Moving tips for students

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: December 5th, 2014

Moving out of your home in order to enroll in university is definitely exciting. This is a big step for you and the time when you are going to face the real world for the very first time. It might sound scary, but actually it is quite fun. Many people say that the years you spend at University are the best in your life, and there is definitely some truth hidden behind these words.

College DormChances are that if you are moving out home, first you are going to move in a dormitory. You should consider several things if you want the process to go smoothly and without hassle.

Most universities usually offer very good conditions at their dormitories, so you are going to feel pretty comfortable at your new place. It is quite understandable that you would not want to bring too much items with you to start your new life with. That requires a lot of effort and is most likely to turn out to be unnecessary. The problem is that you might go to the dormitory and realize you did not take some item of vital importance to you, and the university does not provide it either. In order to avoid such unpleasant surprises, you should get in touch with the relevant authorities in advance and just ask. They will gladly provide you with an up-to-date list of the items your room is going to be provided with. Do not forget about asking for the services provided too – these include internet, cable TV and so on.

Another problem that might arise is that even if the dormitory does not provide an item that you want, you would not be allowed to bring it with you when you move in. So, check the regulations of the building. In that way you are going to avoid the quite unpleasant situation in which you just bring bulky items of furniture or appliances back and forth.

Most dormitories offer laundry and cooking common areas, so at least you will not have to think about those things. But it still remains a fact that you will have to get some spoons, plates and forks with you, so do not forget to pack them.

Do not forget to ask about the insurance of the room you are going to move in. It is a common practice that the universities pay for the full insurance of the buildings their dormitories are in, exclusive for the insurance for stolen properties. It is always a good idea to have that information in advance.

Last but not least, you have to consider how you are going to move your items. Are your parents going to help you? Do you have to hire a man and van contractor for the job? If you are thinking about getting help from a professional contractor, have in mind that most man and van companies offer very attractive discounts for students’ relocations at the beginning of each academic year, so just check them out.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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