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Moving into student accommodation can be a daunting prospect for many students – especially if you’ve never experienced shared living before. To help you survive your move, here are 9 tips to get you started:

  1. Think about your options

If living with 5 other people doesn’t sound like your kind of deal, there are alternatives on hand. You can get an apartment with less people if you’re willing to pay a little more. Depending on where you live, there are different types of student accommodation available. Do a bit of research ahead of time to find the best place for you.

  1. Keep your stuff safe

Your belongings are valuable to you, so don’t put them at risk of being lost, damaged or stolen. Lock your door whenever you leave your room, and where possible, reconsider letting people you don’t know into your building.

  1. Pay your rent on time

If you’re studying in Australia, you may be relying on your student loan to cover your main studying costs. Or have you considered some other form of rental assistance? If there’s a delay in a payment coming through on a loan, make sure you contact your landlord or the person managing your accommodation straight away. In most cases, they’ll understand and will wait while you resolve the issue.

  1. Stay connected with everyone

You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you live with, but it helps to get along. There are several apps you can use to keep your household connected and in touch with the key chores and bills that will need paying. Your bills could be anything from electric and water bills to an internet connection. Here are some great ways to save money on utility bills.

  1. Make it your own

If you’ve moved into student housing, chances are you’re going to be there for some time. Why not make your digs as comfortable as possible? Make your bedroom and space your own (within limits) by adding decorations as you see fit. Consider adding some greenery to bring the place to life.

  1. Get kitchen-savvy

Always wanted to learn how to cook? Or simply want to show off those few dishes you’ve perfected? Student accommodation will provide you with endless opportunities to try out a few staple meals. Learning to cook in bulk will also help you out with the groceries and your budget.

  1. Keep clean

We don’t just mean your bedroom either – this applies to the main apartment living area, the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry. It’s important not to let housework get out of hand, especially when you’re loaded up with assignments. Take note of these handy cleaning hacks for your next spring clean. If you have a communal kitchen, keep it tidy or it’ll become disgusting very quick.

  1. If in doubt, ask for help

Moving out of home into a rental property or student accommodation can be stressful – but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need help, rely on your roommates, peers, family and friends to give you a hand. If you’re struggling with emotional or mental health issues, contact one of the many support services around Australia.

  1. Receiving post and packages

Fancy a bit of online shopping? If you’re ordering stuff online or receiving post from friends and family, it’s important to check your address is up-to-date so you don’t miss any important mail. You can organise mail redirection with Australia Post. Here’s an article to help you cross off your key contacts.

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