So, you’ve decided to move out of home and into student accommodation. Moving away from home can be daunting, not to mention having to share an apartment or house with people you’ve never met before. Here are ten tips to surviving the transition into student accommodation.
- Explore your options
You don’t have to share an apartment with five other people if you’re willing to pay a little extra. There are a number of student accommodation options available, depending on where you are relocating to. Do your research before you settle on the cheapest option.
- Don’t take everything with you
You won’t have enough room in your new abode for everything you own, so consider what you really need to take with you. If you don’t have the space to keep what you don’t need back at your old home, consider putting things into storage. Not only does this free up space, it also provides you with access to your things should you need something again in the future.
- Meet your roommate
Get in touch with your roommate/s before you start living together and get to know them a little better. It will make the transition to living with them much easier as they will no longer be strangers.
- Stay connected
Just because you’re moving away from your family and friends, doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with them. Keep connected online. There are a number of mobile apps designed to help you keep in touch.
- Get off campus
Just because you study and reside at university, doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment there. Explore your new surroundings. Why not plan a day out with your new roommates to get to know them a little better?
Make your room and space your own by decorating it the way you want to. If you’re going to be living there, you may as well make it as comfortable as possible.
- Communication is key
Communicating with your roommates will help you enjoy the experience more. If you’re planning on having guests over, let your roommates know so they can get out of your way. You can only expect the same courtesies back if you’re giving them yourself. Communicating will also help prevent any disputes over important things like food.
- Keep clean
This tip applies to both your room, the apartment and your laundry. Don’t let the chores get out of hand. Balancing housework with assignments is hard enough without having to worry about the fact that you don’t have a clean shirt to wear to your next lecture.
- Get busy in the kitchen
Learning how to cook a couple of staple meals will go a long way during university. Not only will it help keep you full and satisfied, it will also help with the grocery shopping so you can learn how much to buy and budget for the weekly shop.
- Ask for help
Moving out of home is one of the most stressful experiences in anyone’s life and you don’t have to do it alone. Rely on your fellow peers, family and friends for support when you need to. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help.
Now that you know how to survive moving into student accommodation, it’s time to get packing! Once you’ve sorted your things into the need and don’t need piles, get in touch with Grace for a convenient self storage solution for the things you don’t need just yet.