Move-in day can be a hassle for Freshman and their parents, without having the right information beforehand, in order to prepare properly. There’s always questions about what to pack, what not to pack, how early to arrive and how the entire day will plan out. But don’t stress it, here are some tips to help you get through your first step in the Freshman College Experience!

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1. Make A List & Check It Twice!

The first thing you should do is make a list of what you absolutely need to bring with you. A lot of students try to bring their whole house and fit it into their dorm room, and that definitely doesn’t work. If you’re starting in the Summer or Fall, it would be best to not bring your winter clothing within you on Move-In Day. If you can hold off on bringing it… don’t bring it!

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2. The Early Bird Gets The Worm

The second thing would be to arrive early. On Move-In Day, try to arrive 30-45 minutes early and were able to get a parking space right infront of the building, and get a head start on moving things in and getting on the elevator before everything got hectic.

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3. Stairs Make All The Difference

Thirdly, as mentioned earlier, the later you get there, the busier it is, and the more likely you are to have to wait in line to get on the elevator. So to avoid waiting, whatever can be taken up on the stairs… take it! A lot of students waste time, just because they don’t want to take the stairs.

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4. We’re All In This Together

Next you should remember, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” When you come try to bring a “team” of 2 or 3, the more the merrier and more importantly, the more hands on deck the quicker everything gets done, and you’re one step closer to your full college experience.

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5. Water Is a Must

Lastly… STAY HYDRATED!! Move-In Day can be exhausting and it’s important that you keep your body hydrated. Keep plenty of water on you. Here at FAU, Faculty and Staff are committed to helping new “Owls” move in and families stay hydrated!!

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If you follow these simple steps your Freshman Move-In Day should be very smooth. Try not to over think everything, you’ll just add stress to the situation. Take deep breaths, and if you ever do feel overwhelmed just know that you are not alone and FAU is home to many helpful “Owls”, that’ll always be there if you’re in need.


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