Before the move
Before you move into your new student pad you’ll need to ensure your current property is clean, tidy and there is no unresolved damage. You may be keen to leave as soon as possible, but the last thing you want is your deposit being withheld when you’re ready for a fresh start. Even if you’re staying on in the same house, it’s still a good idea to have a ‘spring clean’ and check there are no breakages you may be liable for.
A good tip is to hold back a few boxes from all those Amazon deliveries in the few days leading up to packing, as they’ll come invaluable once you realise how much you’ve acquired over the course of the year!
Toasty Maker: Yes, there’s a reason why it’s first on our list. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner and ready in less than 5 mins. Culinary concoctions await!
Laundry basket: No one wants to mistake yesterday’s underwear for fresh, so keeping dirty laundry separate is a must. Plus, we can’t tell you how useful it will be when the washing has piled up and you’re making the trip home to visit mum and dad, aka to get the laundry done!
Clothes Airer: Most student houses don’t afford the luxury of a tumble dryer and airing your clothes directly on radiators can cause damp and mould. Having a clothes airer will be a lifesaver – trust us!
Extension lead: iPads, iPhones, laptops, hair dyer, straighteners; they all need to be plugged in somewhere, and if that ‘somewhere’ is behind the bed, you’ll spend a year awkwardly reaching for that plug. Bring a small extension lead along and save yourself the stress.
One of the first things you need to do is make a snag list. It may sound dull when all you want to do is unpack, but you’ll thank us next year when your deposit is returned intact. Take dated photos of any cracks, damp, breakages and damage the previous tenants have kindly left you. Send these to your landlord or agent on email so both parties have a record and any major damage should hopefully be rectified for you.
Setting up your utilities and meter readings
Before you moved in to the property, you should have signed all relevant forms to ensure utilities are ready to go within the first few weeks of your tenancy. If there are any issues, just get in touch with your utility provider who should rectify these within a few days. If your utilities are through UniHomes, just give us a call on 0330 822 0266 or ping us an email at [email protected]
Even though your house includes bills, you’ll still be asked for meter readings as this ensures your account is open on the correct read. This then ensures there’s a record what utilities the previous tenants used and you can’t be over charged for something you didn’t use; send these to your utility provider or landlord as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted charges.
Check out the controls
This may sound simple and something you can do as you go along, but what happens if there’s a power cut when you have your mates round or are studying through the night for your exams? Knowing where the fuse box is and which is the master switch is a must. You should also know where the stop tap is in case of a leak and how to fully work the house alarm. If you are unsure of any of the above, we would advise contacting your landlord or agent to advise.
Once all the mundane stuff is out of the way it’s time to explore! Get your housemates together to seek out the local pubs, restaurants and parks. This could also be a great way to suss out the quickest way to Uni and get to know any housemates you might not have previously known that well.
Home for the summer
If, after a few days you’ve grown tired of adult life, the most obvious thing to do is to run home to the safe haven of the parents’ gaff where your meals miraculously appear on the table and all your ironing is ready for your return to Uni. BUT, remember to lock all doors and windows before you go and set a reminder to bring your house key back to your new pad. These may sound obvious, but a little organisation now could save you a whole lot of hassle and money just ahead of the new term.