January 2021 residence hall reopening

We understand that throughout this unprecedented pandemic, information and decisions change quickly so we wanted to share the following update regarding the move-in process when the halls open again Saturday, Jan. 23.

For your health and safety, as well as the health of all residential students and staff, we are requiring you to demonstrate a COVID-negative test result before you arrive on campus, conducted less than 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • Residence hall move-in guidelines

    Residence hall move-in will occur starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Given the lower number of new students living on campus for the spring semester across 10 residence halls, we are currently not requiring students to sign up for a move-in time. However, our staff will be monitoring foot traffic and elevator usage throughout the weekend and may direct students and their families to wait to move-in so we can ensure social distancing.

      • One helper per resident. In order to comply with social distancing measures, we need you to limit the number of friends/family who will help you move-in. We recommend one helper per resident.
      • Facial coverings required. Every student, friend, and family member assisting with the move-in process must wear a mask/face covering. Choosing not to wear a mask will result in that person immediately being directed back to their vehicle or off-campus.
      • Bring your own hand cart/truck. Due to health and safety, hand trucks and carts will not be available. We recommend bringing your own.
      • Plan accordinly for weather. With this move-in occurring during winter in Northern Nevada, we recommend you and your guests plan accordingly for traveling to campus and wearing appropriate clothing/footwear.

      In order to comply with social distancing directives, and to best accommodate all students moving in, you must do the following:

      • Move items from your vehicle and into your room, to the best of your ability, as quickly as possible.
      • Move your vehicle from area adjacent to the building to designated parking areas elsewhere on campus as soon as possible

      Canyon Flats residents 

      We are excited to inform you that the building is ready. Please arrive at 661 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501 in order to check-in and provide evidence of your COVID-negative test results.

    1. How to schedule a COVID-19 test prior to moving into residence halls

      There are several options for you to complete your required COVID-19 test:

      Schedule with a health care facility or drug store. Schedule to get tested at a health care facility or drug store near your current location.

      Purchase an at-home COVID-19 test kit. Purchase a kit where you can test at home. If you are planning to do an at home test, please plan and allow for the time to order and receive the test. Some options for at-home testing include but aren’t limited to the following:

      • The BINAX test is available for $25 and can be purchased through Abbott's NAVICA app which can be downloaded on iPhone or Android devices.
      • Ellume test is available for $30.

      Schedule a test at the Student Health Center. Schedule to get a free test at the Student Health Center prior to arriving on campus. The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    2. What to do if you can't demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result prior to move-in?

      If you are unable to demonstrate a negative test result upon move-in, you will be required to get tested at Peavine Hall on Saturday, Jan. 23 or Sun. Jan. 24. Student Health Center staff will be available to test residents only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      This free test will be a “Binax Rapid Test” with results available within 30 minutes. If you are planning to be tested upon arrival to campus, we encourage you to download the Navica app on your cell phone prior to arrival so that the results can be scanned into your phone. Please make sure you have signed up for the Student Health Center patient portal to complete the COVID-19 testing screening questionnaire

    3. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

      If your test is positive, you will need to relocate either off campus or to Sierra Hall where you will self-isolate for 10 days. For those in Sierra Hall, meals will be provided and staff will check in with you daily while in self-isolation.

      If you arrive outside the Peavine Hall testing times, and without a negative test result, we will require you to temporarily relocate to Sierra Hall where you will quarantine with your possessions until you have received negative test results.

    4. What if I have a previously positive COVID-19 test?

      If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months (90 days), you will not need to re-test. However, you will need to produce test results from the date you tested within the last 90 days to staff upon arrival.

    As part of campus life in the spring, students will still be required to wear a face mask or covering when not in their room.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience as we navigate your housing needs with the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the State, County and Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housing@unr.edu or by calling 775-784-1113.