Starting University life is a big step for anybody – even more so if you’re attending a University outside of your local area. Moving into student accommodation, whether it’s a Hall of Residence or a privately-let house or apartment, requires a certain mindset and a practical approach if you’re going to do it properly.
Here are some useful hints and tips for anybody looking to move into student accommodation for the forthcoming semester:
Bring What You Need
In most student accommodation, space is at a premium. This means, unless you’re prepared to pay through the nose for it, you probably won’t have enough room to justify bringing all your stuff from home. While what counts as essential will differ from person to person, here are a few of the common basics most students can’t live without:
- Documents: rental agreement, identification (passport or driver’s licence), bank card, student loan documents, car insurance.
- Electronics: mobile phone, laptop, charging cables/adaptors, extension leads, games console, television.
- Clothes: a good mix of clothes for chilling around your student accommodation, attending lectures at university, and going out. Bring at least two weeks worth of clothes, then find out where the nearest washing machine or launderette is.
- Toiletries: towels, shaver, razors, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, make-up (plus make-up remover), cotton buds.
- Kitchen supplies: small set of pans, plates bowls, cups/mugs, glassware, washing up liquid, cutlery, dishcloths, tea towels, can opener, bottle opener.
- Bedroom stuff: alarm clock, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, duvets and covers, lamp, mirror, ironing board, iron.
If it’s your first year in student accommodation, you will potentially be sharing a house with strangers. In all likelihood, they’ll be lovely people and, potentially, lifelong friends. However, you don’t know them and you don’t know who else they might let into your accommodation. Make sure your valuable items can be locked up and hidden away when you’re not in the room. Ideally, speak to your landlord about getting a lock fitted to your door that only you will have the key for.
Use a self-storage facility
You might spend anywhere from three to seven years at university, depending on your course. You soon learn how much of a hassle it is taking all your stuff back home at the end of each academic year. Of course, you don’t need to do that. When it comes to student storage, Leicester has a few options on the table, including us – MIGHTY Self Storage. With self-storage unit, you can keep your essential university items safe and secure between semesters and years. It also means you can bring more stuff to University the following year. Swap out your items and keep half your belongings in storage until you need them. It’s a great way to get the best of both worlds.
Leicester is a student town, being home to two well-respected universities – DeMonfort University and the University of Leicester. Here at MIGHTY Self Storage, we have several storage solutions that cater for the needs of our city’s student population. These include the best student summer storage Leicester has to offer. Contact the team today on 0116 3653001 for more information or to get yourself a free, no-obligation quote.