7 things to do when leaving your student accommodation

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Exams are finished, the sun is shining and university is finished for another year. It’s time to get out, make the most of summer and enjoy your freedom.

But before you do, you’ll need to pack up and move out of your student accommodation. And sometimes, knowing where to start can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

Instead, seize the moment and take the opportunity to have a cleanse and get things in order before you look to the future. And to help you out, we’ve put together a few handy tips and reminders for leaving your student accommodation.

1. Have a clear out

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Don’t just empty your cupboards, throw everything you own in bags and boxes, fill the car boot and hope for the best. Take time to sort through your belongings and decide whether you really need to be taking everything away with you; you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you have accumulated since moving in.

If it’s rubbish, throw it. If it can be reused, recycle it. And if it’s something you don’t want or need, but it’s still in great condition, give it to someone else who can benefit from it or make some extra cash and sell it – eBay and Gumtree are a great way to sell unwanted items.

2. Donate

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Now you’ve sorted through your belongings, you might find yourself with a pile of things that you don’t want. You’ve offered them to your flatmates but they don’t want them either. So why not donate to charity?

Whether it’s unopened tins of food from the back of the kitchen cupboard, or great condition clothes that you no longer want, don’t just bin them, donate to a worthy cause.

Local food banks such as The Trussell Trust provide emergency food for people in crisis, and welcome any donations of non-perishable food. And charities such as Cancer Research UK or the British Heart Foundation, always appreciate clean clothing in good condition.

If you do have items you’d like to donate, pop down to reception and speak to the Host team as we can collect items from you on behalf of the charity.

3. Pack smart

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Before you chuck everything in boxes, think carefully about what you’re packing and when you might need it.

Pack any items you’re less likely to need such as decorative items and kitchen utensils, pack at the bottom of boxes. And any essential items such as phone chargers and your toothbrush should be packed at the top and easy to access; you don’t want to be rummaging through all your boxes trying to find these items.

If you’re packing fragile or sharp items such as glasses, picture frames and knives, wrap them up and keep them safe. You don’t want any accidents or damages in transit, so use bubble wrap, clothing or newspapers to protect your items.

4. Update mail

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If you’re leaving your student accommodation, it means you’ll no longer be living at that address. Which means, any mail and deliveries you currently receive to your accommodation will need to be redirected to your new address.

From mobile phone contracts to online shops, the easiest way to avoid missing any post or parcels, is to update your billing and delivery addresses on any accounts, bills and documents that you have.

5. Clean

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When you’re ready to vacate your room, don’t just up and leave your accommodation without giving it a good clean before you go. Your room was left in a good, clean condition when you moved in and should be left how you found it.

Try to tackle the mess and clean as thoroughly as you can. Having a clean room and flat will help to ensure you pass the room inspection upon checking out and avoid any additional charges incurred from hiring professional cleaners to come in.

6. Make use of storage

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If you’re leaving your accommodation, but don’t have a new place to move into straight away then you might be wondering what to do with all of your belongings.

A simple solution is to put everything into storage temporarily. There are lots of storage providers such as Pinglocker who offer affordable and convenient student storage in the UK.

They make it easy for you by sending you boxes, collecting your items to put into storage and they can even re-deliver your items to your new address when needed; it’s storage made simple.

7. Return your keys

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Amongst the commotion and hustle and bustle of moving, it can be easy to forget to hand your keys back to reception. But if you don’t return them, you could incur additional charges for replacements keys.

So, make sure you leave them out on the side and don’t pack them away. Then as you leave your room, they’ll be clearly visible for you to see and remember to pick up.

Pop them into reception and say goodbye to the Host team as you make your way out of the building and leave your accommodation.

Whether you’re leaving because you’ve finished uni, or are just moving out for summer, we hope that your move goes well and you enjoy the next chapter of your journey. And if you’re returning, we look forward to welcoming you back for the new term in September.

