Students always face tough accommodation costs, but in the south where rent tends to be two to three times the amount as northern student homes, it’s even harder to get yourself in order.

Student accommodation has always been expensive, and it gets pricer the further down south you go. For example, students at Reading University will pay around £800 a month for rent in a shared flat. The prices are already high, let alone the terms for most student homes not allowing you to move in until September. 

Instead of worrying about what to bring with you, for the most part, it’s worth getting storage unit to tide yourself over. Instead of needing a van to take you home, you can simply board a train and travel back to your hometown stress-free. Look at taking your belongings to self-storage in Farnborough, which is relatively central to most of the big universities in the south, making it a cheap and easy way to keep hold of your items. 

One perk about keeping your items in storage is that you won’t feel the attachment if you decide to part from it when you start afresh in September. University comes with a shocking amount of stress, and decluttering is something that can heavily impact negative thoughts. 

Alongside all the other things to stress about while away at university, your belongings shouldn’t be one of them. Dr Stephen T. Sinatra encourages people to clean up their clutter because it helps protect us against things like depression, lack of sleep, lack of focus and feelings of guilt. Even if all you decide to do is throw away old items in the fridge, you’d be surprised how much it’ll feel like you’ve accomplished. 

Letting go of things you’ve held on to for too long can be difficult for anyone, but really think about what use that item has for you. It’s become a common trend for people to collect alcohol bottles during their time at university – but is it helping you at all? 

Be completely ruthless with your items, things you think you need, you probably don’t at all, and it’s just leaving you with no space and a cluttered brain. The best place to start is with your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn it for over a year, throw it out. After finding yourself repeating “I have no clothes” for the tenth time, it’s worth chucking out all of those items you own, but never use. 

Once you’ve completely decluttered your bedroom, you’ll see the difference immediately. Not only will you feel better, but your room will look tidier, which is enough to motivate anyone. There’s enough stress attempting to get a degree and struggling with finances, so it’s not worth letting the state of your room contribute to your university hardship.