Move in tips and tricks!

by Aditi Malhotra, Chestnut Summer Tour Guide

I know each and every one of you are excited to move in, so here are a few tips and tricks to help make the process simpler

For a basic list of what to bring and an idea of what your room would consist of, please look at . You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of how some of the students have decorated their rooms as well!

 Try to stick to your move in time slot allotted to you. Everyone is going to try coming as early as possible, this will not help you move in faster! You will end up waiting longer for a cart and assistance since there will be many others who actually do have to move in at that given time slot.

You are sharing your space. Besides just sharing your room, you also share some closet space and other storage spaces so try to be accommodating.

Don’t bring your entire wardrobe! Storage in residence can be limited compared to what you’re used to at home. Also with Eaton Center being close you will find yourself buying a lot of clothes, you will also find yourself buying an excessive amount of U of T clothing within the first month of university (I used to own 5 U of T sweatshirts, FIVE!!!) To accommodate your new purchases, you will need closet space and this will not be possible if you bring your entire wardrobe with you.

Think about seasonal clothing while packing! September will probably be the last time you’ll probably wear shorts outdoors for the year. Fall will begin to set in around October and well after that WINTER IS COMING!


Don’t be afraid to make your room feel like your own. You will be here for 8 months, which is majority of the year. So, you need to feel comfortable. Decorate your room if you’d like but try not to go overboard. Remember to not use nails or thumb tacks but rather double-sided tape or other easily removable adhesives that would prevent damaging the walls.


Wear something comfortable on move in day and keep yourself hydrated. You’ll have numerous trips to make with all your stuff, and you will need to do a lot of lifting!