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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » What Students Can Learn from Texas

What Students Can Learn from Texas

The great state of Texas

For many college students, moving equates to a bad experience. It requires so much energy and effort that it’s all-too easy to lose sight of how beneficial the pay-off is. Truth be told, moving is right up there next to divorce in terms of stress, but there are plenty of steps students can take to avoid making their next move a hassle.

Through a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin we were able to get in contact with an administrator named Marilyn. After she used Movers.com to find the right moving company, we conducted an interview to see how her own move went. We were pleasantly surprised when we got an unexpected education of our own.

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Consider the Amount of Time You Have to Move:

Many students are given a limited amount of time in which to move their belongings in and out of dorms. According to Marilyn, the University of Texas at Austin gives each student just one hour to vacate their dorm rooms. But other colleges like New York University do not have the same time constraints. Instead students are given a date to move in and out but do not have the pressing time restrictions. Rutgers University blends the two by class level. The school applies a one-hour time frame for incoming freshman only while upperclassmen are given specific move-in and move-out dates.

Time Saving Tips:

If you are moving back to your parents’ house, you may want to consider gradually bringing some of your smaller items home on weekend visits. Save larger items like furniture, bikes, and beds for the moving company on the day of the move. Alternatively, you can simply pre-pack some things that you know you won’t need in the weeks leading up to moving day and keep them stowed away beneath a bed or inside a closet.

Don’t Forget About Your Location:

Marilyn mentioned that many of the streets that surround the University of Texas at Austin are already congested with regular traffic that is not conducive to moving trucks. If you live in a similar situation you may want to consider plotting different routes that are friendlier to large vehicles. Both New York University and Rutgers are no strangers to congestion, whereas as universities like Duke or the University of California at Berkley have more space to accommodate larger trucks and vans.

Getting Around:

Getting to and from class can be difficult when your school does not allow you to bring a car to the school during the semester. Some universities, like Princeton in New Jersey, ban the use of personal vehicles on-campus. Other schools like Ohio University offer parking spots but no guarantees that any will be available for use. Luckily, humans are adaptable creatures and find other ways to get around. Bicycles are one of the most efficient forms of transportation. They are easy to navigate and can be parked nearly anywhere. For the agile, skateboards offer a wide range of speed and motion that is unparalleled. Many schools are located near transportation hubs with buses or trains. Be sure to check your local mass transit website to see if they offer a student or faculty discount.

Check Your Surroundings:

One of the most important factors you need to consider when moving to a new school is safety. Remember that you will be there for at least one semester. Plan an advance visit to check out the nearby areas. Be wary of places where groups gather together along the roads, streets where buildings seem dilapidated and places that the lighting is extremely poor. Keep an eye out for police stations and roving officers. Too few could shed light on a place where security is lax, but an abundance might indicate high crime rates. Find a place that fits your lifestyle and where you feel completely secure.

Know What to Bring:

Make sure that you know exactly what you need to bring. There is a huge difference between accidentally leaving a plush retro beanbag chair at home and forgetting contact lens solution—and you’ll want to avoid finding that out when your eyes are burning. Also, keep in mind that many dorm rooms come pre-furnished with a bed, desk, bureau, or other pieces of furniture. Before you cart your bulky water bed and antique wardrobe across the state or country, know exactly what will be provided to you when you move in.

Prepare for Stairs:

Even if your dormitory or apartment building has a really convenient elevator available, remember that you probably won’t be the only one moving in that day. Elevators are excellent, but like any other mechanical tool, they are prone to malfunctions and breakdowns. Prepare to either do your own stair carry or to pay movers to do it for you. The best way to prepare is to pretend that the elevator doesn’t exist. If the elevator works on move-in day, then mazel tov—your life will be much easier! If not, you’ll have a convenient backup game plan.

Survey Your Space:

It goes without saying that you should examine your new space long before you unload a moving truck’s worth of belongings. Find out where outlets, cable hookups, and Internet plugs are located. Keep these locations in mind as you position your desk, entertainment center, and any appliances like refrigerators or microwaves. Keep an eye out for other potential snafus: a closet door that is blocked by your bed, windows covered by tall dressers, or outlets that get stuck behind drawers make efficient living difficult.

Ultimately, frustration is unavoidable. Luckily, there are always handy shortcuts for each and every moving experience. Stay informed and educated because this foresight might just save you some time and stress on your way to a college degree.

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