College Moving Guides
College is often the first time a student moves away from home. The journey ahead will be challenging and exciting, so pack well. There are some steps you can take to make the transition easier, starting with a smooth move into your new dorm or apartment and at a great price with uShip.
The easiest way to get an accurate, binding quote for your college move is to create a listing on uShip.com with all the details of your move. You will need to have an accurate timeframe when the move will take place, so be sure you know when move-in dates are for your apartment, dormitory, house or residence hall. Remember that summer is moving season, so the earlier you post your listing, the better.
Get A Quote
When creating your listing, you will be asked to input all the details of your move. This accurate, detailed information will attract capable transporters to your listing. You can communicate with transporters using the Question and Answer forum on the listing. As you start to receive bids, field the transporters by checking out their uShip profiles, which contain information about their legal authority, experience, and feedback from previous customers. The transporter profile lends you a unique insight into the company. Your final decision should be based on your budget, criteria, time frame, and ability of the transporter to meet your needs.
What should I research before I choose a shipper?
- Verify with the Transport Authority
- Confirm insurance coverage
A legal moving company will be able to provide you with a Certificate of Insurance. This can be confirmed either by looking them up on safersys.org or calling the insurance company directly. If you are moving anything of value, it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance, which should be available from the moving company.
- Confirm payment terms
Where should I look for the best recommendations on shippers?
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What should I consider before I pack for college?
- Size of your residence
If you are moving into an on-campus dorm, you are likely going to have very limited space. Chances are you are not going to be able to fit that recliner that your mom has been trying to get rid of for years.
- Items your roommate is bringing
There is no point in having two microwaves. Well, that point is debatable, but you’ll have plenty of late nights to ponder it. Coordinate well and you will not waste space and money on unnecessary items.
- Size of your items
If you just have one large item that is keeping you from being able to fit everything you own in your car, it might be time to consider leaving your race car bed behind.
What are must haves for my college living space?
- Cleaning supplies
It’s important to clean your place before unpacking all of your stuff. You’ll need a broom, mop, disinfectant, paper towels and trash bags to get the job done. Even if you put these things under the sink and never touch them again, you’ll be happy to get a clean, fresh start on move in day. While you’re at it, grab some laundry detergent and dishwasher solution. You’ll need them eventually.
If you only manage to get one thing set up on the first night, make it your bed. You don’t want to have to unpack or move the rest of your stuff in with an achy back. This way, you can crash out and leave the rest for tomorrow.
Any interior decorator will tell you that you don’t want your television to be the main focus of your living room… but you’re in college! You are going to get to know your television really well. Also, your new pad is probably not going to be huge, so a large television may dictate a lot about how your living room is set up.
- Trash Cans
OK, so you were excited about getting your new TV set up, but now you need some essentials. The demand for garbage receptacles will become readily apparent soon enough.
The couch is a crucial element of any college apartment. Its strength lies in its versatility, with the potential to serve as a desk, dining area or extra bed. Don’t spend a fortune on your sofa, because it is going to take a lot of abuse. Really, that is a good rule for just about everything in college.
- Shower Curtain
Another less-than-exciting item that will become absolutely necessary. You’ll be glad you had your first apartment checklist when you can jump in the shower at the end of your move without flooding your bathroom. While you’re at it, why not grab some bathroom mats and new towels? Other bathroom essentials include a toilet brush, bathroom cleaner, hand soap, and your personal toiletries..
What living options do I have for college?
This is a common option when moving into an on-campus dorm. You may be asked to answer a few basic questions (i.e. Are you a smoker? Are you a morning person?), but for the most part, you are leaving your roommate pairing up to random chance. You may find a lifelong friend that you never would have met otherwise, or you could end up with someone who never seems to be around, but still manages to trash the place and eat all your food.
- Live with friends
Many see this as the safest bet when choosing a roommate. You have already known your roommate for a while, and already having a friend can be a huge comfort when entering a new stage in your life. Keep in mind, however, that there is a big difference between being friends with someone and living with them. Just because someone was your friend in high school does not mean they are going to be a great roommate, as it is difficult to gauge how they will adjust to living on their own.
- Search online
There is a multitude of online roommate-finders. These sites will usually allow you to create a profile with some information about yourself and let you browse through those of others in your area. This gives you a little background on your potential roomies, but it is important to remember that all the information in someone’s profile is their perception of themselves, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.
- Live at home
If you are not itching to get out of your parents’ house (and they will let you stay), this can be a comfortable and economic solution. College is expensive, and living at home is a good way to ease some of the financial burden. It may not be the “coolest” way to go, but at least the food is good!
- Live alone
This sounds lonely, and it can be, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about yourself. Living alone forces you to take accountability for everything you do, so you can see where you drift when left to your own devices.