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Parents' Guide to TAMU Move-In


Move-in is a milestone for all involved. For parents, it’s the beginning of their student’s independence. For students, it’s the first step of discovering who they are without their parents’ watchful eye. That’s the beauty of TAMU’s dorm move-in weekend. Students will feel welcomed into a new kind of family, while parents will feel reassured about leaving their student in Texas A&M’s care. 

Though moving is rarely, if ever, glamorous, it’s something of a rite of passage. Once the linens are picked out and the bags are packed, parents will want to brush up on every last TAMU move-in day detail. Remove the stress from an otherwise labor-heavy day by planning ahead for what you’ll do when. Don’t forget to leave time for some final, pre-college memories. Both parent and student alike will cherish them for the school year to come. 


Howdy Week 2020: August 10-18

Event details will be released in July. 

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Dates & Times

Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

Corps of Cadets Cadres/Leaders move in

Wednesday, August 14, 8 a.m.:

Corps of Cadets Freshman Orientation Week move in

Thursday, August 15, 9.am.:

Leases begin for White Creek & Gardens Apartments.

Friday, August 16, 5 p.m.:

Residence Halls Case-by-Case Early Move-In

Saturday, August 17, 8 a.m.:

Residence Halls Soft Opening Early Move-In

Sunday, August 18, 8 a.m.:

Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day

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Parking Procedures

Move-in can be stressful for even the most relaxed parents and students. Sidestep any tension by knowing where to park when long before you arrive in College Station. 

Drop-Off Zones

Texas A&M Residence Life will establish drop-off zone s near each residence halls. These are the perfect stopping place for moving items from the car to the student’s new dorm upon arrival. You can leave your vehicle to assist your student, but be aware that cars may be relocated if left longer than one hour. Look for signs marking the official drop-off areas. 


Purchase a parking permit ahead of time. This will be where you can park your car once you’re done with the drop-off zone. Permits are available online only. You’ll also find paid visitor parking on the Northside, West Campus, Central Campus, and University Center Garages. 

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Howdy Week 2019

Texas A&M welcomes the new students in town through Howdy Week. Howdy Week packs the week between move-in and classes with events and activities that won’t leave room for homesickness. 

Backyard Bash

Howdy Week kicks off with a bang at the Backyard Bash. Listen to music and mingle with fellow new Aggies. 

GatheRing and Yell Practice

Students can perfect their yell before their first Gameday with The Association of Former Students  on August 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Carnival

Meet the team at New Student & Family Programs over a scoop of College Station’s best ice cream. 

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Activities for Parents

Move-in doesn’t have to be all about your student. Once the clothes are unpacked, the bed is made, and your student is off at a Howdy Week celebration, treat yourself to a College Station vacation. In some ways, College Station will become your stomping grounds for the next four years as you visit for Gamedays and Family Weekends. Don’t wait to explore. 

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TAMU Move-In Day may represent an end. But it's also beginning of sorts. For students, it's the start of a brand new chapter during which they'll discover who they want to be in young adulthood and beyond. For parents, it's the beginning of one less kid in the house and a whole new set of adventures to experience with their student. Just like Texas A&M University embraces each of its new students, it also welcomes their families to experience the camaraderies of being an Aggie. Let the adventure begin!