Moving in checklist

So you've made your accommodation arrangements, whether it's in halls or a private rental, and now it's time to plan the big move.

Take a look through our helpful checklist for some of the things you may need to arrange before you arrive or once you're here.

Car parking

Parking is limited across the entire University campus and is only guaranteed for blue-badge holders, so we encourage you to consider leaving your vehicle at home if possible. If you’re renting privately and have access to a car then make sure you check whether parking is included or a permit is required.

Check-in inspections

If you’re moving into University accommodation you must complete your paper inventory within 24 hours of your arrival. An inventory is a record of what is in your room and what condition it is in when you arrive. For those renting privately Manchester Student Homes has more details about inventories.

Contents insurance

Contracts for University accommodation include up to £10,000 of contents insurance against theft and loss, but not accidental damage. If you’re living in private accommodation, you should arrange insurance as soon as possible after arriving.

Contract length

Check the length of your contract – you might only want to stay in Manchester during term-time, which for undergraduates is 41 or 42 weeks. Private rentals usually last a full year, so you might end up paying for an extra 12 weeks rent that you don’t need.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Manchester is similar to other major cities across the UK, and how much you will spend depends on your lifestyle. It’s important to set yourself a budget to avoid running into financial difficulty. Student Support has tips on helping you budget. 

Council Tax

Council Tax is a local government tax which covers local public services (such as street lighting and waste collection). The majority of students are exempt from paying Council Tax, so if you’re renting privately, you need to inform Manchester City Council that you're a full-time student and don't have to pay.

Move-in hygiene

If you’re moving into halls we can assure you that all rooms will be properly cleaned before arrival. You must follow all directional signage on arrival in halls. Our Accommodation Team have put together some arrival information so be sure to read it before you get here. 

If you're moving into private accommodation, you should expect that it has been well cleaned prior to your move-in. If the property has been poorly cleaned and you’re renting, it’s worth following up with your landlord or estate agent to see if they can send a cleaner to sort it out for you.

Register to vote

You may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses. If your home and university addresses are in different local authority areas it is possible to vote in both areas for local elections but only once in general elections. EU and international students can check if they’re eligible to vote.

Register with a GP

Given the current coronavirus situation, we strongly encourage you to register with a local GP, close to your accommodation, so you can access their services quickly should you need them.

TV licence

In the UK all televisions must be licensed. A licence costs £157.50 per year, which can be paid in monthly instalments. If you have a television or stream live TV on your laptop or devices in University accommodation or in any room in private accommodation, you'll have to purchase a TV licence.

If you're moving into the University's Unsworth Park Halls you don't need to worry about purchasing a TV licence as the University provides them.

Utility bills

If you’re living in University halls you don’t need to worry about utility bills – this is all included in your accommodation fees. If you’re renting privately your landlord should provide you with details of utility suppliers. Make sure you take meter readings as soon as you move in.