Moving Out of Your Dorm Room- 5 Tips from a Current College Student!

Ciao lovelies! As summer approaches, those of you who live in dorms in college know the struggle of moving out for summer break. You might be overwhelmed by the stuff you’ve accumulated, you might not know how to begin, and you might have issues fitting it all in your car/your parent’s car the day of move-out! But I’m here with my tips I’ve gained over 3 (this is the third) summers of moving out of a college dorm, to help make your life easier. So here are 5 tips to help you as you are moving out of your college dorm for the summer, from me, a current college student!


It might feel like the WORST thing EVER to have to downsize your stuff. Especially because it’s stuff you’ve accumulated over the school year. But downsizing is truly the key to moving out smoothly. Downsize as much as you can and remember to do it responsibly. Don’t toss out old stuff that still works or is useable simply because of downsizing. Donate it to charity shops in your school’s area or find someone else who can use it. Don’t throw it out if it is still good because it will just end up in a landfill.  Same with old clothes.

Tip #2- Sell off or return your unnecessary textbooks.

What I mean by this is very precise. If you aren’t using the textbook anymore (say it’s for Bio 101 and you’re a film major, etc), and you BOUGHT IT, then sell it (or donate it) before you leave. If you rented it, be sure to return it before you leave. Lugging along your unnecessary textbooks will only add more weight and junk to your stuff. If you’re having trouble finding someone to buy your textbook, try making a post in a Facebook group for your school, or maybe put out an announcement in your school’s email list, if you can.

Tip #3- Duffel Bags and Plastic Bins!

These are the holy grail for moving stuff. Cardboard boxes are great but can break if you overfill them and if you don’t secure them the bottom can open up and dump out all your stuff. I prefer big plastic tubs and duffel bags. Preferably the plastic tubs have lids, but it’s not always necessary.

Tip #4- Room check!

Before you move out, many schools require a room check to ensure that you didn’t damage the space or leave a mess. My big advice to you is to take pictures when you move in and when you move out to ensure you don’t get charged for anything that was already there when you moved in. Additionally, make SURE that your room is 100% clean and neat, just as it was when you moved in. Some schools will charge a cleaning fee if you leave any sort of mess. 

Tip #5- Polaroids and Memories…

Okay, so you don’t actually need to use a Polaroid camera for this tip of mine. I’m someone who greatly values memories and remembering good times. If you had a good year in college, snap a quick picture of your dorm room before you pack up. I have a picture of my dorm room from freshman year of college:
Gotta love the OFT branding, even back then!
And I’m really glad I have it. Also take pictures with your friends! I have a Polaroid of all my friends and I in freshman year the day I moved out for summer, and I still value it very much. My friendships may have changed, but I still greatly value the memories I have.


Thanks for reading, and best of luck to you as you move out for the summer! 

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