I probably should have done this post sooner, oops!
Moving day is big. It’s a huge step in your life, you already had the confirmed place at Uni but now you’re actually leaving home. It’ll be a big day for your family, too. Expect tears.
Of course it depends where you’re moving to (this is, if you’re moving at all!), but generally speaking it’s a pretty big deal and you’re bound to feel anxious, nervous, excited, overwhelmed, worried, happy, grown up and like a small child all at the same time. Don’t worry, though! Just like with the waiting stage of your application, most of the other people on your course, in your year, in your accommodation will be in the same place as you.
You’re leaving behind all your home comforts, your mum’s roast, your bed, your pets, your local area, your favourite pub, your friends, your whole way of life. But you’re also about to make loads of new friends, have a new bed, a new local area, find a new local pub, have a new way of living, start cooking for yourself, start being an adult. It’s going to be fun, so don’t fret.
The easiest thing for me was to start packing quite early… It depends where you’re moving in to as to what you’re going to pack. There are various lists splashed all over the Internet, any of them will be of use to you if you’re unsure of what to take. But things you’re not going to need in the meantime.. pack! Stackable boxes (Wilkinsons is ideal for these!) were a life saver for me. It meant I could take all (and I mean ALL) my things with me, and I could store the boxes away easily when I got there.
If you’re a really organised person then you may have your own system for unpacking and what have you, however if you’re like me it just involves being left alone for a few hours with your iTunes on full blast!
If your parent(s) drove you somewhere, be prepared for the goodbye. It’s never fun saying goodbye to anyone and, while it’s not forever, you can go for months without seeing them. As I said, expect tears. And hugs… lots of hugs.