Student Housing: Hints & Tips

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Save money!

  • Don't leave your heating on all day when no-one is home - use the timer.
  • Turn off the lights when you're out of the room and try to use Energy Saving bulbs.
  • Close the curtains at night.
  • Don't leave appliances on standby.
  • Only fill your kettle to the level required.
  • Use a "half-load" setting on your washing machine when appropriate (a 40┬░ temperature will usually be acceptable for washing most clothes, but make sure you read and follow the care labels, and always separate your white clothes from your coloured clothes!).
  • Make sure you send your Certificate of Attendance (obtained from Student Records) to the local Council to prove that you are exempt from Council Tax (full-time students only).
  • Get a TV Licence - don't risk a fine!
  • Try to go shopping with your housemates and buy in bulk, this can save you money.
  • Take advantage of student discounts in High Street shops - just show your student card.

Avoid damp!

  • Use an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom if one is provided.
  • Don't dry clothes indoors.
  • Open windows when having a shower.

Keep your house clean!

  • Clean the bathroom and kitchen, and vacuum regularly.
  • Find out when your local rubbish collection is and remember to put out the bins - use the recycling facility if there is one in your area.
  • Some households find that a rota is useful for ensuring that household tasks are carried out fairly.

Keep your house safe!

  • Article _studenthousing 02Ensure that all windows and doors (including your bedroom) are locked when the property is empty and keep valuables out of sight.
  • Turn off all appliances when out of the property.
  • Make sure that your smoke alarms work and check them on a regular basis by pushing the button. Replace batteries regularly and never take the batteries out.
  • Don't put anything metallic (e.g. foil, saucepans, baking trays etc) in the microwave.
  • Don't cook food when you've just come in from a night out - you could be tired and less aware of your actions.
  • Don't smoke in bed.
  • Many tenancy agreements prohibit tenants from using candles because of the serious risk of fire they pose. Remember that using candles can be dangerous.
  • Never use an appliance that you know to be, or that looks unsafe, e.g. with frayed leads, damaged plugs or blowing fuses. Never replace a constantly-blowing fuse with one of a higher rating.
  • If you smell gas, call National Grid free on 0800 111 999.
  • Keep a fire blanket and fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Never pour water on an oil fire.
  • If you can't put a fire out safely, then get out of the building and call 999.

Avoid / Solve Problems!

  • Always back up your work on an extra disc or using hard copies!
  • If you are having any problems with your housing, or any other matter, come along to the Student Support Services Centre