Move-in Information & Tips

Get a Great Start on Your New Life!

No matter how big or small a move from one home to another, moving is one of life's greatest stresses—this is no less true when you are moving from your family home to your college residence hall.  Still, with a little planning, applying some tried-and-true organizational tactics, and understanding the rules and regulations, you can make your transition a smooth one.  Here's a quick Move-in Survival Guide to get your move moving in the right direction! Two students in residence hall room

Before you Leave Home

Get on the same page as your new roommate(s): reach out and make contact. Figure out what you might need or want in your shared space and who can bring what to avoid cluttering up your living areas with duplicate items. Here's a list of things to think about to get you started:

  • Mini refrigerators (Maximum Size of 4.6 Cubic Feet)
  • Televisions
  • Floor lamps
  • Fans (while some buildings have AC, not all do. You will want one for your room until the weather cools down)

To Bring or Not to Bring — These are the Answers

Space at college may not be as large as space you have at home, it is imperative to closely consider the items you do not need as well as the items you can get from home at a later date. If your family does not live far from Burlington, consider bringing mostly seasonal clothing and changing it out when you visit home.

Do Bring:

  • Blankets, comforter, & quilt
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computer or laptop
  • Desk lamp
  • Extra-long twin sheets and mattress pad
  • Fan
  • First-Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Antibiotic Ointment, Aspirin, etc.)
  • Headphones
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, hamper/easy-to-carry basket, quarters for machines, etc.)
  • Notebooks, pens, and other supplies
  • Pillows
  • Posters
  • Small dishware items (plate, bowl, cutlery, mug for coffee, etc.)
  • Small trash can
  • Stackable crates
  • Surge protected cords
  • Toiletries and Container for Them
  • Towels

Don't Bring (really, don't bring them; these are prohibited except as noted):

  • Air soft guns, paint balls, BB guns (Nerf guns are fine)
  • Air conditioners
  • Blender (except in Spinner Place)
  • Candles
  • Coffee makers (except in Spinner Place)
  • Dart board
  • Extension cords and outlet splitters
  • Gym equipment
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates
  • Large furniture and lofts (the college can loft your bed for you, if you choose)
  • Microwaves (Every building will have one available for communal use)
  • Pets (Except for fish in tanks of 10 gallons or less)
  • Rice cookers
  • Space heaters
  • Sub-woofer systems
  • Toasters (Except in Spinner Place)

Spinner Place Residents

For those living at Spinner Place for the upcoming year, below are the items included in the apartment:

  • Microwave
  • Full stove and kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • One couch and two lounge chairs
  • TV stand
  • Coffee table
  • Kitchen table and chairs
  • Bedroom desk and chair
  • Extra long twin bed
  • Dresser
  • Central air conditioning and heat operated in individual apartments
  • Garbage disposal

Students should bring the following items:

  • Shower curtain/Curtain rings/Bath mats
  • Towels
  • All cleaning supplies (hand/dish soap, dishwasher soap, broom, counter cleaning supplies, mop, etc.)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper and paper towels)
  • Kitchen utensils and cookware
  • Garbage cans and bags
  • Plunger and toilet bowl brush/cleaner
  • Bed sheets and comforter
  • Laundry detergent - NOTE: Laundry facilities at Spinner do not operate using cash card. You may use a debit/credit card.

How Move-In Day Unfolds

Step One: Go to your assigned Residence Hall. There, you will follow the instructions of hall staff and traffic for unloading your belongings and parking your vehicle. You will have time to go shopping and pick up any last minute items. Meet your roommate(s) and work together to begin setting up your room/shared spaces.

Step Two: Go to main campus to check in for Orientation. A full list of tasks will be in your Orientation packet. Have lunch with your family, and complete any outstanding tasks such as picking up your ID, or buying your books.

HINT: Save time by emailing a photo for your ID card ahead of time. This will expedite the process as you will not have to wait in line to have your picture taken that morning.

Step Three: Wave to your family as they drive away. After a few speeches, the President of the College will tell your friends and loved ones to let you get on with your life at Champlain College. After the folks have all driven off, you'll be directed to the various Orientation activities.