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  • Writer's pictureTravis Bassett

College Moving 101

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

It’s almost time to move into your college dorm! Whether this is your freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year, we have some tips on what to bring with you to your dorm room so that you’re fully prepared for the upcoming year.

Beginning your college is an exciting time. For many students, this may be the first time moving out from under Mom and Dad. With this new power comes great responsibility. It is natural to feel both nervous and excited for this next chapter in your life. We have compiled some college moving 101 tips to ensure you show up on move-in day prepared and ready to go.

Step 1: Sort Through Your Items

This may come as a shock, but your college dorm room will probably be a lot smaller than your current room. You must also take into account that you will probably be sharing this space with a roommate, or maybe even two. It’s hard to imagine, but you can’t take your entire childhood room with you to college. Take a step back and think about the items in your room that you have used in the past month. Most of us have too many clothes and items. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something within the past few months, you probably won’t need it with you in college.

Step 2: Find How Much Space You Have

Most colleges will give you the dimensions of your dorm room and will notify you of how many roommates you will be having for the year. If your dorm room has one closet that needs to be shared with two people, you’ll have to limit the number of clothes you can bring. Additionally, your school should supply you with a list of appliances and services in the room. If your dorm room lacks a heater or air conditioner, depending on the location of your school, you may have to bring a fan or a small heater.

Step 3: Coordinate With Your Roommate

If you are moving in with a roommate, reach out to them in advance if you don’t already know them. This will help break the ice and can allow you to coordinate what you need and what each of you can bring. You don’t want to both show up with a microwave and minifridge when you only need one.

Step 4: Take Care of Any Utilities You May Need Before Hand

If your dorm or new residence needs any utilities, it is best to try and get this sorted before moving day. You don’t want to show up to a waterless or internet-less residence. If your accommodations don’t supply you with utilities, reach out to them as they should have advice for nearby providers and services.

Step 5: Avoid Decorating Until You’re Moved In

It is difficult to decorate a room you haven’t been in yet. Leaving decorations for last will limit the number of items you have to bring with you and will ensure you don’t purchase decorations that, one, may not fit, and, two, may not look right upon arrival. You can spend a few nights without your favorite band posters on your wall.

Step 6: Avoid Rush Hour, and Hire Professionals

Keep in mind that you are not the only student moving into school. You have hundreds, or possibly thousands, of peers that need to do the same. Try to avoid traveling during the rush hours, and consider hiring moving professionals to assist your move.

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