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We’re excited for the start of the 2020-21 academic year! We know you’re excited to start the year and anxious to start your planning. Below you will find general information regarding move-in day. In the coming weeks, we will distribute additional details that will help you and your family finalize plans!


New student move-in is scheduled for Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Each new resident has been assigned a specific move-in appointment time and date. We are diligently planning to provide the safest and healthiest move-in experience for all students, families, and staff! It is very important that you arrive within your assigned move-in time.

Move-in appointments run from 8am to 5pm. Each student’s specific move-in appointment was sent to them on July 9 in their Room Confirmation email, and again on August 12 in another Move-In Information email. These emails have been sent to students’ Cornish email address.

For the simplest preview of move-in day, watch our Mock Move-In video now!



Each student is allowed one helper to enter the building and assist with moving in. Your helper must be registered in advance. Register your helper using the link in your move-in information email. Move in helpers and students should have ID available for move in.


Residents in their vehicles should head into the alleyway behind the building using the entrance on Virginia Street (see map). Vehicles will drive up to the building garage, then the student (and a registered helper) may begin unloading. We will provide disinfected blue bins for students to transport their items. Please wear your face coverings!

After your vehicle has been unloaded, the driver is welcome to exit the alleyway and park. One example of nearby parking is the Whole Foods on Denny Way and Westlake Ave, which can be validated with any purchase. If needed, we can help with directions for finding parking as well as returning to the building on foot afterward if the driver is a registered helper.

Please enter the alleyway from Virginia Street and proceed to our garage, marked by the star as shown!

Residents whose belongings do not require any blue bins or unloading space are welcome to enter Cornish Commons on the first floor via the main entrance for ease of access.


Staff will be there to greet you as you arrive. We will provide you with your ID card, which gives you building and room access. Face coverings will be required as soon as you exit your car and start to head into the building. Staff will also be wearing face coverings and socially distancing!

Please proceed to the elevators with your blue bin (and your optional helper). Staff will assist you with proceeding to your floor in a timely fashion. A small number of other students may also move in during your move-in appointment, so please follow staff directives while we manage traffic and ensure that everyone can maintain social distance.


Please remove your items from any blue bins BEFORE you unpack. Your blue bin can then be returned to a staff member currently posted on your floor. Please return your blue bin in a timely manner so we can take care of disinfecting it for the next resident moving in.

Helpers are welcome to assist with unpacking, but may not remain in the building after 5:00pm. Say goodbye, explore your new home, and look forward to joining our Cornish Commons community!



In past years, continuing students have had a lot of flexibility in determining when they want to move into Cornish Commons. With the current pandemic of COVID-19, continuing students will either sign up for a move-in appointment or be assigned one.

Continuing student move-in appointments will run from Monday, August 24 through Saturday, August 29. In early July, our team will reach out to you with more information regarding signing up and planning.


While it might seem like a long ways down the road, it’s not too early to start thinking about important dates for housing.

November 24, 2020 – Last day of in-person classes. Students interested in remaining at Cornish Commons for the remainder of the semester and/or winter break should contact us regarding their options.

May 8, 2021 – Cornish Commons closes for all students not graduating.

May 15, 2020, 12pm – Cornish Commons closes for all graduating students.

Student are allowed to keep items in their room during winter break. You can view a complete list of Important Dates for the academic year at any time on our website.


The Housing Contract outlines a lot of important information about being a resident in Cornish Commons. For your convenience, we’ve provided a copy of the contract here for your to review if you have any questions. Returning student contracts filled out before May 1, 2020 are identical with the exception of some personally identifying information on the first page.

Cornish Commons 2020-21 New Student Housing Application
COR 2020-21 New.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document


If you wish to cancel your housing contract, please pay close attention to the cancellation dates, which are outlined in the housing contract when you applied.

To cancel, you will need to send an email to housing@cornish.edu. We only accept cancellations in writing and the email must be from the student.

Housing Application


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