It’s the day that students long for and doting parents dread: college move-in day. Whether it is your freshman year or you’re moving back after summer break, careful planning and a little research will ensure a hassle-free experience.

We’ve assembled some notes and college move-in tips for those for students moving into UC Berkeley. Like every school, UC Berkeley has their own set of rules for moving to college and for what is and what it not allowed in the dorms. Let’s start with the do-not-bring list:

  • Candles
  • Halogen lights
  • Electric cooking implements
  • Incense
  • Pets
  • Toaster
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate
  • Microwave*
  • Refrigerator*

*Microwaves and refrigerators can be ordered through the school for your dorm room. This can be done online.

It’s also requested that you not bring extra furniture on moving day. While additional furniture is allowed, it’s best to settle in and then decide if extra furniture is needed. Each dorm room at UC Berkeley is outfitted with:

  • Extra-long twin single beds or bunk beds
  • Desks and chairs
  • Drawer space
  • Closets
  • Mirrors
  • Bookshelves
  • Waste baskets
  • Curtains


While the rooms are well-equipped, there is much you will need to bring including:

  • Computer
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Dinnerware
  • Desk lamp
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Mattress pad
  • Ethernet cable
  • Umbrella
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Lock for locker in the bathroom
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower basket
  • Television (must have the Energy Star logo)
  • School supplies
  • White board or corkboard
  • Power strip
  • Music system

Not every student will need to bring every item on the list, and the list is not exhaustive, but it is a good starting point for your UC Berkeley college dorm shopping.

College Moving Tips

Now that you have an idea what to pack and what not to pack, you’re ready for moving day. Here are some college moving tips.

NOTE: Every student moving in to UC Berkeley must register for a move-in time slot. This can be done by visiting the housing portal on the school’s website.

  • Arrive on time for your move-in slot.
  • Bring a hand truck.
  • Talk to your roommate in advance to agree upon details.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Bring sufficient help.

Take a look at the room before you start moving things in to see if you’ll need to clean first.

Don’t make any changes to the room, such as swapping out curtains or moving furniture, without first discussing it with your roommate.

Don’t leave items unattended by your car or truck.

Hiring professional help is another way to make moving to college easier. Contact Foster Van Lines to learn about our college move-in services. Give us a call today, or fill out our simple online form for a free moving quote. 

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