Welcome, Freshman: The Ultimate College Move-In Guide | Discover Green Bay

We might be biased, but if you’re a college freshman who is choosing to start the next chapter of your life here in Green Bay, we think you’ve made a VERY smart choice! The Green Bay area has so much to offer students — a vibrant community, scenic landscapes, festivals, markets, arts and culture opportunities, and not one but two exceptional colleges: UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.

We know that the anticipation of college move-in day can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Keep reading for our essential packing list, valuable insights for a successful transition, and a few specific move-in reminders for both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.


Both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College offer distinct academic environments that foster learning, community, and self-discovery. Let’s check out some highlights!

UW-Green Bay

  • Located on 700 acres overlooking the bay

  • The fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin

  • Dubbed “Eco U” for their strong focus on environmental sustainability

  • 200+ majors, minors, and programs

  • 11 first-year residence halls with private bathrooms in each room

  • 14 D-1 sports teams

  • 140+ student-led organizations

  • UREC center, including outdoor adventures, intramural sports, climbing tower, e-sports, and more


photo courtesy of uwgb.edu

St. Norbert’s College

  • Located on the Fox River in De Pere

  • One of the top 10 Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation

  • 80+ undergraduate programs

  • 4 first-year residence halls, including halls dedicated to community-service initiatives, honors programs, and more

  • 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams

  • 100+ student organizations

  • Fitness & Sports center including a 25-yard pool

st norbert college entrance

photo courtesy snc.edu


UW-Green Bay

  • Private bathrooms with shower, toilet, vanity, and sink

  • Streaming TV

  • Extra-long loftable twin beds

  • Dressers

  • Desks & lamps

  • Desk chairs

  • Closets

  • Blackout curtains

  • Trash & recycling bins

St. Norbert College

  • Extra-long twin beds

  • Closets

  • Dressers

  • Desks and desk chairs

  • Full-length mirror

  • Curtains

  • Bulletin board

  • Sink (not included in every residence hall room)

  • Bookshelves (not included in every residence hall room)


Preparing for your college move-in day can feel like putting together pieces of a puzzle. You have to make sure you have everything you need to make your new space feel like home. Each school provides a comprehensive list of essentials that you can find here for UW-Green Bay and here for St. Norbert’s College. However, there are a few key items we feel are particularly necessary for living in the Green Bay area.

Weather-ready gear: We have all four seasons here in Green Bay (especially winter), so pack a mix of clothing to adapt to various weather conditions. Be sure to include warm winter wear and rain gear.

Outdoor essentials: Green Bay is full of stunning natural beauty, so outdoor adventures are a must. Pack hiking shoes, a sturdy backpack, and other outdoor gear for exploring nearby trails and parks.

Small snow shovel & ice scraper: These items are very useful to have in your car for those extra snowy winter days. You don’t want to be late for class because your car was buried in snow!

st norbert park winter

photo courtesy snc.edu

A fishy friend or two: That’s right, both UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College allow aquariums (no larger than 29 gallons at UWGB and 20 gallons at St. Norbert). That means you can feel free to bring your aquatic buddies to enjoy the college experience with you!

Don’t forget to coordinate with your roommate beforehand to find out who’s bringing the shareable items like mini refrigerators, microwaves, dishes, and cleaning supplies.


  • Candles, incense, or any open flame

  • Open-coil cooking and heating appliances

  • Halogen lamps

  • Two-prong, ungrounded extension cords

  • Toasters

  • Air fryers

  • Pizza ovens

  • Air conditioners

Find the full list of items not to bring here for UW-Green Bay and here for St. Norbert College.


The exciting (and a little bit nerve-wracking) day has arrived! It’s time to step into your new life as a college student in Green Bay. Here’s what you need to know for move-in day:

UW-Green Bay

Fuel up before the work begins
Before you dive into a whirlwind day of moving and unpacking, grab some food and a coffee (or two) at one of Green Bay’s local breakfast spots or cafes:

Moving in

Students arriving on campus are required to check-in. Check-in consists of four important steps:

Find additional move-in information for UW-Green Bay here.

After you unload

  • Move your vehicle to one of the housing parking lots

  • Begin unpacking and setting up, including lofting or adjusting your beds

  • Sign your roommate agreement

St. Norbert College

Fuel up before the work begins
No one should move on an empty stomach. Check out one of De Pere’s amazing local cafes or breakfast spots to fuel up for your big day:

Moving in

Find additional move-in information for St. Norbert’s College here.


Amidst the hustle and bustle of moving in and adjusting to your new college life, don’t forget to spend a little quality time with the people who helped to make it all possible… your loved ones! Green Bay offers so many options for exploring your new city together before saying “goodbye.”

Remember that while farewells can be emotional, they signify the start of an incredible adventure where you’ll grow, learn, and thrive in your new college environment.

So, whether you’re a rising Phoenix or a Green Knight, we hope you’ll fall in love with your new home here in Green Bay and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Source: Welcome, Freshman: The Ultimate College Move-In Guide | Discover Green Bay

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