Moving Away for University: Practical Moving Tips

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Are you moving away for university? Congratulations! You're probably eagerly counting down the days until you move out of your childhood home and into a new chapter of your life. 

While heading off to university is an exciting time, it can be daunting as you attempt to manage the logistics of moving away from home. Never fear – with a bit of preparation and organisation, you can make the move go smoothly. If you’re on the lookout for practical moving tips, we’ve got the answers. Keep reading to find out more!

Confirm housing rules and regulations


Before you start packing up a storm, it’s always best to be clear on the rules and regulations of your housing situation. Whether moving to a dorm, a self-catered apartment or renting a room, ask about any banned or unnecessary items as well as any items they recommend you bring along. 

Decide what to pack


Where do you start? A good place is your closet and bathroom. Chances are, you'll only need a fraction of your items while you're away at school. Be ruthless and get rid of anything that you don't absolutely love or need. Regarding bedroom furniture, if you're moving into a furnished or semi-furnished dorm room, you likely won't need a dresser or a bedside table. Plan accordingly and only bring the essentials.

Pack efficiently


Making enough space isn’t only about decluttering. Packing incorrectly can waste a great deal of valuable suitcase space. Start by tightly rolling all clothing items from t-shirts to jumpers and pants. For larger items like duvets and other bedding, consider investing in vacuum-sealed bags - they make a huge difference! 

Prepare transport


Depending on the distance you’re moving and the number of items you’re taking, don’t forget to arrange professional movers to help you. Your family and friends may not have the equipment, vehicle or know-how to help you move efficiently and keep your belongings in one piece. When in doubt - call a professional.

Prepare items left behind for storage


Once your essential items are packed up and ready to go, don’t forget to properly prepare the remaining items for storage. It may seem easier to leave everything behind for your family to deal with, but this is a hassle for them and leaves your belongings vulnerable to damage. Box up your remaining items and consider moving them into a low-cost student self storage unit. If the price is out of your budget, consider sharing the unit with a friend!

Whether you’re a soon-to-be first-year student packing up and moving away from home for the first time, or helping a loved one do so, make sure to follow these tips for a hassle-free moving experience. And when it comes time to store your belongings temporarily or long term, don’t forget about StorageWise. Happy studies!

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