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Moving to College Checklist

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It's time for that anticipated transition of college life away from home. What can you do to make this move easy and what kinds of items might be practical for dorm life or a shared apartment?
Many college students leave their room at home pretty well stocked for when they come back on breaks. So having a new room and starting a new phase in your life could be a good time to change styles. That may mean getting a new bed set and a cool lamp or posters. There will also be treasured items from home that you'll want to bring with you, like maybe a favorite chair or blanket.
Here are some other items that may help to make your dorm life more comfortable. If possible, coordinate with your new roommate to see what he/she is bringing with them, and remember that space is usually limited. Note - Check with your school first about whether any or all of these items are allowed:
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Toaster oven
  • Blender Hot Pot
  • Garbage can
  • Dinnerware set
  • Flatware
  • Storage containers
  • Closet organizer
  • Laundry basket
  • Iron or steamer
  • Bath towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddy
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Phone with answering machine
  • Picture frames
  • Door mirror
  • Stereo
Once you've gotten all your things together, it's time to move. Click here for packing tips. Most students drive to their new school with everything in the trunk or pulled in a trailer. But if the distances are too far, or you have too much stuff for one carload, your only other option is to ship things. This can get expensive, so pack with weight and safety in mind. You may want to purchase items, like the ones listed above, once you get to your destination instead. If you're shipping items ahead of you and catching a plane, make sure to have enough clean clothes, toiletries, etc. to last for a few days incase of delays or complications.
You may also want to consider getting renters insurance to cover any loss or theft while you're in the dorm.
If you're going to college in another city, be sure to get a FREE City Report with valuable information on where you'll be living. And check out our Crime Lab for statistics on where you'll be living.
College is probably your first step into the real world, so be prepared and enjoy it!
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