Tips for moving out of halls of residence

Packing up your belongings and moving out is never much fun. So, to help make your move a little easier, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips to simplify the process.

Check your contract

The first port of call whether you are moving out of halls of residence, a student flat or shared house, is to make sure you find out what the rules are for moving out day.

Find out your end-of-tenancy date, and ensure that any paperwork that you need to complete prior to the end of your tenancy, is completed.

When moving out of halls of residence, check your list of inventories to ensure everything is left as you found it when your university journey began.

Finally, check the process involved in handing your keys over, as this may differ between letting agents and halls of residence.

Make a checklist

The best way to avoid forgetting anything is to be as organised as possible. Create a tick box list and include things like:

  • Cleaning – with each room having its own tick box.
  • Check inventory.
  • Hand over keys.

You may also have one with a list of items to pack, such as:

  • TV.
  • Laptop/PC.
  • Bedding.
  • Clothes.
  • Kitchenware.

Making a checklist can help you keep track of what you have and if it has been packed or boxed up, as well as the final checks needed before moving out.

Clean your room!

Cleaning your room and student halls before the end of your tenancy is a MUST – especially if you would like to get your full deposit back. Plan your day for cleaning on a specific date, so that your whole household is involved and does their bit.

As long as it is in the same condition as when you moved in and the place is clean, you will not need to worry about your deposit. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service if the place is not in the best condition, as this may end up being a cheaper option than losing out on your deposit.

Sell, donate, recycle

The number of things that you can accumulate over the course of a school year is quite astonishing. When it comes to packing and moving out, there may be many unwanted items that you can’t take with you to your next place. Selling unwanted items like old textbooks and furniture is a great way to fund your summer or to save some extra cash.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling these items, donating them to charity shops rather than disposing of them is the next best thing to ensure they get use. Old clothing, books and ornaments are a few things that charity shops will accept.

The remaining things that cannot be sold or donated can be disposed of, getting rid of these items will maximise the room in your boxes and in your car when moving out.

If you need help deciding on what to do with certain items, work through everything you have and categorise them into four piles: keep, store, donate or throw.

  • Keep anything you’ll need over summer.
  • Store anything you want to keep but won’t need until September.
  • Donate anything in good nick and fit for the charity shop.
  • Throw the things you couldn’t even give away for free.

Plan for next year

Check out our list of properties across the Swansea area that are available from  July 1, 2023. Our properties are close to both the Swansea University Singleton Campus, University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids Campus and the new Swansea Bay University Campus. Our list of properties can be found here:

A full breakdown of the types of properties we offer can be found on our dedicated page for students. If you have any further questions about a property, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Email us at or call 01792 600 227.

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