2Moving away to university is a great thing. For many young people, this is their first taste of moving away from home. Asserting independence is a wonderful thing. But, it can also be a leap into the unknown. When you have lived with your parents for many years, it can be difficult to know what to do when moving away. Now is the time to affirm your freedom and make certain that your big move away from your parental home is a successful one.


If this is a leap into the unknown, you need to take heed of the advice within this guide:


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1.    Compile an Inventory


Compiling an inventory may be boring, but it is important. You need to make sure that you have accounted for all the items within the rented accommodation. You need to make a note of the condition that these items are in. You should take photos and keep an effective record of these things. Many rental contracts will state that you need to pay for repairs if these occur within the time that you live in the property. You need to make sure that you have an account of the condition of the items when you move in. At the end of your tenancy agreement, you should ensure that you take a second set of photos. This can act as proof and evidence in the event of a dispute with your landlord.


When you move into the property, if there are stains on the carpet, you should make a note of this. Get your landlord to sign a copy of any letters or evidence that you provide. This will stand you good stead in the future. You don’t want to face financial implications in the future. Be savvy and compile an inventory.


2.    Agree on a Payment Schedule


When you move into any rental property, you usually need a deposit, bond and a month’s rent in advance. This is the same for student accommodation. You should agree to a payment schedule with your landlord or college before you move in. This way, you can ensure that you have budgeted accordingly. What is more, this agreement should be in writing. Therefore, if you face any difficulties with your landlord, you can provide evidence.


3.    Budgeting


One of the biggest pitfalls that many new students face is the prospect of budgeting money. Payday will never quite be the same again. You need to make sure that compile a sufficient income and expenditure. This is so that you can pay all your bills and still have money for social activities.


Do not overestimate your budget. Work out your finances on the lowest possible income that you will receive. If you overestimate, you could fall into financial hardship. The primary considerations that you need to make when budgeting are:


  • Books

  • Stationery

  • Studying and course materials

  • Food and drink

  • Shopping for necessities

  • Transport

  • Social and recreational activities


Compiling an effective budget is not difficult. Endeavour to stick to it, so you do not find yourself in an unfortunate situation.


4.    Moving In Day: Do’s and Don’ts


Let’s start with the things that you should do:


  • Moving into a new house is a major step. You need to make sure that you book The Professionals moving company to assist you with your moving endeavours

  • Make time to unpack your belongings. You want your new place to feel like home

  • Clean your room and make sure that it is habitable

  • You should get to know the people in your dorm or house share. Make an effort to get to know them

  • Set up a cleaning rota. This ensures that everyone knows what they are doing on what day

  • Get to know the area that you have moved into

  • Familiarise yourself with the local buses and trains. Obtain public transport timetables to assist you with this


There are also many things that you shouldn’t do on your moving in day:


  • Expect your parents to help you with your move. You will be moving a lot of your belongings. Make sure that you have booked a professional company to help you

  • Do not leave booking a removal company until the last minute. The key is to be organised

  • Ignore your fellow students. You want to make friends and have an enjoyable experience

  • Unpack the following day. The key is to make your new house feel like home immediately. It will allow you to feel more settled


5.    Sorting Out Your Bills


Once you have settled into campus life, you need to consider how to organise your bills. Will these be split with your housemates? Are they bills included as a part of the tenancy agreement? Does the rent on your dorm include utilities?


You will need to assess how these bills will be paid. Choose carefully who the lead name on the utility bills will be. This can be a source of disagreement for many students. After all, whoever is the named individual on the bills is solely responsible for the payment of these bills.


You will need to contact the following companies to arrange your bills:


  • Gas suppliers

  • Electricity suppliers

  • Water Company: There is not a choice who you obtain your water from. This is done by local authority. You should check whether you are on a rate or meter)

  • Council Tax

  • Phone

  • Internet providers: This is critical to your studies. Having the internet will aid you with your work

  • TV license

  • Insurance: While home insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense, it is not. Think about this logically. Can you afford to replace them in the event of a break in or fire? Make sure that you only obtain contents insurance. Building insurance is not your responsibility.


Moving away from home and embarking on your college career can be tough. But, it is certainly worth it. Being sensible doesn’t mean having to forgo fun. You can be sensible with your bills and budgeting but still have the best time of your life.