BERKELEY (KCBS) – Thousands of students are moving into the dormitories at University of California Berkeley this weekend before Thursday’s start of classes.

Incoming students and their families rolled luggage and carried boxes filled with all the essentials for starting life away from home.

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“There’s so much stuff, and you don’t realize how much stuff they need,” said Lisa Parsley of Sacramento who helped move her son Jonathan into Cal’s Unit-3 dorm complex on Durant Avenue.

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Jonathan Parsley, who will share a room with two other incoming freshmen, said he knows it will be an experience and is grateful scholarships are paying for nearly 80% of his tuition.

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“The expected cost for every student is $32,000 a year and that’s for in-state students. Out-of-state students I believe is $50,000 which is ludicrous,” he said.

The family still had to take out loans but Jonathan’s mother said the emotional toll is a lot higher than the price of the education, since he’s the first child to leave for school.

“I’m going to miss his voice and his hugs and just his presence,” she said.

About 6,300 undergraduates are moving into UC Berkeley’s dorms.

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