Accommodation advice - before you arrive

Moving in

Before you arrive

Advice from LJMU’s Accommodation Office

Moving into your student accommodation is an incredibly exciting time; it’s a big milestone that marks the start of your university experience. To help things go smoothly, and to make sure you are fully prepared, here is some advice from our Accommodation Office.

Date for your diary: Move in day is Friday 14 September 2018

When I should arrive at my accommodation?

The first official move-in day for all LJMU Halls is Friday 14 September 2018. Saturday 15 September is likely to be the busiest day for new students to arrive at their accommodation and it is also the start of the Students’ Union’s programme of events.

The vast majority of new students will have arrived by midday on Sunday 16 September. Monday 17 September is the start of Induction and Welcome Week and all new students need to have arrived at LJMU by this date.

The only exception is Nursing and Midwifery students who can move into their accommodation from Saturday 8 September because formal activity on their course will start on Monday 10 September.

TIP: Liverpool is a busy city that welcomes visitors from around the world, especially during football fixtures when hotels and travel to/from Liverpool can become expensive. So book ahead!

Moving into Grand Central or St. Luke's View?

Due to the logistical constraints associated with the city-centre location of Grand Central and St. Luke’s View, all new residents for Grand Central and St. Luke’s View only will be able to move in from Thursday 13 September onwards. Unite Students will send a separate communication about moving into these Halls to the new residents of these Halls.

What should I bring to the accommodation?

Most importantly, you will need to bring whatever paperwork and ID documents have been requested by your Hall and by LJMU itself. You will need to bring all your own bedding - except for the mattress - as well as personal items such as towels. All kitchens in our Halls include at least one cooker, fridge-freezer and microwave but you will need some pans, utensils, crockery and cutlery. You will also need a toaster and kettle because tea and toast are essential features of student life! 

We do not recommend bringing too many kitchen items at first because you may find that some of your flatmates have done the same and no one needs six toasters! There are many discount stores in Liverpool city-centre within easy walking distance of your Hall such as Wilkos, Argos and student favourite, Home Bargains.

Your flat will contain a communal TV unless you have chosen to live in a Hall owned by Unite Students or Homes for Students. In all such cases the Licence will have been purchased for the communal TV. You will need to buy a Licence for any device that you bring, if you plan to watch or record live programmes - see here for more information.

You are free to bring what you want for your bedroom, subject to any list of restricted items that your Hall provider has given you. But it is important to remember that your Hall bedroom may be smaller than you have at home, especially if it has an en-suite bathroom. It is not wise to overload your living space with too many items and in particular you should think very carefully about bringing a large TV. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot get all your stuff into the boot and back seat of a family car, then you are probably bringing too much. And don’t forget that animals are never allowed in our Halls – no matter how small or how cute!