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Residence Life

Moving to the Hilltop

Because community is key at Birmingham-Southern, we require all students to live on campus for their first two years. It's a great way to be immersed in the 'Southern experience, and most students on campus stay all four years because they enjoy it! Our goal in Residence Life is to ensure a safe, comfortable living experience that enhances student scholarship and social engagement.

We know you'll have a lot of questions about how this all works. We'll try to answer as many as we can here, but don't hesitate to ask us if you need anything.

As you plan your journey to the Hilltop, remember that we supply your bed frame, mattress, chest of drawers, wardrobe, desk, and desk chair. You won't want to forget some of the following essentials:

  • Sheets and Comforters (Cullen Daniel, Margaret Daniel, New Men’s, and Hanson halls all use Twin XL mattresses)
  • Pillows, pillowcases, and blankets
  • Towels, shower supplies, and other toiletries
  • Trash can, trash bags, broom and dust pan, and other cleaning supplies
  • Clothes hangers, hampers, and laundry supplies
  • Pictures, posters, 3M picture hanging products, and other things to decorate
  • Surge Protector (no extension cords)
  • Desk organizer, class supplies, pens

BSC also partners with the Birmingham-based company Dorm Décor to provide customizable room decor and furnishings. From-over-the-bed cubbies, monogrammed headboards, bed skirts, bedding, rugs, and more, Dorm Décor has everything a student needs to personalize their new home away from home.

Move-In Day

At BSC, Move-in Day is a pretty big deal. There will be plenty of people on campus to get you settled. Upon arriving to campus, you'll check in, submit any remaining paperwork, and receive your room key. More specific information will be sent to you in the summer about the details. Once you get checked in, Campus Police will direct you to your residence hall where upperclassmen, faculty, staff, and community members will be waiting to help you unload your car! Inside, you'll meet your Resident Advisor (RA), who will help you complete your Room Condition Report, answer any questions you may have, and help you get acclimated to your new home.

Certain groups have permission to move into the residence halls before traditional move-in to prepare for the upcoming season or due to additional transitional needs. Those groups may include football, cross country, volleyball, soccer, international students, cheerleading, marching band, and designated members of choir. Participants in these groups will receive details about their move-in date from their coach and/or program director. Unfortunately, move-in assistance is not available for early arrivals.