Moving out of University accommodation
Find out what you need to do before leaving your accommodation and on moving out day. Avoid unwanted charges by following our moving out guide.
Moving out guide
Follow these step-by-step instructions to guide you through what to do before moving out of your University accommodation.
A few weeks before you move out
Check the end date of your tenancy, which you can find in your accommodation guide.
Two or three days before you move out
- Take down anything from your walls and check there are no marks.
- Start packing the contents of your wardrobe, cupboards and drawers.
- Wipe down the inside of your wardrobe, cupboards and drawers, along with all surfaces and skirting boards.
- Put aside things you don’t want anymore so they can be donated to charity. Don’t put items that can be reused out with the rubbish, even if you don’t want them. It’s wasteful and these items could be of real use to others.
- Get your flatmates together to clean the communal areas. You will need to:
- empty cupboards, surfaces and your fridge-freezer;
- clean all surfaces, the inside of cupboards, the oven and the microwave;
- defrost and clean the fridge-freezer.
- Take out all your rubbish and recycling.
On the day you move out
- Clean your en-suite, sink, taps and mirror. Make sure you clean the walls, toilet and shower, wipe down the door, clean the floor and empty the bin.
- Vacuum your bedroom carpet and leave it stain free.
- Empty your bin and put any rubbish in the refuse area for your residence.
- Do not leave any rubbish or personal items in your room or communal areas. You will be charged if we need to remove anything that you have left behind.
- Take photos of your room in the condition you left it.
- Close your window, turn off your light and lock your door.
- If you have a bike, remove it from the bike storage area.
- Have a final trip to your post locker, as any unclaimed post will not be retained.
- Return all of your keys, including for your mailbox if you have one. If you’re living in a University-owned residence, you can hand keys in to your Student Support Centre or accommodation manager. In partnership residences, please return your keys to the reception for your residence.
End of tenancy charges
After you have moved out, your room will be checked to see that it is clean, no damage has been caused and no items are missing. After everyone has left, we will inspect the communal areas.
You will be charged for:
- lost or un-returned keys
- rubbish or personal items you have left behind
- extra cleaning or redecoration
- repairs or replacements that go beyond normal wear and tear.
These apply both to your room and the communal areas. Charges can be much higher if your accommodation is left in an exceptionally dirty condition.
Download the end of tenancy list of charges for full details.
Take photos of everything after you have cleaned, so you have evidence of the condition of your accommodation when you moved out. This will help you challenge any charges you feel are unfair.
Donating unwanted items
One of the most common charges that students incur when they move out is for items that have been left behind. If you want to get rid of things that can be reused, please donate them, don't put them out with the rubbish.
What can I donate?
- food (tinned or long life)
- kitchen utensils
- clothing and shoes
- DVDs and CDs
- books and games.
Where can I donate unwanted items?
These Bristol charities accept donations:
- The Bristol Big Give
- Bristol Refugee Rights
- Reuse Network
- British Red Cross
- Sue Ryder
- Julian House
- Life Cycle UK
Not all charities accept all items.
Moving out of private rented accommodation
What you need to know if you are moving out of private rented accommodation (Pdf 216 kb) rather than a University residence.