Last-minute do's and don't's for move-in day
Expect help Ė from a corps of about 300 student volunteers
called HELPs Ė on move-in day.
Photos by Rachel Bayne for WWU
Doís and Donítís for move-in day:
Do get ready. Sunday, Sept. 22 is Westernís official move-in day. But about half of all residents move in early. In fact, early check-in is recommended for residents of some halls to avoid long lines and traffic congestion. Check MyHousing to see what University Residences recommends for you.
Do make sure you park in designated places. Youíll have about 20 minutes to park in a loading zone. After that, youíll move your car to one of the free lots.
Do tour your hall if you havenít already. Find the emergency exits, alternative bathrooms, study areas and lounges.
Do leave your door open. There will be a lot of people going through the hall. If your door is open, youíll be able to meet your floor-mates more easily. Also go out and explore, introduce yourself to other people on the floor. Be sure you close your door when you leave though.
Pack for one season at a time, if possible. You wonít have a lot of space in the closet. Consider packing the clothes you think youíll need and then cut that amount in half.
Things you should bring
Picture ID. Youíll need it to check in and get your keys.
Memory foam. A little extra cushion on the bed can ensure you are well rested during your academic year.
Snacks. Western provides several, conveniently located dining halls with delicious food, but sometimes youíll get hungry between dining hall hours.
Plastic storage bins. Most rooms will provide closets, but if you want to organize your things, having small storage bins will help you keep your things neat and easy to find.
Small cleaning amenities such as Clorox Wipes or 409. Itís nice to have some on hand just in case thereís a mess.
A small set of tools. Things might happen throughout your stay that require some sort of fixing. Some halls offer tool checkouts, but others donít. Having your own half-inch socket wrench to set up your bed instead of having to wait and check one out is nice, too.
Proper tools for decorations. Itís generally not allowed to put holes in the walls, so use removable adhesive products or painterís tape to hang posters and pictures. Some rooms have closet doors made out of cork board, making it easy to be creative.
Something that reminds you of home. If you are easily homesick, having mementos from home will ease your mind.
Emergency kit. Bellingham is prone to severe weather from time to time, so make sure you have an emergency kit placed conveniently in your dorm. Your emergency kit should include three daysí worth of disaster supplies such as a flashlight, energy bars, bottled water, thermal blanket and body warmers. Westernís AS Bookstore sells three-day emergency kits, too.
First-aid kit. Make sure you are able to take care of any small injuries to prevent infection and the spread of germs. Any serious injuries should be seen at Westernís Health Center.
Things you donít need:
Toilet paper, trash bags and cleaning supplies Ė unless you live in Birnam Wood apartments, where these items are not provided. A vacuum may also be provided, but check with your RA for sure.
Furniture. Unless you know how big your room is and you coordinate with your roommate, you really donít need extra chairs, couches or tables. Remember, there likely will be a lounge in your hall where you can mingle with dorm mates.
Umbrella. Washington is known for rainy weather but Bellingham is known for rainy and windy weather. Your umbrella will be no use up here unless you want to look silly when it turns inside out. Itís best to invest in good rain boots and a rain jacket.
A car. The bus system in Bellingham is very reliable Ė and your Western Card acts as a bus pass.