For most teenagers, the move to University housing is the first time they will have spent any significant length of time away from their home or parents and it can be a daunting time so here are a few tips to help new student settle into life without mum or dad:
Pack the right things: You need to consider exactly what you need from home. A lot of student accommodation can be limiting with regards to space so pack your essentials and try and keep it to a minimum. However if you’re moving into rented accommodation close to your uni you may need to take other items such as furniture and appliances in which case you might need a decent shipping company such as Alliance Shipping. But in either case a trip to your new home is essential in order to plan your move.
Budget: Now you’re not living with mum and dad you need to start budgeting for things you might not have before: bills, food and toiletries all come at a cost and you need to plan ahead to make sure you’re covered for the forthcoming months. Things may change once you’re actually living the life but it’s always advisable to have a starting point.
Safety: You don’t have the security of a family to fall back on and you can often start off living with strangers until they become friends so always keep safety in mind. Secure your room / house when you’re out and be aware of your own personal safety when you’re in. Don’t leave gadgets such as ipods and laptops lying around and don’t keep cash visible. Again, once you’ve settled in you may be able to relax a little but until then be vigilant!