Seven Tips for Move-In Day

Move-In Day is an exciting time at KSU, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Prepare yourself with these seven tips so you can be relaxed and at ease throughout the process.


1. Review all move-in information

Review requirements and information prior to move-in day.
An email is sent to each resident at your student email address with your specific move-in day and time based on your last name and your residential community. You will also receive a move-in booklet with a campus map, move-in checklist, and items to leave at home. Make sure you and your family have read this information before Move-In Day—you won’t want to show up on the wrong day or time. Also, be sure you complete each item on the pre-arrival checklist.


2. Make your essentials easy to find

Make your essentials easy to find.

Once you move in, you will want to be able to locate some essential items quickly without having to go through all of your unpacked boxes. These essentials could include things like toilet paper, hand soap, Command™ picture hanging strips and other things you may need as you begin to unpack. A great way to differentiate your box of essentials is to mark it with red tape or pen. This should be the last box to get packed in the car and the first box to be opened when you arrive.


3. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dolly)

Bring your own dolly

We provide large move-in bins that help get your items from your car to your room, but we also recommend bringing a hand truck or dolly for those larger items that won’t fit in the moving bin. These are also great if you have storage bins or boxes you can stack, or larger/heavier items that need to be moved.


4. Dress casually and comfortably

Dress casually and comfortably.

Move-In can be physically demanding so make sure you dress for the day. Comfortable shoes and clothes are a must! The heat in August can be taxing, so make sure you're wearing clothes that will keep you cool and shoes that won't hurt after several trips up and down stairs.


5. Meet your RA

Meet your RA

Your Resident Assistant (RA) is the person that you can turn to whenever you have questions, need advice or need help with something on campus. Your RA lives on the same floor or in the same building as you, and they will come by during Move-In Day to introduce themselves, so make sure to say "hello!". You will also see them at your first community meeting. 


6. Keep calm and stay hydrated!

Keep calm and stay hydrated.

We will have refreshment stations located at high-traffic areas during Move-In Day. These stations will be equipped with cold water and snacks for you to enjoy throughout the day. Come in for a break from moving. Volunteers will be at each station who can help answer your questions.

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