Moving From University to Home – What To Do With Your Excess Stuff?

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For many, university involves being away for three – four memorable years. If you flit between your student accommodation and your parent’s or guardian’s home, chances are the luxury of having more than one space means you’ve accumulated more clothes, books, decorative items and kitchen utensils than you could possibly fit into your single room back home.


If someone else is helping to move you home from university, you will also want to make sure that all your belongings fit comfortably into their car or van.


But, what can you do with your excess stuff?


Whether you’re leaving university for good or just moving back home for a short period of time, if you have belongings that you know won’t fit into your room, we have a few helpful ideas on what to do with your excess stuff…




Excess clothes, jewellery, shoes, light ornaments and crockery are all perfect for donating to your local charity shop. Not only will you be helping a good cause you will also lighten the load when it comes to packing and returning home. You also won’t have to worry about finding a home for items that are surplus to requirements. Instead, you can focus on more important things like spending time with your family, looking for a job, or studying if you haven’t already finished your degree.




You could always sell your excess and unwanted items for a little extra cash. If you’ve finished with your reading material, you could even see if someone in the year below would like to buy some of your books for a reduced price.


Leave some items behind?


While most landlords stipulate in their contracts that all personal belongings should be removed before the new tenant moves in, if you don’t want to take your kitchen utensils or other essential supplies with you it could be worth asking your landlord whether you could leave them behind. If they’re in good condition, it’s possible that the new tenants may be interested in renting a place that’s already kitted out with things like cutlery, crockery and clothes drying racks. Of course the landlord could say no, but you don’t know if you don’t ask.


Self Storage


Items like bikes, paintings and furniture won’t always fit into smaller vehicles but it doesn’t mean you no longer want or need them! If you don’t want to part ways with some of your items but can’t fit them into your car, temporarily placing them into a storage unit could be the perfect answer.



When moving from university back home, there are a number of options available when it comes to emptying your room of excess stuff. From donating to your local charity shop, to selling items to other students or local residents, to leaving essential supplies behind for the new tenants to use, these are all helpful ways to deal with your excess stuff from university.


If you’re interested in using personal storage, 1st Access offers both short and long-term storage in Peterborough. We are a reliable storage company with many years of experience supplying flexible and secure storage facilities with friendly customer service. Get a quote today to see why we are highly trusted by our customers.

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