Arrival FAQ


When will I get my UNIVERSITY CARD?


Is there SHUTTLE SERVICE available to and from local airports/train stations?

Can I MOVE my belongings into my room BEFORE OFFICIAL MOVE-IN DAY?

Can I have a car on campus?

Where are First-Year students permitted to park?

How do I send a PACKAGE over the summer to meet me at school WHEN I ARRIVE?

Where is LEXINGTON, and how do I get there?

Under what circumstances may I MOVE IN EARLY?

Are PARENTS required to remain on campus after I move-in?


What is the schedule for Orientation Week?

    Click here for the Orientation Week Schedule

When will I get my University Card?

First-Year students will upload their photo for their university card along with a picture of a government issued photo ID as part of New Student Onboarding.  First-Years will receive their university card with their key upon move-in.

When are the Residence Halls open?

See Important Dates.

Is there shuttle service available to and from local airports/train stations?

There are shuttle services available for hire to and from area airports include Roanoke (ROA), Charlottesville (CHO), Richmond (RIC) and Dulles (IAD), the nearest train station in Staunton, and other locations, including local events. Please contact the service of your choice several days in advance to schedule pickup. Students also regularly use the RideShare board through the unofficial W&L Rides Facebook page to catch a ride with a fellow student headed to the same area. For more information visit our Transportation Services page.

Can I move my belongings into my room before official move-in-day?

No. If you're worried about the time it will take to move all of your belongings into your room, don't worry! The First-Year Orientation Committee, Residential Life staff, and other student volunteers all come to help out with first-year move-in. On average, it takes a team of students just 7 minutes to unload a car!

Can I have a car on campus?

First-Year students may have a car on campus, but it is discouraged.

Where are First-Year students permitted to park?

Refer the Parking and Vehicle Registration webpage for all of your questions related to parking.

How do I send a package over the summer to meet me at school when I arrive?

Mail Services will begin accepting packages for students over the summer beginning August 12th.  Mail Services will accept packages shipped through FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.  To make sure that you receive your package, follow these guidelines:

• Your package must weigh less than 50 pounds.
• Your package must be able to be carried by one person.
• Your package must be clearly labeled on all sides like this:

Student Name 'Class Year
Residence Hall and Room Number
Washington and Lee University
204 W. Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450-2116

Mail shipped via the United States Postal Service (lettered mail, magazines, newspapers, etc.) will not be delivered to Mail Services and must be received through a PO Box which may be reserved at the Lexington Post Office or via the USPS website. Specific questions regarding package delivery should be directed to Mail Services: or 540-458-8573.

Where is Lexington, and how do I get there?

Lexington is a charming community of approximately 7,000 located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Directions to campus and the Admissions Office can be found on the directions page. More information on Lexington may be found on the Lexington Visitor's Center website.

May I move in early?

First-Year students are NOT permitted to move-in before the approved/scheduled move-in dates. Please contact Dean Rodocker with specific questions or concerns. Residence Halls remain locked through move-in and room keys will only be distributed on approved move-in days. Additionally, First-Year residence halls require swipe access for entrance.  Swipe cards are issued on official move-in days.

Are parents required to remain on campus after I move-in?

Parents do not have to stay overnight on campus after move-in day. There is an optional Parent Orientation session, but parents are not required to remain on campus for any period of time.