**We apologize, this post is in the process of being updated, and should be finished in the next 48 hours.**  UPDATED: 11/8/18

We’ve Helped Over 10,000 Students Move In To College!

 

COLLEGE MOVE-IN DAY IS EXCITING, but it’s important to be organized and have a plan when you arrive.  While you can usually expect traffic on campus and crowds in the stores, a little bit of planning will help provide you with an easy transition back to school. Using our comprehensive college move-in guide, we’ll make sure that you’re prepared, and can start the year off on the right foot!

With over a decade of experience helping students during college move in and move out, we’re experts at preparing for the beginning of the year — and you can bet we’ve been taking notes along the way. After all of our research, we’re confident our college move-in guide will ensure that you’re ready, too.

 

 

 

From Move-In Checklists To Dorm Products, This Is The Ultimate College Move-In Guide

 

 

This college move-in guide will help you understand what you need to do to get ready for college. We’ll show you how to prepare over the summer, what to do when you arrive on campus, and how to stay on track during first semester! You’ll get tips to help manage your academic and social calendars, and we’ll try an help you manage your new responsibilities and freedom.

 

 

 

 

PART 1: OVER THE SUMMER

PART 2: JUST BEFORE LEAVING

PART 3: ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS

PART 4: ONCE YOU’RE SETTLED

 

 

 

 

OVER THE SUMMER

If you plan ahead during the summer, you can get a lot of preparations figured out ahead of time.  It will be helpful to think about class and living situations in a calm environment.  Even if all you do is read through important academic deadlines, you can save yourself a lot of headache in the future.

 

 

 

Successful students set themselves up to avoid failure.

 

 

 

MAKE A PLAN NOW SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WHEN YOU’RE BUSY

When we talk to college graduates, they often look back in amazement at their level of activity in college. Students keep track of a dizzying array of classes, activities, jobs, and social schedules.

With so many new activities and friends, your weekdays will be packed to the brim, and you’ll have plans every weekend. That makes it even more important to make sure you have a good weekly plan. Sticking to a schedule will help your physical and mental performance, and is closely correlated with academic success.

 

“Once classes starts things get hectic very fast. So, I recommend taking a few moments in advance to create a weekly schedule and then sticking to it! Include all your weekly activities like classes, club and group meetings, and even regular study times. By planning regular study times, you’ll stay ‘on track’ academically.”
Idalene Kesner
DEAN OF THE KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, INDIANA UNIVERSITY

 

We recommend getting in the habit of using a calendar now, so that you don’t forget any deadlines or meetings. Use an app or program that you can access from both your computer and your phone, to make sure you can easily add things on the run or during class. We recommend using Google Calendar, which has these features and can connect with Gmail to automatically record confirmation emails.

 

 

 

ADD THESE REMINDERS TO YOUR CALENDAR SO YOU DON’T FORGET

Every school’s deadlines are different, so make sure to check your school’s website.

Class Enrollment Opens (August)

We don’t actually think you’ll forget the first day you get to sign up for classes, but it’s good to get into the habit of keeping an organized calendar.
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Last Day To Drop Classes (September-October)

Most schools allow you to try out classes before committing to them. Don’t feel bad switching things before this date! That’s what this option is for.
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Family Holidays and Birthdays

Call your mom on her birthday! Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean that you don’t have any responsibilities. Set all of the important dates in your calendar so that you receive a reminder. Better yet, go to Postable.com and schedule delivery dates of hand-written greeting cards.
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Start Internship or Job Search

Most students don’t start an internship until the summer after Sophmore year, but you don’t want to miss application deadlines, because many are early.  Some companies collect resumes at your school’s first semester career fair.  Most companies will be searching for candidates 5-8 months before the start date.
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First Football Game (September)

If your college is lucky enough to have a good athletics program, take advantage of it! Football is the first major sports season of the school year, and you’ll want to mark the first day of tailgating!  Even if you don’t like football, surely you like grilling and lawn games.
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Begin The Search For Next Year’s Living Situation (November)

We know it’s early to start planning next year’s college move-in day, but if you plan on living off-campus, next year, you’ll need to start figuring things out quickly.  Just set the alarm for now so that you can forget about it.  The best locations are typically up for grabs each year, but you have to act early.
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Start Planning For Spring Break (October)

The best deals of vacation packages and flights are 30-60 days out.  We recommend comparing options at that point so that you can have a memorable, reasonably-priced vacation, and can arrange things before friends make other plans.
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Application For Going Abroad (October or January)

Are you planning on going abroad this year or next year? Add the application deadlines to your calendar so that you don’t miss the opportunity to spend a semester abroad!
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Rush A Fraternity Or Sorority (August or January)

While the dates of rush vary from school to school, it typically occurs at the beginning of the semester.  We recommend taking advantage of the free meals and activities.  Make sure to check the schedule ahead of time, because at some schools rush occurs during school breaks.
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