Settling Into Your New Home

Welcome to Your New Home!

Check our list of important upcoming dates for this year’s move-in day. Students may not arrive before this date. It is important for all new students to start together and receive the same orientation.

Please report to campus the morning of your move-in date where you will check in for orientation and receive keys to your room. To learn more about orientation, please visit the First Year Experience Orientation website.

Getting Settled

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the “Living on Campus” handbook to become familiar with Residence Life policies and learn the ins and outs of becoming a member of the Oglethorpe University campus community.

The on-campus bookstore will be open on move-in day. Several stores such as Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. are just a few minutes away from campus if you need something at the last minute. There is an ATM located conveniently in the Starbucks/Game Room area of the Turner Lynch Campus Center.

Each residential student is assigned a mailbox in the garden level of Lupton Hall (complete address is included on your assignment letter). You will get your combination during orientation. For more information on student mail services, you can contact Mail & Telecommunications services at (404) 261-1441.

Oglethorpe’s wireless network is available throughout the residence halls and student-owned wireless routers are not allowed. For additional information on internet access, visit IT Services.

There is no curfew or sign out sheet for students who live on campus. Students are free to come and go as they please. Off-campus guests are asked to sign-in with their Resident Assistant so they know who is in the building in the case of an emergency.

It’s a good idea to ask some of your friends who may have recently attended college the same question. Do not forget to contact your roommate to avoid duplication!
Use common sense. Don’t even think about bringing any of the following items:
Weapons (guns, swords, knives, etc.), fireworks, appliances with open faced heating coils (such as toasters, toaster ovens) or heating plates, wireless computer routers, waterbeds, candles or incense, any pet other than fish, expensive jewelry or a lot of cash.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions from current Oglethorpe students (remember these items are NOT required).

To Keep Clean:
Laundry basket or bag
Fabric softener or dryer sheets
Clothes drying rack
Bathmat and bathroom rugs
Personal toiletries
Basic medications: allergy medicine,
Aspirin, cold medicine, anti-itch cream, etc.
First Aid Kit
Shower caddy or shower organizer
Wastebasket (desk, bathroom, bedroom)
Recycling bin
Iron and small ironing board
Lysol or other cleaner
Paper towels
Dish detergent and sponge
Small vacuum cleaner

For Your Bed:
Twin size sheets and mattress pad
(twin XL, fits an 80” mattress)

To Furnish Your Room:
Coat hangers
Alarm clock
Desk lamp and a lamp that clips onto your bed
Memo board
Comfy seating like a love seat, recliner, futon, beanbag chair
Cushion for desk chair
Small end table or coffee table
Floor lamp
Area rug and welcome mat
Curtains and tension rod (there are blinds on all the windows)
Full-length mirror
Under-the-bed storage containers
Hanging shoe or sweater rack
BookcaseFor Preparing Meals:
Small refrigerator* (not bigger than 4.2 cubic feet)
Small microwave*
Automatic coffee maker* (please note that electrical appliances can not have open faced heating coils)
Microwavable dishes
Coffee mugs
Can opener

For Fun:
TV stand
DVD player and movies
Board games
School Supplies:
Printer with ink cartridges*
Ethernet cord
Backpack or tote bag
Bedrest or “husband pillow” for reading in bed
Binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.
3-hole punch
Good Things to Have:
Surge protector*
Reusable water bottle
Address book, stationery, stamps
Pictures of family and friends
Posters and pictures for your wall
Removable sticky squares for hanging posters (Command Strips)
Bulletin board
TV trays
Sewing kit
Basic tool kit
Extension cord*
Bug spray
Fluorescent light bulbs*
An open mind, sense of humor, and a spirit of adventure!

Drug & Alcohol Policy

On-campus residents are expected to comply with the alcohol and drug policy of Oglethorpe University stated in the Oglethorpe University Bulletin. If you are 21, you may drink in the privacy of your own room with the door closed. IF ALL MEMBERS OF A ROOM OR SUITE ARE UNDER THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE, NO ALCOHOL MAY BE PRESENT IN THAT ROOM AT ANYTIME. Open containers are not permitted at anytime on campus property. This includes hallways, lounges, courtyards, patios, etc. Oglethorpe does not tolerate any drug activity and will take decisive action against any student caught using or possessing illegal drugs. Do not let one bad decision cost you your entire college education.

Meal Plans

Oglethorpe Dining strives to serve a variety of nutritional and tasty foods. Students have several main entree selections during each meal, a variety of sandwich selections, grilled burgers and dogs, a salad bar, pasta bar and a few desserts. Daily menus with full nutrition information are available online.

All students living on campus must be on the meal plan. Full participation is important to community development, as well as fiscal operations.

Students living in residence halls and Greek Row single rooms receive an unlimited meal plan. Residents may enter the dining hall as many times as they would like whenever the dining hall is open. Residents of Greek Row who reside in a double room receive ten entries per week.

The meal plan is only available when class is in session. Meals are not provided or on limited hours during school breaks and holidays. In most cases, lunch will be the last meal served on the day before a break is scheduled to begin. Brunch will be the first meal served after a scheduled break. Please pay attention to information concerning meals during breaks that is sent throughout the year.

The meal plan is included in your room and board fees so your meal plan is automatically activated when you arrive on campus. The Petrel Pass ID card is used to access meals. For additional information about the meal plans and other food-related questions please contact Oglethorpe Dining at (404) 504-1411 or Enrollment Services at (404) 364-8302.

Commuters may purchase meals in the form of block plans. Students who are interested in these plans should go to the Hub for Enrollment Services in Lupton Hall for more information.