10 Tips for Moving to College for the First Time

Not quite sure what to bring to college? Don’t know what to expect on move-in day? Here are some tips to help make the transition a bit smoother.

1. When in Doubt, Leave it Out

As you are packing for college move in, it is very important to step back and ask, “Will this really be used?” When it comes to moving in less is typically more. In the extreme case where something is forgotten at home you must keep in mind that similar stores that exist near your home typically exist on a college campus as well! Below is a list of items that can typically be left at home without losing out on much.

• Televisions – Spend your time meeting friends instead of Xbox Live!

• Extra Books – You will have plenty of these in college, trust me.

• Kitchen Utensils – I don’t foresee a great deal of utensils requires to heat up leftover pizza in the microwave.

• Unnecessary Clothing – Too much clothing and many shoes is never a good thing. You can always buy more!

2. Know Before You Go:

Know when move-in day is for YOUR apartment (on or off campus). Know the size of room or apartment you will be living in so you can plan accordingly. Know what comes with the place you will be living; for example, will there be a microwave, toaster, shower curtain, etc? Lastly, know what is and is not allowed in your living space.

3. Split it up!

If living in a double, triple or suite style apartment sharing the responsibility of purchasing certain items is crucial. Also, resist shopping until you are moved in and can assess what is needed. This will help you avoid purchasing items that are unnecessary. Some common items to divvy up with a future roommate are:

• Microwave

• Television

• Refrigerator

• Air Conditioning Unit (where applicable)

• Area Rug

• Mirror

• Cleaning supplies

4. Condense

The goal is to make the least amount of trips as possible, so pack smaller items into larger ones if you can, just like Russian nesting dolls. Get a hold of handbags, beach bags, or backpacks to stuff with small stuff, then place in larger containers like boxes.

5. Be resourceful

The last thing you want is to pack away your fragile belongings only to find them broken or damaged upon move-in day. Save yourself the cost of packing materials and use old newspapers, plastic grocery bags, dish towels, and old t-shirts to protect items like dishes, glassware and your computer.

6. Make it a family affair

This applies to friends, too. Moving in by yourself is dreadful, so enlist the help of family and pals to help you move furniture, heavy boxes and other bulky items. It will make the day go by quicker and much, much easier. Since no one likes moving, bribe helpers with a free pizza dinner afterwards to sweeten the deal.

7. Where’s the Elevator?

Not all dorms or apartments have elevators. Even if they do, they are usually filled to capacity on move-in days. Keep this in mind when choosing what to bring.

8. Dealing with the Masses

Keep in mind that on move-in day, there are going to be a lot of other students moving in at the same time.

• Set aside plenty of time for move in to accommodate for delays

• Arrive early or consider moving in the evening – if permitted

• Bring a small dolly to help move your belongings, especially due to human traffic. if there isn’t an elevator or if you have heavy items that you couldn’t part with.

9. Watch the thermometer

Even though it’s the start of a new school year, midday temperatures in late summer are still brutal, so pack items that won’t hold up in the heat in boxes that will be unloaded first. Things like candles, aerosol sprays and certain electronics can melt, explode or suffer damage if left in high temperatures for too long.

10. Decorate last

While hanging posters, pictures and other decorations might the first thing you want to do once you’re moved in, start bigger and work your way down to the small items. Things like beds, couches and television stands should all be in place before the fun stuff goes on shelves or walls. Having the big items correctly placed allows for a proper flow and will help make your new small space feel like home in no time.

Last but not least…….

Be Open

Be open to your new roommates and what you have to learn from each other. Take the opportunity to look at this through rose-colored glasses and make lemonade out of lemons. Your attitude and the way you choose to approach this exciting new dynamic is critical to a great year. After all, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

A Must Have at SUU:

A pair of shoes that you can take for hiking in Kanarraville or the Narrows and also to use for the paint dances!


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