Students see big changes on UW move-in day

SEATTLE — Thousands of students on Tuesday will start moving in to residence halls at the University of Washington.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students will see changes this year.

Students and their loved ones will be following a new set of rules, including a limit of two guests per student and a requirement to wear masks indoors whenever others are present.

Carts to move heavy objects are available but will be sanitized, and student volunteers wearing masks will be present to help. There are also social distancing markers around campus.

About 4,000 students will move in this week. That’s less than half the typical number.

Of the 7,000 courses typically offered in fall, only 2,000 will be offered in person. Many of those are labs or practical training.

KIRO 7 spoke with the student body president, who said she wants to make sure students can get remote access to at least some of those classes, if they need it, as coronavirus is still a concern.

“We have a lot of students who may be immunocompromised or be around people who are immunocompromised. There are a lot of reasons why students might not feel comfortable going in person,” said Associated Students of UW president Camille Hattwig.

Students begin to move in at 8 a.m.