It’s been just over a month since I’ve moved into a single room at Pitman Hall at Ryerson. It was my first time moving and I didn’t know what to expect. Now, I’m here to give you five tips I learned to improve your move-in.
1. Label everything you bring.
When I made the move from Ottawa to Toronto, the family car was jammed with boxes, bins, and bags, all labelled with my name on them in case they were misplaced. During check-in on move-in day, you’re provided with stickers with your building and room number to label your belongings. When you arrive at your building, amazing volunteers help you unpack your car and put your stuff into bins and trolleys. Make sure everything stays with you, as it can be super hectic and you don’t want anything misplaced.
2. Don’t bring everything.
It can be tempting to get everything you need off of a checklist and pack it before you move, but at first, only bring the necessities for your first few days. Check what’s provided in your room and what you need to bring. What’s needed for a double room in the International Living/Learning Centre is different than an apartment in HOEM. Anything you aren’t sure about bringing, save the purchase for later. Ryerson is in downtown Toronto and close to different stores for all dorm essentials. If that fails, you can order anything you need online.
3. Say hi to your neighbours.
If you see your neighbours while you’re moving in, introduce yourself and say hi! These are people you share a wall with and will see almost every day for the rest of the school year. Attend your floor meeting that will take place shortly after you move in. It’s a great way to make friends on an overwhelming day.
4. Bring a speaker and a music source.
It took me a couple of hours to set up my room and for some of it, I was alone. Having music playing kept my morale up as I put my bed together, hung up my photos and tried to set up my printer, keyword being “tried.”
5. Unpack everything.
Move-in day isn’t the day to procrastinate. Unpack every container and set up your room the way you want. Enjoy your new room before you get busy and it becomes untidy. It’ll also give you a sense of what you still need to buy for your room. Get rid of the bins you brought, but hold on to a suitcase for any travelling during the school year.
If I survived move-in day, so can you! Hopefully, these tips make move-in easier for when the time comes.