For most people, going to university is the first time that they have lived in their own place away from their parents so finding a student house is exciting, also be very daunting for some. Managing your own bills and staying on top of the housework is harder than you think, and it takes a big adjustment. If you are about to embark on your university journey or you are moving into your second year and starting to look at houses, here are a few important tips for moving into university accommodation.
Choose The Right Flatmates
There’s a big difference between being friends with somebody and living with them. A lot of students make the mistake of moving in with somebody that they get on with, only to find out that they hate living with them. It might be that they’re messy and you’re neat or they like to go out a lot and you don’t. Finding a good balance and getting on with flatmates can be tough, but it’s a lot easier if you choose the right people to live with in the first place. Try to find people that have a similar schedule to you, and think about how tidy they are, and think about whether you are likely to argue if you spend all of your time together.
Consider A Moving Company
Most students rely on their parents to help them move everything, but if you have a lot of stuff, it might be better to consider a moving company. If you hire somebody like Bekins Moving Solution, they will be able to pack everything up and move it over in one go. Your things are not going to get damaged and it saves your parents having to drive back and forth multiple times. You should also try to streamline your stuff before the move and get rid of things you don’t need. The fewer things you have to take, the easier the move will be.
Set Up A Cleaning Rota
This might sound like the kind of boring advice that your parents would give you, and you may think that you don’t need to bother. People always assume that it will be fine and the cleaning will get done, but it won’t. If you set up a cleaning rota from the start, you will avoid a lot of arguments and you can make sure that the house is kept in a reasonable state.
Take Your Own Inventory
When you move into a house, the landlord will take an inventory of everything that is in there and any damage that was there before you moved in. When you move out, they will go through this and if you have caused any extra damage, they will take it out of your deposit. The problem is, some landlords will try to rip you off by claiming money for the damage that already existed. That’s why it’s important to take your own inventory and photograph any damage so you can prove that you did not cause it and make sure you get your deposit back.
Moving into your own place is such an exciting part of the university experience, but it’s important that you follow these tips if you want to get the most out of it.
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