4 considerations when moving to new student accommodation
The weeks leading up to your arrival at a new student housing can be stressful. With so much to remember – alongside grappling with the unknown – it can be daunting for even the most seasoned socialite. Plus, if you’re travelling from overseas or the other side of the country, forgetting your most important items can be hugely inconvenient and costly. Planning and preparation will be key in the weeks before. Here, we’ve put together what we think are the most important considerations when moving into new student accommodation, to help make the process smoother, more manageable, and more successful.
Connect with other residents
Most university housing operators have an online social presence with forums and threads available for you to browse or participate in. These are highly recommended as it gives you a chance to share and exchange tips, hacks and thoughts ahead of your arrival. It’s also a good opportunity to connect with other students in your accommodation and they’ll likely share what societies and clubs they’re signing up to, and which events are taking place in those first few weeks, helping you build your social circle. This is a great foundation for building new friendships and relationships, and should help ease any social anxiety on arrival. Plus, everyone is in the same boat – so people are more likely to be open to connecting and breaking the ice before your arrival.
Check the accommodation’s inventory, warranties, layout and measurements. This will help you devise a more accurate picture of what you’ll need on moving day. Is there a tumble dryer? If not, is there somewhere to hang clothes to dry?
How much storage space will you have?
Where are your plug sockets going to be located? Will you need an extension cord?
These seem insignificant. But they can make a huge difference to your day-to-day ease of operating. If you’re taking any furniture or furnishings yourself, check layouts and measurements ahead of time too to be sure,
Prioritise your wellbeing needs
What do you rely on to ‘get you through’? To help you feel good both mentally and physically?
It’s different for all of us. Maybe a good book? Your journal? A nice run in the great outdoors? Or a good night’s sleep?
Whatever helps you re-centre and gain clarity during times of stress will be essential to managing your wellbeing alongside student living. If you need lots of natural light and fresh air to think clearly, consider investing in some sheer drapes to hang across your window. Or, if a good night’s sleep is a non-negotiable for you, consider packing some ear plugs, a mattress topper, or your favourite pillow. Going into the unknown can be daunting, but if you have your comfort items by your side to help you regain control over your life, you’ll enjoy this new experience even more.
Categorise your planning
Moving into student accommodation, one long list in your iphone notes isn’t going to cut it. You’re likely to miss things off and lose track. Instead, consider segmenting your lists by category, so you can approach your move in the same way. As an example, your list might look something like this:
Clothes and hangers
Pots and pans
Plastic food containers
Equipment (e.g. yoga mat/football)
If you’re not a planner by nature, now is the time to consider implementing some new habits to make student life that much easier. Leaving things to chance will only cause you more stress and expense later down the line. Gather as much information as you can ahead of your move, connect with others in the same boat, and strategically approach your planning to make your move into university accommodation seamless and pain-free.