College Packing & Moving Tips

As the summer draws to a close and your college classes will be starting, it’s time to start getting ready for move-in day. Whether you’re a first-year student or alumni, there are a couple of things you can do to make the move a smoother process.

If you have previous experience with moving, keep in mind that there are additional aspects to prepare for when you’re headed to college. Things like limited space and a lot of students moving in during the same time frame can all impact your approach, so below are tips on what to get done before and during the big day.

Before You Move In

Gathering Information

It is important to gather certain information from the housing manager such as room dimensions, provided furnishings and the actual date you can move in. There may be different times assigned for different portions of the student body, and you want to be sure you’re there at the right time.

Getting Supplies and Packing

Make a list of everything you believe you’ll need to take with you to school. Along with bringing personal items, find out if you’ll need appliances. Things like a microwave and refrigerator can be shared between roommates, so check to see what you should add to your list.

Once you’ve figured this out, then you can begin packing. Boxes can be useful and are recyclable when you’re finished with them, but you should also consider filling totes and suitcases that you can continue using once they’re unpacked. Don’t forget to use packing materials to protect fragile belongings, and label every box or tote with your name, room number and the appropriate area so that it’ll be easier to unpack.

Getting Your Items to School

If you go to college locally, you may be able to use a friend’s or family member’s vehicle to move your belongings. You can rent a moving truck if necessary, but that can be cumbersome as there are so many people around on moving day.

If you’re going away to school, another option is to have a mobile storage company provide a unit. They generally drop it off at your current address and, when you’re finished packing and ready to go, they’ll pick it up and deliver it to the new location.

Move-In Day

How to Dress

You should dress in comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. Sneakers or other active shoes will make it easier to walk and carry items. Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to check the weather and choose your clothes appropriately. If it’s hot, dress light. If it’s going to be chilly, dress in layers so that you can cool down as you heat up from working.

What to Do

As soon as you get to your school, get the key for your room to avoid having items pile up in the hallway. If the main elevator is being utilized by a lot of movers, look for stairs or a less-used elevator to avoid delays. Designate a helper to watch your stuff while you’re going between the vehicle and your room. All that’s left is unpacking and getting set up.