College Moves: JK Moving Releases Top Tips for Making Them Successful

STERLING, Va.--()--Twenty million students are heading back to college this fall which means a lot of families are getting ready to move their students into dorms or other college housing. JK Moving Services, the nation’s largest independently owned moving and storage company, has developed a list of tips to help make the move easier for college-bound kids and their families.

“We’ve helped hundreds of thousands move over the past 40 years, including college-bound kids, and we’ve helped universities prepare for move-in days. Based on our experiences, we wanted to share great ways to make college moves less stressful as your student heads to school,” explained David Cox, president, JK Moving.

Here are JK Moving’s top tips for college moves for on- and off-campus housing:

1. Get an Early Start: College students should connect with their future roommates ahead of time (many incoming college students use Instagram or Facebook to get in touch before move-in day) to see what shared items – television, mini-fridge, shelves, etc. – they will be bringing, as well as when they will be moving in.

2. Coordinate Move In: Dormitory rooms or college apartments are often small, so it is a good idea to move in before or after the roommate. Dorm buildings may not have air conditioning, so plan to move in the morning to avoid working in the mid-day heat. Parking spaces and elevators may be in short supply so plan accordingly.

3. Sort it Out: Pack as light as possible. It helps to sort items into essentials and non-essentials. Leaving the non-essentials at home is key to eliminating clutter in the new space. Winter clothes can be brought back over the holidays and other non-essentials can be shipped or retrieved later as needed.

4. Check with the College: A University’s goal is to have all the students moved into their dorms on time, with their bags unpacked and acclimating to college life as quickly as possible. They often will have protocols and move-in instructions, including designated drop-off areas and assigned move-in times so check in with the school, landlord, or housing complex before showing up.

5. Safety First: When unpacking, make sure items such as candles, aerosol sprays, and certain electronics are unloaded first as these items can melt, explode, or suffer damage from the extreme heat of being locked in a car. Know ahead of time what is acceptable to bring into a dorm or even off-campus housing as some schools and landlords ban certain items, such as microwaves or candles.

6. Communicate: It is typical for college-bound teens to stock up on various supplies before moving into their new dorm. Knowing which roommate can bring typical shared items makes it much easier to compile a shopping list. Wait to buy supplies until settling into the dorm room or apartment to determine which items are actually needed.

7. Use Resources: Many parent Facebook groups exist for each school and can be a great source of information and tips. Also consult resources like these to help plan:

8. Going Pro: If moving from a long-distance or from a dorm to off-campus housing, a professional mover may make sense to assist with moving and storage needs. Check the local chamber or school for a list of movers that can help.


For 40 years, JK Moving Services – the largest independently owned and operated moving company in North America – has provided local, long distance, and global relocation services to a variety of commercial, residential, and government clients. Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia and voted Independent Mover of the Year by the American Trucking Association, the company maintains a full-time, professionally trained staff of relocation and move management experts committed to providing the highest level of customer care.


Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609

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JK Moving has developed a list of tips to make the move easier for college-bound kids and their families as millions to prepare to head to college.

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Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609