College Checklist for Move in Day

Last updated on May 9, 2019

Moving into your new dorm can be a stressful and confusing time. Below are some resources to help you start off on the right foot with your roommate, how deal with your parents and how to get a great start to your college career.

College Move In Day: Set the dorm room rules early

Talk to your roommate about the room rules as early as possible, ideally on college move in day after your parents leave. This will help you both agree and ensure there was no confusion later on. See our college dorm tips page for more info.

College Checklists For Freshman

The key to having the best experience while moving into your dorm for the first time is to be prepared. College checklists are a great way to make sure you pack everything you need before you and parents pack of the car and head off to college. There are many college checklists out there, here are a few we liked:

Hit up your parents for items on your college checklist before you move in

Try to convince your parents to buy you everything on your college checklist before you move in so you don’t have to buy it later with your own money. Many parents are more than happy to open their wallets to buy things for their children because they justify everything as helping you be more comfortable and help you get a great education. If you milk it, they will pay.

Saying Goodbye To Parents: What to Expect

Parents handle letting go in different ways. Lots of mothers get emotional especially if child is an only child, the first child or the last child. Fathers either get emotional, act totally normal, or are in a rush to move you in and head back home.

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