• Bring a handcart or dolly.
  • Come up with a plan that makes good use of the 30-minute unloading permit. A lot of families will unload their car while the student is checking into their residence hall. Once unloaded, someone stays with the belongings while the car is moved to long-term parking. The belongings can then be moved into the room once the car is in long-term parking and check-in has been completed.
  • Move in faster. If you check in Friday or Saturday, you will be helped out by the Hokie helpers, a group of student volunteers who assist with unloading and move in. More information on the Hokie helpers and other move-in resources are available in the we can help section.
  • Prepare yourself for a lot of walking and climbing stairs. Many 3- to 4-floor residence halls do not have elevators, and move-in services are only located along Washington Street. Also, be prepared for summer weather.
  • Plan to send home or dispose of packing boxes, crates, or other moving supplies. Storage for such items is minimal.
  • Ask questions; staff members are available in every hall.