Moving to college is always a life changing affair. While you have sailed through the tests, applications, and interviews, and you are excited about the admission, your mind is drawn towards the next big deal: hauling up yourself and stuff down to the new campus environment. Does it get any easier? Yes, with these tips.
- Get ready
Go through your things and begin to sort out what you should be going with. While doing this, make sure to pack only things that are really necessary, and avoid those you can do without. It is important to remember that you won’t have the same space in your dorm room as you enjoy now.
- Some inquiries are necessary
Reach the school housing office and make necessary enquiries about the dorm you have been assigned to. Find out things like the size, how many roommates you will be having, and who they are.
- Connect with your roommate(s)
After knowing who you will be sharing your dorm with, it is ideal to connect with them before the move-in day. This will allow you to start building a relationship, but also help you know what not to pack. Ask your roommate what he/she will be bringing, and avoid duplicating certain items that can be shared, like microwave and mini-fridge.
- Don’t shop yet
Of course, there are certain items you will need for your dorm room and for life on campus. And the advice is usually for you to shop for them before moving. But it may be more helpful to keep the shopping until you have moved in. This will allow you escape the temptation of shopping that makes one buy more than is needed. And you won’t also get things that are prohibited in your dorm. Here’s something else; shopping with your new roommate(s) can be such a good start, and everyone will easily share in the expenses (for shared items).
- Why not avoid the rush?
Most persons would likely move in during the weekend. You can consider a weekday to avoid the usual rush, but find out firstly if the move in date is flexible. If not, you can avoid the peak hours and come in earlier or later.
- Plan your move
Will you be moving everything in your car? Do you need a mover? Do you think you should rent a truck? Or will you be flying? It is important to plan your move and know the best way to get yourself to your campus. If you will be driving yourself, do you plan stopping for a night? If yes, then you should pack some essentials separately for easy access.
- Enlist friends and family
Moving all by yourself can be a lot of work. Get some family members and/or friends involved. You will require some help carrying all your items into your room (especially if you have to use the staircase).
- Plan your settling
The excitement of the move can make you start putting up everything just anywhere. But it is wiser to develop a plan for setting up the room. You can do this with your roommate after you have all seen your items. Plan where the furniture will be, how to maximize the space (you probably came with more than the room can take comfortably), decoration, and others. And start with the bigger tasks and items, while winding down to smaller ones.
Now relax and have a nice stay on campus!
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