3 Steps on How to Move Into Off-Campus Housing
If you’re going into your sophomore year at a university, chances are, you’ve had enough of the “social benefits” provided by dorm life and are ready for a little more independence. Although apartments and houses offer a ton of benefits that dorms do not provide, the process of selecting the right housing and making the move can be difficult. Here are a few tips that will make the process as easy as possible.
- Hunt for off-campus housing before the beginning of the school year.
If you live in a college town, like Gainesville, students inhabit the majority of housing. To get ahead of the game, make sure to start looking way before you are planning on making your move. There are a variety of aspects you’ll need to look at when choosing off-campus housing.The location of the housing in proximity to where you go to school is a major factor for consideration. If the housing you are looking at is very close to your university, it will be the first to get booked for the upcoming school year. Don’t be left without a place to live and make moves early.
- Inspect the contract
Although students have a tendency to skip over fine print, these are details you’ll want to look over when signing a lease. Ask questions. Will there be a cap on electricity? Are utilities included in your monthly rent? Are pets allowed? Asking questions and reading the fine print will allow you to make sure you are choosing the housing that provides you with everything on your checklist.
- Note the move-in dates
Major apartment complexes in college towns are notorious for being an unorganized muddle on move-in day. Make sure you know what your move-in date will be ahead of time. This way, you will be able to book your move-in with 2 College Brothers ahead of time. If you’re trying to plan your move, chances are, there are thousands of other students trying to do the same. Eliminate the stress involved with leaving your cozy dorm and let 2CB do the job for you.
5 Tips on How to Have a Stress-Free Moving Day
- Don’t bring more than you need.
Consider having a garage sale before your move to clear out items you no longer need. Charitable organizations like Goodwill, Children’s Home Society, and the Salvation Army will also take clothing, furniture, and other household items you no longer need.
- Do all of your packing BEFORE moving day.
There’s so much craziness on moving day that the last thing you want is the added stress of packing last minute.
- Do a quick walk through with the movers before getting started.
Inspect your furniture to make sure the inventory sheet is correct. Make sure the movers agree on the condition of the furniture before proceeding.
- Keep pets and kids away from the movers.
It might be a good idea to have your pets and kids out of the house on moving day. This will protect the movers, your kids/pets, and belongings from any accidents. Your focus should be on the moving process, not distractions.
- Make sure you have a charger.
The last thing you want on moving day is a dead phone. Your movers and family will need to contact you.
Wade Swikle started out in the moving business while a student at the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Telecommunication and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship, before becoming president of 2 College Brothers.