In the next couple of weeks, thousands of fresh-faced undergraduates will be moving into halls of residence and student accommodation. With many leaving home for the first time, Bien Media client and removal specialists Aussie Man & Van (www.manandvan.biz), which offers a Student Removals service, has come up with top tips to make the move as stress-free as possible:
1) Make a list and be ruthless. Mark Prout, managing director of Aussie Man & Van, says: ‘There is no point lugging every item you own up to your halls of residence. With many universities insisting you move out for the holidays, you’ll only have to take it home again in a few months’ time. Think about what you need to take and leave the clutter at home.’
2) Pack carefully. Use packing boxes and label them so you know what’s in them. Mr Prout cautions: ‘It may be tempting to chuck everything in the back of the car at the last minute rather than pack properly but this will be haphazard and you’re more likely to forget or break something. It will also take longer.’
3) Leave plenty of time to do your packing. Leave it until the last minute and you will forget vital items, which will then need to be sent on to you, or if they’re bulky, you may have to do without them. If you are packing with an eye on the clock, the process will be far more stressful than it needs to be.
4) Pay attention to valuables. Use bubble wrap to protect them although it’s worth considering how many valuables you really want to take with you.
5) Back up your computer. Use a portable hard drive so that you can access your data via someone else’s computer or the college computer, if necessary.
6) Wash clothes and clean all items. The last thing you want to be doing when you unpack is have to clean and launder items. Get it all done in advance before you do your packing.
7) While you’re going through your items, check your insurance. Many students are covered on their parents’ household insurance but it’s worth checking and taking out some specialist student insurance if you’re not.
And finally, book a removals firm if you need one. Many students rely on parents to help them move but this may not be possible. Mark Prout explains: ‘A good removals firm will be experienced at moving students, know where to drop your bags on campus and give advice on packing and moving. Give as much notice as possible as they can get booked up.