The Do's and Don'ts of Residence Hall Living
We are all excited when we get our college acceptance letters and choose the university that we want to attend (U of A OF COURSE). The next big step after this process is preparing to leave your home, move to a new place and live in a new residence hall. This process can be complicated for some, so to make it a little easier here are some do’s and don’ts of moving into a residence hall .
Do: Talk with your roommate before you leave about who is bringing what to eliminate the doubling of items.
Do: Buy a shoe organizer that can hang in your closet. This will allow you to store all of you shoes on the organizer, freeing up space at the bottom of your closet for storage.
Do: Buy command strips to hang items on your wall.
Do: Buy a mattress pad. Sleep is important in college and a mattress pad will help you drift away into a deep sleep…
Do: Get a shower caddy to carry your shower stuff in. No one likes getting caught without shampoo.
Do: Introduce yourself to your RA. This is a great start to the year and if you ever have to go for help, they will already know who you are.
Don’t: Bring everything in you closet and room with you. This will only lead to stress on where to out everything, and a not so happy roommate when they have no room for their stuff.
Don’t: Bring hotplates, toaster, or any cooking devices with an open coil heating system.
Don’t: Bring a vacuum with you. Vacuums can be rented for free, at the front desk of your residence hall . There is no need to bring your own and have to store it all year.
Don’t: Bring extra furniture. Your room will come with a bed frame with a mattress, a desk, a chair, a small dresser, and a closet. This is standard for most rooms, but a full list of furniture for each residence hall is available on the residence life’s website. The only thing that you will need is one or two sets of plastic drawers and possible folding chair to use when you have friends come visit.
By sticking to these guidelines, your transition into the residence hall should be seamless and easy. Just remember to keep an open mind to your surroundings, and do your best to make connections that you will keep through college and possible through life.