Moving into student housing: everything you need to know

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Moving into student housing: everything you need to know

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June 14, 2019 12:33 pm Published by
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You’ve waved goodbye to first year, student halls and living with strangers (who was that guy who only ever left his room between 3am and 4am?). And now it’s time to move into a proper house with your besties.

But what do you do when you move into your first student house? How does it all work off campus? With move in day coming up fast we’ve covered off everything you need to know about moving in with us, check it out:

Packing smart

Before you start packing think about what’s included in your house and your room so you don’t end up packing unnecessary stuff. It might be a while since you saw your new place so give us a call if you’re struggling to remember what’s already there.

It’s also worth checking in with your new housemates and co-ordinating what you’re all going to bring to use in the communal areas like the kitchen. If everyone brings 10 pans you’re going to end up with no storage space left in your cupboards for important things like food (a nightmare that isn’t even worth thinking about if you ask us!).

Oh, and remember to leave the cat at home…

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Keeping on top of the paperwork

Even though it’s a bit boring, you need to make sure you and your housemates have paid any money that’s due, returned your paperwork and set up your direct debit, before you collect your keys.

Collecting your keys

You’ll be able to grab your new keys from our Headingley office from 2pm on the first day of your tenancy. We can give all the sets of keys to one housemate or you can all collect them individually – it’s up to you.

Moving in day is super busy for us so there might be a bit of a wait to for your keys. If you can hold out, come along later in the day or you could even collect them later in the week.

Completing the inventory

Sorry but there’s more adulting to do yet. This one shouldn’t take long though – promise! You should use your inventory to check over everything in the house and its condition. Please fill this out and get this back to us within the first two weeks of moving in.

We use the inventory when you move out to check that nothing’s broken or damaged so it’s really important that you fill this out together with your housemates.

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Sorting the bills

If you’ve not gone all-inclusive then you’ll need to get your bills set up and sorted asap. The sooner you do this the better, there’s nothing worse than scary letters from energy suppliers. On move in day make sure to snap a picture of your meters before you start using any energy.

You can find out who supplies your electricity, here, and who supplies your gas, here. Then all you have to do is contact them with your address, tenancy start date and meter reading to hand. You’ll need to get in touch with Yorkshire Water to sort your water bill out too. Oh, and you’ll probably want to choose a broadband supplier because a house isn’t a home without Wi-Fi of course!!!

It’s worth setting up a shared account with your housemates to pay the bills out of so that everyone can see when the bills go out and what they cost. And if you’re really savvy you could use a comparison site to find the cheapest energy deal for your house.

It’s going to feel a bit like this at first…

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But there’s some good news…full-time students don’t pay council tax! All you need to do is let the council know who’s living at your place and that you’re all full-time students, and you won’t need to pay a penny. You can sort that out, here.

And that’s it!

See, moving in isn’t as bad as it sounds. You can chill out and make yourself at home now. This guy can give you some tips…

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Our opening hours on 2019 move in days

Here’s when our Headingley office will be open over the move in period:

Saturday 29th June, 10am – 5pm
Sunday 30th June, 9am – 5pm
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd July, 9am – 5.30pm
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August, 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday 29th & Friday 30th August, 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday 31st August, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1st September, 9am – 5pm
Monday 2nd September, 9am – 5.30pm

Good luck with it all – you’ve got this! We’re here to help if you need us so keep in touch.

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