A student's guide to checking out of halls


As we’re quickly approaching summer and the end of this academic year, it’s time to prepare to move out of your student halls. From leftover food to saying your goodbyes, here are some top tips for making your checkout go as smoothly as possible!

1. Check the details


So, you’ve got the moving out date, have you checked the time that you have to be completely moved out? When you will get your deposit back? Where to hand back the keys? Before you get yourself into ‘packing mode’, make sure you have all of the details that you need to ensure that it is as simple as possible.

2. Clean up

Clean up

Nobody is expecting you to scrub the floors or deep clean the cupboards but it’s important to leave your bedroom and communal area clean and tidy. This means hoovering up, wiping down the sides and just making sure that it’s generally presentable (you want that deposit back, after all)! It’s worth checking over the inventory you got at the start of the year to make sure everything’s still in order.

3. Sort out any leftover food


Check your fridge, freezer, cupboards and anywhere else that you might have stored food over the last year to make sure that you aren’t leaving anything behind as a not-so-pleasant surprise for the cleaners. If you don’t want whatever you have left and your flatmates are also leaving, take your food to a homeless shelter. It'll be better use there than at the back of the cupboards!

4. Hand back the keys


So, you’re all packed up and ready to leave. You just need to hand back the keys! It’s likely that you will have be given a key to your flat and a key for the post box so make sure that you give both back, as your accommodation provider may not give you back your full deposit if they aren’t both returned.

5. Change your address


Whether you’ll be moving into a flat across the hall or back home for the summer, it’s important to make sure you update your address details. Remember that Amazon and ASOS won’t realise you’ve moved, so don’t get caught out by the convenience of an auto-filled address box when making online purchases!

6. Say goodbye


The final thing that’s left to do is to say goodbye to the people that you have spent the last year living with. Whether you were friends with your flatmates or not, it’s always good to leave on a positive note -  you might not be living with them next year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still be at the same university! And if you'll be living together, then it isn’t really goodbye – so don’t worry, you’ll get to see your friends soon.

So, those are my tips to ensure that checking out of your student halls is as simple as possible! What are your top tips for a smooth checkout?