Our 10 Top Tips for moving into accommodation

Heres our 10 Top Tips for You moving into University Accommodation for the first time. We know it can be daunting the prospect of moving away from home for the first time, here are a few tips to ease your mind and help you get a little prepared for September.

We can't wait to welcome you!

Top Tips For You 1: Pack essentials.

The urge to pack everything and anything is huge however it's best to pack essentials only as more than often you'll share things with your flatmates. We also have a Free Shop during Intro Weekend giving students the opportunity to take what you need in terms of kitchen utensils.

Top Tips For You 2: Familiarise yourself with Residence Life and societies.

This will give you a good idea of the activities going on at the University!

For Residence Life https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation/residence-life

For information on Societies https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/groups

Top Tips For You 3: Join the Facebook block groups to meet your flatmates before you move in.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people and somewhat calm your nerves before you move in!

To meet your flatmates https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation/social

Top Tips For You 4: Plan a weekly budget.

It can get very tempting to spend all your money during freshers week! To make sure you spend a reasonable amount during freshers and still have money left for the rest of the month it's best to budget!

An easy way of budgeting is to use budgeting apps unless you are a pro at Excel then you can use Excel!

Tops Tips For You 5:  Washing your clothes.

The key to making it as cheap and the least time consuming as possible is to wash big loads at one time, rather than lots of half-loads. Sort your washing into colours before you set off so you aren't stressing when you get there. Maybe save the laundry duties for when you want a chilled evening - read your book or catch up with a friend whilst you do it. I think you'll appreciate all the washing and ironing your parents do when you go back home in the holidays... 

Top Tips for you 6: Getting to know your flatmates.

Probably one of the most daunting but at the same time one of the most exciting aspects of moving into University accommodation. Nobody knows each other but remember everyone else is in the same boat. You’ll be sharing a flat with 4 - 12 students, yeah it might be awkward at first but you’ll all get over it by the evening and once you’ve had your first night out. If you find it hard talking to new people, why not try bringing some sweet treats for your flatmates to share on moving in day. You're going to make so many new friends in Sheffield, the people you meet in halls are a very small fraction of the people you’ll meet at University! Think about your course mates, societies you might join, friends you make through sports, on freshers week and through Res Life. You’ll love life here at Sheffield and you're going to make some friends for life!

Top Tips for you 7: Decorating your room and making it your own.

This will be your space for a whole year so you want to put your mark on it, make it cosy and personal to you. Get some funky cushions and throws, put picture frames, ornaments and plants on your shelves, pin things up on your notice board and make it an enjoyable space to come back to after a day of studying. However, please don’t start drilling holes in the walls or sellotaping and blue taking posters and pictures on the walls. It is still a rented property and you don’t want to get fined for damage at the end of the year.

Top Tips for you 8: Do a little food shop when you get here.

Stock up your cupboards and fridge with food to get you through freshers week as you’ll regret living off takeaways and kebabs after nights out for a solid week. Remember to include your favourites as it’s nice to have some home comforts.

Top Tips for you 9: Try not to pack every item you own in your car.

You’re only there for a year, you won’t need half of it and you don’t want your room to be cramped. Plus you want the journey to be enjoyable and you really don’t want your face pressed against the window with one leg over a suitcase for the whole journey. You really don’t need that pair of shoes that give you blisters so you never wear them but don’t throw away because one day you might wear them... you know what I mean? 

Top Tips for you 10: Washing up is one of the worst tasks along with taking out the bins.

We can all admit it, it always gets pushed to the next day, however, you won’t like the consequences of leaving your washing up when it begins to mould and leaving your bins when they begin to overflow and stink out the whole kitchen. It isn’t meant to be fun but it is required and you need to do it. We advise to sort out a rota with your flatmates with the help of Res Life to decide who’s going to clean what and when.

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