Hi, I’m Laura, a second-year student studying Fashion Management. After living in my second year house for over a couple of months, I’ve made a list of all the things to know when searching for a student accommodation.
When searching for a student accommodation:
Checking what’s included
I would recommend to check prior moving in, what is included in your accommodation. Believe me, you don’t want to realise, after you’ve moved in to your brand new place, that the kitchen doesn’t include a microwave, toaster, or enough storage for your belongings. If you are a second year student and you are moving into a new place with people you already know, you can organise which of your flatmates can bring an item or to split the price of items when buying new.
You may also want to consider how you would like to maximise your room space. I have fake vines hanging up my wall and fairy lights above my bed. Small details and more textures in your room can really help with personalisation and making your room a place you want to be when you have a difficult day at university.
Checking move-in dates and accessibility
At Nottingham Trent, the freshers move in dates means a high traffic. A lot of the roads around the back of the accommodation are becoming blocked or harder to access. This is mainly because of the traffic flow to make it easier for parents to unload cars etc. So I moved in the day after all of the freshers moved in. It made mine and my dad’s day a lot easier!
If you are planning to move into a flat or apartment in town make sure to check where you can unload and park your car whilst doing this, or how many flights of stairs or lifts you have to carry furniture up! Sometimes its best to ask your landlord or if you know of anyone whose lived there before or close.
Sign up with your energy/water/broadband company early
I learned this year is that you can sign up and register your accommodation a few months before you start university. Sometimes it can take a weeks for water, electricity and gas to be set up before start of the tenancy. Things can get complicated sometimes if you leave it too late. When comes to your moving day, it is one less thing to worry about. You want to be sure that you are able to turn on the water or that you are charged for your bills correctly.