Aneekha, a psychology student, shares some tips below for students who will be returning to Bath after the summer break.
So I am sure that we are all looking forward to the summer - longer days, no classes and the warm sun! Most importantly, it gives us a chance to go home and catch up with our loved ones. However, it is not a bad idea to start to consider what you can do to make your return to university as easy as possible.
For instance, with your belongings. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to bring your entire room with you - but there are great and affordable storage services in Bath that you can use while you are away. However, make sure that you take a look at your housing contract for next year so that you are booking for the time that you need. A couple that I would look at include Andrews removals and Safestore. They vary in price range and the amount of help they give you in regards to packing but they were both very careful, and reasonable for students.
On that note, it would also be a good idea to make sure that you have finalised your housing for next year before you go. Viewings are much more valuable in person, and give you a better idea of what it would be like to actually live in the space, and you also get a good feel for the neighbourhood too! Now, there is no set move-in or move-out date as such, but try and make sure that the ones that you do agree on work with your plans and are easy for everyone that you plan to live with next year.
Another important factor to consider is your transport. For me it’s always been beneficial to book in advance, as that is when prices and availability have been the best. However, it is natural for plans to change - so don’t stress out if you can’t plan too far ahead! I would recommend taking the National Express coach to and from the airport. It may take a little longer than the train but it’s much easier as it’s a direct journey, and there is allotted space for your luggage which means you don’t have to worry about it during your journey.
Of course, make sure that you fit in the allowance for the luggage, and if you don’t then maybe taking the train or a taxi might be a better option for you. Keep in mind that these tend to be slightly more expensive options, but I can totally relate wanting to bring as much of home with you so sometimes those extra pounds are worth it!
Planning ahead will allow you to enjoy your summer even more without any worries that can easily be solved right now! Bath has great resources being a student city, so if there is something you need, I am sure that there has been another student in your position - so feel free to reach out to International Support Service if you need more advice or have any questions.
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