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. 

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)
  • toiletries
  • kitchen utensils
  • clothing and shoes
  • stationery
  • DVDs and CDs
  • books and games. 

Where can I donate unwanted items?

These Bristol charities accept donations:

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.

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