Check-In Spring 2020
You have started a road to success by taking the right choice of living on campus.
When is the Move-In date?
The official move-in date is the weekend before school starts,
January 18, 2020.
If you need to arrive prior to
Operating Hours for Check-In
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8 :00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arriving Before or After Hours?
Anyone arriving before or after these hours may contact our on-call staff number to secure a check-in appointment. Resident Assistant On Call:
Get Your Student ID
Your student ID provides access to the drive and walk-in gates for Miner Village and Miner Heights. In the case of Miner Canyon, you ID becomes your access to access to everything, even bedroom and study room. It is crucial you have your student ID before you check-in.
Read the Resident Handbook
Our Resident Handbook contains all the rules, guidelines and policies about living on campus. By signing your Housing and Residence Life contract you agree to abide by the Handbook.
Apply for Parking
All residents that will have a vehicle which will be parked in the University Parking lots assigned to Student Housing, must have a parking permit specific to their housing assignment (Miner Village, Miner Canyon, Miner Heights) prior to check-in. Only those with a valid Miner Village, Miner Heights, Miner Canyon parking decal will have access to the drive-in gates. This University parking permit may be purchased at the University Parking and Transportation office.
The parking application form will have to be taken directly to the Parking and Transportation office in Mike Loya room 122.
Instructions and/or GPS
Below you will find two options. In the first, we have provided written directions using streets and University landmarks. In the second, we have put Google Maps links. Just follow the instruction in its drop down and you will be able to use your GPS.
Directions and LocationDriving directions from I-10 (east or west) to Miner Village, Miner Heights, and Miner Canyon.
- Take the University of Texas at El Paso/Schuster Exit (18A)
- You will come to an intersection with the stone "University of Texas at El Paso" sign.
- For Village/Canyon: If you are facing the sign, turn left towards the campus. If the sign is at your right at the intersection, proceed straight.
- For Heights: Facing the sign, drive straight. If the sign is at your right, turn right and proceed up Schuster Avenue. You will then drive through the roundabout and find a stop light at Hawthorne Avenue. Miner Heights will be on your right after the intersection. Proceed to Horizon Hall, a small green building.
- For Village/Canyon: You will come to a roundabout with the large pick at center and University Avenue on your right. Proceed around the sculpture and continue along Sun Bowl drive. You will come to a 2nd roundabout with a colorful sculpture and a yield sign to your right.
- For Village: Take the right around the Sun Bowl, stopping once at Glory Road and continuing right. The complex is straight ahead, on your left hand side. You will see a gated entrance. Turn into the gate and proceed to the call box. The gate should be open. Please drive to the Summit Hall Office.
- For Canyon: Drive through the roundabout toward the “M” on the mountain. The complex is straight ahead on the left side, past the Student Recreation Center and Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Turn left into the complex. Boquillas Hall will be on your right hand side.
You can click on the map of each property below to open your preferred Maps app and select the property as a destination. Simply click on "View larger Map" and after a few seconds, your app should open with the address.
Check-in to Your Room
Upon arrival to your respective property, A-frames and signs will be posted to indicate the first stop in the check-in process. There will be a check-in table in the respective community desk of each property. This community desk will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during August 23, 24, and 25. Please have your student ID ready for easy identification.
After arriving to the check-in table, the resident student will be given the room and mailbox key (if applicable) and a Room Condition Report informing the status of the room. (A copy will be given for resident to add imperfections the staff might have missed and shall return the update copy within 48 hrs to the Front Desk) The student will then be walked and welcomed to their room.
The last step of the check-on process will take place Sunday August 25. Students must attend their community meetings for familiarization, general knowledge, and safety of the students. Time and location will be given in the check-in table and through reminders from the Resident Assistants.
*Students who did not submit a Housing application and don't have a contract will not be given a room during check-in weekend.
Keep it Safe
On move-in weekend, safety should be first and foremost on your mind.
- Lock your apartment and vehicle after every trip, every time!
- Do not leave any valuables outside your room unattended.
- Bring plenty of water, and a cart to move heavy objects. Remember that Miner Village and Miner Heights do not have elevator.
Your Student Staff is here to Help You
When you arrive, and throughout the year, your student staff is here to help. Resident Assistants (RAs) are live-in student staff responsible for building community, enforcing policies, roommate mediation, and hall programming. Desk Attendants work in the evenings and weekends and will assist you with maintenance requests, room lockouts and equipment lend out. When you arrive, you will be given a list of names and numbers to keep handy if you need assistance!
Need a question answered before you arrive? Call us at 915-747-5352.
Know Your RA
Resident Assistant are an excellent resource to achieve academic success. They are able to provide you or guide you to the necessary resources for you to get the most out of the University.
Get Informed of Upcoming Events
Fun and educational events will be provided through out the semester. This, to allow you to make new friends, network, and to receive additional information that sometimes courses do not cover about the university.
Watch the How-To Videos and Instructions
If you need to connect your streaming device to the network, or, have questions regarding the safety of our halls, this page can help you out.
What better way than enjoy your living environment surrounded by friends.
Other Things to Consider
Items to bring with you
- Cooking supplies, dishes, silverware.
- A “cable-ready” television and cable wire.
- ROKU, Apple TV, or
other streaming device( click here to learn how to use philo).
- Supplies for the shower and vanity.
- Microwave oven. (Only one per unit)
- Large umbrella (It is monsoon season in our area!)
- Computer w/Ethernet connection or wireless access.
- Good walking shoes.
- “UL” Approved Electrical power surge and cooking devices.
- Bed linens (twin XL) and towels.
- Bike and strong bike lock. (Cable wire is discouraged)
- Cleaning supplies. (We do lend out vacuums and brooms)
- Roommate expectations!
- A positive attitude and an open mind!
Items that stay at home
- Candles (decorative or functional) and incense or any item that produces a flame or smoke.
- Any type of pets- (only fish in aquariums of 20 gallons or less will be allowed.) If you require
a serviceanimals click here for proper documentation from the CASS Office on UTEP.)
- Window/ portable air conditioning units or wireless routers.
- Wall paint, large hooks or nails.
- No weapons
- Amplified instruments or drum sets.
- Alcohol containers. (kegs, etc.)
- Illegal drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia.
Make roommate success a goal!
This part of college life may have you feeling intimidated, but it also has the potential to be a valuable “out-of-the-classroom” learning experience. The most successful roommate pairings come when new students arrive with an open mind, expectations, and take these steps:
In the beginning
Is your roommate a current resident? We will attempt to provide a cell phone number if you have trouble contacting them. Please call our office (915-747-5352) if you are having difficulty contacting your roommate. Remember…Your first discussions should be about who is bringing what, etc.
Have realistic goals:
Don’t expect your roommate(s) to be your best friend and companion. Special note to “best friends” who room together: Continuous close contact can strain even the best friendships.
COMMUNICATE early and often, and express your feelings right away.
We’re here to help too! Our Village/Heights/Canyon Student Staff will be meeting with you soon to discuss the terms of your Roommate Agreement to be completed by all roommates.
Courtesy is contagious.
Ask before using appliances, eating the last cookie, etc.
When you disagree, follow the guidelines!
If your roommate is doing something you don’t like, talk about it right away. Residents in four bedroom apartments should include everyone in these discussions.
Don’t delay, as holding things back will make things worse.
It is natural to vent your frustrations, but keep third parties (friends, other residents, relatives) out of this conflict as best you can.
Avoid being judgmental. Instead, be honest and assertive.
When you need assistance, do not hesitate to call your Resident Assistant. They are there to listen, but they will not take sides!