Online Drop-in Meetings: Using Zoom Waiting Rooms

If you’d like to set up online drop-in meetings, like office hours, you can set this up using the Zoom waiting room.

If you’re new to Zoom, you may want to visit the UoE quickstart guide to getting started with Zoom.

If you used your email address to sign up for a Zoom account prior to the University’s Zoom service being available, please use these steps to migrate it to the new service. Accounts that use personal email addresses are unaffected.

Using Waiting Rooms in Zoom

As the meeting organiser, you can control who gets into your meeting directly and who should wait for someone to let them in. If you choose to have people wait, you’ll receive an alert that someone is in the waiting room and see a list of people waiting. From there, you can choose to admit them one by one.

Set up your waiting room options before you create your Zoom meeting. To set up your waiting room, go to  and select My Account.

Select Settings and scroll down to Waiting Room Options

Select Edit option and Customize Waiting Room to change your settings

Select Everyone if you want all attendees to enter the waiting room.

You can provide a description or instructions for those entering the waiting room

Once you have established your settings, create your Zoom event to host your drop-in session. make sure to share the link to your session with your students.

When Your Drop-in Meeting Begins

Attendees join the meeting by using the link provided when you created the Zoom event.

What your attendees will see if the waiting room is enabled:

What the organiser will see. To admit attendees, select Admit.

Learn more about using Zoom waiting rooms for different operating systems