Learning about moving into private student accommodation

Student accommodation

By Nicole Correia,

Last weekend, instead of sitting out in the sun, I moved into my student house in Reading. The experience taught me a fair bit. The most pressing thing I took away was that I have A LOT of stuff. I decided, true to my student status, to do the move last minute; the day before I had to move out of halls before all my stuff was taken away by the people who own the halls and tell you off if you make too much noise.

Not only were there two accidents on the motorway on the way there (increasing the journey by two hours) but the removals team had one hangover member (for once this wasn’t me), my boyfriend, supposedly there to lift heavy things. After a pit stop at Greggs, ‘the removals team’ felt a little more revived, and ready to move all my junk into my new student house.

We soon found out that the road I have chosen to live on is a ‘Permit only’ road, meaning that someone had to stand by the car, guarding it from traffic wardens. Very practical. The house’s previous tenants were smokers and had left the house feeling extremely grubby and stale. Whilst Mum had a fit about the state it had been left in and my boyfriend dragged my suitcase up to the attic, whilst giving me evils, I took a look around imagining all my friends here together. I know having the girls all in there will definitely spruce it up. Whilst the house is neutral in colour, I also know we’ll breathe our own character into it.

On arriving home I wrote an email to (the good-looking) landlord complaining about the situation: the filthy smoker residue, the dodgy looking boiler and the patchy paintwork. The boiler was falling apart and so I ‘expressed a concern about the safety of it’- we may hit our heads on it/it may blow up?! I’m quite the Miss Bossy Boots when I want to be, so I savoured the task. The landlord replied the very next day expressing his disappointment, his apologies, and his promises to address the issues I mentioned this coming weekend. Fingers crossed he does because otherwise it’ll be us doing the deep clean, painting, re-curtaining etc etc. It’s important to maintain good contact with your landlord (I am advised) and just because you are students doesn’t mean you should have to ‘put up with it’.

With all the above said, moving from home to university is a massive learning curve, but I am soon finding out that moving from halls of residence into a house is also one, and something that you need to be pro-active in otherwise things will not get done.