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Tips For Moving Away To College

Published by Chris Townsend

Tips For Moving Away To College

Moving away to college is a big step in life and having a proper game plan in order can make all the difference between an easy transition and a difficult one. Knowing what you need (and don’t need) is an important first step, but there are other considerations you should keep in mind as you embark on the next step in your education. Whether you’re moving to college as a freshman or moving back after the summer, here are some tips that will help make life easier as you get adjusted.

Enlist Help

Any move, no matter how small or short of distance is always easier with help. If you’re going away to college for the first time, it’s not uncommon to have parents come along and help you get situated. Keep in mind that there’s a good chance stairs are involved, whether you’re living in a dorm or an apartment. Having someone to help with boxes or heavy items can make all the difference in the world when you’re faced with moving a computer or stereo up three flights of stairs.

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Pack Light

You’re going to have limited space when you move to college, even if you live in an apartment, so it helps to pack light. Dorm rooms are small and often shared so keep in mind that you’ll have limited space. Even in an apartment or house, you’re likely to have roommates so you shouldn’t go overboard and bring things that won’t fit into your home. Since dorm rooms are often shared, keep in mind that you’ll only have half of the space to use as your own.

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Contact Roommates

If you will have roommates, contact them before you move to see what items they’ll be bringing. If you have a large stereo system, you’ll want to discuss that with you roommate(s) so that everyone doesn’t bring the same thing. The same goes for mini fridges, large television and other items that may take up a lot of room in a limited space.

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Ask About Discounts

Many moving companies offer discounts to students so be sure you ask about possible discounts if you’ll be enlisting the help of a professional mover. Even if a company doesn’t offer discounts specifically for students, your parents may qualify for a discount that can help save some money along the way. To give you an idea of typical discount programs, you can view ours by clicking here.

Limit Shopping Until You Arrive

Don’t think you need to arrive at college with everything you need. Small items like toiletries can be purchased when you get there and will save space when you’re packing. If you’re like most students, you probably have a limited space in a vehicle that you’ll be trying to fit all your belongings into. Any way you can save space counts and leaving smaller items for when you arrive can be helpful.

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. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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