Before Moving In

Things to do Once your Application is Approved

Check Your Preferred Email

The Department of Residence Life will communicate with you primarily through your preferred email. Please take a moment to check your UAOnline account to make sure your preferred email is set to an email address you regularly check.

If you have applied for housing and haven't seen any confirmation emails, check your spam filter and be sure that emails from Residence Life are not marked as spam. You can also add Residence Life ( to your contacts list to be sure that you're receiving emails from our office. 

To check which email address is your preferred email on UAOnline, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to UAOnline
  2. Select "Personal Information" from the tabs at the top
  3. Select "Manage Your Address, Email and Phone Information"
  4. Check your Student Preferred Email and make changes if necessary

Submit Immunization Records

All students living on campus are required to provide documentation of immunizations to the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC).  

Required Immunizations: 

  • Meningococcal Vaccine (required for students under 21 and highly recommended for students 21 and older)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)--2 doses
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria--within 10 years
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test with a negative result or a TB screening within six months prior to initial move-in

  Immunizations Requirements

  Submit Immunization Records

Request Roommates

Students who would like to live with a specific person will be able to request and connect with roommates through their UAA Residence Life Self-Service page on UAOnline. In order to be eligible to make roommate requests, students must first have applied for student housing and received a confirmation that their application has been processed.

Roommate request periods are open during specific times for upcoming semesters, and students who have applied for housing will receive additional information via email about the dates they are eligible to request roommates.

Please note that since room assignments for new students entering in the spring semester are dependent on spaces made available by mid-year cancellations, roommate requests for spring can only be accommodated if space allows. Students who would like to make a roommate request for the spring semester should email Residence Life (online roommate requests are not available for the spring semester).


Planning Your Move to Residential Campus

  • What to Bring
    • Towels/wash cloths
    • Personal toiletries, including toilet paper!
    • Bedding--sheets (twin long), blankets, pillow
    • Laundry bag or basket plus detergent
    • Hangers
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Mini-fridge, microwave or coffee maker (kitchen appliance with an open heat source such as toasters are not allowed - see the section below about what not to bring). 
    • Cleaning supplies for your bathroom and room (including a vacuum)
    • Photos, personal items, or wall decor to make you feel at home
    • Winter clothes, coat, hat, gloves, & boots
    • An umbrella or raincoat (water-resistant footwear is also a good idea)
    • Backpack
    • School or office supplies
    • Computer or laptop. Note: UAA Residential Campus has Wi-fi access in all building. To utilize the internet capabilities in your room, you'll need a Wi-fi compatible device.
    • Other personal items such as a bike or stereo. 

    MAC and Templewood residents will also need:

    • Pots & pans
    • Cooking utensils
    • Dishes and silverware
  • What NOT to Bring
    • Candles, incense or anything with an open flame
    • Halogen or Octopus lamps
    • Personal satellite dishes
    • Illegal drugs, alcohol or hookahs
    • Darts and dartboards
    • Waterbeds
    • Non-university air conditioners, space heaters, ceiling fans and other large appliances, including washers/dryers or full-sized refrigerators
    • Fish tanks over 10 gallons
    • Cooking appliances with an open heat source in the residence halls (toaster or toaster ovens, sandwich presses or grills)
    For more information about items that are not allowed in campus housing, please visit the Community Living Standards webpage (look under the Facilities and Safety tab).  
  • What's Provided
    • Each suite/apartment contains basic furniture:
      • Bedrooms: twin extra-long bed, three-drawer dresser, desk and chair
        • Beds in the residence halls are able to be lofted up to 2.8 feet so students can store things underneath. Students wishing to have their beds lofted should submit a work order for maintenance staff to complete this once they have moved in. Apartment beds in the MAC and Templewood units are not able to be lofted.
      • Living Rooms (quad suites and apartments): couches, chairs coffee table
      • Kitchens (MAC apartments and Templewood townhomes): refrigerator, oven/stove, table and chairs (note: microwaves are not provided)
  • Important Considerations
    • Limited storage space prohibits the removal of existing furniture. Keep this in mind if you plan to bring any personal furniture.
    • Limited storage space also means that we are unable to provide storage for students not staying on campus for the summer. Anchorage has a number of private storage facilities, and we recommend that students consider sharing a storage unit over the summer months if they have items they are not able to take home.   
    • The residential community provides a gun safe for weapons storage. Personal possession of firearms is prohibited.
    • Animals (except fish in a 10-gallon or less tank, or service or therapy animals approved by UAA's Disability Support Services Office) are not allowed in the residential community.
  •  Order Bedding

    If you're looking for extra long sheets or other items for your room, visit the Dormify UAA Page. A portion of the profits from sales of these items go to benefit leadership and engagement opportunities in the UAA's residential community.

    If shipping items to campus, be sure not to order items too early. The Residence Life Information Desk & Mailroom cannot accept shipments for incoming fall students before two weeks prior to the start of check-in.


Decorated Room in UAA Residence Hall


Things to do in the Weeks before Check-in Day

  • Select a Meal Plan

    Meal Plan selection will be available for students once room assignments for the upcoming semester are finalized. Students will receive information via email when they are eligible to select a plan. 

      Review Meal Plans

  • Connect with Roommates

    Once room assignments are finalized, we'll email you when your assignment is ready to view on your Housing Page on UAOnline. Your roommates/suitemates and their email addresses will also be listed on your Housing Page, so you can touch base.

  • Ship Things to your New Home

    The Residence Life mailroom will accept mail starting August 14 for incoming student for the fall semester, January 5 for incoming students for the spring semester, and May 1 for incoming students for the summer. Please be advised that packages or mail that arrives earlier than these dates will be returned to sender.

    To ship personal belongings to campus, please use the following address. Note, since mail is sorted at a central location, you do not need to include your room or PO box number. 

    Your First and Last Name
    3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane
    Anchorage, AK 99508

    Please use your name as it appears in UAOnline. Preferred names are fine as long as you have that name registered in UAOnline. You can update your preferred name on UAOnline under the Personal Information tab under the Chosen/Preferred First Name section. 

  • Purchase a Parking Pass

    If you’ll have a car on campus, you’ll need to purchase a parking pass to park anywhere on campus (including in residential parking lots). Semester or annual permits are available for purchase from UAA Parking Services and will allow the student to park in the residential campus lots as well as most lots and parking garages on campus. 

  • Complete your Online Check-in Form

    Before moving in, each student will need to complete an online Check-in Form. Students will receive an email when that form is available on their Housing Page on UAOnline. Be sure to complete it before coming to campus to check-in!