(Updated August 30, 2022)
It is high school graduation season, and many young adults are getting excited about planning their move to a new college campus soon. College moving can require a lot of heavy lifting up and down college dorm stairs and in and out of off-campus housing.
Moving for college is a pretty big step, both for the student and their parents. This will be the first big “solo” move for the kid and could very well be the last time the home they grew up in will only be seen for a few days or months at a time. That can be a stressful time for everyone in addition to the stress that’s part of any move.
So why not make it easier on everyone and at least consider hiring movers? While you make sure your college freshman has all of the supplies, linens, and furniture they need for the next step, why not let professional movers take care of everything else?
Moving for College Tips
Regardless of whether it’s an apartment or a dorm room, movers with experience understand that college students moving services is a full-time job. Local and cross-country college moving services require more than just a truck rental from a moving company. They require efficiency and, above all, affordability. They also require knowledge of storage and shipping options.
Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to planning and preparing for a college move. It could be a dorm, apartment, or summer storage unit where some students choose to keep belongings that won’t fit elsewhere or prepare for a move between years.
- Do your research – Find out what appliances and other commodities are already available at the dormitory or on campus. If there are already things there that you can use in a communal kitchen or bathroom, there is no point in packing and hauling them in. Most colleges will provide a checklist of items that you’ll need, so be sure to keep that handy.
- Don’t overpack – Separate what items are absolutely essential and what aren’t. Dorms or shared off-campus apartments are usually quite small and don’t have a lot of extra space. So, make a pile of what you plan to leave behind, then organize what you want to take. But don’t forget a few creature comforts to remind you of home.
- Plan your approach – If you can get a sketch or printed layout of your room with measurements, you may be able to plan on what things will fit properly and which ones you might need to leave behind. This will also help you save time when it comes to moving day, too. You won’t need to spend time moving your bed or chairs around multiple times until you find the right room position.
- Talk to your roommate ahead of time – Usually, your college should provide you with your new roommate’s name and contact information. It’s a good idea to contact your roommates ahead of time to see what they plan on bringing. Collaborating on what you could share in the space and what you want to keep separate could help eliminate confusion or extra clutter. You could even coordinate décor and furnishings to help make the space as comfortable as possible.
Moving away to college, packing for the trip, and saying goodbyes to friends and family can be a stressful and emotional time. Hiring our experienced team at Smooth Move People to help pack and deliver materials to your new college campus is a great way to minimize new school jitters. It can also help get you established as quickly as possible.
Contact us today for information on our low moving rates and to get your move scheduled! We provide free moving estimates and offer full-service moving trucks and crews, packing supplies, and more. And with our customer service and experience, we’ll help make your short- and long-distance moves as stress-free as can be.