Get a Great Start on Your New Life!
No matter how big or small, moving is one of life's inevitable stresses—and one of the biggest moves is the one from your family home to your new college residence hall. But, with a little planning, some tried-and-true organizational tactics, and an understanding of the rules, you can make your transition a smooth one.
Here's our Move-in Survival Guide to help get you started!
Before You Leave Home
Get on the same page as your new roommate(s): reach out and make contact to 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:
- Mini refrigerators (Maximum Size of 4.6 Cubic Feet)
- 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 the space you have at home—it's important to closely consider the items you don't need as well as the items you can get from home at a later date. If you're planning to visit home throughout the year, consider bringing mostly seasonal clothing and swapping your wardrobe when you make the trip.
- Blankets, comforter, & quilt
- Clothes hangers
- Computer or laptop
- Desk lamp
- Extra-long twin sheets and mattress pad
- First-Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Antibiotic Ointment, Aspirin, etc.)
- Laundry supplies (detergent, hamper/easy-to-carry basket, quarters for machines, etc.)
- Notebooks, pens, and other supplies
- Small dishware items (plate, bowl, cutlery, mug for coffee, etc.)
- Small trash can
- Stackable crates
- Surge protected cords
- Toiletries and storage container for them
(Really, don't—these items are prohibited except as noted.)
- Air soft guns, paint balls, BB guns (Nerf guns are fine)
- Air conditioners
- Blender (except in 194 St. Paul)
- Coffee makers/Keurig-type coffee machines (except in 194 St. Paul)
- Dart boards
- 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, slow cookers, etc.
- Space heaters
- Sub-woofer systems
- Toasters (Except in 194 St. Paul)
194 St. Paul Residents
For those living at 194 St. Paul for the upcoming year, below are the items included in the suites:
Secure bedrooms with key access
- Twin XL bed (dimensions 39" x 80")
- Stand-alone dresser or under-bed drawers
- Desk and chair
- Window Treatments
- Side table and chairs
- Coffee table
- Kitchen table and/or counter island with chairs
- Appliances: electric range/oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and dishwasher (in most 2, 3, 4-bedroom suites)
- Central air conditioning and heat operated in individual apartments
- Free wireless and hardwired internet access
- Free basic cable TV streaming service
- Common laundry rooms on each floor
- Exercise rooms: Cardio & Weights
- Indoor bike storage rooms
- Trash removal/recycling
- Utilities included: hot water baseboard heat, domestic hot water/sewer, electricity
Students should bring the following additional items for 194 St. Paul:
- Shower curtain/Curtain rings/Bath mats
- All cleaning supplies (hand/dish soap, dishwasher soap, broom/vacuum, 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
- Laundry detergent
What to Expect On Move-In Day (First-Years)
Step One: Go to your assigned Residence Hall. There, you will check in with your RA and your Orientation Leader. Follow the instructions of hall staff and traffic staff for unloading your belongings and parking your vehicle. 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.
TIP: Save time by emailing a photo for your ID card ahead of time. This will expedite the process as you won't have to wait in line to have your picture taken that morning.
Step Three: After a few speeches, the President of the College will encourage your friends and loved ones to let you get started with your life at Champlain College. Then, you'll be directed to various Orientation activities.