• Hannah Ost

How To Pack For College

Freshmen season is approaching and that means a lot of us are thinking about packing. It seems like a daunting task - packing up your WHOLE LIFE into a few boxes to go off to college/university. Where on earth do you begin? Well, luckily for you, I've done this a couple times and ahead of my third year living at university, I've got some tips to share...

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Step 1: Do Your Research

Most universities have pictures of the halls of residence on their website. Some even have a virtual tour! Have a look around and be sure to visit websites like The Student Room to see what other students have said about it.

Step 2: Make Lists

This is your chance to go overboard. Write down literally anything you can dream up, which you might potentially need at university. Trust me, 90% of this you will never use (like a potato masher for example) but it's worth getting it all out there, so you don't have a moment of panic thinking you've forgotten something.

Step 3: Lay It Out

If it doesn't all fit in your bedroom, it sure as hell won't fit in a dorm room. Dorms are notoriously short on storage space, so use this opportunity to cut back on things you won't need and then group together your essentials into categories.

Step 4: Box It Up

3 words: Stackable plastic boxes. You can buy them very cheaply at most homewear stores, but you've probably got some lying around the house too! They are so useful to stack up in the car and carry up flights of stairs. Group items by location - one box for kitchen utensils, one for food, one for electronics. Tip: Put some tape around them so they stay together and for ease of carrying.

Step 5: Partaaayyyy!

Pack yourself a doorstop and wedge your door open, so you can chat with your new roommates while you unpack!

I hope this has given you a few ideas. The most important thing is to enjoy it all. Make a pinterest board and start planning your decor, get in touch with your future roommates and make door signs! Have fun and get packing!


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Student Journalist