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There’s a lot to organise before any move and it’s worth doing right to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you’re about to start studying, use these tips to keep you sane and prepared in the lead-up to the big day.

    1. Arrange your accommodation
      Got your course sorted? Now is a good time to organise your living arrangements. Are you looking to live on-campus with easy access to your lectures? Or would you prefer some independence away from the campus in a rental property?
    2. Get RentBond approved
      Check out Rent.com.au’s RentBond product – it’s a bond financing solution that lets you repay your rental bond over 6 or 12 monthly instalments. There are no credit checks – the main criteria is that your property is managed by a real estate agent, not a private landlord. Find out more about RentBond here.
    3. Get your finances in order
      We get it – sorting out your money isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – especially when matched against the excitement of starting a new course. But it’s one of the most important. Are there any government assistance loans to help with the cost of living or with your studies? Now is a good opportunity to budget your living costs and day-to-day life accordingly.
    4. Decide what to take with you
      Moving out of home for the first time? This is an important step and not one to miss! Make sure you have all the essential items for your accommodation set-up (this might be furniture if you’re renting independently) or just some basics if you’re in student accommodation. Keep an eye out for bargains and try to avoid unnecessary purchases.
    5. Organise a public transport card
      A proper public transport card (SmartRider if you’re in Perth, Opal in Sydney, Myki in Melbourne, etc) will go a long way to saving you money on transport if you’re not living right outside your campus. Even if you are, it’ll save you some serious cash if you go visiting family and friends externally during the semester! Public transport will keep you well-connected in bigger cities.
    6. Get your books sorted
      You may find that your uni or TAFE has put their book lists online a few weeks in advance of the course start date, or they’ll shoot you an email with the details. This is a great opportunity to know what to expect from the workload ahead and knowing what course material you need will help to build confidence for your first lecture.
    7. Arrange a health check
      Book a check-up with your GP before you leave home. This is a good thing to do on a regular basis, but it will make sure you’re starting your studies in the best health possible. If you find any ailments that need fixing, get on top of them and you should be well prepared to start the new year.
    8. Get to know the area you’re moving to
      Start getting to know the area you’re about to move to. Where is the nearest train station and supermarket? Do you know where you can find a chemist or doctor’s surgery? Locate your campus library, student union and lecture halls before your first day if possible – it will be a big help on your first day.
    9. Learn how to cook
      Got a few favourite meals? Learn how to cook them at home – you’ll be glad you did once you have to start fending for yourself. Check out what simple recipes you can find online and bookmark your favourite sites for future reference.
    10. Spend time with family and friends
      Once you’ve started studying, your free time is going to drop off – but it’s not the end of the world. Before you kick-start your studies make an effort to spend some quality time with your family and friends – it could well be some time before you’re free enough to hang out when they’re available.
    11. Pack smartly
      It can help to set yourself a task to pack a box a day until your move to avoid the stress of last-minute packing jobs. If possible, avoid packing everything in one go if you have the time – you’re going to need some energy to unpack too!
    12. Switch your utilities across
      If you’re going to start renting a property near your campus, an easy way to ensure your electricity is working and your lights are on ready for your move-in day is to use Rent.com.au’s product, RentConnect! RentConnect will help you arrange the connection of all your utilities in one go. It’s a simple way to guarantee you can have a hot shower and relax the day you move in. Find out more about RentConnect here.
    13. Take basic supplies ahead of time
      If you have access to your home ahead of your big move, think about taking some basics over in advance. This will reduce some of the stress that comes with the official moving day. Unpacking the bathroom in advance (bit of an essential) and having clothes ready will bring some normalcy to any unintended chaos!
    14. Have a plan for your kids and pets
      Have you thought about what your children and pets will do on the day of your move? It might be useful to ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on your loved ones while you focus on getting through your move.
    15. Get involved in your orientation week
      At most universities and TAFE campuses, a welcome or orientation week is all part of the experience. These are designed to help you settle into the experience of life on campus and get to know your fellow classmates. Check out the line-up of events during the week and get along; you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have.
    16. Get your change of address sorted
      This is a good one to do early on to avoid relying on the new tenants at your old rental (or Mum and Dad) forwarding on your mail. Australia Post offers mail redirecting services which will provide some breathing space while you contact businesses and government bodies individually.
    17. Update your friends and family with your new address
      Yes, it’s important that you update your address details with businesses and the government, but don’t forget your family and friends! Send a quick text message or email out to your nearest-and-dearest and let them know about your change of digs.
    18. Have a spare key cut
      As soon as you have the keys to your new place, think about getting a spare cut. Moving day can be pretty stressful and the last thing you want to do is misplace a key in all the chaos – trust us, it’s easier to do than you think. It’s also worth having a spare in your car or somewhere safe on the off-chance you lock yourself out – save yourself a nasty locksmith bill.
    19. Pack a first night box
      This is just as important as your basic supplies box. In this box, you’ll want to include a change of clothing, PJS, basic toiletries, towels and bed linen, as well as anything you deem essential for the first night in your new home. This can (and will) go a long way to save you time searching through boxes.
    20. Read your Property Condition Report properly
      If you’re renting a property through a private landlord or real estate agent, you should be given a copy of a Property Condition Report when you move in. Check this document very carefully. This is your opportunity to change anything that you think is not correct on both copies. Keep a copy of the changes made, and send a copy back to the landlord or property manager.
    21. Know how to contact your landlord
      If you need some maintenance or repairs done on your property, you’ll need to know how to get in touch with the landlord or property manager looking after your rental. Find out the preferred contact method when you start your rental lease – it could come in handy down the track. 

      Tell us – what made your move easier? Let us know below!

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