Monthly On-Campus Update
Back-to-School Edition
The residence halls officially open for occupancy at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.  For a variety of reasons, some students need to be on campus before this date. Housing and Dining Services will allow you to move in to your permanent assignments anytime after 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, for an additional daily fee of $45. When you arrive, simply check in at your hall's front desk. Contracts for students who arrive early begin at time of check-in.

Please don't ship any items prior to an Aug. 18 arrival. Addresses for each residence hall can be found on the  HDS website
Move-In Day: Where to Go
We have created a plan in partnership with campus police to make traffic flow efficiently on the two busiest move-in days: Sunday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 24.
If you plan to arrive on either of these days, please observe the directions specific to Ford Hall to ensure the process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. We are mailing these directions in addition to a move-in parking pass and map to all domestic Ford residents. View a preview (PDF). Please bring this with you and place it on your dash to help our traffic and parking crew assist you.

Special Note if Checking in Aug. 18
Ford Hall typically has a very large number of students checking in on Aug. 18. To avoid long lines and congestion at Ford Hall that day, we have divided the building into two groups based on room number. We appreciate your cooperation in arriving during the time assigned to your room number:

  • If your room number ends in 26 through 46, please arrive after noon.
  • If your room number ends in 02 through 23, please arrive between 10 a.m. and noon. If you prefer afternoon instead, you may wait — our main objective is to reduce historically high morning numbers.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to assisting you and your family with your transition to Kansas State University.
Arrival Info and Tips
When you arrive at your residence hall, you must check in at your front desk before proceeding to your room. A staff member will provide you with directions from there. On Sunday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 24, we will have staff and our Welcome Cat volunteers (wearing neon yellow T-shirts) to help you. The Welcome Cats will help direct traffic and carry belongings inside. However, we encourage you to bring a dolly or hand truck, as moving cart availability is limited.

You can reduce move-in stress by avoiding those two days, or by moving in after 7 p.m. from Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 22.  If you choose to move in after 7 p.m. on these days, the $45 early arrival fee for that day will be waived. All check-ins on Friday, Aug. 23, will incur a $45 early arrival fee. No check-ins will be permitted from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Complete Your Emergency Contact Card
To make Move-In a bit simpler and aid in our sustainability initiatives, we have moved our emergency and confidential contact information online. We ask all students to provide this information before arriving. Complete your contact information online or by scanning this QR code.

Students will not be able to check in to their residence hall without completing the emergency and confidential contact information.
Stay Connected and Download These Helpful Apps
K-State Alerts is Kansas State University's emergency notification system that gives campus authorities the ability to communicate emergency information to the university community quickly.

LiveSafe is an app for K-Staters that provides a direct connection to K-State police so everyone can easily communicate their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help you and your friends stay safe every day.

KStateHDS social shares info about events, job opportunities, restaurant specials, contract deadlines and more. It's also a fun snapshot of life on campus. Follow us!
Order a Parking Pass
If you're bringing a car to campus, don't forget to order a parking permit. Order yours at least a week before you arrive to ensure your permit will be available at your residence hall when you move in. 
Complete the Meningitis Form
The Kansas Board of Regents requires all incoming on-campus residents to be vaccinated against meningitis or to sign a waiver refusing receipt of the vaccine. 

Please review the requirements and complete the documentation form located on the  Lafene Health Center website .
Prepare to Connect
All residents will be required to complete the network registration process in order to connect a computer, hand-held device or gaming device to the internet.

Visit our  website  for important information about preparing your devices for connection in campus housing.
Complete the ASAP Program
As part of K-State's comprehensive and proactive approach to encouraging students to stay safe and healthy, K-State requires all new students to complete the online Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention , or ASAP, program. Training for the fall semester is now available to all new students who have enrolled in fall classes. Students will have 20 days to complete the training from the time they get the email invitation.
Dining Services is Hiring
Are you planning ahead for fall and need a job? Our dining centers and retail operations are currently accepting applications and schedules for the fall semester. 

