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Here’s the essential checkl ist of stuff to do now you’ve arrived in your shiny new hom e:

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1. Read your meters! If your gas and electricity bills are quarterly you’ll need to do this asap so you don’t risk getting charged for the previous tenants’ fuel use. Contact your gas and electricity providers (see contacts on back page) to give them the reading and ask them to put the names of all the tenants on the bill. Share the joy! 2. Take photos of every room especially anything that’s not in good, clean condition. This means you’ll have evidence of what the house was like when you got the keys which could save you trouble later. 3. Something wrong? If it’s a dodgy doorknob or a window that won’t shut properly inform your landlord IN WRITING and keep a copy. List exactly what’s wrong and agree a reasonable deadline for when it should be sorted.


Any proble ms or que stions? – people in the lovely the Guild Advice Un you (and c it can help heck your tenancy a for next ye g re ement ar). Visit th e Guild Ad on the firs vice Unit t floor of D evonshire (Streatham House Campus), open term Mon-Fri 1 time 0am to 4p m, or ema studentad il vice@exete r.ac.uk

4. Gas Safety Certificate your landlord is legally obliged to make sure all the appliances in the house are safe. Check you’ve got a copy of this! 5. Still got a ‘To Let’ sign outside your property? call your agent to make sure they take this sign down as soon as possible. These signs can send a signal to potential burglars that you live in a student house (with valuables worth stealing). 6. Meet your neighbours. Pop round and say hello or invite them round for a cup of tea. Get to know them BEFORE you throw a house warming party. Friendly neighbours can watch your house while you’re away and lend you potato peelers!


Getting Involved eet eter? Want to m Like living in Ex ? ts en llow resid some of your fe u r way to feel yo tte be There’s no the in d lve ng invo belong than getti up ild bu ly serious community. It’ll e luable experienc va in ith your CV w , us Pl . ve s will lo which employer unt gs below can co in th e most of th o to d ar eter Aw towards your Ex d uk/exeterawar c. r.a te www.exe e of some easy Here’s a glimps opportunities:

There are many community meetings in Exeter where you can share your views and get involved, including ‘PACT’ meetings (special community meetings run by the Police every few months). Email streetwise@exeter.ac.uk to find out what’s happening in your area .

Do you have an idea for a community project? From gardening to carol singing, the StreetWise Fund offers up to £500 for projects which help address local issues or simply bring neighbours together. Check out www.exeter.ac.uk/streetwisefund for more information or email Rory Cunningham at r.j.cunningham@exeter.ac.uk to discuss your idea .


? u know Did yo can vote ts Studen E in local C I ur TW – if yo r s n o i t nde elec s live u parent rent local a dif fe – you can ity author Exeter AND vote in home. at

The Student Guilds’ one-stop jobshop can help you find work and enhance your employability. The Works is located on the 1st floor of Devonshire House - just outside the JCR at the end of the Long Lounge. Feel free to pay a visit or register online at www.studentjobsexeter.co.uk for weekly job emails .

RAG raises thousands of pounds for charity each year. So get involved in organizing raids, hitches and, of course, the Safer Sex Ball. Visit the RAG office (downstairs in Cornwall House) or go to www.exeterrag.org

Want to volunteer? CA matches students with a project or club that suits their interests and provides them with support throughout their placement. With a wide range of projects running on and off campus, Community Action can really enhance your life as well as the local community who benefit from its activities. Pop into their Cornwall House office, call 01392 263525 or email community-action@exeter.ac.uk

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rsity time at Unive During your ity to the opportun you will have ncil ou C xeter City vote in the E ouncil C y nt evon Cou and/or the D te in s you can vo elections. Plu opean ur ament and E the UK Parli e that the ur ns ections. E el t en am li ar P e is heard! student voic l e internationa are that som K) (Please be aw t be able to vote in the U no students will

To find out more ab out registering to vote visit: www.ab outmyvote.co.uk


For more information on collecti on days, how to get rid of big item s or to order a compost bin, visi t www.exeter.gov.uk/student s If you need to know anything else, you can get personal attentio n by calling 01392 665010 or sending an email to students@exeter.gov.uk remember to include your add ress.

