When the summer holidays come to a close, it’s time to think about moving back into your place at university. If you’re living in halls, you probably don’t have too much to take with you, but if you’re moving into an apartment or shared house, you will probably have much more to think about.
Moving is always stressful, but here are our top tips for making your move back to uni as painless as possible.
Take What You Need
You don’t need to take everything, especially if your family are willing to keep your possessions for you while you’re away. Minimise the effort and cost of moving by being ruthless and only taking the items that you will really need.
Ask for Help
Friends and family are usually pretty good at pitching in and helping you with the move. Make a few calls and see who you can persuade to help for free.
Share the Job
If you have made friends who live near you and are also going back to uni, then you could share the moving costs. With two to move, you might want to consider hiring a van. Look for a local firm offering van hire near your location; for example, van hire Gloucester options include companies such as https://www.fleetwayrentals.co.uk/.
Make a Plan
Before you start packing, think about what you’re going to need immediately when you get to the other end. Pack the essentials together – phone charger, laptop, bottle of water – and make that the last box to go in the van so it’s the first one out the other end.
Labelling boxes works well and will help you unpack the other end. Scribbling on the outside with a sharpie will help you work out which are your course notes and which box contains the food that needs to go in the fridge.
Make sure that any valuables or breakables are carefully packed. You can usually find someone on Freecycle, or similar, who is getting rid of the boxes they had for their move. Bubble-wrap is also a good thing to hoard, as it will protect fragile items. Here are some packing tips from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/property/moving_packingtips.shtml
We hope this guide has helped you with your packing – safe travels and keep your eye on the next break!