Guest blog: Moving out of private housing

We hope everyone is having a great week so far. Today’s blog is brought to you by Rory Cunningham, Community Liaison Manager. If you are preparing to move out of private housing in the city, Rory has some helpful tips and advice for you. 

Moving out of private housing
If you are a student living in private housing in the city, getting ready to move at the end of year can be really stressful, particularly after end of year exams. We understand that students don’t all leave at the same time and that the task of moving out can sometimes fall to the last tenants to leave the property!

Thankfully, we have a range of projects and initiatives that can help you – all facilitated by our twelve Student Community Wardens. The Student Community Wardens are all students, employed by the University to help support students living in the private sector.

‘Students on the Move’
The ‘Students on the Move‘ scheme provides a series of University paid refuse collections for students during June and July. The scheme was first piloted in 2009 because students living in the community expressed concerns about rarely finishing their tenancy contracts on the correct bin collection day.

The council’s move to a bi-weekly recycling cycle also made it less likely that students would leave on the correct grey/green collection cycle.

The ‘Students on the Move’ scheme helps address this gap – by providing two extra refuse collections per week (each Monday and Friday) throughout June and July. Our scheme also pays for two community clear-up days for twelve streets in the St James ward. These will occur on June 8th and July 20th. Participating streets will receive an information leaflet closer to the time.

What should I do?
Look out for your ‘Students on the Move’ envelope with special stickers inside. Simply place stickers on each rubbish bag and leave it outside on the evening before a collection or by 6:00am on the day of collection. But don’t forget to text “RUBBISH” and the first line of your address to 07521 227 117. Texts to this number need to be received by 9:00pm the evening before a collection. You can collect your Students on the Move envelope as well as extra stickers from SID reception areas, Guild information points and Student Hubs from mid May.

These are the planned extra collection days to be aware of:

  • June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
  • July 8, 12, 22, 26

Do you have re-usable items that could be given to charity?
British Heart Foundation bags are included in your ‘Students on the Move’ envelope. Simply fill your bag with good quality unwanted clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, books, computer games, CDs, DVDs, electrical items, crockery, cookware and homeware. Then either:

  1. Book a free BHF collection by calling 01392 410662 (Josie, Shop Manager) or email
  2. Take the bags to drop off points including: 160 Sidwell street, Lafrowda, Birks Grange, Rowancroft, St Davids Brunel Close, James Owen Court Laundry, Birks Grange Central Block Reception, Lopes Hall Foyer, Holland Hall Laundry, St Davids Laundry and Duryard Creedy House.

Need more bags? You can use any bag to donate items or alternatively email to collect a big BHF bag. British Heart Foundation also offer free furniture collections. Simply arrange a collection.

Donate any unwanted/no longer needed coats to charity. Drop off your coats to CoLab, 3 King William Street, between the hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Turntable can collect your duvets, pillows, bed-linen and other items for free, providing there are no marks or stains. To book a collection (please give as much notice as possible) visit this website or call 01392 202032 for more details.

Glass collections
Glass Caddying collections are only provided to students living off campus who do not have access to a vehicle and who do not live close to a bottle bank. This service will begin at the end of May and run until the end of July. Please email for more information or find your glass bank in Exeter.

For more information on ‘Students on the Move’ project, please email the Student Community Wardens on

Our main piece of advice at this time of year is to plan ahead! Have a meeting with your housemates (or flatmates) if you are sharing accommodation – and think about who is leaving your address and when. Plan a time to dispose of extra waste and consider having a final clear-up day before everyone leaves for the summer.

Don’t forget that leaving mess inside (or outside) your address could lead to charges from your landlord or agent.

Good luck!

Community Rory

We hope this week’s blog has been helpful and thank you very much to Rory for sharing all of this information with us. If you are looking for things to do over the weekend, there’s some interesting exhibitions at the RAMM and festivals taking place in Exeter.

Enjoy the rest of your week and have an amazing weekend!

Accommodation Priscilla 

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