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Our tips for Student Removals in the UK

Most of us look back on our student days with a sense of fond nostalgia. The raucous parties of freshers' week, going to lectures in slippers and long lazy days spent revising in the park are all hallmarks of some of the best years of our lives. It's easy to forget, however, the stress and upheaval that comes from moving your belongings at the start and end of each term. Many students now choose their university or college based on the course or campus it offers them and others are restricted to getting whatever place they can through the clearing system. This means that today's generation of students faces the challenge of moving to an area potentially far away from home for the first time. Here is our guide giving you all you need to know about student removals in the UK.

Unique removal needs

Student removals present a number of unique challenges. Firstly, many freshers will start off university life in a room in the halls of residence, meaning the belongings they need will be limited to a small bundle consisting of clothes, books and CDs/DVDs. Not everybody has parents willing to transport them up and down the country, so young people are increasingly calling on removals firms. These kinds of move clearly lend themselves well to a small van, rather than a full removals service and these days there is a range of different flexible options available. In addition, more and more university halls let out their rooms during the long holidays, meaning you are likely to have to completely empty your space and bring your belongings back again at the start of the next term.

What should you take?

You need to have enough with you to feel content when you settle but resist taking the kitchen sink! It's a good idea to make a list of essentials and try and stick to it, especially as you are likely to be adding to your possessions with your student discount! This list will, of course, include laptop, mobile and chargers, academic books and stationery, clothes, toiletries and duvet covers. Don't forget other essentials such as medical cards, bank cards and ID. If you are taking a TV, ensure you have applied for a TV licence before you arrive.

Home comforts

Arriving at your new student digs for the first time can be overwhelming: your room will appear sterile, tired and will even smell strange compared to the comforts of home. It's a good idea, therefore, to take with you some little touches that will brighten up your space and remind you of familiar things. Remember: your room is most likely the place you will be sleeping, working and relaxing so it needs to be an inviting space. Consider packing some bright cushions and throws to add a splash of colour, a lamp with soft lighting, photos of loved ones for the wall and LED candles (most student accommodation does not allow wax candles due to the fire risk).

Flexible removals

Above all, you are going to need a flexible student removals service. You may need to move belongings back and forwards six times in a year, you may need assistance carrying your things up and down many flights of stairs and, as a student, you'll certainly need it at an affordable price. The key is to be organised: with a bit of forward planning, you can organise professional drivers, removal porters or man with a van-type services to be there when you need them.

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Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

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There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

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When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

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Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

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If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

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