Dining Services offers competitive wages and flexible hours that work with your class schedule. Visit our  employment page  to learn more and apply.
Mandatory Floor Meetings
Housing and Dining Services staff will host floor/community meetings on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. Important information about living on campus will be shared, therefore these meetings are mandatory for all residents. See your resident assistant (RA) for details. 
There will be no classes on Labor Day, Sept. 2, but the residence halls will remain open. Keep an eye out for more information on the weekend's dining center hours.
K-State Week of Welcome
Kick off your semester with free food, fun, and friendship during K-State’s Week of Welcome! Participate in events designed to connect you with fellow Wildcats, important campus resources and the greater Manhattan community, all while having the time of your life scoring a bunch of free stuff! Did we mention there will be grand prizes?

Check out Week of Welcome online and follow #KStateWOW on Twitter to stay updated on events, prizes and more! Here are just a few of the highlights:
Late Night Pancake Feed
Each year, Housing and Dining Services hosts a pancake feed on the night of our official move-in day to welcome all Wildcats, new and returning, and provide some much-needed fun after a long day. Thousands attend this free event to take advantage of the pancakes and sausages, inflatables, games and music. The event is from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Memorial Stadium. Join us!
New Student Convocation
Walk to Bramlage Coliseum with your floor following your floor meeting at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, and enjoy special presentations to commemorate the start of the school year.
Kick-Off Pep Rally
After convocation, make your way to Bill Snyder Family Stadium and join fellow K-Staters for dinner while you learn about time-honored K-State traditions. Event begins at 6:45 p.m.
Career Center Cookout
The K-State Career Center invites students to stop by the Berney Family Welcome Center at Memorial Stadium for a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 — come enjoy a free lunch! Students who activate or update their Handshake account get a FREE T-SHIRT while supplies last.
Roommate Agreements
When you move in to your on-campus living space, you and your roommate(s) will be asked to complete a roommate agreement. This document outlines expectations for cleaning, guests, noise, and other aspects of cohabitation that have the potential to cause conflict between roommates.

We hope this proactive approach will prevent problems, but should they occur, your hall staff are happy to counsel you through them. Let your RA know if you're having troubles before they get out of hand!
Principles of Community
Read the Principles of Community and learn about the diversity resources available to all students.

Stay up-to-date on inclusion and diversity efforts and events at K-State by subscribing to the KSUnite Weekly newsletter, published every Monday.
Residence Hall Handbook
Please refer to our residence hall handbook to learn about the Housing and Dining Services mission, the services we provide and important policies that apply to all residents.
Meal Plans
All students can begin using the academic year meal plan selected on their contract on Saturday, Aug. 24. Meals for early occupancy students will be served at Kramer Dining Center beginning with breakfast on Monday, Aug. 19.  Learn more about dining on campus
Derby Dining Center Renovation
Housing and Dining Services is excited to announce that renovation of Derby Dining Center will take place during the 2019-2020 academic year. The renovation will include a new entry on the southeast corner of the building, updates to the first floor, a new single staircase entry to the food service area and a new open dining experience on the second floor. Updated fire safety and heat and air systems will be installed as well.

Derby will continue to serve meals to students during the renovation, though certain lines and menu concepts may be limited and pathways to and through the dining center may change as progress is made. Follow the progress at our construction updates page .
Dining Center Details
The  hours of operation  for our dining centers are posted on our website.  

Smartphone users can access the day's menu by visiting their dining center's menu and adding the page to their home screen. It will appear as an app for easy access. 
Have a question or concern for our  dietitians ? They're more than happy to assist. If you have special dietary needs,  visit our nutrition page  to learn more about how we can help you navigate your dining center and make healthy choices. 
Check Out Our Retail Locations
We have several retail locations on campus for added convenience. With on campus amenities such as Quik Cats convenience stores, Cornerstone Coffee & Bakery shops, Overtime Grill at Kramer, JP’s Sports Grill at Jardine and Union Station by JP’s Gastropub make it easy for you to grab a meal, snack, or toothbrush. No need to walk to your car and leave campus!

Learn more about Housing and Dining Services' retail establishments .
Welcome Home
We're excited you have chosen to live with us! However, we understand that the transition to college may be difficult for some students. Don't worry, we are here to help!

Our  Resource Guide for Families   (PDF) has additional information about living on campus, including important dates, services and policies.
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