Students living on-campus during the Spring 2021 semester may begin moving in on Sunday, January 24th. Students must sign up for a COVID-19 test and move-in appointment through the Office of Residential Life prior to arrival.


No early arrivals will be accepted for the start of Spring 2021. Students will only be permitted to arrive during their scheduled move-in and testing appointment.

 

Please email any questions to transitions@bc.edu

Testing and Check-In

Time

All students will need to sign-up for a COVID-19 Testing and Check-in Appointment time. You will not be able to enter the residence halls without first being tested. There are limited appointments for each day; if you have not yet signed up, please do so as soon as possible here.

To view your specific testing/check-in appointment time, please log-in to the ResLife portal and click on “Spring 2021 Testing and Check-In Appointment.”

Location

Testing and housing check-in for all students will take place in Conte Forum. All students must enter through Gate B.

For students arriving by rideshare or train, baggage check is available outside of Gate C (nearest to Maloney Hall). Bags will not be allowed inside Conte; please check your bags at Gate C before entering through Gate B.

Lower campus residents may park at their building while going through testing. Upper, Newton, and Reservoir Apartment residents may park in the Mod lot and then proceed to Conte Forum for testing/check-in. All vehicles must be moved to either the Commonwealth Avenue Garage, the Beacon Street Garage, or Newton parking lots on Newton after your vehicle is unloaded.

Previously Tested Positive?

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of your check-in date will not need to be tested and quarantine upon arrival. These students will still need to schedule a check-in appointment and follow the below instructions upon arrival to campus. When you arrive at Conte Forum for your appointment, follow signage for UHS verification of exemption at the testing location and to receive your wristband and be checked into housing.

If a student tested positive through a test administered at Boston College, they do not need to upload a copy of their positive test results. If the positive test was administered at another location, please make sure you have uploaded a copy of your positive result in the student health portal prior to arriving to campus. Directions for how to upload COVID test results to the UHS portal can be found on the Spring Opening website. Questions regarding COVID-19 testing and exemptions can be directed to COVIDtesting@bc.edu.

 
How to upload positive results to the UHS portal:
 
  • Take a picture or scan the individual form (in this case the COVID test result report) and save the picture/scanned document on your computer or phone to navigate to once logged into the Health Services Portal. Do not use special characters when naming your files.
  • Navigate to the BC AGORA PORTAL and sign in using your BC user name and password.
  • Under “OTHER SERVICES” Click on the HEALTH SERVICES link.
  • Once in the Health Services portal choose the UPLOAD ICON and upload the individual forms to their corresponding line item in the drop down menu - in this case the line item would be COVID PCR Test Results ( Note: the drop down menu is below the list of “documents available to upload”). Click SELECT FILE, choose the file that you are uploading and hit the UPLOAD button. The uploaded documents will appear at the bottom of the page under “Documents Already on File”.

 

How to Check-In

Students are not permitted to enter the residence halls until they receive their COVID-19 test and check-in with Residential Life. A testing and check-in appointment will consist of the following steps, in this order. 

As you arrive to campus, anyone traveling with you -- parent, family member, or friend -- must remain with your belongings while you proceed to be tested for COVID-19. There will be a luggage drop for students who need at Conte Forum Gate C. Please follow the signage to drop your items and then proceed to the testing location at Conte Forum Gate B. Only Boston College students will be allowed entry into the testing and check-in site.

After you have been tested and received your new wristband, follow signs to the residence hall check-in site located near the testing location.

As you are checked-in to your residence hall, you will receive a new four-digit pin to enter your room for the semester.

After checking in, you will receive meals from BC Dining to get through your quarantine period. When you signed-up for your COVID-19 testing and check-in appointment, you had the opportunity to note any dietary restrictions that were passed on to BC Dining. If these have changed or you did not provide dietary restrictions, please email dining@bc.edu.

Proceed directly to your residence hall. Students living on Upper Campus, Newton Campus, or Reservoir Apartments who do not have a vehicle present may follow signage for shuttles to these locations from Conte Forum. During the move-in period, students will only be permitted to have one guest enter the building with them.  This policy is designed to limit the number of people in the residence hall stairwells, elevators, and hallways. We ask that students move-in as quickly as possible to limit congestion in the residence halls.

Once your vehicle is unloaded and all items are in the residence hall, vehicles must be moved away from the residence hall unloading areas. To help de-densify residence halls and minimize risk to both students and parents, we ask that parents or other move-in helpers depart campus as soon as possible as students will need to quarantine immediately after receiving their COVID-19 test.

Once moved in, all students are required to quarantine in their rooms until they receive a negative test result.  As you know, this requirement is imperative as it helps prevent the spread of the virus and limits close contacts while awaiting results. The test results will be available within 4-26 hours. Quarantine means that you do not leave your room unless it is an emergency or to use the restroom on your floor.  Masks must be worn at all times in your room until all roommates test negative.  Students may not have guests until all roommates have completed their quarantine.  Breaking quarantine prior to receiving a negative test result may result in suspension from housing or the University.


 

Important Move-In Reminders

  • As a reminder, students should make sure they are aware of and upholding the policies and guidelines as stated in the Eagles Care Pledge and COVID-19 Housing Addendum.

  • Even if a student has received the COVID-19 vaccine, they will still be required to receive a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine until they receive their negative test results.

  • Students arriving outside of their appointment time may not be able to check-in and move-in until the next available time slot.  We cannot stress enough the importance of adhering to scheduled times.

  • All students and their guests must bring AND wear a mask at all times when in rooms, common spaces (halls, elevators, at check-in locations, stairwells, etc.), as well as when walking across campus.