Welcome Weekend 2017: Aug. 18-Aug. 21
ALL Are Welcome!
As you can see from the buttons above, we are welcoming several different groups of students to Notre Dame on one weekend in August. We will do our best to accommodate everyone the best that we can, and we have even enlarged our Welcome Team to better meet everyone's needs, so we ask your patience and enthusiasm as we work to ensure that everyone has an amazing first weekend here under the Dome. Please give us a call or email if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you need help. Thanks so much!
Welcome Weekend Helpers!
There will be two groups of people helping you to move-in on Friday. First, there will be the Welcome Weekend Team! They applied for this very competitive position and are totally energized to be helping you haul your things up the many stairs and adjust to life here as quickly as possible. Second, we have the Hall Staff Team (the Rector, Asst. Rectors and Resident Assistants). They will be on the floors, helping you, answering questions, getting water and making you feel comfortable and hopefully anticipating as many needs as possible. So many people want to be a part of welcoming YOU, so please do not hesitate to ask us ANYTHING!
The "Booklet" is now digital!
Maybe you know friends or siblings who received a "First Year Booklet" snail mailed to them from their Notre Dame Residence Hall with all the essential items they needed to know about their hall in it. That's lovely. Walsh had one of those as well. It was gorgeous and designed by a talented former Walshie. But in the interest of sustainable practices (save the trees!), we are going digital! The Walsh Booklet has transitioned to this website. Most of the former booklet information is under the First Year tab and the rest of the information is organized throughout the site under appropriate tabs. We thought that streamlining the information to one source would be better in an already busy summer.
During the weekend, be sure to make time for:
- Student ID Card (required): Pretty quickly, this card will become your most important possession. It allows you to eat at the dining halls, do laundry, get into dorms, check books out from the library...in short, it's pretty important. You can get your card at South Dining Hall (located very conveniently directly across the quad) between 8:00am and 5:00pm on move-in day. Smile pretty...that picture's going to stick with you for your whole time at ND!
- Meal Plan Adjustment (if applicable): While you're at the dining hall, you have the option to change your meal plan. The default plan is the Flex-14, which includes fourteen meals a week in the dining halls plus 355 Flex Points ($1 = 1 Flex Point) for use in the Huddle (on-campus convenience store), as well as campus cafes and restaurants.. The other plan is 21 meals per week in the dining halls and no Flex Points. If you'd like, you can choose this option when you receive your ID card.
- Domer Dollars (if applicable): Money can be put on your student account and spent with the swipe of an ID card. Domer Dollars can be used at vending machines, for laundry (a bit cheaper than quarters), at the bookstore, and wherever Flex Points are accepted. These can be added to your account when your ID is picked up, or on the Notre Dame food services website.
- Setting up a Bank Account (if applicable): If you want to set up a bank account at the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union it's very easy. This can be accomplished in the basement of the LaFortune Student Center; click here for more information.
- Textbooks (as needed): Assigned and recommended materials for classes can be found here. Various options include new, used, and rental books. You can choose to have the bookstore fill your order for you, and a box can be picked up from the bookstore when you arrive on campus. You can also choose to hunt around for your own books. If you choose to do this, make sure to bring your schedule and plan to do it before the upperclassmen flock to the bookstore on the day before (or the morning of) the first day of class. You can also save a few bucks and order through websites like Amazon and DormBooks, which compares prices from popular sites. Your schedule may change as you adjust with your advisor, so it may be helpful to wait to buy books once you are firmly decided on your schedule.