Moving to Your New Dorm? Don’t Forget These 4 Things

Moving to Your New Dorm? Don’t Forget These 4 Things
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    For many young adults, moving into a dorm will be their first experience moving and living away from their family.

    If you are preparing to move into a college dorm, you will learn quickly that planning ahead is the key to a smooth moving process.


Here are four tips for moving into a college dorm.

Get a Packing List

Your college will send you a list of things to pack. You will also receive a list of things you don’t have to pack, because the college supplies these items in the dorm room already.

If you haven’t received a list, you may be able to find one on your school’s student housing website. Some items that will probably be on the list include bedsheets, laundry supplies, and shower supplies.

Meanwhile, dorm rooms are typically furnished with beds, desks, chairs, lamps, and dressers, so there’s no need to pack or bring these items.

Contact Your Roommates or Suitemates

There are some dorm room items that you will have to share with your roommates or suite mates. These items may include a minifridge, coffeemaker, television set, kitchen utensils, and more.

To decrease confusion and lessen the need to pack and bring everything, coordinate with your roommates to figure out who brings what.

Usually, you will receive contact information for who you will room with soon or after you receive your housing assignment.

Recruit Help

Chances are, you won’t be able to move everything by yourself. Ask for help from family and friends.

You can also look into a professional moving company with experience moving items between dorms and apartments. Along with able-bodied movers, you will also need specialized moving tools, like dollies and carts.

Don’t Forget a Toolkit

Ideally, you should have your own toolkit. On move-in day, the tools will be useful for hanging artwork and framed photos, setting up furniture, or tightening up loose screws around the room.

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If something breaks or malfunctions sometime during the school year, a toolkit is also useful to have if you own one already. You don’t need a large, complete toolkit for your dorm room, either.

Choose a small one with a few basic tools that’s small enough to be stored under your bed or at the end of your closet shelf.

Moving can be chaotic, but it doesn’t need to be. By planning ahead and recruiting help when necessary, you can streamline the process and start your new life off on the right foot.

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