Tips for Moving Into a College Dorm Room

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  • Heading off to live in your dorm room can be both an exciting prospect and a nerve-racking one.

    Dorm living can differ quite a bit from living with your family or on your own.

    To start off on the right foot, you’ll want to have a successful move-in day.

    Moving isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do, but you can make it easier on yourself with a little forethought. Here, we have a few tips for moving into a college dorm room so that you know what to bring with you and what to expect when you arrive.

    Pare Down What You’ll Bring

    While it would be great if you could bring everything you own, dorm rooms are rarely the size of luxury suites. A common moving mistake that a lot of first-timers make is to bring way too much with them.

    Doing so doesn’t just make the trip more difficult; the moving process will take longer, and you’ll end up with a way-too-crowded room. Try to only bring the essentials and a few personal items with you to start with.

    Communicate With Your Roommate

    If you have a roommate, try to communicate with them before you both move in. Your room won’t need two microwaves or televisions, and you only have so much space for duplicates.

    Come to an agreement with your roommate about what each of you will bring to the table, and you’ll have a lot more space while still filling out the room with everything you need.

    Bring Tools and First-Aid Supplies

    A good tip for moving into a college dorm room is to be ready to do some rearranging. Bringing a toolkit with you could make the process a lot quicker and easier. You may need to bunk or loft the beds when you arrive, a process that you’ll need tools for.

    Of course, any time you work with tools, you should also have a first-aid kit handy. This is useful, in general, so put it somewhere in your room that’s easy to reach.

    Take the Pre-Inspection Seriously

    Before you move any of your items in, your building will ask you to inspect the room. This process is to allow you to report any damages or broken items that are already present.

    You don’t want to take the fall for something that the previous tenant did, so take a good look around the room for anything that’s out of place or damaged.

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    Be Ready For Hard Work

    Moving is never a simple task; moving into a dorm room can be even more frustrating. Hallways might be narrow, you might need to go up a lot of stairs, and you’ll have to arrange your furniture in a way that you and your roommate both like. It’ll take some hard work, but eventually, you’ll have a place you can call home.

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