University Housing gears up for student arrivals

University Housing gears up for student arrivals and Hunker Down with Housing

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Department of Housing will welcome all new and returning students to Athens Aug. 11 and 12 during Hunker Down with Housing, a volunteer program designed to streamline the move-in process for students and their families.

More than 200 UGA student, faculty and staff volunteers will be located all over campus to greet more than 6,800 new and returning students and parents, give directions to area parking lots, direct traffic and generally serve as a resource for residents and their families. Since the first Hunker Down with Housing in 1998, volunteers have successfully moved in more than 58,000 students.

To ensure a safe and efficient move-in for students returning to campus, University Housing is working with UGA Parking Services, UGA Police, and other campus departments, as well as the Athens-Clarke County government, the week preceding the start of classes to ensure that the initial days of move-in run smoothly.

On-street parking will not be available to the university on Finley St. (from Baxter St. to Cloverhurst Ave.) and Church St. (from Baxter St. to Talmadge Dr.) from noon on Monday, Aug.10, through 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

Student Technology Support (www.uga.edu/sts), a unit of UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Services, will be present at various locations within the residence halls to assist students in connecting their computers to the campus network.

In addition, UGA’s recycling program will have receptacles available for students wishing to recycle packing boxes and other materials associated with move-in.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, traffic is expected to be very heavy on Baxter, Lumpkin, Finley, Hull and Church streets. Members of the Athens community are advised to avoid these areas and be aware that traffic in the university area will be congested throughout the weekend.

For more information about Hunker Down for Housing, see www.uga.edu/housing/prosstudents/hunkerdown.html or contact Samantha McGinty at hunkerdn@uga.edu or 706/542-6533.