Orientation and Move-In

We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.


Coordinate with your roommate on who will bring what.  The in-room refrigerator/microwave is a nice addition.

On travel, arrive a couple days early to get acclimated and make sure you’re organized to move into your dorm room.

I had to move all of my things from Minnesota, so what I did is I preordered things from stores to pick up (like Bed Bath and Beyond, the Container Store…etc).  So I packed my clothes and bought things like school supplies, pillows, food, etc).  Then for summer storage, I rented a storage unit with 5 of my friends who are also from far away to store everythign we don’t need over the summer.

Pre-order thru Bed Bath and Beyond.  This way when you go to the store they have it all for you ready to pick up.  For long distance travelers this will make logistic that much less stressful.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond also has a sweet thing where you can buy all of your dorm materials in your local area, then pick them up at the local store in Winston-Salem. I would highly recommend this program.

Editorial note:  The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had students responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a student offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the student commentators, not the views of the Parent Programs office or Wake Forest.