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Housing and Student Life

Housing Move-in and Residence Hall Protocols

  • 54% of bedrooms (1,310) are single rooms
  • Students living in a suite or apartment will be considered a “social unit,” and expected to maintain social distancing from other residents
  • Bathrooms in residential suites and apartments will be cleaned by the residents, who will be instructed in the use of Eastern-supplied cleaning agents; personal items must be left in the resident’s bedroom
  • Commons bathrooms in Burnap, Burr and Crandall Halls will be cleaned twice per day, M-F, by Facilities staff.
  • Social distancing (six feet) must be maintained in public and communal bathrooms
  • The use of masks in common areas, social distancing, and other campus-wide health and safety protocols must be followed
  • Common areas, i.e. lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms, will have maximum occupancy posted
  • Residence hall elevators will be limited to one person at a time; stairwells will be designated as “up” or “down”
  • Fitness rooms will not be open in the residence halls this fall
  • All students living in the residence halls will be expected to move out at the beginning of the Thanksgiving break for the balance of the semester

Move-In and Testing Guidelines

The Warrior Promise

Housing Reopening

  • Students can sign-up to drop-off belongings to their residence hall between August 10, 2020 and August 21, 2020. Instructions for sign-up have been emailed to students.
  • Official residence hall move-in will take place on Sunday, August 23, 2020 for first-year and transfer students between 10:00am and 3:00pm based on the following staggered schedule by last name: 10:00am to 11:30am A – I; 11:30am to 1:00pm J – Q; 1:00pm to 2:30pm R – Z; 2:30pm to 3:30pm Open to anyone who could not come at their assigned time.
  • Official residence hall move-in for returning upperclassmen will take place from 10:30am to 9:30pm on Monday, August 24, 2020 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
  • All residential students must agree to the Board of Regents Housing Contract Addendum.
  • Resident students must arrive on campus with documented COVID-19 (RT-PCR) tests that have taken place within 14 days prior to arrival. Potential testing sites can be found
  • Students who test positive prior to arrival should not come to campus until they receive medical approval.
  • Throughout the semester, 5-10% of residential students will be tested weekly, including random and targeted testing
  • Students with positive on-campus tests will be able to return home if they elect to, or will be quarantined at Eastern-provided accommodations until symptom-free for 10 days and cleared to return by Health Services.
  • Resident students are limited to one guest at a time, and that guest must be a resident of the same residence hall. Overnight guests will not be permitted. No guests from outside of the hall will be permitted (to include family, friends, etc.)
  • All residence halls and apartments will be permitted to have one microwave per apartment (to remain in the kitchen), suite (to remain in the common room) or bedroom (for Burnap, Burr, Constitution and Crandall).
  • Common items borrowed from hall offices will not be available (vacuums, board games, movies, gaming systems, etc.)

Dropping Off Belongings

Campus life activities (clubs, events) 

  • Residential hall programming will be virtual or have attendance caps
  • Student activities programming will be provided with less than 25 individuals inside and up to 100 for outside events
  • Social distancing will be required, and all students must wear masks at events
  • Computer labs will be open with capacity limited to accommodate social distancing
  • The campus shuttle service will be offered with limited bus capacity (maximum of three students at a time) based on social distancing guidelines; masks must be worn at all times

Student Center Fitness Center

As of Monday, October 13, hours are:

  • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9:30 p.m.

Call the Student Center information desk at (860) 465-5000 for Fitness Center hours of operation and other Student Center questions.


  • The Little East Conference has cancelled any conference play for the fall
  • Eastern will be developing a limited schedule of non-conference games
  • No spectators will be allowed at games
  • All games’ workers, officials, staff, and student-athletes will be screened
  • Workers will wear masks if social distancing is not possible
  • The cardio and weightlifting facilities in the Sports Center will be closed
  • Sports Center Facilities:
    From October 5 to November 24, the following facilities will be open in the Sports Center:
    • The Geissler Gymnasium will be available for student use from noon-2 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • The swimming pool will be available for students and Eastern employees from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Club sports will follow league guidelines, which are currently under review
  • Intramurals:
    • We will conduct a variety of outdoor fitness classes, i.e. yoga, Zumba, conditioning, tai chi
    • We will use the gym and social distancing to offer indoor fitness classes
    • Intramural sports: “social distancing” activities such as golf scramble, rock climbing, kayaking, disc golf, homerun derby, tennis, pickle ball, ping pong, corn hole, darts, bowling, pool
    • Virtual fitness classes will be conducted

Center for Community Engagement

  • Because of the many at-risk individuals with whom we work in the community, many volunteer programs will not take place as in the past. All available volunteer programs will be listed on eweb under “Center for Community Engagement”. There will be several opportunities for distance volunteering that will not take place in person but can be just as meaningful.
  • No transportation will be provided but there are several programs within walking distance.
  • The Center for Community Engagement’s building at 333 Prospect Street will remain locked for the safety of visitors and staff. Visitors will ring the bell and will be let in the building by staff members. All visitors must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.
  • Center staff will continue to be available to students via phone or web conference.

Board of Regents Extends Housing Deposit Refund Deadline

In consideration of the uncertainty and change occurring in the course scheduling, class modalities and other operations of the Connecticut State Universities due to COVID-19, the Board of Regents for Higher Education Finance Committee has approved a one-time extension of the housing deposit refund deadline to July 31, 2020. This adjustment, which is for the 2020–21 Academic Year only, provides students and their families time to review their class schedules and make timely decisions regarding on-campus housing. The previously approved deadline for cancelling housing contracts without losing deposits was June 30. The Board’s decision allows students to cancel their housing contract by July 31 and have their deposit applied to their account or receive a refund.