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College Moving Tips: What To Think About Before You Get There

What's in this article?
  1. Health Care & Medical
  2. Money Matters
  3. Meeting New People & Adjusting To A New City
  4. Making New Friends
  5. Explore The City
  6. College Moving Resources
College Moving Resources

Whether you’re moving into a dormitory or an off-campus residence, making the big move to college can be stressful and hectic if you don’t plan appropriately. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few of the things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible. At the bottom of the page you’ll find some links to further reading that will offer additional advice for moving to college and related issues.

Health Care & Medical

If you have any regular medications that you take, make sure to make the necessary arrangements. If you have existing refills or a new prescription, you can always take that into the on campus health center, or you can see a doctor there. In either case, make sure to give yourself plenty of time. Don’t forget to bring copies of your most updated health insurance information!

Money Matters

It’s always good to have a little savings in your back pocket when you go off to college. Even a few hundred dollars saved up from a summer job can help—don’t underestimate the cost of simple things like going out to pizza with some friends, or coffee with a study group.

By the same token, don’t forget that you’ll have access to a discount program that’s connected to your student ID. Make sure you know where the savings are and take advantage of them when you can. Many student discounts extend beyond the local restaurants and coffee shops around campus.

Making New Friends College

One way to help give yourself a buffer and some financial breathing room in college is through scholarships. A-1 Auto Transport is proud to offer a scholarship program that offers rewards of $250, $500, and $1,000 annually. Click here for more information.

Meeting New People & Adjusting To A New City

Two challenges that a lot of students face when moving to college are meeting new people and finding their way around a new city. In this section, we offer some tips for both, as well as some resources to help you learn more about the college experience.

Making New Friends

It’s easy to get intimidated by all the new people and experiences that college life has to offer, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people if you’re willing to put yourself out there a little bit. Move in day is often where everyone, particularly if you’re in a dormitory, gets to know one another. Leaving your door propped open as you get settled is a good way to invite neighbors to pop say hello and make introductions.

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Most colleges have a number of meetings and activities early in the year to help everyone get to know each other and the campus. There’s usually a number of events early in the year that serve the same purpose, not to mention the number of clubs and organizations you can join to explore different interests and meet new people.

Health Care & Medical College

Explore The City

In addition to the number of classes, activities and social gatherings that take place on campus, going away to college is a great opportunity to explore a new city. Take advantage of this by getting to know the neighborhoods, local restaurants, coffee shops, who offers free WiFi and other things you may want to explore. Google maps can tell you where many of these places will be and the Walkscore website (see resources below) also has helpful information about various neighborhoods.

College Moving Resources

College Confidential Forums - A forum and informational hub for future and current students, College Confidential is a great place to look to get your questions answered or explore common topics. This link is to the forum, which includes topics such as admissions, essays, financial aid, transferring, test preparation, and choosing a major.

Walkscore City Search - In addition to getting to know your campus, you’re also going to want to know the city. Walkscore is a great place to research different neighborhoods to see how walkable or bike-able they may be, as well as how good the public transport is in the area.

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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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