Exams are nearly over, the end of the year is fast approaching and many of you will be coming to the end of your housing contracts. Packing up your whole university life may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful process.
To help you out, here are my top tips for a smooth move and to ensure your deposit ends up in your pocket.
It’s only fair to do your bit when it comes to cleaning. Set up a rota so tasks are split evenly between you and your housemates. Cleaning in advance will take off the pressure and avoid overflowing bins on the last day.
Do you have any unwanted clothes, textbooks or shelving? How about those not so fancy dress outfits that you’ve been hoarding over time?
If you want rid of anything, why not bag them up and visit your nearest charity shop. It will make for a much lighter suitcase and leave you feeling good about giving to others. You could take them to Dove House Hospice, Recycling Limited or Oxfam down Newland Avenue. It’s just 10 minutes away from University.
It’s easy to think you can just throw everything into the black bin, but it won’t be taken away unless you sort it properly. Know your stuff when it comes to recycling and do you bit for the environment. Click here for what goes where.
Don’t forget to shred any private documents too, as they could end up in the wrong hands, such as identify thieves.
If you have one, go through your inventory and check everything is still there. If anything is missing you will be asked to replace it or be automatically charged from your deposit. You will also need to check all furniture is in the exact same state and position as when you moved in.
If you know the people moving in after you, it might be worth asking if there are any household items they would like to keep. This could be anything from plates, cups to an ironing board. It could save you lugging it back home and if you choose to sell it, at least you’ll be a few pennies richer.
If you think your landlord isn’t being fair with how much deposit to return, don’t be afraid to say otherwise.
The Advice Centre offers a dispute resolution service on the third floor of your Students’ Union. Call 01482 466263 or email [email protected]. You can also contact your deposit protection scheme’s services.