Tips for Moving Off Campus

Moving off campus is an exciting step in your college career! This step may seem stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Preparation is key for a great moving experience. 


Stacked moving boxes in a white room


  • If you’re living on your own for the first time, you may need to buy or borrow some essentials that you’ve never needed before. We made a basic packing checklist with essential items to bring with you off campus. If your housing comes furnished, you may be able to skip over a few items.

  • If you're living with roommates, coordinate with them in advance to make sure you don't end up with duplicates of items.

  • Moving from far away? Consider bringing just the essentials and wait to buy all the extras when you arrive or order online so they can be delivered right to where you live.

  • Remember to update your mailing address in your university records.

  • If possible, enlist help from friends or family on moving day. You may be able to lift the boxes by yourself, but moving a couch may be a bigger challenge. Be sure to thank them and provide them with something to drink and some snacks as well.

  • Bring air fresheners or candles (if allowed by your complex) when you move in. Every new home or apartment comes with its own unique smells, so this can be a great way to make your place seem a little more like home.

  • Clearly label your boxes. You'll save a lot of time if you can carry each box into the correct room the first time around. Consider making one box with all the essentials you will need your first night so you don’t have to unpack everything the day you move in.

  • Bring extension cords and power strips. Very few people take note of the power outlets when they tour apartments, so it's a good idea to come prepared on moving day.

  • Make sure you have everything you need to get your key on moving day. Many complexes or neighborhoods will ask for a deposit, paperwork, or some other details before you can officially move in.