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7 Tips for Moving into Uni Halls

If you’re about to start higher education, moving into university (uni) halls can be a very exciting experience to look forward to. The prospect of living independently for the first time with new people of similar ages and interests is a new experience for many – especially if you’ve never been away from home for long.


But when you’re finally taking that step, it’s important to be prepared. Preparing yourself in advance for the big day can help you get through it without feeling agitated and too overwhelmed. So, in order to help you have the best possible move-in experience, we’re here to share with you our top tips for moving into uni halls

1. Ditch the Bulky Suitcases (Unless Flying)

If you’re not traveling by plane, one thing to strongly consider is packing your items into foldable rucksacks, duffle bags or even large black bin bags. Why? Because they’re great for disposal and take up less space in your room. Depending on the size of your room, sometimes it can be hard to find a space to fit a suitcase, so it’s best to play it safe when packing for uni.

2. Pay Attention to the Inventory

At the start of any tenancy, whether you’re in student accommodation or off-campus housing, you’ll receive an inventory of the condition of the flat and everything that comes with it. Whilst it’s tempting to just glance over this and start unpacking, it’s important that you give it the proper attention.


It’s in your best interest to read it thoroughly so that you can judge whether your full deposit is returned once moving out. If something is already broken or missing, you shouldn’t be charged for that, so make sure to keep an eye out.


Take stock of everything, from the refrigerator and washing machine down to all the holes, scrapes and bumps on the walls. Another thing we recommend is taking photos and videos of your room for your own records, just in case, something comes up further down the line.

3. Check What’s Provided

Apart from doing an inventory check, you should also be checking what items your accommodations provides (such as desk lamps, iron or paper bins) before you go out and buy things from your list. This will save you time and money you could otherwise use on a food shop or a night out with friends! Besides, saving your student finance will keep you prepped for the coming months.

4. Speak to Your Accommodation Management

Make sure that you’re clear about what’s communal and only for your use, as well as what you may want to purchase when you get there. Here’s a list of potential items you’ll want to consider:


  • Pots and pans
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Bowls and plates
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Reusable food containers
  • Toilet brush
  • Clothing hangers
  • Doorstops
  • Bedding


The management will advise on what is provided in the rooms. They also supply welcome packs containing cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, bedding and towels. These are reasonably priced and a great way to get started.

5. Internet Access & TV

Most student halls provide internet access, and this is typically included in your weekly costs – so you won’t have to worry about receiving any unexpected bills. But if you’re unsure, check with your accommodation provider directly.


TVs are provided in the rooms in halls of residence. However, in order to use one, you’ll need to buy a TV licence, which on a student budget, can be quite expensive. So whilst having a TV is a great luxury, it might be best to stick with Netflix on your laptop and keep watching TV in the common room.

6. Inviting Guests to Stay

Again, this is something that varies between halls of residence – but most accommodations do allow guests. Typically, they won’t be allowed to stay for more than a few nights at a time, so it’s always best to check with your accommodation directly before having anyone come to stay the night.

7. Contact Disability Services Beforehand

This is important if you’re struggling with mental health or any other physical disability. It’s good to know that they’re there to support you as you make them aware of your situation. Additionally, if anything were to go wrong, then they would be there to support you immediately.

Make the Move with St George’s Tower

Now that you’ve read our tips for moving into uni halls, it’s time to get out there and look for your halls of residence. And if you’re moving to Leicester, why not check out our deluxe or premium studio? Each room is designed with your comfort in mind, so you’ll never have to worry about feeling too cramped at St George’s Tower.


Alternatively, if you’re already in the halls and don’t have much to do, there are plenty of things to do in Leicester.

Have we caught your eye? Contact us today if you have any questions, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help. Or you can simply book a room if you’ve found the one you like.

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