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 13 September 2019

When should I arrive at my accommodation?

The first official move-in day for all LJMU halls is Friday 13 September 2019. Saturday 14 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 15 September. Monday 16 September is the start of Induction and Welcome Week and all new students need to have arrived at LJMU by this date.

Students resident outside of England, Wales and Scotland can arrive at their hall on Thursday, 12 September if they wish but they must inform their hall owner of their intention to do so. This includes all students from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Channel Isles and applies to all LJMU halls.

The only other exception is Midwifery students who can move into their accommodation in Marybone from Saturday 7 September because formal activity on their course will start on Monday 9 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, Horizon Heights or St. Luke's View?

Due to the logistical constraints associated with their city-centre location, all new residents for Grand Central, Horizon Heights and St. Luke’s View will be able to move in from Thursday 12 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 - visit the TV Licensing website.

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!