the US. “Students are encouraged to approve early arrival prior to making their travel plans,” said Paul Riel, vice president of emergency services. Early move-in for admitted students is January 9-13.

Early or not, all move-in days work the same way. On your specified return date, you must: firstly check in at your designated ResLife station and secondly perform a COVID-19 test. Tests can be scheduled through BU Healthway and must be completed on the day you move in during your time slot. If you are coming to campus from a high risk state, be aware that you must follow a seven day recommendation until you have three negative COVID-19 tests (two for PhD students) and are only allowed to leave your room for meals, tests and medical appointments.

“We’re all in the process of making plans and adjustments,” says Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock’87), associate provost and dean of students. “As students and their families consider moving into the spring semester, we encourage everyone to continue to follow the advice and directions of our healthcare professionals and ensure their personal compliance with COVID precautions and protocols. We will continue to share our updated plans and details for both the meeting and the spring semester as they become available. “

Note: New students may be assisted by one person to move in. (If you are a returning student, you are on your own.) All students and carers must wear face masks and must adhere to social distancing and best disinfection practices.

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