How good does it feel to be finally living on your own in a student flat, with a bunch of other students (who also don't know how to 'adult')? A new chapter in your student life comes along with new problems such as 'how to get your stuff over there', cooking and cleaning for yourself and actually going to sleep at a reasonable time.
Instead of just heading over there unprepared and without a clue of what to bring, check these handy tips that will definitely help you settle in quickly and get along with your new flatmates.
1. Shipping your stuff over in boxes.
if you are travelling from overseas, before you start arranging and booking your travel to set off for University, check out luggage shipping services such as Uni Baggage to ship your belongings over quickly and at student-friendly rates.
2. Bring your own bed sheets + quilt + pillow,
This is something that people can overlook when they're packing their suitcases for the first week of arrival at University
3. Do a thorough room check.
All the universities and private accommodation will require you to have a proper check throughout your room for any faults or breakages and this would then be noted and reported. If you would like to have all of your deposit back at the end of your tenancy, this is very important!
4. Meet up with your flatmates and introduce yourself...
Yeah sure it can be pretty intimidating when meeting the people that you'll be living with for a whole year, but don't be nervous and just start with a friendly introduction. The odds are, they will probably be just as nervous as you.
5. Establish some flat rules.
After you've familiarised yourselves with each other, it's a good time to set down some flat rules. Why not take the time to create a group chat for the entire flat? And let each other know what your pet peeves are as well as any other relevant information such allergies or special requirements. (E.g. keeping the noise to a minimum when someone has an important exam the next day, the extent that someone will go to in order to guard their own food in the fridge... etc.)
6. 'Adopt' a pot plant and place it in your room.
This could be a nice touch to your accommodation and even serve as a source of radiation absorption. Just actually remember to water it daily, or if you're that person, a cactus will also suffice for a splash of a green in your room.
7. Use diffusers
As candles will be prohibited, simply get some diffusers instead, to create an ambience.
8. Put up some decorations.
Got posters of your favorite bands, singers, or movies? covering your walls with photos of friends and family is also a good way to make your new room feel more like home. Just check with your accommodation provider on the ruling regarding the use of "white tag" it's usually easily removable and generally won't leave any residue after you remove the decorations.
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Article written by Annie Thompson, blog editor for Uni Baggage.