Information for Students moving out for the first time.

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Leaving home to go to University or College is an exciting time. It may be the first opportunity that you’ve had to live away from the family unit. Bear in mind that your family is going to miss you and worry about you so here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that you have everything in place for when you leave. Cheltenham Student Accommodation like that provided by is a great place to find something to start with.

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  1. Make sure you have a TV licence. It’s one of the most commonly forgotten aspects of moving. If you own a TV or you watch anything to do with the BBC you have to have a TV licence. If you don’t have one you could be liable for a large fine that will have a big effect on the budget. It’s very easy to get one and only works out at about fourteen pounds a month. One licence covers a whole household, you don’t have to have one for every TV that is in the place. There is even a discount for using an old Black and white if you can find one!

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  1. Council Tax. Again this is per household and isn’t based on the amount of people living in the property. You have to have this and pay this otherwise there will be a fine and it can affect your credit rating. You all need to be named on the bill to cover yourselves. Don’t let just one of you be responsible for it.
  2. Have a food budget. There is a bit of a myth that you will spend the next 3 years just eating beans on toast and Pot Noodle. With careful budgeting you can allocate plenty of cash to see you through the semesters and terms ok.

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