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Moving into university housing takes a lot of planning. But while a dorm room move may come with tons of emotions and stress, you can facilitate the transition by avoiding these common mistakes students and parents make.

Bringing too much

One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning a move to university housing is buying way too much stuff. When you begin to get things together for move-in day, keep in mind that dorm rooms are tiny. Remember to shop for only the necessities when you head to the store because you want to live comfortably without being crammed. Here are some things you should avoid bringing when moving to school:
  • Desk chair
  • Toaster
  • School supplies
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Furniture
Your dorm room will undoubtedly have enough desk or computer chairs for every resident, as well as furniture like a bed frame, mattress, desk and dresser. Most schools don't allow toasters in the dorms because of fire safety issues, so it's best to leave that at home. Don't worry about school supplies until you've had a chance to go to your classes and assess your needs. The university bookstore will have everything you need. Lastly, don't bring any kitchen supplies or utensils that need to be cleaned -- it's better to use plastic utensils you can just throw away after a single use.

Not bringing enough

Another major mistake when moving to school is not bringing enough stuff. Sometimes, people get caught up in the mindset that they'll have too many items to move into their dorm rooms and they leave some of the most important things at home. Again, prior to move-in day, identify the necessities, the luxury items and the "DO NOT BRING" list. Here are some items you should definitely pack for school:
  • Clothes
  • Laundry materials
  • Alarm clock
  • Mini fridge and microwave (if permitted)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Flip flops
  • Zipper bags and plastic containers
  • Garbage bags
  • Water
  • Plastic utensils
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Sheets and bedding
  • Laptop and charger
  • Power strips
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit

Not knowing university policies

Before planning your move into university housing, it is extremely important to be aware of university regulations and moving policies. For example, you should know exactly what you can and cannot bring to your dorm room, as well as scheduling and specific rules for move-in day. Find out what day and time it is recommended that you move into your dorm, and also coordinate with your roommate(s) so each of you have sufficient space while moving in.

Mind the list of restricted items on your university's website, and be sure to ask resident assistants if you have any questions. It's always a good idea to leave your pets at home during a dorm room move, and it should go without saying that it's never a good idea to bring your entire family to school. University move-in day is stressful enough to begin with, so don't make matters worse by dragging along all of your siblings, your cousins, your aunts and your uncles. Make sure essential people are there, and make sure they're prepared to help you move in, get organized and then give you your space.

Now that you know what common mistakes to avoid making when moving to school, you can plan a stress-free dorm move-in day. Good luck at school!

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on November 6, 2014

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