Moving to uni can be scary; you’re going to be living with a bunch of strangers. The likelihood is that some of these strangers are going to become your best friends, but you do need to be careful (especially when you worked all summer to buy yourself a laptop that will mean you don’t have to spend every waking moment in the library).
I’m not at all suggesting that your flatmates are going to steal your stuff (although you might find yourself in a few predicaments that begin with ‘who used the last of my milk?’).
What I am suggesting is that, now you’re moving out on your own, you need to be responsible for your belongings and take the necessary precautions to keep them safe.
This is a big one. If possible, find yourself a house or a flat where there are locks on each of the bedrooms. When you leave your property, you want to be able to lock your door knowing that all your stuff (including your laptop) is safe.
It’s not just when you leave the property though. Imagine if you’re having a party. Sure, you trust the people you live with, but you’re potentially going to have a load of people milling around your house or flat, some of whom you might never have met before.
Now, once again, I’m not saying that everyone you meet is trying to rob you, but do you really want strangers snooping round your room?
Curtains or Blinds
Curtains or blinds on your windows are essential, especially if you’re on the ground floor. The last thing you want is someone walking past your bedroom window, seeing your laptop sat unattended on your desk; it’s almost like sticking a sign in your window saying ‘look at all the cool stuff you could steal’.
On a similar note, don’t leave windows open. Even if you think they’re way too small for anyone to climb through, someone might find a way and be off with that precious laptop.
Moving into a building that has CCTV will, first of all, scare away anyone thinking of breaking into your flat. If the worst does happen: you get broken into and your belongings get stolen, CCTV will help to catch, identify, and prosecute the person responsible. The main thing, though, is that it’s a deterrent.
Why bother with a block of flats that has CCTV when there’s a house round the corner with the bathroom window constantly open?
Keep your stuff secure
Our properties are all equipped with top-notch security measures: from lockable doors, to CCTV, and even staff onsite throughout the year. Keep your stuff safe at uni by moving into a Mezzino property.