Moving Out

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Moving out of your house can be pretty stressful, especially if you've been living there for a while. But Bristol SU is here to help! Take a look at our list: designed to help you remember everything (and to get your deposit back).

The Big One: Sorting Your House Out!

You need to make sure that you leave the house in the same condition it was in when you arrived. This includes cleaning, removing all your belongings and making sure everything’s as it should be.

Remember to check photos you took when you first moved in, so that you get things right. We recommend taking photos of the place again as you leave: they’re great evidence in case of any disputes.


Cleaning always takes longer than expected and it’s important to do it well. Roll your sleeves up, allocate jobs and don’t leave it all to the last person!


Don’t leave anything behind – no matter how useful you think it will be to new tenants. Equally, don’t leave your things behind and expect to be able to collect them later. Your landlord can remove items you leave and may make deductions from your deposit to cover the costs of removing and disposing of them. Make sure you leave plenty of time to clear everything out.

Try to recycle or send your unwanted things to charity shops as much as you can.  The BIG GIVE  runs very successfully each year, enabling students to donate unwanted items to local charities.  You can deposit your things at a number of locations around the university -  including the Students’ Union, halls of residence and student houses. Items accepted include:

  • clothes, shoes and accessories
  • bedding(clean!)
  • kitchenware and crockery
  • unopened non-perishable food
  • electrical equipment
  • CDs and DVDs
  • sports equipment
  • small items of furniture
  • bric-a-brac

If you have any waste which isn’t suitable for the BIG GIVE or otherwise recyclable, make sure you check your waste collection date to avoid leaving bags of rubbish outside the property (your landlord may make deductions from your deposit to cover the cost of disposing of them) or on the street (the council may fine you).

Sorting Out

It’s best to move all furniture and fittings to where they were at the start of the year, that way your landlord can clearly see whether anything is missing.

Replace any lightbulbs which are no longer working – they are your responsibility.

Bills, Bills, Bills 

Take final meter reading for each utility, and keep a note of them somewhere safe in case of any problems. Contact your utility companies to:

  • tell them that you’re moving out
  • give them the readings
  • give a forwarding address for any final bills

We also recommend letting the council know you're moving out, so there's no confusion about who's paying council tax over the summer.

Don’t forget to cancel any standing orders or direct debits with your bank!

If you’re going home for the summer, you may be entitled to a TV licence refund for the time you’re away. Contactthe TV Licensing Authority for more details.

Bits and Bobs

Don’t forget to cancel your standing order for rent – some landlords and agents will charge you for refunding any payments made to them after your tenancy ends.

Remember to hand in all keys on or by the last day of your tenancy, otherwise your landlord may charge you for a new lock and keys!


If you have any general problems moving in or moving out, or if you would like advice on a dispute with your landlord or agent, or on getting your deposit back once you’ve moved out, the University’s Accommodation Office can help.