It feels like a lifetime ago, but Uni was a whirlwind experience for me, and I know how tough it is. It might only be January, but September and the start of your second year will come around quickly. That’s why it’s so important to start getting organised now, so that come the end of the third semester you’re not in a mad rush. While you might have thought that starting uni would be the most stressful part of life on campus, that’s not the case. Getting everything sorted for your second year can be even more stressful.

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The good news is you can make the process a lot easier for yourself by starting to prepare for your second year now. The earlier you start getting things sorted, the easier and less stressful it will be. There’s a lot that you need to think about, so don’t rush, but make sure that within the next four weeks, you start planning. And remember, most of the time, all the ‘good’ second-year accommodation is snapped up. So you need to move fast.

First things first, work out who to live with

This is always tricky, especially as you don’t want to upset anyone. The most important thing is to think about who your closest friends are and who you get on well with. Maybe you’ve spent your first year living in a mixed house, and would prefer to live in an all-girl house next year. Boys are just so messy, which is why sometimes all-girl houses can be your best bet.

If you’re part of a big flat of close friends, sit down as a group and discuss who will live with who next year. It’s probably best to ensure that no one gets left out, and everyone has people to live with. If you’re all close, perhaps you could find two houses to rent that are close to each other. So that you can still spend a lot of time as a group. Maybe a boy’s house and a girl’s house could work well.

Get your accommodation sorted

Once you’ve worked out who you’ll be living with, the next step is to start house hunting. Student house hunting is never easy as there is a lot of demand for all the best properties. So the earlier you start looking, the better, as this will give you a higher chance of finding a property that you like and that’s affordable.

Don’t make the mistake of house hunting alone, use the services on offer at your university to make it a little easier. It may also be worth contacting any local letting agents to see whether they have any student properties that could be suitable. Apps like Zoopla and Rightmove, as well as student websites, are also worth using.

Organise how you’re moving your stuff

So you’ve chosen who you’ll be living with and have put down a deposit on your new house, the next step is to organise how you’ll be moving your stuff. Of course, if you could drop it all off before you move out of your current accommodation, that would be easier. Sadly, however, often that’s not an option. Instead of having to pay for storage, why not use a student storage shipping company? You could ship your bits and bobs home, and then have them shipped back to your new house at the start of the new semester.

While you could opt to store your belongings in self-storage, the cost will most probably be high. That’s why it’s a better option to have your belongings shipped home so that the cost is lower. There’s no point paying to store your bits and bobs when you could store them at home for free, is there? Plus, you won’t have to stress about collecting your items from self-storage and then getting them back to your new home. As you can use your shipping company to ship them from your family home to your new student digs.

Sarah x