Guest Article: Moving Out Of University Accommodation

A first year student’s moving out guide:

Hi again!

As a follow-up to the student’s moving-out-of-home guide Daniel so politely let me write for this blog back in February, I’ve written this ‘student’s moving-out-of-res guide’ to smooth the transition from your first year res to wherever you’ll be dwelling subsequently. I’ve decided to keep the format the same (a nice, easy to follow number list), so here goes:

#1: Ditch what you don’t need

Moving out of your res is a great opportunity to declutter, and lose some of the stuff you inevitably collected during your first year. Sweep aside the traffic cones and road signs you ‘liberated’ from various building sites, chuck out the numerous sombreros, pirate hats and novelty glasses in your ‘fancy dress box’ (these items become less and less socially acceptable as your university career progresses), and make some much needed space for the detritus you’ll collect in years 2 and 3.

#2: Pack properly

Cramming everything into binbags, while possibly easier, probably isn’t the best option. I left my packing until the morning (!) of moving out day, and had to be out by 12. As a result all of my belongings were manically shoved into whatever receptacles I could find, and when I unpacked them at the other end I found a lot of things bent, damaged, or otherwise broken. I recommend proper packing materials; cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and so on.

#3: Think back over what you’ve learned in the last year

First year is a time when you learn a lot about yourself, about your friends (current and former), and about how to research and write an entire essay in three hours without going to any of the lectures. Taking the time to think back over the year, the experiences it contained, and the lessons learned (academic or otherwise) is a good thing to do, and I highly recommend it. Whether just you and a piece of paper, or over a few drinks with a few friends.

#4: Prepare for not receiving your full deposit back

‘Communal damage charges’ and ‘cleaning costs’ are a polite explanation of the rinsing you’ll almost certainly receive from accommodation services. I think between us in first year we managed to incur ~£400 in charges, which equated to losing ~£40 of our deposits each. Though this isn’t too crippling an amount of money to lose, it’s worth bearing it in mind. In retrospect it would have been worth bearing it in mind at the start of the year, not accidentally breaking the sink, and not losing the ~£40 as a result (but see point #3 on this list).

#5: Have one last party

Why not, eh? Some of the people in halls you may be living with next year, but some of the others, let’s face it, you’re never going to see again. Having one final (celebratory?) send-off is almost demanded, and it’s a good way to cement (or attempt to establish) your reputation as wild party animals. And all the horror stories, communal damage charges and awkward flat-mates aside, you’ll look back fondly on your days in res, so definitely make the most of it!


2 thoughts on “Guest Article: Moving Out Of University Accommodation

  1. I love this! We just moved my son from out of his college housing, and had to help him pack it all up. I wish we’d had your list before then. We did attend the party that his roommate’s parents hosted, and that was fun.

  2. Very helpful post. I’m moving out in two weeks of my uni apartment and am EXTREMELY stressed about it. A bit less so after reading this!

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