When moving as a student it is often the first time you fly the family nest. It’s exciting, it’s a bit daunting but most of all it’s your next step to success. Whether you’re going to a university where there are friends you already know, or to halls where everyone’s a stranger, there are ways it can work for you.
If this is your first move out of home there are quite a few jobs you will now have sole responsibility of. If you’re looking for friends it may not be best to wait until weekends to wash your clothes at home. Similarly you may want to consider how to keep out the clutter in a dorm, so you can cut down wasted time trying to find items before lectures.
This is why moving out can be beneficial, it gives you a clear view of what you have and what you need. Your parents may decide to rent your room to a lodger but they will probably allow you some space in your loft for your extra things.
De Clutter Your Clothes
When moving to university it is very tempting to take all of your clothes, even those that clearly don’t fit, “just in case”. Trust us, if you do take that ten year old pair of pyjamas, you’ll find yourself wearing them when you have nothing clean left. Be strict, and be sensible. Do you really want a trip to the dry cleaners every week? Do you know how to wash wool? Do you want to be washing delicate smalls in a sink under the watchful eye of stranger students?
If budgets allow, invest in T-shirts, smart pants, jeans and a couple of evening outfits. You may think you look great in high heels but soon, when you realise people don’t really care what you wear you’ll be begging mum and dad to post your trainers.
Consider colours too. If you choose clothes all colours of the rainbow (especially white), you’ll be washing clothes every day of the week. It’s time consuming and expensive.
Protect your Prize Possessions
You may adore Star Wars and of course you want everyone to know it but isn’t it best people get to know you and not your collection first? If you’re considering taking your whole Star Trek collection, you may want to think again. University can be quite raucous and even if not intended, you could find some things become damaged. You really don’t want to be the one that pours cold water on dorm parties just in case R2D2 suffers an injury, do you?
If you’ve been given a bit of loft space store all your collections safely, ready to unveil when you rent your first home. You can also use the time to explore new hobbies as you will be introduced to a lot and may find that Star Wars doesn’t hold the appeal it once had.
These tips also help you with moving as a student. We’re always on hand to move you and your things from A to B but sometimes you may just want to get the train. The less you have the easier it is to be young and carefree.
Find out in our next article how you can make money from your extra items.
This article is part of our Student Removal Advice series.