Both on moving-in day and in the following days of living on campus, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind to make the entire process as easy as possible.
When first moving into your new campus, there are a few things to be aware of.
Your Arrival and Key Collection
With many people moving in on the same day, traffic can often get heavier so you should leave plenty of time to travel and arrive on time to collect your keys.
When arriving at your accommodation, you need to collect your keys at your designated key collection point. For this, you will need to present your confirmation email and a photo ID. At this point you will receive a welcome pack which will contain either a key, swipe card or fob depending on which accommodation you have been allocated.
DO NOT lend your keys to anyone or leave them in communal areas! This is vital for the protection of yourself and your belongings in case your keys are lost or stolen. If you do lose your key, swipe card or fob, talk to your accommodation reception and they will issue you a replacement.
Insuring Your Belongings
Your accommodation fee includes block insurance for your possessions but it is important you review this policy yourself to decide if it is adequate and perhaps take out further cover for valuable possessions.
You will be allocated a time slot for parking while you move your belongings into your new home. It is important to stick to this to avoid traffic build-up.
Upon arrival in your new room, you will receive a copy of your check-in inspection which is also an inventory of everything in your room.
If anything in your room is missing or damaged, it is important to make notes of all damages or stains in your flat. This is because when you leave, an inspection will be carried out by a staff member and any missing or damaged items will be charged to you.
This inventory needs to be completed within 48 hours of arrival. If there is anything wrong with your inventory you can speak to accommodation staff.
It is important to make your room feel as comfortable and homely as possible, and to ensure your comfort and safety and that of your flatmates too.
Our campus bedrooms have a notice board for pinning pictures and posters, so you can add photos of your family and friends or favourite posters to your room. You are not allowed to stick them on the wall as it will damage the paintwork. You may be charged for damages when you move out so it is important to try to avoid this. We also do not allow pins, nails or anything similar to be driven into the walls.
Further, you should make sure your electrical equipment is all safe and meets the required standards.
While your campus space is your own, you also have to share with your flatmates. This means being considerate of your flatmates and ensuring everyone is happy and comfortable in the space. Once you have settled into your accommodation, it could be helpful to agree on some ground rules that will allow everyone to respect each other.
Another big part of campus life is having fun and this is only manageable if you are all completely happy in your accommodation. If you are considerate of your flatmates, then you will all be able to relax and enjoy your time on campus as much as possible.
Meeting Your New Neighbours
Your first few days in accommodation is to get acclimatised in your new space and meet your flatmates and neighbours.
In order to make your time living here as smooth as possible, it’s a good idea to discuss each other’s preferences and routines so that you can live comfortably together. This could involve discussing cleaning duties, washing up, taking out rubbish, or other routines such as sleeping patterns in order to not wake each other up if you can avoid it.
It’s also your opportunity to get to know each other better! This is an exciting time and although meeting new people can be intimidating, it’s best to throw yourself into it and spend some time together. Friends are a vital support system while on campus and it will be very beneficial for you to be happy and comfortable with the people you are living with.
Many of our buildings have televisions in communal areas. You are more than welcome to bring your own television or buy one upon arrival, for your room, but remember to get a television licence if you do!
Find out how to get a TV Licence by clicking here.
While staying on campus, you are completely responsible for keeping your own space clean and also for contributing to the cleanliness of communal spaces.
Students’ living spaces are often not cleaned thoroughly or regularly, and therefore they become a breeding ground for bacteria which can affect your overall health. These tasks are very manageable if everyone takes part equally!
Here are a few top tips for keeping things clean:
- Clean your dishes as you go! Try not to let unwashed dishes pile up or soak in the sink as this will not only cause your flat to feel unclean, but it is a common cause of aggravation for students.
- Try not to allow stains to build up on surfaces and wipe up spills when they happen! This can be done easily with a multipurpose cloth and some anti-bacterial spray. Also, don’t allow microwave and oven stains to be left for long periods of time as they become harder to clean if repeatedly heated up.
- Buy some good quality surface-cleaners and cloths, as well as washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, shower cleaner, toilet cleaner and bleach when you move in, to ensure that these stains can be cleaned from the start of your tenancy and healthy cleaning routines can be formed from day one.
- Wipe down your shower and sink regularly and remove hair from the drain. This will help keep this area clean and mould free, and prevent blockages.
- Use a toilet brush and toilet cleaner to clean the toilet regularly.
- Take turns taking the bin out – if you don’t want to live with someone else’s rubbish, they won’t want to live with yours either! These tasks are annoying, but if completed regularly they avoid any tensions between housemates.
- Regularly vacuum the carpets and mop the floors to help everyone feel happy and comfortable with the state of communal living spaces. Vacuum cleaners, mops and buckets are usually available to loan from accommodations, or they are otherwise provided in the flat.
- Ensure you work out where rubbish bins and laundry services are, to make full use of the services available.