The ultimate moving to college checklist

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The ultimate moving to college checklist

There is a lot to keep in mind when packing and preparing for college and university life. Below is a list of ideas and suggestions to help you stay organised as you get ready for the big move. Have a discussion with your room-mate in advance so you both know who is going to bring what, bearing in mind that space is limited it’s a key factor to avoid duplication of items in your room. When it comes to transport there are a few options, you could use a reliable man and van service, you could ship the items by ParcelForce or you could rely on the Mum or Dad Taxi service. As excited as you may be avoid the temptation of buying anything until you have moved in and worked out what can go where, only then should you head down to Ikea to buy your furniture. Your room mate will probably chip in towards the furniture and bedding etc. so you can share the cost. Also when picking house mates to move in with have a look at this article for a bit of fun.

Bedding supplies

Find out early what size bed you will be using. Is it a single, double, twin or a twin extra long bed? Some of the items you need to include are:

  • Bed sheets and duvet covers
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Mattress pad
  • Throw over or comforter

Bath and toiletries

Find out what bathroom and toilet facilities there are. Will it just be you and your room mate or will you be sharing with another room? You should also consider portability when buying bath supplies, particularly if you will own a private bath.  So, think about items like:

  • Bathrobes and towels
  • Cosmetics  and lotions
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Feminine products
  • Tissues
  • Shower shoes
  • Medications and Disinfectant spray

Laundry facilities

Know where your laundry facilities are situated. Are they close to your room? Do you pay to use them? You will need:

  • Detergents, lint brush and stain removers
  • Cloth hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Iron and ironing board

School supplies

Enquire as to what your institution already offers, and what you wish to add. Remember to carry essentials like;

  • Laptop and tablet
  • Books that are not provided
  • Calculators and other electronics
  • All the important stationery

Room needs and decor

Find out what furniture is available in your room and what can be added and what can be removed. Know what items are allowed in these rooms. Some schools do not allow nails, blue-tak and tape on wall surfaces. However, carry some of these items to make the room more comfortable to live in;

  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp and bedside lamp
  • Curtains
  • Bean bag/chair
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Camera
  • Gaming consoles
  • Stereo, iPod player

Cooking supplies

Even if you have a school cafeteria, there will be times you want to prepare something of your own, in your room. However, know your school’s policy concerning cooking, particularly with electronics such as coffee makers, hot plates, George Foreman griddles and microwaves. Other things you might consider carrying include;

  • Coffee cups, coffee filters, and coffee pot
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Dorm refrigerator
  • George Foreman griddle
  • Britta water filters etc

All in all, try to think about unique situations you might encounter when in college and carry an item to solve them. Lastly, find a good removal company that fits your moving needs, no need to bother your parents. At BYMV (Book your Man with a Van) we offer a pocket friendly move to students all over London and other UK cities. Find out more about our student removal services here and claim your 10% discount when you call!

Article written by Simon Gare

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