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