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Moving out of your accommodation – 4 week countdown to get you ready

Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about moving out and the things you need to consider…

house move

Wow where has the last 12 months gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but already another academic year has passed and it’s time to pack up and ship out.  Here is your 4 week countdown for a smooth end to your contract.

4 Weeks before

  • Talk to your housemates and find out when they are planning to move out – you don’t want to be the one left to do all the cleaning.
  • Cancel any T.V, internet contracts that you have signed up to. You usually need to give at least 30 days’ notice to cancel – don’t be paying for something you can’t use.
  • Check if there are extra rubbish collection dates and skip points for larger items. There are plenty of charity shops that would be grateful for any items you no longer need.


1 Week before

  • Start packing and cleaning – leaving it to the last day when you may be suffering with a hangover, may not be the best option.
  • Let people know your new address, especially student finance.
  • Review your inventory from when you moved in. If there are any differences make sure you agree with them as any changes due to damage etc. could be deducted from your deposit.


Moving out day

  • Take meter reading and don’t forget to submit them to your utilities supplier.
  • If you opened a house bank account, decide when and who is going to close the account (don’t forget to cancel your direct debit to the house account). If there is any money left in the account what are you going to do with it?
  • Exchange contact details with all your housemates, just in case something crops up. Don’t rely on Facebook/twitter you can easily be blocked.
  • Final check that everything is clean and tidy. All bins, fridges and freezers emptied and put out.
  • That’s it hand your keys back and enjoy the sunny summer weather (hopefully it will be sunny).


More information

Cardiff Digs find out about getting it out for Cardiff and extra refuse collections.

Moving out check list to remind you what you have done and what you still need to do.


Come and see us in Advice & Money

Student Support Services at Cardiff University are here to help you, please drop in or contact us should you have any questions, Telephone: 02920 874528 Email:


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Best wishes
Siobhan, Advice & Money Team

Siobhan Williams

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  • HC


    I think your article is great for first years moving out of halls, however there does not seem to be information for those moving out of a rented property.

    For example, I have the current issue of my rented accomodation ending on the 28th June, but our new property tenancy begins on the 1st July. What are we expected to do for these three days, without any home or place to move our stuff? Especially as we do have a car, or have family close by. The two of us are also working in a summer internship over these days were we are supposedly “homeless”.

    Any advice for this would be appreciated.


    • Your Student Life, Supported

      Many thanks for your comment Claire. One of my colleagues in Advice & Money will email you directly to offer further advice and please don’t hesitate to drop in and see them at 50 Park Place, Cathays, Cardigan House, Heath or if you are a Business School student they have an office there.
      Best regards
      Marketing Manager

  • Stive Belly

    I was really confused and worried how I will manage to move out of my accommodation .Planning was going on but all of sudden I found your article cool all we planned same as it is given article, I have talked to my housemates when they are leaving and sited together planned everything as given week by week and day. I am happy now because of it, we are clear with all formalities without any mess.
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  • Rosemary

    As Cardiff Uni do not have a central post room and do not want luggage left in reception of residences, can a courier get access to Talybont South to pick up her cases? So much luggage is hard for one person to manage when having to fly to N.I.

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