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College Moving with uShip

Moving away to college can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. uShip makes getting your things to your school easy, so you can focus on preparing for classes, not stressing over getting your stuff there. A great place to start is by making a college moving checklist. Your checklist will vary depending on whether you’re moving into a dorm or finding your first apartment, each of which has its own advantages and challenges. Another important early step will be finding a roommate and coordinating your move to your new home near campus.

Once you have a plan, it is time to start preparing for your college move. Decide what you need to bring and what you can leave or get rid of. This should give you a better idea of whether this is a move you can handle on your own or if you will need to find a college moving service. Our guides can help you to get the best available college moving quotes from reliable moving companies. Researching how to pack for your college move can also go a long way towards making sure everything goes smoothly. If you’re well prepared, your college move should be a breeze, leaving you free to explore campus and get accustomed to university life.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a College Moving Company

Before packing up and hiring a college mover, it is important to ask the residence life office of your dorm room of the procedures and policies. Depending on your dorm, certain items and services may or may not be allowed. Below are some of the questions to keep in mind:

  • What are the dimensions of the dorm room?
  • Are there certain items that are not allowed to be brought?
  • What are the dates and times for moving?
  • Are the elevators, dollies, or carts available to help with unloading?
  • Where can moving vehicles be parked?
  • Can all types of moving equipment be used (moving trucks, moving containers, various vehicles)?

How to Prepare for a College Move

  • Clean out your entire room
  • >Purchase packaging materials and pack up everything that will be moved
  • >Decide what bulky items need to be brought or kept in storage
  • >Contact and find a college moving company to help with your move

How to Arrange a College Move

With uShip, going away to college is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Listing

List your college move with as much detail as you can. Be sure to include required dates or a time frame for your move, a list of large and small items to be moved, number of boxes, measurements of all large furniture, photographs of your items, and the level of service you prefer. There are a few different levels of moving services available. There’s self-service, where you move your items on and off the truck and loading service, where you pack your items and the moving company loads and unloads the truck for you. Another option is white glove or full-service movers, when the movers pack and wrap your items for you and place it in your new apartment or dorm room.

Make sure you have an itemized list of your college move. A detailed listing allows movers to place more accurate quotes on your move and reduces the chance for surprise costs on moving day.

Above view of two college movers carrying boxes upstairs
College students moving into their dorm

2 | Choose the Best College Moving Company

After your listing is created, college moving quotes from accredited companies will start coming in. They’ll be competing to win your business, ensuring you’ll get the best moving rates. As the quotes come in, you can ask questions of the moving companies and talk to them directly. Find out more about their experience, their services, and their ability to navigate a move on a college campus, if necessary.

Every college moving company on uShip has a profile with their transportation history, safety records and customer rated feedback. We strongly encourage you to review the college moving services these companies provide by viewing their profiles. Most college movers will have photos of their trucks on their profiles, so you know what your things will be moved in. You can also see completed shipments along with the review direct from the customer. By reviewing the profiles of the moving companies, talking to them through their quotes, and comparing prices, you can feel confident you’re choosing the best college moving company for you.

3 | College Moving Day

Once you have chosen your college movers, contact them directly with any additional details, concerns, or questions you may have about your move. Let them know more about the pick up and delivery areas. Some moving trucks may have a hard time getting to certain neighborhoods, apartment complexes, or college campuses. Should you run into any issues communicating with your movers, please let us know. We are here to help before, during and after your college move.

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Two college students unpacking their dorm move

How Much Does it Cost to Hire College Movers?

There are a lot of things to consider when calculating the cost of a college move. The size of the move, the distance and the service type requested all have impact on the cost. The cost of college moving services for smaller sized, local college moves is around $300 to $500, while larger cross country college moves average $1,500 to $3,000.

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