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While summer is just getting under way, many students are looking forward to moving into the residence halls at Georgia State University. Future residents are starting to plan their campus arrival amid attending orientation, selecting a room and making connections with roommates. New and returning residents have plenty of time to plan their arrival for fall semester of 2016. To assist residents with their planning, University Housing has the Top Five Tips to Live Like a Panther.
Top Five Tips to Live Like a Panther
- Finalize the room assignment. Students who have not yet completed a housing application need to complete that first step. Students who have completed a housing application need to make sure they have selected a room assignment. In order to plan their arrival, students need to know where they will be living.
- Plan early but not too early! Residents may be anxious to move into their residence hall and room but may want to hold off on purchasing items until after connecting with their roommate(s). Roommates should discuss with each other the items each roommate will bring to campus.
- Communication is key! It is important to establish open lines of communication with roommates prior to move in day. Discuss move in times, items each roommate is bringing and expectations on sharing the space. Conversations not only allow each roommate to have an idea of what it will be like to live on campus, it will also help eliminate extraneous items from the rooms. To ensure that family and friends have an enjoyable move in experience, plan ahead with roommate(s).
- Ready to arrive on campus? With about 5300 residential students, move in days tend to be a little hectic and hot! Residents should plan arrival times based on Move In information. Bringing family members is encouraged. However, parking is limited near the residence halls. Once residents arrive on campus for move in to their designated residence hall, they will check into their rooms. Upon arrival to the check in locations, residents will need to present their Panther ID. In addition, residents will need to provide information about their emergency contacts. The paperwork process for move in will go smoothly if residents come prepared with the proper information. The check in process is for residential students only. Parents and family members can relax in the lobby or parent welcome rooms within each residence hall.
- Utilize resources! During move in, there will be volunteers present to welcome residents and assist with move in. In addition, residents can rent a bin from the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to help move in their belongings. Bins are limited, and the process is first come, first served. While there is a small fee, the fee is added to residents’ student accounts. Fees from bin rentals go back to the organization to support residential needs such as shopping shuttles, experiences within Atlanta and programs.
Residents have many resources just steps away from their residence hall rooms. Utilize Resident Assistants (RAs) to ask questions about housing, the campus or even the city of Atlanta. First year students can connect with their First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Mentor. Living-learning community residents can utilize their Programming Assistant (PA) as well. These three staff members will be able to give residents insight into University Housing and the campus experience.
The July news story will have tips from student leaders living on campus about how to make the most of the residential experience.