If you’re moving to Fort Collions to attend college, or anywhere else, there are a few things you need to know about dorm life! Meeting your roommate for the first time, using a communal shower and bathroom, and understanding how to survive while sharing a very small room are all essential to a positive first semester experience. Whether you’re moving to Boulder or anywhere else to live in your first dorm room, take a look at these tips first.
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1. Try to reach out to your new roommate before you arrive on campus. Some schools will provide you with the full name of your roomie, and with the Internet you can pretty much find anyone. Reach out, connect, and get to know your new roommate from a distance if you can.
2. Figure out what will make your life easier. For the most part, this includes storage bins and other storage options; cooking utensils and equipment that you will need; and lots of clean linens and towels – -and don’t forget to buy a shower tote.
3. Figure out what you really don’t need (or what will seem silly once you arrive on campus). You may think that you need your entire stuffed animal collection, but you probably don’t. Pick one or two things, and leave the rest of those things that you think you can’t live without at home (you can always pick up stuff you left behind at a later time).
4. Pack only the clothes that you will need. Most first-year’s bring their entire wardrobe to school during the fall semester – this isn’t necessary. Only bring that stuff that you will need during the fall season. You can ask your parents to ship the rest of your things to you, or you can bring your winter clothes to school when you go home for a visit.
5. Realize that you can purchase items near your school. Really, you don’t need to worry if you didn’t pack everything – chances are that there’s a big store right around the corner.
6. Have a few things ready to wear – just in case you don’t unpack all of your stuff in time for class, it never hurts to have a few outfits ready to go.
7. Go with disposable. You should be eating most of your meals with friends in dining halls and at restaurants, but it’s never a bad idea to bring a few disposable plates and some silverware. There’s a good chance that washing dishes will be hard to do, and you don’t want to be “that person” that leaves a stack of plates in a kitchen sink!
8. Ask friends for help. If you’re moving to Boulder, ask your friends in that area to help you move if you don’t want to hire a moving company (which will make life easier if you don’t have a friend with a truck!).
Some Quick Storage Tips
You won’t have space to store everything that you have at home, so take some advice and storage tips from us!
• Leave some stuff behind. Seriously, you won’t use half of it.
• Switch clothes according to the season.
• Store stuff under your bed with storage bins.
• Consider a footlocker (or trunk)
• Buy organizational bins for your desk.
These storage tips should help, but we can help you even more – Exodus Moving and Storage offers large storage facilities in both Denver and Fort Collins in case you need to store anything that you can’t fit in your dorm room. Of course, Exodus Moving and Storage also provides full- service moving services should you need some help moving into your new room.
Above all – have fun with your new dorm room experience, and call Exodus Moving and Storage if you need any help with moving!
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we are happy to move you just about anywhere. Whether it’s a move down the street or a trek across the planet, we are proud to get you there. But there is one move we have noticed we have been helping out with often lately. It seems that many fine folks are relocating to Colorado for Texas, trading Austin for Boulder and so on. So in an effort to inform and inspire all those considering such a move, this Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to a move that may inspire you to trade in that 10 gallon hat.
Colorado Climate and Culture
If you are thinking of making the move north and moving from Texas to Colorado, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover a similar Western sensibility, a similar future in energy, and a similar emphasis on outdoor sports and recreation. Add in the grand mountain vistas, the cooler summers and the interstate connections, and you might discover that Colorado, like Texas, is a “whole ‘nother country” worth celebrating.
Colorado had its cowboy beginnings when the state was put on the map in the wake of the mid-nineteenth century gold rush. There is a proud frontier history that is expressed in cities and towns from the southern deserts to the high plains to the northern Rockies. Colorado is full of byways and railways that will let you view scenery nearly unchanged from when the state was a territory and “America the Beautiful” was being inspired by Pike’s Peak. You will hardly find any corridor more overflowing with the history of the Wild West than the legendary Santa Fe Trail which runs right through the heart of Southern Colorado. Numerous events like the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Greeley Stampede, or Kingdom Days remind us of this heritage, and they represent a small fraction of the proud commemorations that take place all over the state year round. Like Texans, Coloradoans are proud of their western heritage.
Colorado & Texas Resources
Colorado is also one of the leading energy producers in the country. Like Texas, Colorado is rich in shale, natural gas, and the recent Front Range oil bonanza is projected to add over 4 billion dollars of revenue to the state economy per year. In addition, many pioneers in the renewable energy sector are based in Colorado. Some of the most cutting edge research in biofuels, solar conversion, and wind power is conducted as a result of Colorado government, industry, and university partnerships. Colorado’s diverse and growing energy sector ensures that it will remain in the economic forefront into the future. That means job opportunities for people from Texas with energy experience.
The Outdoor Connection
Like Texas, Colorado is a place where people appreciate being outdoors. Colorado has a proud football and hockey legacy, but the mountains host the true passions of Coloradoans. You will find the slopes among the best you will ever sled, ski, or snowboard; you will also find some of the most skilled winter sports athletes the country has to offer. If you don’t want to climb the mountains right away, you would be hard pressed to find better places for fish and game. If biking, hiking, or camping is more your pace, there are numerous national and state parks that will suit your tastes. If you really like your adrenalin rushing, there are plenty of mountains to hurl yourself off of and planes to jump out of. The bottom line is that Colorado has something for every outdoor enthusiast. And the best part is you won’t need to travel far from urban centers like Denver or Colorado Springs to do it.
These are just a few explanations about why Colorado just might be the perfect fit for a Texan on the move. And if you are thinking of relocating from Texas to Colorado, we certainly hope you will let Exodus take you there.
At Exodus, we are happy to be premier Colorado movers. Because of this we get to see so many wonderful parts of our state. In a continued effort to showcase the beauty offered by this place, this week we are highlighting a city in Colorado that some people call, “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” It’s a unique place that continually ranks highly in various national studies that cover a multitude of things that people look for when they want to create a happy and fulfilled life. This area is renowned for combining its outdoor recreation offerings with a myriad of metropolitan opportunities.
Our Fresh Place Friday this week is all about Boulder Colorado.
Just off highway 36, Boulder Colorado sits 5,430 feet above sea level. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the city is primed for outdoor adventures of all kinds and the main area spans just over 25 square miles. With 300 miles of hiking and biking trails flourishing beyond the hustle of the center and an estimated 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this city for some action packed open air experiences. Add to this rock climbing, skiing and fly fishing and you have a nature lovers paradise.
The Southern Arapaho Indian tribe were the first people known to inhabit what is now called Boulder. In 1861, when Colorado became its own territory, the city of Boulder began to grow as a result of the miners who would set up base at the foot of the mountains before going hiking in to search for gold. Seeing a need to build stores, lodging, restaurants and bars to support this new influx of fast fortune hopefuls, Boulder rapidly developed. With the eventual completion of a functional highway to Denver, the city of Boulder has now grown to over 100,000 residents.
Because of its location and history, the city of Boulder has developed a very unique personality. The people enjoy fantastic food and shopping, art, music and theater as well as award winning spas. In 2010 Portfolio.com voted Boulder the “Brainiest City in America.” Bon Appetite Magazine voted it the “Foodiest” town in the US last October and in 2009 Forbes Magazine voted it the best place in the country to “Live Well In”. Known for personal health consciousness, committed to waste reduction and supporting a vast amount of fine microbreweries, Boulderites are happy to have you come for a visit or even make the move to Boulder.