Move-in Advice

It’s officially the week of move-in!

Move-in went fairly smooth for me, so here are a few tips that helped me while I was preparing for my move, and will hopefully help you transition smoothly as well!

  • Storage bins are life savers
    • I packed various different sizes and colors of storage bins so I knew exactly which bin was for what. There’s no need to go overboard, but when you have a desk, shelves, and space underneath your bed, bins can really help when organizing everything.
  • Don’t remove the tags for anything until you actually use it
    • Sometimes, when you’re buying things for college that you “need,” you quickly realize that you either don’t need it or you simply don’t have enough space for it. Once you’re in your room, you’ll get a better idea of what you need and what you don’t so it’s just a better idea to save tags/receipts.
  • You don’t need to pack essentials in bulk, you can always buy them on campus
    • When I moved in, I brought 2 of almost everything. The extra things I brought took up a lot more space than I thought they would. So, I realized that there’s no need to pack in bulk unless you know you absolutely won’t be able to find it at the Walmart near campus/Walgreens on campus.
  • Bring a door stop
    • Moving everything into your room will be a lot easier if you don’t have to constantly worry about the door shutting behind you. It will also keep your room cooler and less stuffy while you’re moving everything.
  • When you pack your clothes, pack them on the hanger
    • I brought a large luggage bag and placed my clothes (on their hangers) in my bag. Doing this saved me about an hour since everything was ready to hang up.
  • Tape your drawers shut
    • If you’re planning on bringing plastic storage drawers with you (to store snacks, school stuff, etc.), pack your belongings inside them and then place small pieces of tape on the sides of each drawer so the stuff inside won’t fall out.
  • Keep a positive mentality!
    • If you are relaxed and prepared, there’s nothing to worry about. It might take a while to get things set up and you might have forgotten a thing or two but everything will be okay. This is a difficult transition for your family, too, so it’s extremely important to be patient with them as well.


Class of 2022
The first time I visited Illinois, I knew that it was the school for me! I am on the pre-med track, majoring in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.