First-year Northeastern students — and their parents — say move-in ‘super smooth’ and ‘by far the easiest!’

Ved Naykudi and his mother taking a selfie
Northeastern freshman Ved Naykudi poses for a selfie with his mother after moving into the East Village dormitory on the Boston campus. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

They’re back!

Students began moving into Northeastern residence halls this week, and the Boston campus was ready.

“It was actually pretty good,” Ved Naykudi, a first-year student moving into East Village, said of the move-in process on Monday. “They took all my stuff up and it went pretty quickly and went well.”

Stanley Tun agreed.

“It was great — pretty smooth,” Tun, a first-year student from Boxboro, Massachusetts, said Tuesday morning. “I came here, got a hamper, and moved in.”

Parents were likewise impressed.

“I’ve moved two kids into different universities and this was by far the easiest!” parent Ana Gomez said. 

Gomez, who was dropping off her son Aidan on Monday, described the move-in process as “super smooth.” 

Neha Bora described it similarly.

“It is very smooth,” said Bora, who was dropping off her daughter Arshiya on Tuesday. “Everyone’s been extremely helpful and nice.”

About 11,000 students are moving into residence halls on the Boston campus between Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Sept. 4.

The move-ins are staggered, so as not to overwhelm one area of the Boston campus on any given day, and students are assigned a move-in date and time. The number of students arriving can range from roughly 250 students on Friday, Sept. 1, to almost 1,000 students on Monday, Sept. 4. Move-in occurs between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Housing and Residential Life has developed a move-in process that has volunteers direct cars through campus to curbside drop-off, crews with moving hampers at the ready to deliver belongings to students’ rooms, a temporary ramp up the concrete steps to Stetson East, and more, to welcome students and their families to campus. 

A similar army of volunteers will be on-hand over the next week to help students move into residence halls and university-sponsored housing on Northeastern’s London and Oakland campuses.

“It’s definitely exciting to see everyone with their families,” said Tony Yang, a fifth-year student and resident assistant at East Village. “It’s exciting to meet new residents because this is my first year as an RA.”

The move-in process is designed to be as smooth and stress-free as possible — as moving into college can be an exhilarating experience for students.

“I’m excited about meeting new people, attending classes and experiencing college life,” Arshiya Bora said. 

Tun said he was similarly excited to “meet everybody and learn stuff.”

“After all, that’s what I’m here for,” Tun said, laughing.

First-years and cousins Wyatt Bracy and Hannah Piersol, who live in the Virgin Islands and Colorado, respectively, were even having a bit of a family reunion on Tuesday. The cousins hadn’t seen each other since they were little kids. But both decided to attend Northeastern, and both plan on studying computer science.

A smooth move-in process also helps with some of the emotional aspects of such a momentous day.

“I’m not sobbing as we’re leaving, so I feel like I’m doing well,” parent Sheryl Girard said after dropping off her eldest child, Gavin, on campus Monday. 

Girard described the move-in process as “fast and easy and organized.”

Virendra Naykudi, father of Ved, said that the move-in process at Northeastern set a high standard for moving in to college. Although he had one hope for next year.

“Hopefully, his stuff will be lighter next time,” Virendra Naykudi said.

Cyrus Moulton is a Northeastern Global News reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @MoultonCyrus.