Campus News

Campus returns to life as students move back in

Residence hall move in began Friday at the University of Georgia, with nearly 5,600 students checking into 22 residence halls and 20 apartment buildings across campus so far.

More than 250 student volunteers, 600 student employees and 250 professional staff members were on hand to welcome students and their families Friday through Sunday—days when students have scheduled arrival times for move in—a process focused on managing parking and traffic congestion, trash and recycling, as well as lines for elevators.

Laurie Crowley drove from Atlanta to move her daughter in Saturday. “It’s been great,” she said. “But I’m not looking forward to leaving her.” The pair got help from a move-in crew of volunteers representing a student organization, Baptist Collegiate Ministries. “I thought it would take forever but they have been awesome in helping move things,” Crowley said.

For student volunteers, move in is a service opportunity and a chance to meet people and to get in on the excitement of the approaching fall semester.

Audrey Han, a first-year computer science major, helped sort recycling from trash outside Church Hall Saturday. “I want to do more volunteer work in general while I’m here, so this was a good way to get started,” she said.

Sean Manning, a first-year economics and international relations major—on recycling duty, too—saw volunteering as a chance to contribute positively to his new home. “I thought this would be a good thing to do to help the Athens community and to give back to it,” he said.

Nearly 8,500 students will be living on campus this year and move in continues through 9 a.m. Wednesday—the first day of class for the fall semester.