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July 31st, 2015 - 8:44 AM

Making the Move to College

Whether you’re moving to college for the first time as a freshman or returning for another semester, you may have some questions. How do I get my stuff to campus? What do I need to pack? What should I leave at home? We’ve gathered answers to help you through this transition. We know it can feel crazy to try and fit your life into a dorm room or tiny apartment – but we’re here to help! Our tips and college packing checklist will help you make sure you don’t forget anything. It's time to get organized! Moving to college is a big life change, so do your homework before moving day (no pun intended).

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Moving to College for the First Time

If you’re preparing for your first semester away from home, there are a few steps to take before you leave.

1. Call the Housing Office. Give them a call to confirm your dorm assignment and make sure you actually have a place to live. This is also a great time to ask when your move-in date will be, find out dimensions of your new room, and learn who your roommate will be. 

2. Get to know your roommate. If you went potluck and don't know your future roommate, add them as a friend on Facebook or send them an email. Now is a great time to learn more about the person you'll be living with. Talk about when they’ll arrive on moving day, which bed they prefer and what they’re bringing with them. Discuss splitting the big purchases – if they can bring the microwave, maybe you can supply the mini-fridge.

3. Go shopping!  Even if you’ll be bringing your bedding and decor from home, there are likely a few items you’ll need to buy to make dorm life easier. But before you go shopping, make sure you check with your college for any restrictions so you don’t purchase any  any prohibited items – for example, some dorms don’t allow hot plates or coffee pots.

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Checklist for Moving to College

As you may know, most dorm rooms come equipped with basic furniture: bed, desk, dresser (or storage of some sort), and a closet or wardrobe. The rest is up to you. And that’s where a good checklist comes in VERY handy. While it’s not advisable to pack everything but the kitchen sink, there are some things that you definitely don’t want to be without.

To make sure nothing is overlooked, U-Pack has created an awesome printable college packing list . Just print it off, and keep it with you throughout the process. The list outlines everything you’ll need for the bedroom, bathroom, laundry, and even your medicine cabinet.

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Have any questions about college moving?

If you have questions about what to pack for college, how to move to college, or moving with U-Pack, let us know by leaving a comment. We know that this time in your life is a big transition, and you probably have lots of questions. We’re happy to help in any way.

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