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48 IG Caption Ideas for All Your College Move-in Day Pics

published Aug 21, 2023
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College move-in day is one of the most emotional days of the year: The bittersweet feeling of leaving behind everything that’s familiar to establish a whole new way of life. The anticipation of hoping all of your perfectly packed items fit in your new space. The excitement (and possible awkwardness) of meeting your roommates for the first time. The butterflies when you discover your campus crush. The intense focus of determining where to place your furniture and each decoration. The fear of using the communal bathrooms. The hope for all the opportunities that lie in the year ahead of you.  

As a rising junior with a couple of move-in days already under my belt, my biggest piece of advice for any college student on move-in day is to embrace each feeling so you can cherish the memories for years to come. But even if you do that, it can all still be a bit of a blur, so my favorite way to ensure I can really capture the memory is by documenting it on social media. And as for the caption? I’ve got you covered with plenty of ideas.

Short and Sweet Move-in Day Captions

1. I live here now

2. I never want to leave

3. It feels good to be back

4. Happy Move-In Day to all who celebrate

5. Honey, I’m home

6. A fresh start

7. Dorm sweet dorm

8. Home for the next 9 months

9. The first night of our long-term sleepover 

10. Dream dorm

11. Page one of a new chapter

12. New dorm, new me

13. Home away from home

14. Move-in day deets

15. Moments from move-in day

16. First of many photo dumps in my new dorm

17. Pics I sent my mom on move-in day

18. It just got real

19. New beginnings

20. It’s time for a new adventure

21. My Pinterest board has come to life

22. Move-in OOTD

23. Goodbye, summer; hello, college

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Funny and Sarcastic Move-in Day Captions

1. New dorm, who’s this?

2. Hopefully no one judges the mess I’m about to make in here

3. It’s cool that I brought my stuffed animals … right?

4. Wait, college isn’t just about decorating my dorm room?

5. BRB, preparing for all the awkward “dorm bonding” icebreakers

6. Looking forward to all the classes I’m going to sleep through in this bed

7. Found my new cry spot

8. I can’t believe my parents are letting me move out

9. Guess I finally have to learn how to do laundry

10. Another move-in day post for your IG feed

11. This might be the only time you see this room clean

12. Work hard, nap harder

13. Hard launch, dorm room edition

14. Decorating my dorm room, don’t text

Pop Culture References as Move-in Day Captions

1. “Here I am in my new apartment in a big city, they just dropped me off” – @taylorswift, “Never Grow Up”

2. “Oooh, this is nice! It don’t smell like roaches in here or nothing.” – Nobody’s Fool

3. Welcome to my Barbie dream dorm

4. “Pivot!” – Friends

5. “There’s so much room for activities!” – Step Brothers

6. “And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed).” – Dr. Seuss

7. “Ch-ch-changes” – @davidbowie, “Changes”

8. “Don’t look back got a new direction” – @jordinsparks, “Tattoo”

9. Hey, MTV, welcome to my crib

10. “Today is not just another day. It’s a new opportunity, a new chance, a new beginning.” – Anonymous

11. “It’s the start of something new” – High School Musical

Haley Karinja

Business Digital Technology and Emerging Media & Marketing

Haley Karinja is an undergraduate student at Fordham University. Haley is pursuing a degree in Digital Technology and Emerging Media & Marketing. Haley is working toward a career in digital marketing and has had many internships in social media marketing in sports, entertainment, retail, and more. Haley is also a freelance content creator and specializes in short-form video content. Outside of school and her career pursuits, Haley enjoys fitness and is currently a University Ambassador at Soulcycle. Haley also loves photography, exploring NYC with friends, and going back to her hometown on the Jersey shore for a beach day.

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