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3 Tips For Moving Back To School
3 Tips For Moving Back To School

3 Tips For Moving Back To School

Moving back to school, whether you live in campus housing or decide to live off campus, can be a challenging and difficult time, even if you’ve already spent a year or two at college. For incoming freshman, this is often an even more daunting challenge since it’s usually the first experience spending an extended amount of time away from friends and family. But college is an exciting time to learn new things, meet new people, experience different perspectives and experiences, which is what makes the college experience such an informative and interesting time in life. To help our readers, whether parents or students, to better focus on the growth and knowledge that college brings with it, we’ve put together some tips to help make the transition of going to college easier, whether it’s your first year or last year. Here are some of our best tips to make the transition easier and ensure that you enjoy your home life away of home so that you can focus on what’s important. 

Choose Your Roommates Wisely

For many students, particularly those living on campus during their first year at a university, you may not have much say about who you live with. Living in a dormitory often means you get assigned a roommate that’s dictated by the school so you may not have as much input as to who you share your living quarters with. Of course, this isn’t always the case, and if you do have some choice in the matter, it’s important to use careful consideration about the peers you’ll be living with. For students that are living off campus in an apartment or house, you should be able to have considerably more choice when it comes to finding the right fit with roommates.

It may be tempting to simply find a group of friends and share a house together, but that’s not always the best decision. While it’s important that you be able to get along well and be able to communicate effectively with housemates, simply living with someone you already know and like doesn’t necessarily equate to them being a good roommate. You’ll have to consider things like their ability to manage their finances effectively enough to pay bills on time and if their style of living matches well with you. The last thing you want to do is damage a longtime friendship with someone because they never clean up after themselves or constantly have people over when you’re trying to study. Choose your roommates wisely and try to find people that you can have fun with, but are also able to pay their share of rent and bills while knowing when it’s time to hit the books. 

A-1 Auto Transport is a nationwide moving and car transport company with decades of experience helping students and faculty alike to relocate to colleges and universities across the U.S. We are happy to offer discounts to anyone who is moving away to college, whether that means shipping a car, moving their personal belongings or both. If you’d like a FREE estimate for moving or car shipping, we encourage our readers to contact us today to learn more about our professional, affordable options! For students, we also have a scholarship program that any enrolled student can qualify for—click here for more information about the details!

Learn How To Get Around 

Even if you have your own transportation when you’re at school, you’ll still want to make sure that you have a good understand of public transportation options. This applies to both on campus transport like bus and tram services to help you get to class, as well your options for getting around town, or to the nearest airport if you need to fly home for holidays and school breaks. Having a good working knowledge of the local bus system and routes can be helpful if your car is in the shop, or if you plan to go out with some friends to grab a drink. 

Consider Your Living Space

If you’ll be living in a shared dormitory with other students, keep in mind that you may not have much space beyond the furniture provided by the school. In most cases, a bed and desk will be provided and you probably won’t have much room for furniture beyond that. If you live in off campus housing, you’ll have more space, but it may not be as much as you think. You’ll need a bed and desk of your own, but if you live in shared housing, you probably won’t have much space outside of your own room. Discuss with your roommates what types of things you’ll want in the shared common areas like a TV, couch, entertainment center and, more importantly, who will be bring which items. Kitchen items should be a main topic of discussion so that you don’t have three people brining a microwave, crock pot, dishes and whatever else is needed. If you’re on a limited budget, it can also be a good idea to agree to buy things from a second hand store that you’ll need after you arrive. 


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