Going off to college is exciting and Minneapolis, Minnesota is a great Midwest city to live and study in. Getting to know and love the twin cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, won’t take much time. One major reason residents love it here is because the Twin Cities are big on sports. There are several professional sports teams who call Minneapolis/St. Paul home including the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Minnesota Wild.
Starting your college career with your best foot forward is key to getting what you want out of your academic and social experience. Bester Bros. is a professional mover in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with over 90 years of experience. We know what it’s like for a student having to leave home and move into a dorm or other student housing. Here are some helpful tips when moving away to college in the Minneapolis, MN area.
Your move-in day will be much less hectic if you can get to your dorm before everyone else does. If your college permits it, settling in a day or more before the official move-in day allows you to take your time and get comfortable in your new surroundings. You can have more time to get familiar with the campus and meet new faces at school. You’re not just moving to a new school, but a new city as well! The Minneapolis/St. Paul area is home to many great colleges and universities. The twin cities are home to the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, Mayo Medical School, Hamline University and Century College in White Bear Lake just to name a few.
Contact Your Roommate
Make sure you contact your roommate ahead of time via email or social media if you have their contact information. Make sure you find out who has the best television, microwave or mini-fridge. Space will be limited with two people in a single room dorm, and you don’t want duplicate items unless it is completely necessary. You will be living together for at least a whole semester, so starting off on the right foot could help. They may be from the Minneapolis area and might know their way around the city, so reach out to them.
Pack Warm Winter Clothes
Minnesota winters can be brutal so don’t forget to bring your necessary winter garb if you are planning on moving here. You may not be used to the climate if you live in a warm climate. This is one area where you can’t afford to pack light. If you don’t plan for the cold winter months, you may be forced to buy winter clothes in the middle of the season. This will cost you more than if you buy them ahead of time. Make sure to look for deals on winter coats and boots in the spring to get the best value for your money. Being warm is the first step to living comfortably in Minneapolis.
Items You Want to Bring
“Not all people will be studying at the same time as you, so it is vital that you pack some quality ear plugs so you can create silence if you need to.”
Earplugs are huge for being able to study when it is noisy. Not all people will be studying at the same time as you, so it is vital that you pack some quality ear plugs so you can create silence if you need to. The same can be said for a pair of noise reduction headphones. The pair of earbuds that came with your phone won’t be as helpful in a noisy environment. Organization is important during your move but also after you have settled in. A lightweight drawer may be perfect for keeping your items separate from your roommate and will help you keep your dorm organized.
Don’t Pack Unnecessary Clothes
Nothing is worse than overpacking too many clothes and overcrowding your closet with clothes you never wear. Be selective about what you bring and anticipate purchasing some new clothes sporting your new school’s logo.
Buy Your Books Early
If you can, purchase your textbooks as early as possible and online if you‘re able to. Having to buy your books right after you and every other incoming freshman move in could mean you have to wait for the bookstore to restock your textbook. Many freshmen at your college will be attending the same core classes and you don’t want to worry about not having your textbooks for class on day one. You don’t want to be stuck having to pay for overnight shipping to get your books on time. Planning will go a long way and being comfortable with all the aspects of college before your first class will help you succeed.
Hire a Minneapolis Moving Company
For many people, the hardest part of college is having to live in a new city they aren’t familiar with. Take the initiative of hiring a moving professional who is familiar with the city to handle your dorm room moving day. Lugging boxes up flights of stairs can be done by the professionals so you don’t have to. Imagine getting to meet new people, relaxing and even going downtown to explore, instead of worrying about parking, unloading, and carrying all your belongings. If you are moving by yourself, hiring a professional mover can turn a physically exhausting day into a fun and exciting one.