Your Official Move In Checklist

We’re so excited to welcome all the new and returning Redbirds to campus for the 2022-2023 school year! Whether it’s your first semester with us, or you just need a refresher, we’ve put together a quick checklist to make sure your move in is simple, thorough, and enjoyable! We look forward to another great year with our SAMI fam! 



Consider your Tenant Portal your home base for your time at SAMI! It will be the best way for you to find information regarding your account, unit, and more! Make rent payments, schedule your maintenance work, and keep track of all things regarding your account with us.  

You’ll want to make sure you’re logged in and acquainted with the site ASAP – if you need assistance or can’t find your login, you can always call our office at 309.888.4600! 



This is where you’ll pay all of your utility bills in one easy place. You should have received an email directly from SimpleBills approximately 30-45 days before your move in date. This email will take you right to their site or app where you’ll register for your account! 

You’ll want to make sure you’re all signed up with SimpleBills before picking up your keys! This is the best way to avoid any miscommunication or missed payments. You can read more about SimpleBills here!  



While signing your lease and any other paperwork, our staff should hand you a reminder of the monthly payment schedule you agreed to in your lease. If not, make sure to ask! 

Once you have your schedule, be sure to write it down or add it to your calendar so you never forget! You’ll need to make sure your August payment is made before picking up your keys. Need help making a payment or scheduling your recurring payments? We’ve got some instructions here



Of course, you’ll need apartment keys before you can move in! Stop by the office to pick up the keys to your apartment, mailbox, etc. You can swing by the office during business hours after Friday, August 19th to grab them, and we’ll even bring them out to your car if you prefer not to come in! Just call our office when you arrive at 309.888.4600. 



Look out for emails from our office regarding your parking stickers! These will be arriving this week, and you’ll want to be sure to apply it to your car immediately – parking enforcement begins Sunday, August 28th! If you have any questions on if your sticker is ready or not, give our office a call or check out the LiveChat feature on our site! 



While not required, SAMI highly recommends getting rental insurance for your new apartment! You are responsible for the safety of your belongings, so to make sure you’re covered, we suggest chatting with your insurance agent (or your parents’!) about signing up for rental insurance or adding it to an existing account. For a small fee, you’ll be able to make sure your personal items are safe from accidents and emergencies! 



This inspection is your chance to make note of any damages in your unit that you don’t want to be held responsible for, or just to point out things that might need repaired or replaced! Once you get your keys, spend the next few days making sure everything is as it should be in your apartment. 

Then give our office a call to schedule your inspection – we'll send a member of our maintenance team out to go over everything with you and make sure any changes you need are made!