Moving away for university can be hard, especially if it’s your first time living away from your parents which for most students it is. But there are things you can do to make the move itself go smooth, and make your life a bit easier when you’re there!
Before you go, get yourself a student bank account – shop around for the best one, and see if any come with perks like a railcard or free NUS card for some extra discounts and money-saving fun. Also look into insurance for laptops, phones and precious jewellery – these things may have been covered by your home insurance while living with your family, so check that everything you have is insured in case it breaks or goes missing. Get together any important documents you need (ID, letters, receipts etc), and keep them somewhere safe so you’ve got them at a moment’s notice in case you need them.
When it comes to packing, make sure you know what’s provided on the other end. A lot of halls will come with a microwave and kettle etc, but if you’re moving into a private house you might need to buy them. It’s just worth knowing what you need to get, and what you don’t – try and talk to the people you’ll be moving in with, too, so you don’t end up with duplicates of everything. Head to supermarkets and cheap stores to get what you do need: crockery, cutlery, bedding. There’s no point in paying through the nose for things you’ll likely chuck out after your three years are over!
Also, remember, you don’t need to take everything with you – your entire DVD collection can probably stay at home, and you probably won’t need every single pair of shoes you own. When it comes to packing, go for cardboard boxes that can be folded down and shoved under the bed during term-time then re-used for going home, or plastic boxes that you can actually utilise during your time at uni. Pack wisely: save space where you can, roll your clothes instead of folding them to avoid creases, and protect your delicate items.
When you get there, prop your door open while you unpack so your flatmates will be inclined to say hello. Don’t blast your music too loud, and don’t be too quick to send your parents on their way: you might just miss them a bit and after all, they did do the job of a man with a van!