Moving to College
Preparing for college move-in day
An endless summer might seem like a dream, but at some point, it will be time to pack up and head to college. Whether you’re moving in for the first time or returning for another year, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. Maybe you’re feeling emotional about leaving home, or maybe you’re pumped about the changes, but either way, the big move is coming. Let’s get prepared.
College moving tips
Even if you’ve moved before, moving to college has a lot of different things to consider. Space restrictions may mean leaving some things behind, and you may have to share space with a roommate. Plus, moving day can be hectic because multiple people are arriving at the same time. To help manage the process, here are the things to do before and on moving day.
What to do before move-in day
Get the details
The first thing to do is talk with the housing manager (either your dorm or apartment contact) to get the specifics. Find out the size of the room, what’s included (bed, dresser, etc.) and when the move-in date is. There could be different dates for fraternity or sorority members, athletes, band members or other groups, so it’s important to arrive at the right time. If you’re being assigned a roommate, get their information and reach out. Also ask if there will be help on moving day as many colleges have designated volunteers to assist.
The next step is gathering the items you need. This college moving checklist covers everything, so walk through that list and make sure it’s all ready. Talk with your roommate about some of the bigger items that you can share (you don’t want to wind up with two microwaves and no fridge).
Now that you’ve gathered everything that needs to go, it’s time to get it ready.
- Pack items in any containers that will stay in the room (suitcases, storage bins, etc.).
- Tape any drawers or lids shut to prevent items from spilling during transit.
- Pack everything else in moving boxes. They’re easy to stack and can be recycled or given away after the move.
- Wrap fragile items in Bubble Wrap® or packing paper to protect them.
- Use wardrobe boxes for clothing (plastic bags can rip and damage the clothes inside).
- Label everything with your name, dorm or room information and the contents of the box.
- Pack an “open first” box with cleaning supplies, a fan (if it’s going to be hot outside), scissors and tools.
- If your school doesn’t provide move-in day help, you might want to pack a push cart or dolly to get things inside. Just don’t forget to send it with your parents when they leave.\
Figure out how to get things to school
If the college is nearby and your parents are also coming along, you might be able to get everything into both of your vehicles for the short drive. But if you need a little more space, you might consider a rental truck. However, trucks can be tough to maneuver on a busy campus, and it may be way more space than you need.
U-Pack is a great option for long-distance student moving. Prices are comparable to truck rental, but we do the driving. Our ReloCube containers are ideal for students — one Cube holds the contents of a studio apartment or dorm, and it fits in a standard parking space. There’s no truck to drive, no equipment to park, and nothing to return after the move.
U-Pack can deliver your equipment the day before move-in to avoid the crazy traffic (you get three business days to unload). And we’ll pick up the equipment when you’re done. Getting everything to campus is easy with U-Pack. Get a free moving quote to check rates. We recommend reserving as soon as possible to ensure availability on the busy move-in weekend.
College move-in day tips
- Wear comfortable clothing. Closed-toe shoes and clothing that’s easy to move in is ideal.
- Prepare for the weather. If it’s going to be hot, this isn’t the day to wear your new school sweatshirt. If you have to make lots of trips to the car or moving equipment in the sun, bring a hat and sunscreen.
- Give yourself plenty of time. Traffic on the way can be an issue, especially if you’re moving in at the same time as other students. If you have a scheduled arrival time, give yourself plenty of time to get there.
- Get the keys upon arrival. Before carrying things to the dorm, get your keys and unlock the door. You don’t want boxes to sit in the hallway while you find your hall director.
- Map out the route to the room. The front elevator may be really busy, so look for alternatives. If you only have a few flights to go up, the stairs might be the best bet.
- Have someone keep an eye on your things. If you have to leave anything in the parking lot, either lock the car or moving container or have someone stay behind to watch.
- Clean the room. Before you unpack, give the room a good once-over. Even if it was cleaned at move-out, it’s been sitting all summer. A freshen-up is worth the time.
- Unpack functional items first. Get the fridge set up so you have cold drinks, put hand soap out, and make the bed so it’s ready in case you don’t finish before bedtime.
- Stay hydrated. Don’t get so busy that you forget to eat and drink. You need the energy!
Start planning your move to college
It’s never too early to begin gathering items, packing and scheduling a college moving company. Get a moving quote to begin. Call us at 800-413-4799 with any questions. We’re happy to help!