March 27, 2017

How to handle the move to college

How to handle the move to college - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

Moving to college is a pretty big deal; you’re saying goodbye to your family home, or at least the home you’ve known for a while, and moving into a completely unknown environment. You will most likely be sharing a room with someone, negotiating space, and you’ll have to get used to your new surroundings and learn how to budget properly. With all these stresses in mind, you will want to make moving day as easy as possible. If you are moving into an all freshman dorm, there will be a lot of other freshman around on moving day so you will want to be there bright and early for sign in and then start setting up your room. It’s a good idea to get there early also because it gives you the pick of the room, you can choose the bed that you prefer and the desk space, or you can arrange to get there at the same time as your dorm buddy if you know who it is, to discuss the space.

Ask your family and friends to help you get the move done more efficiently, if they’re nice enough (you would hope so!) they should be more than happy to help you, saving you from making multiple back and forth trips from the car. If you still need that extra hand, there are always small scale moving companies like Man With A Van, that offer shorter moving times and smaller vehicles, so they aren’t as expensive.

When you’re moving, consider how much you will really need to bring with you and make a checklist. All dorms should have your basics set up already, a bed, desk and wardrobe, so all you need to bring are the bed linens, coat hangers and clothes. Most dorms however will not have adequate cooking facilities due to their large cafeterias and meal plans, so check with the building regulations before bringing in any hotplates, they are usually banned. A microwave and mini fridge are always a good investment, but you may not need to bring them from home. Craigslist is a great place to find second hand goods for cheap, making it easier on your student income.

Belinda Darling is a copywriter working with ManWithaVan.com.au, when Belinda’s not writing content she enjoys cooking, walking her dog and shopping.

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