5 things you need to know when moving to college

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Packing and moving to college is always stressful, especially if you’re moving to another country. If you don’t know where to start with your preparation, here’s a little guide that will make things much easier. Have a look and take notes.

Apply for a passport and visa

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To travel and study abroad you must have a valid passport. If you already have your passport, make sure to check the expiration date (also be sure that it won’t expire within 6 months of your stay).

Besides your passport, you may need a visa for your stay. Different countries have different visa requirements, and it’s best if you contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you’re planning to study in to gather information about visa requirements and any special travel restrictions. Both passports and visa applications can take some time to process, so make sure you apply well in advance.

Check the college website for move-in policies and banned items

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College websites usually contain much useful information about student volunteers who can help you when you arrive. It might also have some parking info, campus maps, and moving-in schedules. College websites should also contain a list of banned items. For example, some campuses ban coffee makers, kettles or extension cords. The list varies from college to college and country to country, so make sure to give it a look.

Plan for 3 to 6 months

When you're moving far away from home, it's not very likely you'll be visiting your home every week, so try to pack for the next three to six months. Consider changing seasons, and bring some essential pieces you'll need in the fall and what can carry you through to the winter.

But, don’t bring every jacket, coat and pair of shoes you own, rather pair down as much as possible. When you think logically, you’ll realise that your fall clothes can substitute for spring quite easily, so don’t pack separate clothes. And avoid bringing things you might wear once or twice. Stick to essentials and leave “maybes” at home.

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