8 Quick Tips to Get Prepared for College Move-in Day

By: Ryan Poppie Reading Time: 3 minutes

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Make your move as quick and convenient as possible. College move-in day is both really exciting and really chaotic. The dorms are buzzing with tons of new people and their families. Roommates are meeting for the first time, and old friends are reuniting. And, most or all, tons of stuff is getting hauled around.

College Move-In Day: 8 Preparation Tips for the Summer

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, making your move-in day more stressful than it needs to be. Luckily, there are tips and tricks that ensure students get to school with everything they need and move it all into a space they’re excited about. Here’s eight to try out the summer before:

  • Know What is Provided: The college will probably provide a bed, desk, and chair, but will they provide other furniture or accessories? Find out exactly what will be in the room on move-in day.
  • Check the Schedule: College officials manage the chaos of move-in day by scheduling move-in times usually based on the student’s last name. Make sure you know exactly when your window is so that you can make the most of the time.
  • Consult the Roommate: A college dorm is meant to be a shared space. Roommates should contact each other before move-in day to make some basic decisions about the dorm layout and the preferred living situation.
  • Talk to RAs: Resident Advisers (RAs) assigned to each floor or each dorm are a great source of insider information about college move-in day. Contact them if you have specific questions or concerns.
  • Pack Tools: It’s helpful to have basic tools like a screwdriver, pliers, and a hammer on hand for move-in day. Try to pack the tools and hardware you expect to need in advance to avoid emergency trips to the hardware store.
  • Pack for the Unexpected: As much as possible, try to pack things that could solve unexpected problems. These might include cleaning supplies, bottled water, a flashlight, scissors, or permanent markers.
  • Check the Weather: Look up the weather forecast in advance and dress accordingly. Many dorms do not offer covered parking, and the stairwells may not be air-conditioned. Bringing a change of clothes can be helpful.


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About Ryan Poppie

Ryan Poppie, President and Chief Bedmaker at The Beloit Mattress Company. He's not just a mattress maker but a true expert in sleep. Leading a 4th generation family business, Ryan uses his deep sleep knowledge to ensure every mattress made gives his customers the best rest possible. Each custom mattress is handcrafted to show his love for sleep and how it can improve our lives. With his team, Ryan's passion is to improve your quality of life through a better night's sleep.

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