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 and tricks to help your move go as smoothly as possible.

Getting your deposit back

Firstly, make sure that you understand how getting your deposit back works, take a look at our more detailed post on getting your deposit back.

Then, make sure you leave everything in good condition so that you get your deposit back, top tips include:

  • 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 to reflect any issues
  • 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
  • Remember Manchester Student Homes are on hand if you need any help and advice about your end of tenancy arrangements and how getting your deposit back works

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 and doctors 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 each other 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.

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.  Once again, we’re encouraging you to donate unwanted things to the British Heart Foundation or other local charities

Please make sure that you dispose of all your unwanted things responsibly; don’t just leave things in street, hoping they’ll be collected. This is fly tipping and is illegal. There are so many easy ways to get rid of your things – including free council collections and charity collections as well as regular refuse collections. 

One last thing…. please celebrate considerately 

We know this is time to celebrate with friends,  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 are looking after small children. Even if all your neighbours are students they’re still unlikely to appreciate being disturbed. 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.

And remember, you have as much right to anyone else to leave in a peaceful environment, so if your neighbours are disturbing you, there is help and support available.