Moving To College The Right Way

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  • You are embarking on a great journey, but this is also a time of uncertainty and grand changes.

    While daydreaming about the wonderful college experiences that await you, use your time wisely this summer to make a moving game plan.

    Make sure that, when the time comes, you are not left scrambling and under additional stress.

    Don’t Bring All Of Your Belongings

    Carefully think about what you have to pack. It’s not just about throwing all of your belongings in the trunk and leaving. Consider two things. First of all it will be impossible to transport and secondly, college is a great opportunity to reinvent and update your look. Leave the outdated stuff at home. Doing an inventory of the contents of your room is a good idea. Throw away anything you have outgrown. If you’re trying to really cut down on how much you need to pack, remember that you can purchase things like towels, sheets, and new toiletries once you get to school.

    Ask For Details

    What does your new dorm room or apartment come equipped with? Chances are that you will not find all of the commodities of home such as cooking equipment or what you need to do your laundry. Most rooms are already furnished, which makes it easier to come and leave. But how much storage is there?

    Student apartments aren’t usually as roomy as you are used to at home. If you bring everything that you own you may be faced with a tough problem to solve. For certain things, sometimes it is better to wait until you see the room for yourself rather than estimating what can fit and what cannot.

    Get To Know Your Future Roomies

    It can be very practical, not to mention reassuring to take the time to get in touch with the person or people that you are expected to live with. Ask your college to provide you with at least an email and reach out to them. Make a list of essentials that you plan to bring and discuss this with your future roommate.

    Your roommate may already have things that you planned to buy. This method will not only ensure that nothing is forgotten, but more importantly you won’t be doubling up on things. Your miniature dorm room does not need two microwaves or TVs, for example. You could also discuss how to decorate and make the space your own. Come first day orientation, you will be glad that you and your new best friend are already in sync and acquainted.

    Tie Up Loose Ends

    Making sure that all of the paperwork required to enroll is completed is a no-brainer, but consider other things like changing the address of mail, subscriptions, bills that you receive, banking information, etc. You need to make sure everyone you correspond with is aware of your new mailing details. Also, take the time to say farewell properly. Depending on where you are relocating for school, don’t overlook the fact that you won’t be back for a while. Your family and friends won’t be seeing you for a long time, and taking off without a final goodbye is out of the question.

    Moving Out

    Keep in mind that you won’t be able to stay in your dorm room year-round. Most campuses ask that you leave your room so that it may be thoroughly cleaned. Plan ahead for this time. Instead of driving all of your stuff back home, sometimes across the country again, there are some supercheap storage solutions that can come in handy.

    Storage facilities sometimes offer special student discounts, especially if you book in advance or the off season. The smallest units should be enough to house the contents of your tiny dorm room and it will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Lock your things up safely during the breaks and bring them back out in the new semester. 

    Preparing for the move to college shouldn’t, in reality, take more than a few days. However, you do need to be aware of what to expect when you get there. Putting some thought into the moving process in advance can save you a lot of unforeseen hiccups.

    Off-to-College reference:

    FREE: college moving checklist

     
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