Moving to university is a big deal. For most students, this may be the first time you have lived away from home. So, along with all the other trappings of student life – books, computers and clothes, for example – you should also consider what you will do about furniture.
Packing for the Move or Buying New?
Many students decide to take their own furniture with them when they move; particularly if they’ve already been living on their own. This can be costly, however, so it’s important to assess whether or not it’s worth it. If you intend to find your own place and reside there throughout your degree, and if you already own a collection of decent pieces, then this is a wise choice. But if you intend to live in halls or shared accommodation, it’s probably easier and less expensive to downsize and purchase new pieces when you arrive. Check out the local second-hand shops for reasonably priced items, and always keep one eye on the sales to pick up a bargain.
Halls of Residence
In their first and often third years, students will have the option of living on campus. This is great news with regards to furniture, as most student halls come pre-furnished. And, unlike the traditional student halls of years gone by, most campuses now offer modern, clean and well-appointed living quarters to all of their residents.
The most common method for furnishing students halls these days is to do it in bulk. Peelmount have a wide range of case studies available to view on their website, which illustrate just how successful these types of services can be. They, in particular have a proven track record of providing quality furniture to universities at decent prices. This is often of comfort to students, and parents of students, who are keen to find furnished accommodation but are worried about falling foul of educational budget cuts.
When moving into a furnished house or flat, you should always make sure to check which items of furniture are your sole responsibility and which are the responsibility of the entire household. This information will be included in your lease or tenancy agreement. This is important because you will be required to pay a deposit, which you may not get back if items are damaged. It’s also important in case anything breaks or becomes unusable. Most landlords will allow you to bring in additional items, but in the case of larger pieces of furniture it’s best to check first.