Virginia Tech Move-in Tips

It’s that time again; time for new Virginia Tech Hokies to move in to the dorms for freshman year.

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Fall 2015 Undergraduate Move-in begins Wednesday, August 19 and goes through Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Virginia Tech Move-in Tips

  1. Check out the VT Campus Map BEFORE you arrive. It will help when you know the closest parking lot/street to your dorm while unloading.
  2. Look for Hokie Helpers in BLUE shirts. (Hokie Helpers will be available Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help unload vehicles.)
  3. Dress for hot weather–even if it’s not hot out. Most dorms are not air conditioned, and with a large amount of movement, people, and open doors, the dorms will feel warmer than it is outside. (Don’t forget to bring water and snacks.)
  4. Bring a tool kit – Packed with everything you need, you might need, or a fellow Hokie down the hall may need.
  5. Bring a fan. Even if you have an air conditioned dorm, a fan is essential. Reasons: while moving the air is the obvious reason, fans also generate “white noise” and since most college students are loud night owls, it may be easier to sleep with a fan running. (Buy one that is easy to store.)
  6. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors! There will be a point in the next week that if you haven’t already initiated contact, it becomes a little awkward! Get it over with and start getting to know your fellow Hokies!
  7. KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN. This is the best way to meet new people! Hall mates will come down the hall and introduce themselves…but they can’t if your door is closed!
  8. Get to know your quad and campus. Map out where the dining halls are and nearby dorm names. The last thing you want is to be STARVING and not know where the dining halls are!
  9. Make a Kroger/Foodlion run with your parents. Grab water bottles, breakfast bars, and on-the-go snacks. Hold off on Ramen as long as you can (though it’s an inevitable part of college life).
  10. Pack tissues. It’s a given. There will be tears. Don’t forget to say “thank you” to mom and dad! Move-in day is not only physically draining, but emotionally draining. Both parties will be a bit stressed out, so be sure to take a moment to breathe, smile, and say thank you.