If your student has accepted an offer of admission, congratulations! Now that your days of visiting colleges and touring campuses are over, you may think your days of planning travel to college are, too, but wait…there’s more!
Some key college events will be scheduled over the next 3 – 6 months. Advance planning, especially when it comes to making hotel reservations, will make things easier down the road.
Freshman or Transfer Student Orientation.
If your student has accepted an offer of admission and will enroll this fall, you’ve probably already received information about college orientation. Some colleges will host new student orientation during the summer. If you haven’t made arrangements for lodging, now is the time. Check your orientation information, students (and even parents) may be given the option of spending the night in a dorm, but if you choose to book a hotel room instead, do it as soon as possible.
The countdown to freshman move-in has begun. If your drive time to campus is over four hours, then you may want to arrive the day before move-in begins so you can get a fresh start on move-in morning.
Many colleges host Parents Weekend during late September or October. It’s likely the dates for this event are already set and have been logged on the campus event calendar found on the college web site. Even if you have not received your invitation, search the college’s web site or call the Office of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office to confirm the date and let the travel planning begin!
Football/Fall Athletic Events.
If attending an athletic event at your student’s college is on your list of things to do this fall, then booking a hotel room when you buy your event tickets is always a good idea. Depending on the size of the school and popularity of the program and location, it may already be too late to find a hotel close to campus! Try searching for a hotel in a neighboring town or explore alternative lodging options such as Airbnb, Craigslist, HomeAway or VRBO.
You can plan travel to your student’s campus using Smart College Visit’s college search tool. We provide all the travel logistics you need: access directions to campus, search hotels, book flights, and plan all your college travel from now through graduation (yet another countdown to look forward to!). Search our blog for travel planning tips such as your travel bill of rights.Find a hotel near your campus.