‘Twas the night before move-in day and all through the states, every student was stirring with anticipation, as they had to wait!
It is finally the time of year when Ann Arbor welcomes a new rush of incoming students. Accompanying this flow of people is a hurricane of emotions. The excitement of a new environment and way of life can easily make you nervous. However, as soon as you’re settled down in your room, it is easy to get hyped up for all of the new friends and experiences that are headed your way. Here are some tips to help ease the move-in process and to get to all of this excitement even quicker.
1. Crossing the t's and dotting the i's: First things first, complete all of the tasks on the University Housing Residence Hall check-list. The best way to avoid any major move-in day debacles is to know where and when your move-in is. Also, make sure to look at your housing assignment to find measurements for your room and roommate information!
2. Packing: Next comes move-in day preparation! My major suggestion is to be smart about your packing. University Housing provides their list of suggestions of things to bring to campus. For me a power strip, lounge chair, clip light, and coffee pot were my life lines for surviving my first year in the dorms. Know how you want to configure your room? Thinking of lofting or trundling your bed? Have no idea what a trundle is? Well check out this handy guide on our modular furniture to help give you an idea!
3. Arrival: The first thing you will want to do upon arriving at your building is to head inside to the Community Center. The workers here can help point you in the right direction of your room. This is incredibly helpful, so you’re not carrying your life for the next 9 months up and down hallways searching for the correct room.
4. Moving Your Stuff: After you find your room location, I highly advise you to utilize the Move-In Makers. These volunteers are the real MVPs. Not only will they help you move your belongings into your new home, but they are a great source for directions and are available to answer any question you might be struggling with as you move-in. It’s also a plus because it will get everything moved quickly and efficiently so we don’t have a back up in front of the dorms.
5. Make it Your Own: As you get settled, think about rearranging the furniture to make the most of your space. The rooms are small, so consider lofting your bed to make more space under it. Try different arrangements to maximize the amount of space available, you have more room than you think you do.
Some final advice is to stay hydrated. Moving in the middle of August with hundreds of kids in a compact space makes for a sweaty day. Make sure you are taking care of yourself in this heat. Also, tensions may be running high on move-in day, but just make sure to be grateful to those helping you and remember that you starting college is probably an anxious time for them as well. And last but not least, don’t forget to tweet with #askumich and our Campus Information team will tweet you back to answer any of your questions that come up during your move in! Good luck in your new home and...