Survival tips: Off-campus moving day

Avoid this scenario. Consider renting your furniture.

It’s that time again- back to school season. According to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, 19.7 million students are enrolled in college this year many of them are choosing to live off-campus.

However, along with R.A.s and shared bathrooms, those student helpers wearing neon t-shirts on moving day are also a thing of the past. Yep, you’re on your on for moving day this year. Here’s a few survival tips to help you (and your parents) get through the most dreaded day of the year.

1. Drink water. Move-in day is going to be hot. You’ll no doubt be climbing stairs or stuffing yourself into crowded elevators (if you’re lucky). And think of your poor dad who thinks he can still move a dresser up three flights by himself. Do your whole family a favor and make sure everyone is hydrated.

2. Stretch properly. No, you’re not about to do a triathlon, but you’d be surprised at the muscles you’re using on move-in day…..muscles you probably didn’t know you even had. A limber mover is a happy mover, so just give yourself a minute to stretch and save yourself from the sore muscle shuffle the next morning. Make sure your parents do this too!

3.    Consider furniture rental. No more bunk beds and wooden desks, you’re on your own to furnish your off-campus housing. Splitting furniture costs with roommates can be tricky when the lease is up and you have to decide who takes what. Furniture rental could also cut down on moving expenses by eliminating the need for a moving truck. CORT, a furniture rental company, touts packages starting at $99 a month.

4.    Take pictures. Assuming you inspected the place before signing the lease, you also need to take photos before filling it with your stuff. Welcome to the world of landlords! In a few weeks, you won’t remember if that giant gash in the drywall was there before you moved in. This is why you need photos of the initial condition of the place. You don’t want to get robbed of your security deposit down the road and charged for damage you didn’t cause.

5.    Be patient. There’s a lot going on during move-in day. Traffic, heat, negotiating furniture arrangement with other roommates, possible dehydration… it’s a jungle out there! Just remember you’re all in this together. Be kind to your parents. They’re there to help, and saying goodbye isn’t always easy.

More info you’ll need for back-to-school at EducationOption.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

National

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…

Local

NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…

Local

Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…

Television

9 things we learned about 'Hannibal' Season 3…

There’s plenty of fall television to be excited about, but the crowd inside the Paley Center for Media on Saturday night only wanted one thing:…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…

Television

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!

Movies

Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…

Education

Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…