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Moving in Checklist

Written by Sam | August 28, 2018

As many are enjoying the summer holidays, we look ahead to the middle of September when you will be moving in to your all new Student Accommodation. The first time might be daunting, but we promise as you go through the years, it gets easier to decide what to take with you. In other blogs, we teach you a little bit about regulations, repairs and damages. We suggest you read those to give yourself the best start before you move in to  your accommodation or housing! Here at Student-It, we thought it might be a good idea to write a quick checklist of what to take with you on your FIRST ever time at University.

First lets start with the basics:

You’re going to need majority of your clothes. We know this sounds really basic however, you will find that student accommodation, may not have the same storage space as in your own home. This means that it will be good to streamline some of the clothes that you take plus, it will save some space in the car on the way! So start off by sorting what you want and need over the you would ‘like’ to take! Unfortunately you have to decide those bits, but we should be able to help with the rest!

So you’ve got the real basics, what next? Bedding, some places might provide it, others are likely not to. You’re going to need:

  • Sheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Duvet Cover plus any extras that you might want.
  • Towels

Our tip here is to check the size of the bed, you might be able to use some of the bedding from your own home if it is the same size. On the other hand you might have to take a trip to get some the right size for your bed! Again, this is why it is so important to view the house before you agree to move in! Once you have everything, make sure you have several sets of bedding so that you keep it fresh!

Right now, your room is really starting to look like your own. You now just need to make it YOURS! This where you get to personalise everything in your room, you can take your

  • PC
  • Laptop
  • Ipad
  • Speakers
  • TV
  • Xbox
  • Playstation
  • Games
  • Books
  • Photos
  • Pictures
  • Posters
  • Mirrors

These will really make your room your own! Quick Note: Some places don’t like blutac on the wall as it can leave marks, so please check with your provider or letting agent to make sure you can get your deposit back at the end!

Moving on to the kitchen! You might not spend a lot of time in here, or you are going to spend a lot, cooking for you and your friends! It’s always best to take a few of the essentials, this way you are covered on all bases! Some providers and houses have some the essentials left in them however many don’t, so if you take your own then you are covered. These can be:

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • Pots & Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Tea Towels
  • Fabric Softner
  • Washing powder/ Gel/ Capsules

The only block you may come across is when everyone puts all their stuff in to the communal cupboards. This way everyone uses everyones pots, pans etc. If you are happy with this then leave them in there, if you not it’s best to put them in your own cupboard or let them know that you want them to ask first! Let’s not forget that you will have paid for all this stuff! So be respectful to yours and others. If you get unhappy with the way others use or treat your possessions, it’s best to talk to each other about it.

As you progress through the years of University, you will get more and more stuff for the house. You will only notice this when you come to take it all home again after your final year! However if you don’t want to take it home, you can donate it to charity as they love that kind of thing, donate it to other students if they need it or if the agent/landlord is happy, leave it in the house or accommodation for the next person!

You have your basics, you can cook your meals with all your utensils, what the meals look like us up to you! You have a room to sleep in which, is designed in your style! Here are some items which you will need as general consensus to get you through your time which you may not of thought about

  • Food – PASTA & RICE. The staple of every meal! Buy them in bulk as they are much cheaper! Making your own meals if you haven’t done it a lot can be quite difficult, so the best way to make sure your getting enough energy throughout the day is to base your meals around rice and pasta! Not every meal though!
  • Toothpaste – Your going to want fresh breath!
  • Shower Gel & Shampoo – If you have a shower before your 9am, you will feel a lot more awake!
  • Notepads & Pens – Write notes in from lectures, shopping lists or anything else! A good tool to have!
  • Sports Kit – At uni you may not like the idea of going to the gym or doing exercise however, it is worth it. The health benefits of exercising is incredible, plus it can help you feel better, more awake and study more! Gyms obviously cost per month, you can find cheap ones, or you can go for a run and make the world your gym! Your choice!

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