August is nearly here and college/university semesters are coming soon to a Campus near you (or your recent graduate). Moving from home to college comes with a unique set of circumstances unlike any other and without proper planning the start to your semester can throw you for a learning curve. Operating in a city with two of the best Universities in the country (UBC and SFU) has kept our local and long distance moving company quite busy during this time of the year, for many years. With that experience Best Choice thought we’d provide a few important tips on how to prepare for a successful home to college relocation.
5 Tips for Moving from Home to College
1. College Campus Housing Policy
Policies regarding moving into a dorm and the items allowed can vary from school to school. While dorm square footage limitations are an obvious factor to consider there are other regulations at play. Many campuses enforce strict guidelines against noise pollution so anyone planning on bringing their Bose surround sound home theater system should think twice. Certain appliances may also be forbidden to relieve the burden on the campus electricity bill. Every college will have an online student handbook that refers to these explicit details. If you still can’t find the information you’re looking for you can always call student services.
2. Campus Amenities & Dorm Furnishings
Large reputable campuses often have student residences with fully or partially furnished dorm rooms which can certainly reduce your relocation load. Your initial campus visit should address this fact but once again you can simply consult the student handbook or call to find out which appliances, amenities, and furnishings are found within your dorm room or in common areas in close proximity.
3. Campus Housing Blue Print
Those with a penchant for serious homework (even before school starts) may consider researching the university to find a copy of the campus housing floor plan. Having a blueprint of the dorm building dimensions of the room, entrances and hallways will help you identify whether or not certain items (e.g. futons, sofas, etc…) will fit.
4. Dorm Roommate Shared Possession Comparison
You should be able to get information on your dorm roommate from the school a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Whether with a phone call or over social media (if profiles are visible) you can then open the lines of communication. Doing so not only offers a friendly introduction it allows you to exchange information and discover which “household” items you may want to share. This will serve to reduce the overall load you and your roommate will have to bring to campus. Items that could be considered redundant in a small dorm space include entertainment centers, small refrigerators, sofas, and so forth. Figure out who has the “best” of each to maximize function and entertainment without taking up limited space with duplicate items.
5. On-Campus & Off-Campus Storage
Find out if there is storage available on campus for student storage. Also determine among your possessions which are not very practical to keep on-campus. For example, a 12 foot stand-up-paddle board or kayak may serve you well in the early autumn and spring around the UBC shoreline but not so much in the dead of winter. If the university doesn’t have on-campus storage to accommodate your unique needs then seek competitively priced (you’re a student after all) storage facility in the area.
If you are the parent/guardian of a student preparing for a relocation for the next semester, or are one yourself, please contact our Vancouver Moving Company today and get a head start on the logistics of your academic journey.