Check your inventory - before you arrive at your University-owned or managed accommodation, you should receive an email from our friends at Inventory Hive, outlining the furniture you will have in your room and the condition it is in. Within 48hrs of your arrival, you need to have checked your room against the inentory you have been sent, and either sign to agree with the inventory, or add your own comments if you find any differences - you can even upload photos directly to the inventory via the Inventory Hive website.
Sign up to the WiFi service - internet in most University-owned and managed proeprties is provided by StudentCom, and you should be sent a link to sign up to this before you arrive. This means it is one less thing to think about when you have just moved in, and you can get connected straight away. Tou can even buy upgrades to the main package provided; take a look here for more information.
Check your insurance policy - FutureLets provides student possessions insurance for all residents in University owned or managed accommodations, courtesy of Cover4Students. We will email you a copy of your policy before you arrive, and you need to check this carefully to make sure it covers all your possessions. If it doesn't, make sure you buy additional cover - it's worth the money and peace of mind.
Open a student bank account - consider carefully which bank offers the best account for you. If you're choosing one with an overdraft or a credit card, make sure you check the interest rate and read the T&Cs carefully to make sure you understand your obligations. Finally, don't be swayed by freebies! Choose the right account for you, not the account that has the most free stuff or gimmicks.
To open a student back account, you will need:
- 1 or 2 forms of photo IS
- Proof of address (e.g. your phone bill)
- Proof of student status (e.g. your offer letter)
Get your vaccinations - check with your home GP to make sure you are up-to-date with all your vaccinations for things like Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tetanus and HPV . While we can't guarantee you will avoid Fresher's Flu, making sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations is really important to try and avoid some potentially dangerous disaeases.
Work out a budget - work out how much student loan you will receive, when you will receive it and how long it has to last for. Work out a weekly or monthly budget and stick to it! There's nothing worse than running out of money and not being able to afford your rent or food, and perhaps try to budget a little more for fresher's week and the run-up to Christmas to pay for any extras besides your normal day-to-day costs.