You have spent months searching for the ideal student accommodation and you have found it. Move in day has arrived. With so much to think about, what do you have to do now? Moving into student accommodation is an exciting time and it marks the start of a new chapter in your life as a student.
Whether you are relocating from overseas or studying in a new city away from home, there is a lot to do before you start your studies. Before the academic year begins there are several things that you must carry out to ensure that your transition into student accommodation runs smoothly.
1. Before you spend your first night in your new accommodation, make sure that you have all of your essentials to hand. This includes:
- Personal belongings and paperwork, such as identification and medication.
- Bed linen – your sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases.
- Cleaning materials – your student accommodation may need a clean before you settle in.
- Essential toiletries – towels, soap, hand wash, shampoo, cosmetics, hair products and toothpaste and toothbrush.
- Kitchen utensils – dishes, cutlery and pans.
- Electronics – microwave, toaster, kettle, hairdryer. Top Tip: When moving into a shared flat, check with your roommate what appliances to bring as you don’t need two kettles or two toasters, for example.
- Textbooks and documents relating to your course.
These are essentials and should be immediately to hand when you have moved in.
2. Once you have the basics in place, you then need to:
- Make arrangements for the internet to be connected. When arranging a phone line, request that you have an itemised bill so you only pay for what you use.Purchase a television licence if you don’t already have one.
- Contact the utility companies and let them know that you are the new tenant. See if you can switch to a better deal and record meter readings. If you do switch any providers don’t forget to notify your landlord.
- Set up a new bank account if required for your utility bills. If you are living in a shared house, don’t forget to add everyone’s name to the utility bill.
3. Acknowledge yourself with the place:
- If the property has been empty for a while, run the water in the shower and sinks to flush through any stagnant or stale water
- Locate points where you can switch off the gas, electric and water if you need to.
- Test the fire alarms to make sure they are working correctly
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