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Moving Tips for College Students

Published on 2022-02-16

Are you considering relocating away from home to attend your chosen college for higher education? Then you’ll need to brush up on your moving skills.

Just when you thought the most difficult aspects of the transition from high school to college were behind you, the reality of packing your belongings and moving to college begins to seep in.

The prospect of studying in a new city will no doubt excite you since you will have the opportunity to meet new people and see new sights. You might think it’s adventurous, but if it’s not done correctly, it could be problematic. Relocation necessitates meticulous planning and implementation of your relocation strategy. If you plan and execute your move properly, you will prevent a variety of moving-related complications.

Here are some expert going to college tips to help you get started:

1. Search for a Convenient Location

It is critical to locate a neighborhood that is close to your college campus. You should also consider the security considerations. Examine all regions within and around your campus before moving to the desired location. It is vital to establish whether it is in a secure place with adequate street lighting, is secure at night, and whether or not the neighbors are friendly. You should investigate each of these points in depth.

2. Know the Specific Move-in Date

If all incoming students arrived at the same time, college move-in day might be a logistical nightmare for certain colleges. This is why your school will send you a notification about your move-in date. While each college’s move-in process is unique, many offer a specified date and time frame for you to unload your dorm room items and begin setting up, which is usually determined by your dorm assignment or last name.

Find out how you’ll get your dorm belongings to your room, as well as your move-in date and time. Is there an elevator available? Is it possible to leave stuff at the curb? Are cars to be parked in a specific parking lot? Knowing this information ahead of time will help you prepare and avoid any confusion on move-in day.

3. Coordinate with Your Roomie

It’s essential to work together with your roommate to avoid frustrating circumstances and avoid having duplicate stuff.

If you’re relocating off-campus, you’ll be able to pick the individual with whom you’ll be sharing a room and have a thorough discussion about all of the pertinent subjects.

When moving into a dorm, try to find out who your roommate will be and contact them ahead of time. Know what major stuff each of you should bring (mini-fridge, TV, microwave, etc. ), ask if they’re interested in sharing some items, such as appliances and electronics, talk about what each of you needs and desires, and do your part to ensure a tranquil and convenient lifestyle for both of you.

Give your roommate some crucial information, such as your family’s phone number in case of an emergency. Remember, your roommate can end up becoming one of your closest pals

4. Plan Your Move

You should familiarize yourself with the college rules and guidelines ahead of time in order to stay prepared and avoid wasting valuable time on college move-in day. Read everything on your college’s website and in the papers provided by the university carefully so you understand the college’s move-in procedures, know what documents you’ll need, and avoid missing a deadline. Pay close attention to parking laws, check-in hours and procedures, and other applicable requirements if you’ll be moving into a college dorm.

5. Check the Paperwork

Everything written in the paper sent to you by the dean of your college should be read carefully. It is vital to pay close attention to check-in timings as well as all moving and parking procedures in that place.

You’ll need your documentation, in addition to the paperwork required by your college and relevant to your studies:

  • Make sure you always have your passport, social security card, ID card, and birth certificate (or a duplicate of it) with you.
  • If you plan to drive your vehicle on campus, you must transfer or update your driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance, as well as get a parking permit.
  • Remember to bring your health insurance card and any relevant medical paperwork. Make the necessary arrangements about your health insurance too.
  • Before you start college, you should open any bank accounts you’ll need. Be aware that many bank personnel may approach freshmen at the start of the school year with a range of bank offers that may seem very appealing till they read the fine print, which reveals various catches.

6. Make a List

Make a list – or several – as soon as you begin the moving process. You’d be shocked how quickly you can misplace your possessions. Begin by making a list of all of your key possessions to ensure that you have everything. Make a new list of everything you need to do before you start moving out in earnest, so you can fit it all into your schedule with as little stress as possible.

7. Buy Moving Boxes

Without moving boxes, no move is complete. The cornerstones of transporting and storage are these cardboard containers. Many storage and rental centers sell them along with other packing materials, and they come in a range of sizes. During a move, moving boxes keep your belongings safe. They also make it easier to move and stack items in your moving van, self-storage unit, or final destination. Most importantly, moving boxes keep your belongings organized if you label them properly.

8. Downsizing is Important

You may be shocked at how “cozy” the dorms seem when you first arrive. Your freshman year dorm room will most likely be a third of the size of your home bedroom, and you may have to share it with another student. When you eventually get that single dorm room or off-campus apartment, you’ll probably be living with others – and you won’t have a spare closet to store your belongings. As a result, the simplest option is to downsize.

When it comes to moving away to college, only bring the essentials. Learn everything you can about your new dorm or apartment so you know how much space you’ll have to work with. Don’t be scared to donate as you begin to downsize. Your unwanted items are donated to a worthy cause when you donate them. They’re also taken off your hands with no fuss. Finally, having fewer belongings can help save time and money during your college move.

9. Have a Box of Essentials

When you need to access your belongings during a relocation, this evident component of the moving process can become an issue. Finding your bathing soap, for example, buried deep within one of several moving boxes can be a pain. Pack a bag with all of your needs to save time and stress. This box should contain self-care items, snacks, keys, medications, a change of clothes, and anything else you need. It’ll come in handy after you’ve had a long day because of your move.

10.You Can Use Self Storage

A self-storage is a good option if your new place doesn’t have room for much of your stuff and you don’t want to give them up. When you’re in between apartments for the summer and need a place to put your belongings, self-storage is the answer. When your parents eventually threaten to throw out all of your collectibles at home, self-storage is your best option. At Three Movers we have one of the best storage facilities across the country.

11. Resist Shopping Immediately

Of course, before you move into your dorm or apartment, you’ll want to go shopping and load up on supplies, but it’s better to wait. You’ll likely purchase items that you won’t use. Wait and go shopping with your roommate to share the costs and get a better idea of what you really need.

12. Ask for Assistance if Required

It’s not necessarily a one-person effort to relocate to college. You may require assistance to complete your move, depending on the number of items you have, the distance you must travel, and a variety of other things. Don’t be hesitant to ask for help if you feel you’ve taken on more than you can handle with your move. Friends and family will usually be happy to assist you for an afternoon or two if you give them enough notice.

If you have a significant amount of stuff to move that would be hard to transport with your hands and your vehicle, hiring a moving company is a great option. Professional movers have a lot of expertise in moving both large and little items. They usually arrive with moving trucks that can transport your belongings from source to destination in one go. Working with a reliable moving company will also protect your belongings against damage, providing you with invaluable peace of mind during your relocation.

It’s Time to Move

Moving is difficult in any situation, but maybe these tips will assist you or the student in your life. College life will be exciting, so plan and pack appropriately so that when you arrive at college, you can jump straight into your new life and have those amazing experiences.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemovers.com

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