Leaving home for college: the ultimate moving guide

Rohan Mathew

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Moving to college can bring about a myriad of emotions. While the thought of adulting can be exciting, it can be pretty nerve-wracking as well when you contemplate stepping out of the comfort of your parent’s home. Moving to college is a life experience that will potentially teach you a lot in terms of your independence. Don’t overthink stuff and try not to stress yourself out. As long as you put in the time to properly prepare for your move and are organized for the duration of the moving process, your transition from Mom’s place to dorm room will be a breeze.

The following checklist will take the hassle out of deciding what you need to do in what order, and make this transition a smooth one.

Four Weeks before Moving Day

  • Check dorm room status. Call your college or university to confirm whether your application for dorm housing has been approved. Find out which dorm you have been assigned to when you can move in, and if there is a check-in procedure you need to be aware of.
  • Confirm dorm rules. Some dorms have certain limitations on what is allowed inside the rooms. It is advisable to check the rules pertinent to your building before planning your relocation, so you know what to pack and what to leave behind.
  • Find off-campus housing. If you have not been approved for a dorm, or want to live off-campus, scope out options.

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Three Weeks before Moving Day

  • Make arrangements to move your stuff. If your move is long-distance, or if you have many large items, you may require professional help to move. A moving company can make moving a snap.
  • Ask for help. If you are moving into a dorm, you are less likely to have large items to move. Friends and family can often pitch in to help

Two Weeks before Moving Day

  • Scope out space. Dorm rooms are usually small. Make sure you check it out in person so you can plan how to best utilize it in terms of storage and functionality. You should purchase organizational materials like bins, under-bed boxes, and other storage options to help you arrange your dorm room.

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One week before moving day

  • Start Packing! Utilize the storage units you have purchased to pack your stuff.
  • Reach out to your roommate(s). If your college has informed you about who your roommate is going to be. It is always a good idea to get preliminary introductions out of the way. You should talk and discuss sleeping arrangements, whose desk goes where etc.
  • Figure out who brings what. Dorms are a shared space. To prevent multiples of the same object, you should figure out who will be bringing what the place, like TV, fridge, microwave etc.

Moving day

  • That’s it. You made it! As long as you have done all the requisite organization before-hand, there is no reason for you to stress on the big day. All you have to do is to show up and have fun.