April 24, 2019

Top tips for moving into your new student accommodation!

Congratulations! You’re about to enter the new world of student accommodation with K Letting! This is a new and exciting part of life for you…

You may have started to think about packing already! While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, remember that you’re just going to university – not the Moon!

As well as being super exciting, preparing to go to university can also be very stressful, especially when it comes to packing all of your stuff.

Whether you’re moving from a city nearby or abroad, you’ll have to get ready for moving in.

We thought it would be great to piece together an all-inclusive university packing list to make sure that you have everything you need.

We’ve covered everything: from your educational supplies to your bathroom basics, to accommodation essentials to the valuable documents you can’t leave behind. And much more..

Follow this handy student moving checklist, and together we’ll get your move just right 🙂

# 1: Important documents

You will DEFINITELY require all or at lease some of these documents – they are essential for your relocation, especially in your first few weeks. *handy hint* Make sure you make copies and keep them together in a secure file to avoid losing them:

– Tenancy agreement, information, and terms
– Passport
– Driver’s license if applicable
– Your bank card and account details
– Insurance documents if applicable
– Student loan documents or any other funding document
– Student discount cards (these will come in super handy!)
– National Insurance card (if applicable)

# 2: Apply for tenant contents insurance

Sadly, it’s a stressing fact, but student accommodation is at a high-risk of burglary. As a student, you’re expected to own expensive products, such as laptops, tablets and other high-tech gadgets. It’s no wonder then that one in three students become a victim of crime yearly.

Most students believe their stuff will be covered by their parents’ home insurance even while they’re away at university. In most cases, this doesn’t happen.

As a student moving to university, you might decide to relocate from your parents’ home for good. Consequently, you’ll need to apply for a separate contents insurance policy for your new place.

Content insurance can provide you with peace of mind and let you get on with enjoying your time at the university (and there are some great deals out there for students also – make sure you mention that you are studying!)

# 3: Entertainment/electrical items

You’ll want to bring some entertainment with you to university, for instance:

– Games and video games console
– Headsets
– Cable adapters
– Ethernet cable and HDMI cable
– Camera
– Hair dryer and hairstyling tools such as straighteners and/or curlers
– Mobile phone and charger
– Board games or deck of cards
– Laptop/computer and charger
– External hard drive

# 4: Clothing

Clothing is mostly a no-brainer as you’ll almost certainly know what you want to take with you to uni. The following is a short list of the essentials, including a few extras that you might have forgotten about:

– Seasonal clothing (sunglasses, gloves, scarves, hats)
– Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
– Comfortable shoes and clothes for lectures
– Clothes hangers
– Dressing gown
– At least one interview outfit
– At least one bathing suit and beach towel
– Light jacket for early spring/autumn
– Slippers
– Complete winter gear
– Smart-casual clothing
– Raincoat, umbrella, rain boots
– Work out gear

# 5: Toiletries

Don’t forget the following:

– Medication
– Shaver, razor, shaving cream
– Aftershave, perfume
– Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, lip balm
– Deodorant
– Cotton buds
– Soap, shampoo
– Hair-styling products
– Lotion
– Bandages

# 6: Kitchen supplies

You have to eat while you’re at University, so start by gathering the necessary kitchen supplies so that you can cook and store food that you don’t eat.

You also need to have something to eat on and with. Consider the following supplies:

– Pot
– Plates
– Cups
– Mug
– Dish soap and scrub brush
– Bowls
– Fork, knife, spoon
– Tupperware
– Can opener
– Pan

#7: Room needs

Despite the fact that many university flats and rooms come fitted out, you will still need some stuff to make the room and space usable – mainly for studying.

The following are some of the essentials you won’t want to go to university without:

– Alarm clock
– Laundry basket
– Bed sheets
– Pillows and duvets
– Mattress protector
– Sleeping bag
– Earplugs
– Photos of friends & family
– Hot water bottle
– Mini sewing kit
– Mini iron and ironing board
– Clothes horse

# 8: Essential non-essentials

The items below aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost certainly guarantee that you’ll need to have them in your new room, to give it that touch of home.

– Fake plants for decoration
– Cushions/throw blankets for decoration
– Full-length mirror/wall mirror
– Bulletin board
– Pictures of friends and family

# 9: Take your car to a mechanic

If you choose to bring your car to university, make sure you have it examined by a mechanic before the move.

This is particularly important if you have to drive a long distance to your new place or into a new climate.

Additionally, ensure you have checked the parking regulations of your university area to avoid a dreaded parking fine.

In lots of cities, there will be specific parking zones that either require you to pay and display or you’ll need to purchase a residential parking permit (some of which don’t cost anything depending on the area).

If you require a license, the council will often ask for proof of residence, and a copy of your vehicle documents so make sure to take these to uni with you.

Don’t forget to talk to your parents or insurance agent about any changes that might need to be made before the move.

This is especially important for car insurance.

Well, now you should be ready to move in. Good luck!!!

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