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Moving Checklist For College

Posted on September 20, 2022

Take the stress out of moving to college by packing only what you need.

Take the stress out of moving to college by packing only what you need.


Moving off to college is a significant time in your life. Just like many big things in life, stress often follows. Whether you are moving houses in the same city, to another province, overseas, or off to university, having a moving checklist is always helpful.

Although every move is a big deal, moving out of your family home for the first time brings a new set of potential anxieties. The good news is that Bekins Moving and Storage are experts when it comes to moving, even for first-timers, so we've compiled a list to help you get settled at college. 


Where You Will Live

Depending on where you are going to post-secondary school, will determine where you live. If you are living in a dorm, the move, as far as what you need to bring, is a little easier, since they come furnished. Whereas, if you are moving into an apartment or house, and have roommates, there may be a few more items you need.

Wherever it is you are living, to make the move as smooth as possible, you can always consider hiring a moving services company to help. The chances are you won't be packing up everything you have collected in your life. Hopefully, your parents will keep your room for you over the next few years. However, in many cases, parents often downsize once their kids move out; in this case, you will want to consider renting a storage locker for the items you leave behind. 


What To Pack

Whether it's a dorm or a shared apartment, there's a good chance you won't have a lot of room, so be mindful of everything you put into moving boxes. College moving tip: pack light to start, you can always have more of your belongings shipped or you can take more back when you visit home.

Living in a dorm, bring the essentials, such as:

  • mini trash can

  • under the bed storage bins are always useful

  • mini tool kit

  • bedding (i.e., sheets, comforter, pillow)

  • laundry basket

  • school supplies

  • clothing


Since toiletries, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies aren't overly expensive and can make a mess if they leak, we suggest buying those once you are settled.


If you have opted to live in an apartment or house with a roommate; discuss with them what they plan to bring so you can avoid having double. These items could include a TV, dishes, microwave, rugs, furniture, etc. With a long-distance move, where you won't be able to come home as often, and if you need to bring a lot of larger items, consider using a portable storage container to ship your items, as it takes the hassle out of you having to find a way of getting everything to your university housing.


To receive a moving quote or get expert advice, talk to Bekins Moving and Storage; the Okanagan's experts in moving. In addition to being professional home movers, they offer a variety of storage options.