Campus Opening Information - Life at Colby - Colby College, Waterville, ME

Important Dates

Tuesday August 30, 2022
First Year Student Arrival

Monday September 5, 2022
Upper-class Student Arrival

Check-In Schedule

First Year Students

First year students will arrive on campus the morning of Tuesday August 30, 2022 and will first go to the Harold Alfond Athletic & Recreation Center. Check-in will begin at 8:00am EST. Check-in will end at 12:00pm so please make sure to check-in before it ends.

While at the HAARC you will check-in with Campus Life to receive the key(s) for your residential space on campus. While here you will also collect your student ID and any materials you will need for Orientation.

Upper-class & Returning Students

All upper-class students will check-in at the HAARC on Monday September 5, 2022. Check-in will begin at 8:00am EST. Check-in will end at 4:00pm so please make sure to check-in before it ends.

While at the HAARC you will check-in with Campus Life to receive the key(s) for your residential space on campus. 

Students are not permitted to go to their residential space before checking in with Campus Life. All students will be required to provide their student ID at check-in so please make sure to bring it with you.

Preparing For Arrival

Online parking permit registration will open SOON and will be available by class according to the dates below. All student vehicles on campus are required to have a parking permit. There is limited student parking on campus. First year students should consider not bringing a vehicle to campus and be prepared to park off campus in a remote parking lot. The remote parking lots have limited, mostly weekend, shuttle services to them. Complete details will be emailed the week prior to registration opening. Registration opens at 10:00am EST.

  • Seniors: TBA
    Juniors: TBA
    Sophomores: TBA
    Any student not yet registered (all classes including first year students): TBA

Upper-class athletes participating in a fall sport will begin arriving on campus on August 22, 2022. 

First year athletes participating in a fall sport will begin arriving on campus on August 23, 2022.


More Information

Please take this list with a grain of salt as this list includes what most students may need to bring but may not be exactly what you need. You may also need or want things that are not included in this list.


  • At least 2 twin extra long sheet sets

  • Mattress cover

  • Foam mattress topper

  • Pillows


  • Full length mirror

  • Hangers

  • Trashcan

  • Storage containers

  • Broom & dustpan

  • Swiffer

  • Fan


  • Soap/body wash

  • Shampoo & conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Shaving cream

  • Face wash/cream

  • Lotion (body/sunscreen/etc)

  • Toothpaste/toothbrush

  • Dental floss

  • Towels, washcloth/loofah

  • Bathrobe

  • Shower caddy

  • Shower shoes/flip flops


  • Detergent & fabric softener

  • Dryer sheets

  • Hamper/laundry basket


  • Formal/professional wear

  • Rain/winter coat

  • Rain/snow boots

  • Scarves, gloves, hats

  • Sweaters


  • Passport

  • Drivers license

  • Car registration & insurance cards


  • Snacks

  • Reusable dishes & utensils

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Sponge

  • Microwave

  • Mini fridge (4.0 cubic feet or smaller)

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Trash bags

  • Tupperware


  • Comb/hair brush

  • Contacts & solution

  • Eyeglasses

  • Tweezers & nail clippers

  • Tampons/pads

  • Medication


  • Chargers (phone, computer, etc)

  • Headphones

  • Laptop

  • TV

  • Video game console & games

  • Surge protector

  • Extension cord

DO NOT PACK (Student Handbook)

  • Electric space heaters

  • Christmas trees

  • Candles

  • Alcohol

  • Air conditioners

  • Trunk Rooms are storage rooms specifically for student use located in the majority of residential buildings across campus.

Transportation resources can be found on our Colby Transportation Webpage.

Campus Life is open Monday-Friday from 8am through 5pm. If you will be arriving to campus outside of those days and times to check in, you will need to check in with Security in Roberts Hall. Security will be provided your key and you will be able to check into housing with them after hours.

How To File A Work Order:

  1. Go to Want to get to this site faster? Save this to your favorites on your computer/phone/tablet web browser.
  2. On the left hand side (blue bar), you will find the “Submit a Request” link. You will then be taken to the form to submit your request.
  3. When using the form, please make sure to have your pop-up blocker disabled for this site. This will allow the form to help populate the desired information
    • Fill out the form using the drop-downs as well as the fields to enter text.
    • When completing the “Request” box, please be as specific as possible to share the concern and exact location. This way the correct member of Facilities can be assigned and dispatched to assist with your concern.


Need Something Repaired Urgently On Weekends of After Hours?

For urgent requests and need for immediate attention during the weekends and after hours, students can contact Security by calling 207-859-5530. From there, a member of Security will contact the Facilities On-Call Staff.

When arriving on campus, please make sure to prioritize checking-in with Campus Life in the HAARC and collecting your residential key. If you do not check-in upon your arrival on campus, Colby will continue to follow up with you in the days after check-in to confirm your arrival to campus. If you do not collect your key from Campus Life, you may be charged for a lock change at the end of the year if you do not have a key to return at check-out.


Contact the Office of Campus Life