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The transition to college is already a big change for anybody, especially if it is your first time moving away from home. For many students, this can be a stressful and overwhelming situation. Whether you’re moving to another city or down the road, these tips can help you make the move stress free so that you can focus on settling in.

What’s in your housing?

Communal housing and dormitories all come with different items that help you ease into an independent life. Dorms sometimes can be pretty basic and offer you all of the furniture you will need. Other times, you may be moving into a bare room and have to outfit it completely yourself.

MOVING INTO A DORM:

-look online, find the list of amenities that the dorm has and make a list of the things its missing

-get in touch with your soon-to-be roommates, see what they’re bringing and allocate who brings what

-a few months before, search online to see what deals you can find on used websites such as Kijiji, Craigslist etc. Remember that every other college student that was living in residence last semester is likely getting rid of some of their furniture and items while they move. Maybe they will be perfect for your new room!

-Look up the dorms policies. Sometimes candles or other items are not allowed and should just be left at home.

MOVING INTO AN APARTMENT:

-heavily consider the commute to and from school. Living within walking distance or on a bus route will drastically change your college life for the better.

-get to know the neighborhood. Whether a neighborhood is predominantly student filled or not can help you decide which area is best to move to depending on your social life.

-Try your best to make a realistic budget for living expenses. For people moving out of home for the first time, it can be hard to know exactly how much you will need for bills, groceries, etc. Pro tip: if you are going to be taking the bus to and from school, look into the cost of a student transit pass and make sure to add it into your budget.

MOVE IN DAY

PLAN. Chances are that move in day, or even move in a week is going to be hectic. Stick to your essentials first and move the other stuff later. If you don’t have your picture frames up the first day, no problem, but if you don’t have your bed sheets that might be uncomfortable. Offer a hand to other people moving into your dorm if you finish up early. It’s a great way to help out and even make new friends.