Moving into a dorm or apartment is more than parking and dumping your stuff in your new place. Have a battle plan like the one below, and you won't be trying to jam more stuff into less space, or making frenzied runs to the store the night before classes start!
Be sure you know the following about your future living space:
Its exact dimensions (width and length plus ceiling height)
If it has built-in closets or not
If it comes already furnished or not
If it has central heat and air or not
If it is carpeted or not
What Not to Pack
Curtains (fire hazard)
Candles/incense (fire hazard)
Bed lofting kits (safety hazard)
Paint or nails (not allowed in most dorms/apartments)
2 Weeks Before Moving In
Call, text, or email your roomie(s) about needed furniture. Who's bringing the mini-fridge, the TV, etc? Make sure all of that is bought and ready to go.
Make sure you have your cleaning supplies packed on top, so that they are the first things you grab.
Be at the dorm early so you can lug everything in before it gets too hot and crowded.
Prop open the door to your new room to allow it to air while you move in.
Turn on A/C or open windows as appropriate.
Clean ALL the things, even the blinds, ceiling fans, and underneath furniture.