5 must-dos before you head home for Christmas

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Whether it’s your first or final year at university, it’s probably been a quick and busy term with a mad last-minute rush to get those final assignments in on time. And now term is finishing, all you can think about is packing your bags and making your way back home for the holidays. But before you leave your student accommodation, there are a few things you should remember to do:

1. Lock up
It might seem an obvious one, but if your hands are full as you juggle bags and presents, and your mind is set on getting home, it’s surprising how easy it can be to forget to shut the windows and lock the door behind you. So, remember to double check everything is locked and secure on your way out.

2. Switch off
As you finish university for the holidays, it’s the perfect time for you to switch off and enjoy a well-earned break. But you should also remember to switch off any electrical appliances such as laptops, TVs, and chargers, as well as turning the lights off in your room before you leave.

3. Clear out
Before you leave, it’s worth checking your fridge and throwing away any perishable food – the last thing you’ll want to come home to is a fridge full of mouldy food. And if you’re throwing it in the bin, don’t forget to empty the bins and take your rubbish out – unless you want to return to a stinking kitchen in the New Year.

4. Keep it clean
If you’ve got a basket full of washing piling up in the corner of your room, it’s best to get it all washed and cleaned before you go. They’ll be nothing worse than having had a relaxing couple of weeks at home and the first thing you’ve got to do when you arrive back at your accommodation is washing because you’ve got nothing clean to wear. Plus, the smell of dirty, damp clothes won’t be the most welcoming upon arrival back to your room. Alternatively, you could always take your dirty washing home!

5. Say goodbye
Ok, so it’s not forever, and you’ll be back soon enough, but you should still let your fellow residents and friends know when you’re heading home. You’ve spent the past few months together seeing each other day-in, day-out – it’s going to be a little weird without them there every day. Say goodbye and let them know when you’re back so you can plan a get together to catch up on all the gossip.

And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your break and take time out to recoup, so you’re ready and raring to go for the next semester in the New Year.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2018, look no further than The Hive. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email thehive@host-students.com

Make your move-in hassle-free

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Whether you’re catching a plane and travelling from abroad, or jumping in the car and driving down the motorway from within the UK, there’s a lot to remember when leaving home and starting university. On top of that, your emotions will be all over the place – excited, nervous, and everything in between, and the last thing you’ll want to do is forget something!

So, to make your move-in easier, we’ve teamed up with UniKitOut where you can pre-order your student essentials before you move-in. And what’s more, your items will be delivered to our door and waiting for you upon arrival to our accommodation.

They’ll be no mad panics to scour the shops for forgotten bed sheets and duvets or saucepans and bottle openers – you can purchase it all beforehand, without any hassle. Meaning when the day comes to move in, you’ll have more time to settle in and make yourself at home.

Once you’ve filled your basket and are happy you’ve got everything you need ready for your new adventure, enter the code HOST17 at the checkout, and you’ll receive an extra 10% off your order!

To order your student essentials at a click of a button, visit UniKitOut today. For more information about our student accommodation in London and living with us here at The Hive, please contact us on +44(0)20 3551 2550 or at thehive@host-students.com.

Short term student accommodation in London

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At The Hive, most of our students join us in September and stay for the entire academic year – some even stay with us through the summer holidays. But we understand that these contract lengths aren’t for everyone. That’s why, we offer short-term contracts to coincide with your semesters – giving you student accommodation with greater flexibility.

And with the end of 2016 drawing even closer, you may be starting to think about where you’re going to live for the upcoming semester. If so, look no further.

At The Hive we have a limited number of Studios available on a 25 week contract – perfect for your second semester. Move into The Hive on 7th January 2017, and enjoy luxurious en-suite studio accommodation with a fully fitted kitchen and private study space until 1st July 2017. And to make living with us even more hassle-free, our student accommodation is all-inclusive which means you don’t need to worry about bills. We even provide free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected with family and friends, and browse the web until your heart’s content.

Now you know about the accommodation, what about the location? The Hive is situated in the increasingly popular area of Bethnal Green. A desirable location for students because of its excellent transport links and bustling local community. Right on the doorstep of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate, and only 5 stops on the Underground’s Central Line to Central London – you’ll never be short of things to do and places to visit.

If you would like to find out more about our semester bookings and living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550.