Move-In Day Tips and Tricks
I’m moving back to campus tomorrow….ahhhhhhh. I totally should be packing and running errands right now. I absolutely hate going out to Target or the mall area around Neil/Prospect this time of year because it’s so uber crowded, so I’m trying to get stuff while I’m still at home.
If you’re reading this I’m presuming you’re either a freshman or will be a freshman next year, so here are my move-in tips for you first timers.
*Put everything you want to take in a pile and then cut it in half. (I always bring more stuff than what I ever need/use.)
*The earlier you come to move in, the better. (I know they tell you to move in during a certain time period…but it really doesn’t matter.)
*There should be students there to help you move in, called “I-guides”. (It can be a hot and exhausting job, so be sure to thank them!)
*Don’t expect to take the elevator…it will probably have a long line. Find one of the giant carts to help move your stuff.
*Make sure you keep your dorm room door open and meet as many people as you can.
*Even though you probably want your parents to leave, have them take you to the bookstore, Target, etc. to buy you any last minute stuff and an Illini hoodie…and then go out to eat for one last “free” meal.
*Don’t drive on Green Street if at all possible. (Last time I was in Champaign there was construction blocking parts of it.)
*If you decide to go to a restaurant anywhere within 15 minutes of campus, try to make reservations ahead of time or be prepared to wait.
*Fill up your gas tank away from the Chambana area. (I’ve never really investigated this, but it always seems like gas is more expensive in Champaign around move-in day with all the extra traffic.)
*While you’re parking around campus town be weary of illegal/private parking spots so you don’t get towed/ticketed. (I think they probably put extra parking staff on duty just to hand out more tickets during move-in weekend…punks.)
*For those of you moving in next year, if your family plans on staying overnight in a hotel to help you move in, they should book their hotel as soon as you get your acceptance letter because they book up fast.