You have finally graduated from college. Congratulations! But, the time has come to say goodbye to your friends, your roommate, and your campus and to move to your first apartment as an adult. No, it is not going to be easy, however, it is something that has to be done. So, how does one prepare for moving from a dorm to their first apartment? Well, you should keep on reading if you want to find out.

Stock up Before Moving From a Dorm

When you have a ‘student’ status, you get a lot of student discounts! Thus, before you actually graduate, use that to your advantage and stock up on the items for your new apartment. You will be surprised how expensive everyday stuff is, so every dollar counts. Try to gather as many home stuff as you can. Those can be items for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office, or anything you might need. Many stores and websites offer a student discount, so make sure to explore your options while you are still living in your dorm. Using a student discount and thus, saving money, is one of the best survival tips for college students.

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Before moving from a dorm, use your student discount to buy new items for your apartment.

Learn to Budget

Another thing you should think about when moving from a dorm to your first apartment is budget. How much money do you have at your disposal? Do you have any savings? Will you start working and earning soon? Think about these questions and put everything on the paper. Only then you will be able to see how big is your budget. According to it, find your new apartment and organize yourself and your move.

Find Your New Apartment

Of course, before moving from a dorm, you must find your perfect first apartment. But, that is not as easy as it seems. Finding your new, dream home is not going to be easy. It is a process that requires time and energy. Thus, as soon as you set your moving date, start looking for your new home. Put your priorities and your budget on a piece of paper and start researching, first online. Check all the listings! Then, once you find a couple of apartments you like, schedule a viewing.

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Prepare for the Moving Day

Finally, it is time for moving from your dorm for good. It is a bitter-sweet feeling, we know! Thus, we recommend, doing most of the things beforehand, so that you would have enough time to say goodbye to your friends, your campus, and do any last-minute packing. So, a couple of days before you actually move, start by getting rid of all the things that are damaged, broken, or useless. Then, get boxes for everything else. It would also be a good idea to ask some of your friends to help you pack and move heavy furniture once the moving truck arrives.