Moving into a dorm room can be an overwhelming experience. There are many different aspects to think about. For many students, it is also the first time they are out on their own. This means learning how to do everything on your own, all while adapting to a new environment, people, and schedule.
Before you worry about all of this, however, you have to move all of your belongings into your new space. This is no small task, either. Fear not, because The Home Team is here to help! Check out these useful tips.
Budget – College is expensive enough on its own. Be sure you know you can afford your dorm room before you commit.
Location – How close do you want to be to your classes vs other things on campus. Many colleges let you choose from a few drom room choices so this is something you will definitely need to consider. Being farther from classes usually means being closer to restaurants, but closer to the classes means a shorter walk for those early morning classes.
Roommates – The people you live with will affect you on a daily basis. It can make or break your college experience. Choose wisely!
Amenities – What features do you want your living space to have? Ensuring that you are comfortable and have all the tools you need will help you be more successful.
Layout – How small is your living space? What shape is the room? Knowing this can help you figure out what to bring and what not to bring. Check out and measure your space ahead of time, if possible.
Start Looking Early
Everyone is eager to get their choice of dorm room. Many people will likely want the same room that you do. With this in mind, it is a good idea to start looking early. After all, the early bird gets the worm! If you wait too long, you will get stuck with whatever is left. Then you will have to figure out a way to make it work.
Read Your Contract Carefully
When you get your dorm room, you will have a rental agreement and it is important that you know the terms of your contract.
This way you will know what you can and can’t do. You don’t want to pack something that isn’t allowed or do something that will get you in trouble. You can also learn what amenities you will have access to and when. Knowing this information can better help you plan move-in day.
Dorm rooms are small. You likely won’t be able to bring all of your belongings with you. Therefore, it is a good idea to pack conservatively. Start with the most essential items, then start adding items that can help you make your dorm feel more like home. If you already know the dimensions of your space, this can be very helpful in deciding how much stuff you can bring.
If you don’t know the dimensions of your place, it’s best to keep your items to a minimum. You can always add more of your belongings later. You should also consider waiting to go shopping for supplies. You don’t know what other amenities you will have access to. Once you know what you need, you can get together with your roommates, figure out what you need, go shopping together, and split the costs.
Choose the Right Time To Move In
When it comes to moving in, most people have the same idea. They move in during the weekend when they don’t have work and other plans. Unfortunately, this means the dorm building get crowded.
Everyone will want to use the elevator to help carry all of their heavy items up to their floor. This means you either have to wait or take the stairs. After that, you will also have to make it around the maze of people standing in the hall chatting or also trying to move in. If at all possible, try to choose a weekday or off time to move in. You will thank yourself later!
Consider a Moving Company
Finally, remember that you don’t have to do everything yourself! Trying to carry everything on your own is exhausting. Instead, consider hiring some help from The Home Team and our expert movers can help you get settled in.
Finally, remember to relax. While moving into a new dorm can be stressful, there are plenty of positive aspects to look forward too. Moving in is just the beginning of a new adventure that is sure to inspire and teach you.