Student removals, in many ways, are an entirely different beast to a regular W6 house move. Though you may have experience in moving house on a permanent basis, this isn’t the same as moving for university. Even temporary moves differ in a number of key ways to student moves, making this experience a completely unique one. W6 student moves still require extensive planning, communication and thought to execute effectively. They can be a stressful time for all involved – parents who are being separated from their children, children who are going through a new change in their lives and the university themselves having to cater to a lot of students who may well have little experience in the moving process. Below are a number of tips that will help you make sure your student move goes successfully.
Firstly, you may well consider a W6 removal company when thinking about a regular move. However, this isn’t recommended for a student move. Much student accommodation has basic furniture in it anyway, so a bed and cupboard will not really be necessary (and perhaps a sofa/table and chairs in many student houses) so the need for a lorry is reduced greatly. Even a man and van service may not be necessary. Parents will often want to help out, so using the boot of a car is not only cheap at a very expensive time, but it is also a good way to ration the amount of belongings you will want to bring. Often, particularly for first year students, space will be limited, and a car is a good way to bring a reasonable amount of possessions down. Also, you will likely be moving to a block or road at the same time as perhaps hundreds of other students – bringing a van or lorry into what could already be mayhem is not the best way to make yourself popular straight away!
This, however, doesn’t mean you should entirely neglect the assistance of professionals. Buying purpose built moving boxes is a good way to ensure that all of your goods are completely protected in your student move. Moving boxes can be very cheap if bought from the right locations and will definitely be considered a healthy investment if they stop some of your items being broken. Though university is an expensive time and pennies need to be saved at every opportunity, it is far more expensive to replace a box’s contents because it fell through than the cost of the box itself.
Beyond this, it is important to create a checklist of all the things that you take for granted at home but will need at university. This list will include bathroom equipment such as towels and your own toiletries if they are shared, as well as kitchen and certain home equipment. Discussions between parents and children should be had to be realistic about what is needed. I know numerous university students who didn’t really cook throughout their stay at university. It’s not recommended by me, but if this is going to be the case with you or your child, then why waste the expense on a complete kitchen set of utensils? The same can go for an iron (sadly) and a host of other things. It is also important to remember that anything you don’t buy can be bought at a later date. If a student wants to pick up cooking as a hobby and ditch the ready meals or gets sick of the creases in their clothes, then with internet banking you can fund any purchases they need, and if not, students will be back and forth between uni and home anyway.