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Tips for College Students Managing Yearly Moves Back to School


As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, many college students will be returning to student housing. For some, this will be their first experience of living in a dorm. For others, returning to school has become almost routine. Regardless, moving back to school can be a hassle. So whether you’re a wide-eyed freshman or seasoned senior, here are four tips for managing the yearly move back to school.

Establish a Productive Routine

Moving in and out of student housing, like all things in life, can become routine. Therefore, it’s important to develop productive habits right from the start. If you’re just dumping everything on the bed your first day and scrambling to get everything back on the last day, chances are you’ll continue that trend. So instead, try to remain as organized as possible. Once you’ve moved into your room, ask yourself questions like:

  • What items do I wish I had brought with me?
  • What could I have left home?
  • What should I have unpacked first?

And don’t be afraid to start thinking of how best to pack up and move out at the end of the school year. As we said, you don’t want to start the habit of last-minute scrambling.

Storage Bins & Boxes

While you can certainly buy a bunch of boxes at the beginning and end of every school year, why waste the money? Most college dorms, resident halls, and off-campus housing have small storage areas for students. If you are lucky enough to live in such a spot, take advantage. Purchase some reusable storage bins and store them. Now you have one fewer thing to worry about come moving time. If you decide not to get reusable storage bins, keep a lookout for discarded boxes and throw them into your storage area.

Think Before You Decorate

Decorating your dorm room is one of the best parts of move-in day. However, with a space you’ll only be occupying for nine to 10 months, your decorations are only temporary. So, when it comes to pictures, posters, or any other wall-mounted items, try to stay away from things that can damage your belongings, like safety pins or tape. Use removable wall fasteners instead.

Get a Storage Unit

If your college experience is taking you across the country or several hours from home, consider renting a personal storage unit. CitiWide Self Storage has a variety of unit sizes, so you don’t pay for what you don’t need, along with month-to-month payment and move-in specials. If you’re in the NYC area and looking for a home for your belongings between school years, CitiWide is here for you.

For more great storage tips and ideas, be sure to check out our other blog posts.

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