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Student Moving

So you’re ready to move? There are a couple of things you should probably know before you pick up and leave. The very first thing you should do is track down a copy of your college’s on-campus housing policy. The policy will vary by college, so it’s a good idea to read-up on it before you make your move. You can usually find a copy of the policy online or in your student handbook.

Do a little recon

You already know where you’ll be living, so why not check out social media sites and see who you’ll be living with. It doesn’t hurt to have a little background info on people before you meet them.

Of course, you’re moving out into the world-finally. But now is a good time to just take a little time to figure out a few things with your parents before you hit the road.


You’ll need to make sure you’re covered by health insurance and renters insurance. Most colleges have made health insurance a mandatory requirement, so make sure you have your own or you’re covered under your parents. Taking out Renters insurance is a smart move, it doesn’t cost much and can make all the difference if the worst should happen.


Check online to see whether you bank has any branches nearby. If there aren’t any or their just too far away from campus to reach easily, you might want to think about changing banks to avoid withdrawal fees you’ll be charged for using other banks ATMs.

Cell Phone

this is going to be your lifeline to your home, so you need to make sure that your plan is up to the extra usage that it will incur when you move out. Double check that there are no extra fees for out of state or long distance calls.

Shiny stuff

You’re going to be moving into a house or dormitory full of strangers, so it’s probably a good idea to label all of your valuables with your name and address or cell number. You can buy permanent markers at your local office supplies. Make sure you draw up a list of all of your items and stick it somewhere safe.

Unless you’re parents are going to help you move, you are probably going to need a moving company to ship your stuff to your new home. There are a lot of scam artists out there who are interested in doing nothing but parting you from what little money you have, so, before you call that number on Craigslist, read through the articles we’ve listed at the bottom of this page so you know what to avoid. When you’re done, we’d advise you to use our moving company locater to find a legitimate mover.

Packing List

Here’s a list of stuff you’ll need to take with you. Remember, every campus has a list of items that are not allowed, so make sure you check online or read your student handbook before you decided to pack that set of Samurai swords your brother gave you for your birthday last year.

  • Towels
  • Calculator
  • Set of screws
  • Printer
  • Pain Killers
  • Post-it labels
  • Toiletries
  • First Aid kit
  • A portable Fan
  • Dvd’s/CD’s
  • Music player
  • A bedside lamp
  • A small Trash can
  • Laundry bag
  • Paper for the printer
  • Clothes hangers
  • Hammer and nails
  • Detergent and softener
  • Laptop computer
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils


  • Scissors, ruler, stapler (and remover) and staples
  • Alarm clock (or use the one on your phone or MP3 player)
  • Linen-pillows, pillow cases, sheets, Blankets and comforters

A month’s supply of any prescription meds


It’s going to be really easy to blow-off putting everything together until the very last moment: don’t! Start packing at least a month beforehand, that way you’ll have plenty of time to reorganize and change things around or add anything you forgot. Start with the things you don’t use very often. Buy a new supply of toiletries and put them in plastic bags, pack away next seasons clothes that you don’t need right now. Make sure that every box is sealed securely and clearly labeled with what’s inside. If it’s delicate double-pack it just to be sure and label the box FRAGILE! (This is especially important if you’re using a moving company.)

Speaking of moving companies! Make sure you call the company that’s going to be moving you and reconfirm with them the date and locations of the move at least 2 weeks before you are due to leave. That way, if anything goes wrong, you still have time to correct it or hire another moving company.

Before you do anything, take a look at the following articles, they’ll give you a good idea of what to look for before you hire anybody to help you move.

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