Making your dorm move in as smoothly as possible is what we are going to help you achieve today. Your new school may be in state or out of state, and going to an unfamiliar environment can be scary, but this will help you with starting the new chapter of your life. Note; you should start planning for your move to college a couple months before leaving for school so you are not pressed for time and overwhelmed. The areas discussed will help you move like a professional student mover.
GET TO KNOW YOUR COLLEGE:
Figure out what is included in your room. Is there furniture? Does your room have curtains, dressers, bathrooms (shared, or in each room), kitchen (or shared), refrigerators, etc?
PLAN WHAT YOU WANT TO BRING WITH YOU: Essentials First
Have a good idea of what you are taking. Remember, you will not be able to take everything, so by planning on what is and isn’t a necessity will help. Last minute packing is not recommended. Remember NOT everything will fit in your room, so you should sort your items into NEED, AND WANT GROUPS, and then figure out how much room you have so you can bring accordingly. Once you figure out what you need, figure out what you already have and what you need to get. College towns always have local stores to provide items, like lamps, garbage cans, portable storage like milk crates, storage bins, etc. to help set up the rooms for maximum efficiency. Decorate after you move in, that way you and your new roommate can decide what you want to do to your new home. You should also bring one box with critical items like personal grooming items, toiletries, medications, supplements, glasses, contact supplies, book with important phone numbers, etc.
Once you figure out what is included with your dorm, you should also check with the school to see if there are any exclusions and determine what is going to fit. Most schools are strict about removing existing furniture, so you must be space savvy.
GET TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE LIVING WITH:
Get to know your roommate before school starts. This can help you both with your move also. You can figure out who will bring what, and you both can go in on decorating costs, and figure out how you want to decorate once you are settled in to your new place. If neither of you have an item, you can decide and split the costs.
CLOTHING (WEATHER PERMITTING):
Make sure you take into consideration the climate is going to be in your new homeland if relocating out of state. Pack your clothing according to temperatures. Wardrobe boxes are an easy way to transfer clothing and shoes. Plastic hangers are easier than wire ones. Try not to overpack.
MAKE SURE TO BRING BEDDING, PILLOWS, TOWELS, AND TOOLS:
There is no place like home, and bringing these items from home can help ease your home sickness a bit. Pack these items in a box with packing paper. Pack books and magazines in a book box. Bring a couple items to decorate like pictures, but remember you can decorate afterwards. Also don’t forget to bring tools, in case you need to have your bed assembled, or hang a picture, etc.
Make sure everything is ready to go the night before. It’s a good idea to bring a dolly, or hand truck to make it easier for carrying items. Bring a tool box with tools for any assembly. Get to school early to avoid long lines, so you can pick your side of the room, and to avoid long walks from the vehicle to your dorm. Try to move the heavy items first. Take breaks in between, and make sure to eat and drink during the move. If you have over packed, make sure everything will fit into your room. Unpack your boxes last.
Breaking into your new home can be stressful for you as a student or for you as a parent having to say goodbye. Remember your student will be saying goodbye and onto a new chapter of their lives. Remember they will or may have a sense of homesickness and they may be on edge, so try to all work together as you are saying your goodbyes.
ALLOW FOR DELAYS:
Allow enough time for getting everything accomplished on move in day, you never know what may come up. Allow for extra time, whether it’s other people moving in prior to you, registration, traffic, paperwork needing to be finished, etc.
SPEND TIME WITH THE FAMILY:
Have some extra time before your family leaves or you drop your student. You may not realize how home sick you (or your student) will be, so spend quality time before you say your goodbyes.
GET TO KNOW THE CAMPUS:
Go around with the family getting to know your new living headquarters. Figure out where parking is if you have a vehicle you are keeping on campus.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO ASK THE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY:
- Can movers be scheduled to enter dorms?
- Where is parking for the vehicle?
- Do items need to be labeled?
- Is there a restricted amount of time for moving in?
- Are any items restricted?
- Are there any guest visiting hours?
These helpful tips should make your move into your new college go smooth.