Move-In Madness

As August comes to a close, reality sets in.  It’s time to start buying books and becoming familiar with your schedules, but it’s also time to move in.  If you’re a freshmen that means braving the hordes of move-in traffic to haul your entire life into a small dorm room.  If you’re an upper classmen, that might mean moving into a new apartment for the first time with some good friends.  My freshmen year, I experienced dorm life with a fun roommate and minimal closet space, as a sophomore, I lived in an apartment with my two best friends, and as I approach my junior year, I have returned to the dorms for the semester, though I opted for a more relaxed “early move-in” to avoid the crowds.

Whether your in the dorms dealing with a new roommate and community shower or living in an apartment dealing with cooking meals for the first time and paying electricity bills, it can all be a bit overwhelming.  Living in both situations, I have some advice on how to deal with the move-in madness.

Get organized:

Moving involves a lot of boxes and bags filled with clothes and toiletries and a bunch of other random necessities, and it can become kind of a mess.  In order to prepare yourself for the school year and complete your move, you should organize all of your belongings.  Don’t wait weeks or even months to unpack.  Find a place in your dorm or apartment for all of your things to prevent feelings of anxiety.  Making sure my room is organized helps me feel more motivated to be productive.

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Get comfortable:

My first time moving into the dorm, I was mostly thinking about the necessities like shower shoes and sheets, but I highly recommend taking some time to think about what makes you comfortable in your room at home.  Whether it be photos of you and your pets or a specific pillow or your favorite mug, I suggest bringing a few of those belongings to make you feel homey at your home away from home.

Get involved:

Moving-in is an event all on its own, but there are lots of events and things to do around campus and Boulder during the first week of move-in.

  • August 24th – CU Kickoff: Gather in Folsom Stadium with your fellow Buffs for the official CU Kickoff pep rally, complete with the traditional appearance by Ralphie!
  • August 24th – Connect at the Rec: Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities at The Rec, including bouldering in the climbing gym, swimming in the Buff pool, lawn games, ice skating, Zumba dance party, free food and more!
  • August 25th – Taste of CU: Enjoy delicious food, live music, and a chance to connect with other Buffs at this signature Fall Welcome event, hosted by Housing and Dining Services.
  • August 25th – UMC FallFest: From the free inflatables and games to the food and prizes, there are endless ways to get engaged with your UMC and the campus community –and have fun doing it!
  • August 26th – Welcomefest: Join new and returning Buffs for a night of music on Farrand Field.
  • Check out downtown Boulder and go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning
  • Get to know campus and see where your classes are located
  • Meet the people in your hall: Leave your door open for people to say or introduce yourself to your neighbors!

Go to for more information on Fall Welcome events.

No matter what living situation you have this year, I hope this advice helps you to have a smooth move-in and a great first week.  Go buffs!!!