Learn about scenarios that may be thrown your way and how to handle them


  1. No Dolly or Moving Bin


Within the dorms at UF, there are an allotted number of dollies and other moving materials to aid students during move-in. However, the number of these is relatively limited. So, if you know that you will have a large number of items to move or a particularly heavy load you may want to keep this in mind.

Solving this problem can be done in one of three ways. First, you could bring your own

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moving cart with you to move-in day. Second, arrive at the earliest possible time for your designated check-in in order to secure one, or, third, help out one of your peers with a moving mechanism so you can be next in line to borrow it – while simultaneously making a new friend.

Students living off campus in apartments often to not have access to any carts or dollies to move their items with; however, there are countless local movers willing to move items into apartments at a low cost.


  1. Overpacking


Even the best laid plans don’t always work out. Planning your dorm room or apartment down to a tee may still leave you with a few too many items and too little space.

Student housing generally runs on the small side, so it is essential to utilize the viable space with efficiency, and sometimes no measure of planning can ensure this result occurs.

However, once you get into your space you will be able to better judge what will work and what wont. Sorting clothes and other items that take up large amounts of space will allow you to see what you really need and what you don’t.

Even if you’re still feeling a little crowded after move-in, plan out when you can remove items from your space and take them home or donate to local organizations such as Goodwill on 13th Street.


  1. Overcrowded


The University of Florida is full of the best and the brightest. The keyword being full.

This means you may encounter some crowds during your allotted time to move in, even in off-campus areas, and this can add to the stress that moving incurs.

You can choose to work through the crowds and focus on maintaining organization and

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calmness, but if the whole process seems a little too overwhelming, just wait and come back in an hour or two.

The crowds at move-in tend to be hit or miss. Meaning, you may arrive and there is no one else in your vicinity, or the exact opposite.

Just remember that moving in doesn’t have to be a rushed process, so taking the extra time to work through the crowd and maintain a level head or just taking off some time will not impact the end result of your move-in day.


  1. Anxiety


Moving to a new place can be a scary endeavor, regardless your age. So, remember that it’s okay to feel a little nervous, but there is going to be a network of support available to you throughout your stay in your new home.

Other organizations such as the Counseling and Wellness Center and the Gator Well support system may also prove beneficial to students as they transition into a new chapter of their lives.


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