Gearing up to move to university this March? Despite what the Hollywood films might have you believe, you’re probably going to need more than a stack of books and a slab of beer to get you through your first semester. Luckily, a bit of organisation is all it takes to start off your academic career on the right foot.
From flatmate tips to packing techniques, our seven essential tips for move-in day have got you covered.
At first, packing may seem like a no brainer. Clothes? Check. Toiletries? Check. Food? Check. But, a little bit of research can go a long way to make sure you arrive with everything you need – and leave behind everything you don’t. Whether its kitchen appliances or cleaning supplies, check your school’s housing website to find out what’s included with your lodging before you sacrifice valuable car space carting an unnecessary second microwave cross-country.
Thanks to the magic of social media, you won’t have to wait until the big day to meet your flatmates, which means you can forgo the awkward introductions on the morning of the move. While you may be less than overjoyed that your new roomie happens to be a vegan, gluten-free yoga junkie, you’ll be able to coordinate move-in times and avoid doubling-up on supplies, saving you time, money and stress.
Once you know what you need – and who you’re living with – make a plan to get all your belongings to your new home in one piece. Start by organising a moving van hire before peak season sees the fleet sell out, then, organise your arrival. Chances are you won’t be the only student moving in that day, so knowing where your dorm (and its nearest car park) is located is essential.
Before you get the boxes out and get your belongings in, take a tour of your own home and put pen to paper on things you use on a daily basis. Not only will a list help guide you in your packing, it will also make a handy inventory, ensuring nothing gets left behind come move-in day.
Collapsible cardboard boxes are a god-send when it comes to moving house, but once they’re packed and sealed, they’re impossible to differentiate. Avoid tearing open every box in a frantic search for your phone charger by marking each one clearly. Be sure to also mark your name and room number on each box in case any of your things get swapped in the shuffle.
While friends and family make great moving hands, squeezing a car-load of people into your new pint-sized space may not be the best way to have a stress free move. Keep things streamlined by giving everyone who tags along a task, from keeping an eye on the car and unpacking boxes to grabbing groceries and getting rid of rubbish.
Once the planning and packing is complete and your move is well underway, the only thing left to do is stay calm. While unpredictable circumstance like traffic, weather and nerves are bound to throw a few complications your way, your moving day is sure to give way to a year’s worth of fun and excitement – so sit back and enjoy the ride.
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