17 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Moved Into Your Uni House
If only you’d known.
1. Deciding to live further out because the rent is slightly cheaper isn’t worth it.
You’ll just end up moaning about how far you have to travel and no one will ever come to you for pre-drinks.
2. Assigning bedrooms fairly will save you a lot of stress.
Draw straws, pick them out of a hat, flip coins. Whatever you do, just don’t claim the best room for yourself; you’ll never hear the end of it. Whoever gets the smallest room will complain anyway, but at least this time it’s fair.
3. Ask all the right questions. Even the boring ones.
Are the windows double-glazed? Are there locks on the doors? Is there any sign of mould? All the things you don’t notice properly until after you’ve already moved in.
— Ryan Brown (@RyBrune) June 13, 2016
4. And definitely get a house with a garden if you can.
You’ll thank yourself when you can host BBQ parties in summer.
5. Research your landlords.
Student landlords have a bad reputation, but they’re not all bad. It’s worth putting a bit of effort into finding the good ones.
6. You shouldn’t be pressured into signing any contracts.
You have so much time and shouldn’t ever feel obligated to sign anything – be that friends or landlords! This is coming out of your pocket, too.
7. And those with bills included aren’t always cheaper.
Though sorting bills yourself is a bit of a hassle, you could end up actually saving a lot of extra cash.
8. You can never have too many IKEA storage boxes.
You’ll need them. All of them.
9. And you’ll want to sort out broadband sooner rather than later.
It’s a hassle, but it’s better than arriving in September only to be told you’ll have to wait 2 weeks for an engineer to come out to install everything.
10. Be as thorough as possible on your inventory.
No matter how petty you feel you’re being, mention it. Pointing out that tiny scratch on the wall might be the difference between getting your deposit back or paying even more.
11. But if you do break something, cover your tracks.
Either fix it or make sure no one ever finds out.
12. Protect your recycling bins.
People will try to steal them and it will be a sad, sad time.
Someone has stolen our recycling bins? Sickening
— Joshua (@JoshPusey) December 1, 2015
13. And keep on top of the cleaning.
You’re not in halls any more. Those houses get dirty fast and there’s no maintenance to contact if you suddenly see a mouse in the kitchen.
14. Get to know your neighbours.
Maybe you’ll get on, maybe you won’t. You never know until you know. At least if you’ve spoken it’ll make that awkward eye contact through the kitchen windows slightly less awkward.
15. Be prepared to receive hundreds of leaflets all day, every day.
Straight in the recycling bin.
16. And to occasionally get a bit sick of your housemates.
Even if they’re you’re best friends, there will be some tension every now and then.
17. But most of all, know that you need to enjoy your time there because it will fly by.
Living in a student house isn’t perfect, but you’ll spend some of the best years of your life in that cold, damp and noisy place. 💔😢