Move-in-day can be a stressful time. It’s the thing that you’ve been thinking about ever since you accepted NYU’s offer. How do you start? What can you expect? What are some pro tips to help make the day even smoother? Well, don’t you worry; as a first year, move-in-day in August 2016 is still engrained in my mind. Be prepared for a breakdown of the day and amazing tips to help your move-in experience go smoothly.
1. Get in contact with your roommate.
You will receive their NYU email address so that’s a good way to start communication. However, if you class yourself an amazing social media stalker like myself, you can find their Facebook. Once you’ve got introductions out of the way, then get into the good stuff. Who is buying the microwave/fridge? Who is going to buy the mirror? Do you want to share cleaning supplies?
All of this stuff is super important to get out of the way–you don’t want to arrive and have 2 microwaves but no fridge. If you can’t get in contact with them, don’t panic–you don’t need a fridge or a microwave on the first day and you can always wait until Bed, Bath and Beyond Night to grab it!
2. Buy what you can before the big day.
This is a little hard if you’re an international student like I am, because trying to fit everything you need for a year into one suitcase is tricky. However, I stocked up on my favourite makeup remover, toothpaste and all that good stuff before I flew over there just so I didn’t have to worry about that as well as settling in.
If this isn’t a possibility for you due to limited space, then try and get to NYC a day or so before move-in-day. You can spend the extra day buying bedding, desk lights, shower caddies and trash cans, and then on the actual day you can focus on making your room yours. Now, this leads me nicely onto the actual day.
My pro-tip is get to your residence hall as early as possible and coordinate with your roommate so that you arrive at different times. This made my move-in so easy, since I got to move in first, leaving my roommate the time and space to move in at her own leisure. However, while timing is important, so is what you actually will do with your time before you start making the room feel like home…
4. Clean the room.
I cannot stress this tip enough. Clean the room before you do anything else! The room isn’t going to be disgusting or anything, but it will be dusty and probably not up to your mum’s usual standards. Get out those cleaning supplies and give the room a quick ‘once-over’ just so you feel more comfortable there. If you move all of your things into a dusty, messy room it will never feel like home and that first night might not be a comfy one.
5. Move things around.
Just because the beds and desks are in a certain space when you first open your door, doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. Take the initiative and put your bed and desk where you want it to be. The room will feel more like your own, which is a great feeling.
My roommate was the best at this. She moved her bed and desk, leaving us with a little nook we now use for our fridge, microwave, and snack supply–something which I will be forever grateful for.
6. Make your bed.
Once your bed is made it will make you feel ten times better about the first night. Even if everything else remains unpacked you still have a comfy bed to look forward to. My mum made my bed for me as soon as we got there and it just relaxed me so much. If your bed is as important to you as my bed is to me, then this is the best thing to do.
7. Put everything in it’s place.
Pick which drawers are going to be dedicated to what things, how they’re going to be organised, and put them there. The more things have their place, the tidier your room will be; and in a residence hall you want everything to be tidy so your stuff doesn’t take up too much room. Then hang up your clothes and put your chargers where you need them to be. The more organisation, the more room you have!
There are guidelines and rules in regards to decoration but as long as you’re not putting holes in the walls or drawing on them then you’re good. Before I came I got a polaroid camera and took leaving photos with all my friends and put them on my wall. My best friend printed off loads of photos of us together so I put them all over my wall as well. I also have a big poster of the Queen (I’m British, I have to) and some other cute little posters. The more you add to your room to make it your own, the more it will feel homely. And when you’re homesick you know you have another home to go to.
After living in your room for a week or so, you’ll realise you’ll be missing certain things which is where Amazon comes in. I bought some more storage units to house the endless amount of chocolates and sweet I had brought over from home, and because I’m a chocolate fiend I also bought a hot chocolate machine (the best thing in the world).
Your residence hall is your home away from home for a year and comfort is so important. You want to be able to feel happy in your bed and relaxed when you’re winding down at night. Make the space so nice that spending a lazy Sunday without leaving your room sounds like a good idea. Although I have days where I miss home, I know that my room is a safe place for me to go to to relax and spend hours working or just doing nothing.
Now you’ve seen my pro tips and hopefully I’ve been (somewhat helpful), here are pictures of my residence hall before and after move-in to give you an idea!