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Why staying in your house for another year at university is a great idea

Moving house can be incredibly stressful, especially when you have a whole new year of university to think about. In fact, moving in general is often listed as one of the most stressful things people can go through in their lives.

Now, as a Leeds letting agent, we don’t think that moving needs to be quite this challenging and we do everything possible to make any move you make with us as easy and simple as possible.

However, there’s no doubt that there are lots of benefits to staying put.

So here’s a quick countdown of the top five reasons why staying in your house for another year is a great idea.

1. Avoiding the physical move itself

One big reason why moving can be so stressful is simple: you have to move all of your stuff from one place to another.

While moving in for your first year at university may have been a struggle on its own, you can just imagine how much harder it is likely to be when you’ve also amassed a year or more’s worth of books and furniture that you now need to somehow drag across town.

It can also be costly depending on where your moving, especially if you don’t have a vehicle.

After all, if you can’t manage to rope in friends or family members, then help with moving all that stuff doesn’t always come cheap.

2. You’ve already organised your finances

Chances are that, by the time the possibility of moving has reared its head, all the logistical financial stresses regarding bills and how to split costs with housemates have long since been resolved.

That means you’re now able to get on with your studies without the added concern of figuring out who is paying what.

Staying where you are means this is one less thing you’ll have to worry about.

3. You already know your housemates

This is, of course, only a benefit assuming you get along with your housemates or, at the very least, have lived with each other long enough to co-habit successfully.

For most people, getting on with university flatmates is one of their biggest anxieties.

Once you have settled with your fellow students under one roof, it can be easy to forget that this peaceful cohabitation is unfortunately not always the case.

Now, we’re not saying you’re likely to move into a new place and immediately find yourself at odds with your new housemates.

We’re just pointing out that, if you’ve found people you can live with, that’s something not to take for granted and should come into your consideration when deciding whether to stay or go.

This is especially true when it comes to household chores.

A friendly division of labour in a student house is something to be cherished and don’t forget that new housemates could mean staring at a bowl of dirty washing up without a helping hand.

4. You are already familiar with the area

We know as a letting agent Leeds can be a diverse city to live in.

One area can be completely different to the next. We therefore understand just how important knowing your surroundings can be.

And we’re not just talking about knowing the best place for a late night kebab, although that is, of course, very important.

Transport links and general knowledge of how to get around is one thing that you might not appreciate as much as you should.

You don’t realise just how important that is until you’re suddenly struggling to find your way to a lecture.

And that brings us onto our last point….

5. It’s one less distraction

Ultimately, you’re at university to get an education and to achieve the best you possibly can.

While we’re sure that organising the electricity bill and figuring out a new bus timetable is unlikely to make you fail your dissertation, it still stands to reason that, when focusing on a goal, more stress is likely to make it harder to succeed.

All these distractions add up and can have a real impact.

Therefore, it might be best – not only for your blood pressure, but also for your academic success – to stay where you are.

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