If you’re heading to university away from home this year it’s likely that you’ve put a lot of planning into the big move. Finding somewhere to live, figuring out transport, changing your address and saying goodbye to friends. But it’s impossible to be one hundred percent prepared for such a big change – there’ll be mistakes made and plenty learned on the way. It’s all part of the university experience.
Here are four of our very own UTS Housing Residents to share with us the things they wish they’d known earlier.
More helpful tips:
Moving into UTS Housing opens up a whole new world of experiences, possibilities and opportunities to meet many new people, so try to be open-minded and positive.
Sort out your $$$
This especially applies if you’ve never budgeted before. Hopefully, you’ll have figured out your weekly income (this might be from a part-time job, Centrelink, or parents/guardians) and weekly expenses (rent, food, bills, etc). The money left over is your disposable income, which you can spend or save. Work this number out before you go crazy with your cash!
If you can’t already, learn to cook a few basic meals to keep you going. Pasta, salad and noodles are all simple and can be made in bulk.
Read the UTS Housing handbook.
You’ll find this all-in-one guide in your welcome box when checking in, but you can read it here to be 110% ready when you move in.
Rules be like…
Residence rules are outlined in the handbook and will help you to avoid unexpected fines and visits from the UTS security team (who are really very friendly). There’s one rule to know before you move in though – no candles!
Eek! What to bring
Know what you need. In your room, you’ll find a bed, mattress, mattress protector, storage closet, desk, chair and pin board. In the kitchen, you’ll find a kettle, toaster, microwave, cooking top and refrigerator (some kitchens also have an oven). Generally, share apartments with three or more residents will have some common items already from previous residents. However, studios and even two-share apartments are often empty, so you’ll have to bring with you or purchase general-use items like a clothes-drying rack, kitchen utensils and flat décor. Check out the free store to pick up some of these items at zero cost.
Sort out your UTS student card.
You’ll need an appointment to get one for the first time – see the process here. This will allow you to print, use the laundry (washing and drying machines) and parcel lockers. If you haven’t got your card when you move in, you can request a temporary card at reception.
Top up your card.
These services require funds on the card, so top it up first here. The ‘My Monitor’ online system also allows you to check laundry machine availability and set up notifications when your cycle is finished.
Make some buddies.
Strike up a conversation with your roommates or neighbours and you might find you have a lot in common. Come along to UTS Housing’s Welcome Week events like speed-friending and bowling to meet other new residents and don’t be shy!
All on the app
Download the UTS Housing mobile app from the Android or iOS app stores. Swipe left, right, up or down to check out upcoming events, general news and have access to payment, contact and form links.
It has a handy feed with upcoming events and general news, as well as shortcuts to payment, contact and form links.
Still got questions? Ask the UTS Housing staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.