moving to college or university

Moving To College Or University

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Moving To College Or University

  Getting accepted into college or university away from home can be incredibly exciting. Once you have received your acceptance, you will have time to plan and organize the upcoming move.


If possible, plan a visit to the college before the study year begins. This way you can get acquainted, and familiarize yourself with the campus and its many buildings. You can also obtain maps and guidelines for new students. If you are not able to visit the campus prior to moving, request this information to be sent to you, so that you can gain an understanding of the campus layout. Where will you be living? If you plan to live on campus, it is common to be in a college dorm with a roommate that has been selected by the college or university. You can inquire if there are single dorms available, if you prefer to live alone. Find out what the dorm buildings include, kitchen, shared bathroom? This way you will be prepared. If you will be living off-campus, will you need to find a roommate? Knowing your options and deciding where to live should be done a few months prior to making the move. Each college campus might have different move in regulations. Make sure to check your move in date, and what procedure to follow. Some campuses have set dates, others have a window of dates. On some campuses, if you are found to be in the residences prior to move in date, you will be fined.

How To Move Your Belongings

Once it has been determined if you will be living on or off campus, and the size of your new home, you can then decide what to move and how to move it. If you will be moving to college or university from your parent’s home, you might not have a lot of stuff that needs to be moved, no large pieces of furniture. For those who already have a car, it might be possible to load it with your worldly belongings and drive yourself to college. If you will need a little more space, consider renting a trailer. For larger amounts of items being moved, maybe including some furniture pieces, renting a truck or hiring a moving company might be the way to go. After researching both options and receiving Estimates, it is advised that you secure your booking with a company as early as possible. This way you should be able to receive your belongings on time, prior to your studies beginning.


Give yourself time to sort through your belongings and pack what you’ll be taking. If you’re going to be moving into a dorm on campus, make sure to know any polices or regulations on what is and is not allowed. Pack a First Day Essentials box and keep all important paperwork and documents with you throughout the moving process. If you’ll be renting a truck and moving yourself, it’s a good idea to understand What Size Moving Truck Should You Use and How to Load a Moving Truck. With all the planning and packing for the move to college, remember to also spend time planning the academic side. You will need books and supplies. There’s an app, Campus Books that allows you to search for books online and get the best deals. Recommended Reading What Will Be Included In Your Job Relocation Package? Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

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Bell, CA 90201
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 102
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Suite L. Oakland, CA 94621
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 135
New York
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Secaucus, NJ 07094
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Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

Movers who packed my things up in NY were great. I was also very impressed with how clear everything was, how fast the move coordinator Eric was with getting back to me. Read more testimonials

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Feb 11, 2024

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Ria B.
Jan 10, 2024

Everything went smoothly with CA-NY Express Movers. They packed up my apt in NYC in no time, put it into storage for me while we found our new house. Read more testimonials

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