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Students move onto Flint, Ann Arbor campuses
Students prepare to move their luggage into the first residence hall on the U-M-Flint campus. Three hundred students moved into First Street Residence Hall Aug. 24. (Photo by Mel Serow, U-M-Flint)
Students sign in at a table set up at West Quad as volunteer move-in makers clad in maize and blue Michigan Housing T-shirts keep the process moving. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Students lugged TVs, stuffed suitcases and assorted room decorations to U-M last week as they moved into student housing.

And 300 students at U-M-Flint moved into the first on-campus residence hall. An official opening ceremony for the First Street Residence Hall is planned for Sept. 8.

To mark the opening of the new hall U-M-Flint Chancellor Ruth Person helped students unpack their cars. "This is history in the making for this campus, and I'm happy to be part of it," Person says.

More than 200 volunteers at U-M-Flint help with the efforts.

In Ann Arbor about 830 student volunteers — the largest number ever — worked as move-in makers, says Peter Logan, director of communications for University Housing.

"They make a huge difference for our arriving students, they get them unloaded and up in their rooms," Logan says.

The volunteers get to move in early, and are treated to a couple of meals. Residence hall staff members also participate by being in housing halls and corridors, introducing themselves and alerting new students to activities.

Roughly 7,000 students were expected by last week to have moved into University Housing facilities on the Ann Arbor campus.

Ultimately, there will be 11,000 students in University Housing attending classes this semester.

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