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Moving after College Graduation

April 8th, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Life After College: Moving Somewhere New

Are you planning on moving after college graduation? I am sure you are feeling anxious, eager, terrified, and excited all rolled into one. There is so much to consider when preparing for this big life transition, so let’s explore some of the things you should be thinking about. It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes, so I am happy to help you through this process.

If you know where you are moving after college graduation and need to start budgeting for your move, click here to get a free moving quote. Or, keep reading to learn how to handle your big move.

Figuring Out Where to Move After College Graduation

You have basically unlimited options when moving after college. Of course, there are some factors at play that will help you decide where to move after graduation.

  • What type of place do you want to live in? If you enjoy hiking and rock climbing, head to the mountains! If you love the sunshine, check out Florida, The Sunshine State. If you want to stay close to family and friends, look at job listings near your hometown. With the world as your oyster, you should evaluate your options and go where you feel is best for you. But don’t stress too much! If you hate life in your new hometown, you can always move again. I have a friend who has been sort of gypsy since college, moving all over the country. She has had some great jobs in awesome cities, but hasn’t found “the one” yet. But it works for her. If that type of lifestyle is appealing to you, then pick your spot on the map.
  • Do you have a job lined up? If so, you will be moving near your job. If you don’t have a job lined up – you may want to start applying ASAP. Not to put any pressure on you, but the job market is flooded with new grads after graduation, so the sooner you start applying the better off you will be. Remember, your first job post-college doesn’t have to be your dream job. Find a job (preferably in your field) that will help you gain experience and save some money to get on your own. To start your job search, talk to your school’s Career Services Office. They may have connections with alumni and partner corporations in your desired location. Also, look on sites like CareerBuilder.com or SimplyHired.com for job postings.
  • After you have a job lined up, look for a place to live. If you have friends moving to the same place, you might want to get an apartment together to share costs. Realtors can help you find apartments, or if you are tech savvy, check sites online like ApartmentFinder.com and MyNewPlace.com. But be careful, I wouldn’t sign a rental agreement until you can go visit the apartment in person because it may not look like the photos online. You don’t want to sign a contract for a place and then not be happy with it.
  • If you don’t have the funds to live on your own, take up residence in your own room! There is no shame in moving back home after college. You can actually save quite a bit of money this way! Just remember that moving back home means living at home. Your parents probably won’t put up with your laundry piling up (like it did in college) and you will probably have to chip in with some bills and chores. But it is totally worth it to save money. My husband moved back home after college before we got married. He was able to save up enough money to buy a car by splitting costs with his parents.

Making the Move After College Graduation

Once you know where you are headed (home or to a new place), you have to tackle the big move. You probably accumulated a lot of stuff during college. The easiest way to move is by using a moving service that splits the work with you. If you’re moving long distance (and out of state) U-Pack is a great solution for your move because U-Pack does the tough part of the move – the driving. U-Pack works like this:

  • U-Pack delivers a moving trailer or moving container to you. U-Pack can deliver to most college campuses and apartment complexes, so no worries about parking issues! A U-Pack ReloCube moving container can fit in a standard parking spot, so you won’t even be hogging the parking lot.
  • You load up your stuff (just like you would with a rental truck).
  • Then, U-Pack drives your stuff wherever you are headed (back to Mom and Dad’s or to your new home).
  • You unload.
  • U-Pack picks up the empty equipment.

And trust me; U-Pack knows that you are on a student budget. U-Pack specializes in affordable moves that are comparable in price to truck rental (but U-Pack does the driving, so you get so much more!). If you want to see how much your U-Pack move would cost, click over for a free moving quote.

Moving After College on a Budget

Wherever you are headed after college graduation, U-Pack can help! Just get a free moving quote and check out your options. And if you are really on a tight budget, be sure you check out U-Pack’s terminal to terminal option. With this option, you can save big by loading and/or unloading at a local service center. Call a moving specialist at 1-800-413-4799 to find out other ways we can help you stick to your budget.

I know moving after college can be stressful and nerve-wracking, especially trying to figure out all the details. But your actual move doesn’t have to be stressful. Let U-Pack handle the driving and make your move simple and affordable. Get a free moving quote today! If you have more questions, just leave me a comment below. I’m happy to help.

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