Here Comes Move-in Day: Be Prepared and Enjoy the Day!
By: Amelia Eaton
Move in day is one of the most exciting days of your University experience. Everything you have been looking forward to all summer is finally here, and you’re now ready to make Chestnut Residence your home.
Moving can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be! As someone who lived at Chestnut, here are my 10 tips to make move-in day great.
- Check your move-in time: at Chestnut, move-in times are staggered by floor, and in order to avoid long waits, make sure to arrive promptly when your move in time begins. Floors 21-26 will begin moving in at 8 am, Floors 20-16 at 10 am, Floors 9-15 at 12 pm, and Floors 4-18 at 2 pm. These moving in times are staggered for a reason, so that students are spaced out throughout the day and long waits for elevators or crowding doesn’t occur. Make sure to stick to your time, and arrive on time, to make the most of the day. Check out the Move-In page for more details.
- Pack a bag with your overnight essentials: Although move-in day is a super fun day where you get to meet your floormates, your don, and other friends, it can be exhausting. Moving everything in and meeting everyone can take a toll on your energy, so don’t worry about unpacking everything the first night. Instead, pack a backpack with your toothbrush, any toiletries you need that night, your pajamas and a change of clothes. That way if you realize you forgot anything, you are at least set for one night, and you don’t have to worry about unpacking all your clothes in one day.
- Label everything with your name and room number: Depending on where you did your dorm shopping, a lot of students pick up similar items, so don’t forget to label your belongings. When I moved in to Chestnut, my roommate and I realized we had both purchased the same Ikea cart for storage! That was a fun moment, but if you forget to label your belongings you could risk a bigger mix-up. So stay on the safe side and write your name and room number on labels for everything you plan to move-in.
- Choose large bins over small bags: Getting inside and up to the elevators can be the most hectic part about moving in. I would recommend packing everything in large bins to avoid taking multiple trips up the elevators. If someone is dropping you off, you could ask them to take the bins back with them so they’re out of your way. If you are not driving in, you may still find it helpful to have storage bins in your room for out of season clothes and other items.
- Communicate with your roommate, swap numbers and introduce yourself to their family: Everyone walking in and out of your room on move-in day can be stressful. Take 5 minutes to introduce yourself to your roommate and their family. You should also swap cellphone numbers for easy communication. That way, if you or your roommate decide to leave the room to go for lunch or for any other reason, you’re both on the same page. Don’t worry too much about long introductions during the move-in process, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your roommate once you’re settled in.
- Get your TCard in advance: Although this may not be an option for all students, getting your TCard in advance means you have one less thing to worry about during the move in process. If you get it during the month of August, it only takes a couple minutes. However, if you wait until September wait times can take as long as an hour. If you are in Toronto over the summer, I would highly recommend going to the TCard office, located at College and St. George, to get your TCard ahead of time. There will also be a TCard kiosk at Chestnut on move-in day from 3:00pm-6:00pm! Remember to bring everything that you need to get your T-Card – check out their website for more information.
- Wear comfy clothing: You may want to dress to impress on move-in day but trust me, wearing something comfortable will help you have a much better move in day. You may be walking to and from your car and lifting heavy boxes, so make sure that you’re dressed for some physical activity. If you want to, you can bring an outfit to wear later in the day, once most of your things are moved in.
- Leave your door open or introduce yourselves to floormates: this is a great opportunity to meet everyone on your floor! Don’t be afraid to approach people to introduce yourself. If you feel comfortable (keep in mind you are responsible for your belongings and shouldn’t leave your door open with your room unattended), you could also leave your door open while moving in. This is a great way to show you are “open” to other people dropping by from your floor!
- Take care of yourself ! Make sure to pack a water bottle and a few snacks for move in, and try to get a good sleep the night before.
- Have fun! It’s a long day, but it should be a really fun experience! You’ve made it to university, and living at Chestnut is going to be AMAZING, so make sure to savour the day. 🙂