End of Year Checklist

End of year can be a hectic time for students. In your hurry to pack up and move out, consider the alternatives to throwing away all of your unwanted stuff. The changeover period has a huge environmental and social impact on the local community with over 300 tonnes of waste being thrown away every June.  Most of which could be recycled, reused, donated or sold. Here are our top tips to help with end of year and moving house.

1. End of year celebrations

Even if your party is a one off, your neighbours are still not going to appreciate being kept awake. Particularly local kids who will be revising for their GCSE and A-level exams.  Read More.

2. Recycle your empties

Take your glass bottles and jars to your nearest bottle bank (No you can’t put them in your green bin!) Download the Leeds Bins app to find your nearest.

3. Feed people not bins

Check if you need to buy any more food.  Use up what you have stored away in the cupboards and freezer before buying any more. If you have any food leftover at the end of year, call around to your neighbours and see if they would like it or donate it to the All Hallows Community Café.

4. Who does all this stuff belong to?

Sort out who owns what and give things a quick clean. It will make things easier in the panic to pack up and move out!

5. Sell what you don’t need

Sell your unwanted textbooks, clothes, electricals and media and get some extra cash for the summer. See our Living in Leeds Guide for more information.

6. Donate what you don’t need

Drop off any unwanted furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, food and anything else that you no longer need at one of the end of year collections in residencies, the local community and campus. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on collections near you.

7. Take meter readings

Do this on the day you move out and avoid any extra charges!

8. Keep safe and secure

Shred any documentation with your personal details on it. Identity thieves are known to go looking through bins. It’s also not a good idea to store all of your possessions in a car overnight as it will get broken in to.

9. Get out and get active

Go along to a local festival before you leave. There are many great events happening around the city to go to. See the Visit Leeds webpages for more information.

10. Rate your landlord

Tell other students of your renting experiences this year through Rate Your Landlord.

11. Before You Go Feedback

Before you go for a summer break, we’d like to hear about the highlights of your year living in Leeds and your ideas for how the University can help students to be active and responsible members of the local community and enjoy their time in the city. Complete our survey

 

The Real Cost of a Party

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Creating noise nuisance can not only lead to hefty Council fines and a disciplinary from your institution but it could also be costly in repairing any damage to the property you rent if you hold parties. With the use of social media it’s now easier than ever to spread the word about a party you’re hosting and you risk dozens of strangers turning up and attracting the wrong crowd who won’t respect you, your property or your belongings. Once a large crowd gathers it is very difficult to disperse everyone and as a tenant you will remain liable for any damage caused by the guests- even if you did not know them.  Remember, you are not only paying for the repair itself but also the contractors time which can be very expensive- some examples of costs to expect would be;

Filling and painting over one damaged wall; £60 plus

New carpets; £500 plus

Professional clean; £50 plus

Replacing a broken sofa; £450 plus

If you are not towards the end of your tenancy your landlord can demand you pay for these costs straight away and if it is towards the end of your tenancy you risk losing your deposit altogether and being taken to court for any remaining charges.

It is very common for landlords to request references before allowing you to sign a new contract- remember to bare this in mind because even after you have paid for the damaged property your landlord would still have to be honest when asked if they would consider you a trustworthy tenant.  Some landlords require references from the previous five years so this could have a major impact on you for a long time to come.

Studying is very hard work and it is expected you balance this with a good social life but if you have friends around remember to limit the number you invite and only invite people you trust.  Speak to your neighbours and let them know to contact you if they are disturbed by noise from your property. Leeds offers a wide range of bars, pubs and clubs and it is a much better idea to go to these for a party rather than risking the consequences noise nuisance can bring.

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The Brownlee Centre and Bodington Cycle Circuit now open!

 

Bodington Playing Fields had a £5m investment in 2017 to create world class sports facilities. It is home to The Brownlee Centre which is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and sits alongside a 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit, one of the longest in the country.

Alongside the cycling and triathlon facilities, there are a large number of sports pitches which are regularly used by students who are part of our Leeds Gryphons Sports Clubs and Social League Teams as well as staff members and the local community. Bodington Playing Fields are located just three miles north of the main University of Leeds campus and compliment the nearby Sport Park Weetwood.

The 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country, providing a safe traffic free environment for cyclists of all abilities, and a good place to head out for some fun on your University of Leeds hire bike!