BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Moving-In day is a memorable and exciting one. Freshmen see it as the beginning of the best four years of their life. Seniors see it as the beginning of the end. Parents see it as a logistical and physical nightmare.
Dorms across the country are as high as 27 stories. On that first day, the elevators are usually jammed.
That's where Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos, both Auburn graduates, saw an opportunity.
They founded a company in 2010, Campus Bellhops, to help students move into their dorms on the Plains. "We said if we could do 25 moves, we'd be happy, just to cover costs," says Doody. "That first year, we moved 230 students into the dorms."
They saw the need to expand their resources and services. While several universities offer free move-in assistance, those resources can be stretched thin by the waves of students rolling in all at once. According to Doody, 90 percent of college students move into their residences during the same four-week period. They've now expanded their branches to 48 cities across the country.
The company doesn't hire just anyone. They only hire students at the university, and put them through a rigorous screening process. "It just puts customers at ease that they have guys in their home that they would allow their daughters to date," says Doody.
In addition, when you book with Campus Bellhops you receive an e-mail with a picture and information about the movers.
For more information, visit https://campusbellhops.com/
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