After the first year of school many students choose to abandon their small dorm room space and secure an apartment in a nearby community. Of course dorm living is drastically different from apartment living. Most students usually have their parents come up a month or two earlier to pick out furniture, while some scour area garage sales for treasures. Either way sprucing up an apartment involves much more work than hanging a few pics in the dorm.
Believe it or not, some students even hire an Austin moving company to assist with their move. This is usually a minimal expense seeing as though there are not a lot of items to move. Others rent a small moving van to haul their furnishings to their new place. When possible I always recommend either hiring a moving company, or least one or two movers to assist you with your do-it-yourself move. Have a great semester!