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Moving out soon?

Posted on 23 May 2024

We hope you’ve had a great year in York! It’s nearly time to move out for many of you, so here's a reminder of what you need to do before you depart.

On campus students 

  • Not sure when you need to move out? Check your contract end date in the accommodation portal. 
  • Clean your room and your communal areas
  • Recycle or donate your unwanted items
  • Sign out your keys at your college reception

Moving out checklist

Private housing students

If you’re in private accommodation, we have information on ending your tenancy and moving out, including advice on your deposit.

Rubbish and recycling

British Heart Foundation Clothing Bank

It’s good to start thinking about waste disposal as early as possible to avoid being caught out at the end of your contract period or when you are ready to leave.

Last year York students helped divert 29.1 tonnes of unwanted items from disposal by donating to the British Heart Foundation - that’s 3642 bags of reusable items! These were sold through the York BHF shops. This raised an incredible £50,000 to help power life saving research into heart and circulatory disease and all things that cause them. We’ll need your help to achieve this again this year.

How can I help?

Before disposing of something in your general waste bin, consider if someone else might be able to make use of it. The BHF red banks located on campus allow you to donate your unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation. They accept a range of items including all types of clothes, shoes, accessories (like belts, hats or bags) books, small electrical items (like clocks, fans), cookery equipment, crockery and toys and games.

There are big red donation banks at every College (near external bin stores) and also donation boxes at 9 laundry rooms. Locate your nearest on campus BHF donation bank.

Can't donate it?

  • On campus students
    If you live on campus, make yourself familiar with the nearby options available to reuse, recycle or dispose of your waste.

  • Off campus students
    If you’re moving out of a shared off campus house this year, make sure you’re aware of how to correctly dispose of any waste, bulky or unwanted items. You might find that your household waste starts to build up towards the end of your stay, so it’s worth planning ahead and disposing of things you don’t need now. Check the dates for your collections and other useful waste information on the council’s end of term clear out webpage.

Storing your belongings

If you need assistance with shipping or storing your belongings, YUSU have partnered with Kit Keeper, they offer both short and long term storage solutions at a reasonable cost. You can find out more information about this on the YUSU website as well as gaining access to a discount code.

Remember that all belongings must be removed from your room / accommodation by the end of your contract date. If you live on campus and have any concerns about this, email the accommodation team at

Leaving your bike on campus over the summer?

Storing your bike box

If you’re planning to leave your bike on campus over the summer, you’ll need to let us know so that we don’t consider it to be abandoned. 

Take the following steps to notify us:

  1. Go to your college reception and ask the receptionist for a Summer storage tag, fill in the date and year of when you will return to collect your bike.
  2. It is your responsibility to secure your bike securely in a bike shed or secure hoop and to make sure it has a Summer storage tag attached to it.
  3. If you have any questions please email your college reception.

Find out more on our Cycling webpage.

Post and subscriptions

Remember to change your address on your online shopping accounts such as Amazon, and consider redirecting your mail at

It's also a good time to review your current subscriptions. Are you paying for a weekly food subscription box such as HelloFresh? Ensure these are cancelled (or your address is updated), before leaving your accommodation.

Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope you have a great summer.