Moving out? Everything you need to know about leaving your student house

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Whether it’s time to pack up and leave for good, or you’re just moving house over summer here’s a few handy tips for moving out.

Getting your deposit back

Make sure you leave everything in tip top condition so that you get your deposit back:

  • Take meter readings again and let the suppliers know that it’s the last day of your tenancy.
  • Check your inventory and take any necessary photos.
  • Remember, it’s up to you to replace light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
  • Clean and tidy the property or you may be billed for the cleaning
  • Check out Manchester Student Homes guide to getting your deposit back and remember you can contact them if you need any help and advice about your end of tenancy arrangements and how getting your deposit back should work.

Tell everyone you’re moving

We don’t mean everyone, but there are lots of people you need to tell before you move on. You will need to contact all of your utility suppliers, bank, doctors etc. to let them know you are moving, use this who-to-inform checklist to make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Get organised

Have you arranged for anyone to help you move? If you’ve got lots of stuff, try and get together with housemates to help one another move items. 

You also need to think ahead to exactly when you’re going to leave. Think about how much food and other groceries you’ll need between now and then, and shop lightly to avoid waste.

And remember… Give it Don’t Bin it!

It’s likely you’ll have collected things in the past year (or three or four  – depending how long you’ve been here!) that you just don’t need anymore.  Many charities are back open and accepting donations– and they’ll be happy to find new homes for lots of your unwanted things. Some  charities offer collection and postal services to make it even easier to donate – take a look at this list on the Manchester City Council website, also take a look at our recent Give it Don’t Bin it guide for everything you need to know about disposing of your things as you move out. 

One last thing…. please celebrate considerately 

We know this is time to celebrate with friends, and perhaps more so than ever this year. But please, while you’re out having fun always try to remember that not everyone is sharing your celebrations. You may well have neighbours who aren’t students who might have work or small children in bed. Even if all your neighbours are students they’re still unlikely to appreciate being disturbed. And don’t forget, noise nuisance can happen any time of the day or night, so whether it’s 3pm or 3am, please make sure that your celebrations don’t affect anyone else.

So keep noise to a minimum, especially when you’re leaving and when you’re coming home so you don’t keep your neighbours up all night. If there are celebrations in your house let them know and make sure your guests are also considerate.

If you are having issues with noise disturbances, you can contact Manchester City Council to report it. 

Take a look at our recent guidance for staying safe whilst celebrating. We are urging all students to book a COVID-19 test before returning home or moving away to ensure the safety of your friends and family.

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