Moving to New York City for college should be exciting and liberating. Whether you grew up in the city or are moving from across the country, from your parent’s home to your first dorm or apartment, it is likely to only be the first among many. College students tend to accumulate fewer belongings, especially large pieces of furniture, so moving should be a snap. You probably won’t need to hire a full service moving company, but there are always things that can make even the smallest move easier.
Even if you are moving into a dorm room you will still need sturdy boxes to move your belongings. You may want to invest in plastic tubs that can be used for storage throughout the year, or if your dorm room doesn’t have enough space buy appropriate boxes from moving and packing companies. A wardrobe box will help keep your clothes organized during the move and ready to wear as soon as you set up at your destination. Since you know you will be moving again at the end of the year think about folding the boxes and storing them under the bed so you can reuse them.
Moving in Brooklyn at the beginning and end of the school year can be difficult. The beginning and end of summer happen to be the busiest times for most moving companies. If you plan to rent any items such as a moving van or dolly you should be sure to book early to get the items you want.
New York moving and storage goes hand in hand. When you are ready to move out at the end of the year think about renting a small storage unit for your essential items. This will make you free to travel home during the summer without having to pay rent on an apartment or haul all of your belongings with you.
Most importantly, if this is your first move you should begin creating good moving habits. Learn how to pack your belongings to keep them from breaking, create an inventory of your things and label your boxes. These are habits that will help when you move from the dorm to an apartment and eventually to a long-term home.