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Do you have a garden? Why not get a compost bin for uncook ed fruit and veg waste?


Recycling Your green bins are usually collected once a fortni ght. Make sure you put the recycling loose in the bins and don’t contaminate it with anything that isn’t on the list – or you could be left with the whole lot for another two weeks!

• Newspapers, magazines, junk mail and any old essays • Cardboard and egg boxes • Drinks cans and rinsed food tins • Rinsed plastic bottles, yoghurt cartons and plastic bags • NO GLASS!!!

(The stuff that can’t be recycled) If you really can’t do anything else with it, there’s always the black bag or grey bin. Check if your rubbish is collected weekly or fortnightly.

Glass a nd muc h more be recy can cled at a recyc near yo ling site u. To fin d your glass re nearest cycling b ank che ward m ck the ap on p age 2 o www.e r visit xeter.g ov.uk/s tudents


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some We all like a good house party – t of your good tunes, a few drinks and a hos But favourite people – what’s not to like? g bein urs, seriously annoying your neighbo ncil Cou the fined, or receiving a warning from our of e som will NOT be so much fun. Here’s a good time e hav can you so Tips Top Party deposit or without losing your friends, your ending up with a criminal record...

Out and about

If you’re going out or coming back fro ma night out be conside rate to your sleeping neighbours and fel low students… •K  eep your voices do wn when chatting in the garden, walking home from a night out or smoking outside . • Singing? Did you know that “loud sin ging in the early hours of the morning” was voted one of the major no ise issues in a recen t Exeter Community survey? Perhaps be tte r to save it for in the shower… • Try not to slam ho use or taxi doors.


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If your phone is stolen report it to your networ k operator (or ca ll 08701 123 123) as well as the polic e. They can block your phone (just like a credit card) so it can’t be used ag ain.


• Always lock your windows and doors! Sounds obvious but if you don’t then you’re more likely to be burgled and your insurance won’t cover you. • Keep valuables out of sight, away from windows or doors and never leave them on your car seat. Don’t send an advert to the local burglar! • Security-mark your valuables. Write on your house number and postcode with a UV pen or ask your Community Warden for a mark-up pack. • Don’t keep spare keys ‘hidden’ anywhere obvious! That includes the shed and garage as well as the disused flowerpot by the front door.

“I had m nicked y laptop last yea someon r– e ground just opened m y window floor bedroom It wasn and grabbed ’t sec it. and I h urity marked ad load s of person there – al stuf f on inclu disser t ding my ation… ”

Levels of b urglary hav e fallen quite dramatica lly in the last 15 years, b ut on averag e almost o n e in three stu dents will be a victim of some sort of crime while studying a t college or university.

days Over the holi w o n k Thieves will es m o students h ty so take often be emp you, put h valuables wit storage re them in secu nd to or ask a frie . look after them


Most journeys you’ll Exeter is pretty small! ed tic no bly ba pro e You’v u really need a car? walk or bike. So do yo to gh ou en rt sho are make to park and you hardly ever anywhere re’s the all, sm so is r Exete me other options… have one. Here are so save money if you don’t

On your bike The best, cheapest, fastest transport around Exeter! There’s plenty of cycle parking on both campuses and around town. Dodgy brakes? Punctured tyre? Your bike can get some FREE tender loving care from a professional mechanic at one of the regular “Dr Bike” sessions on campus. Look out for adverts in News in Brief or email sustainability@exeter.ac.uk

Further afield

There are lots of cheap way s to get out and about withou t a car. Cornwal l, Dartmoor an d the Jurassic C oast are all ea sy to get to from Exeter’s railw ay stations. So ge t away from essays for the day and expl ore what Devon ha s to offer…


Useful websites

Bus

www.nationalra il.co.uk – book in advance for cheap train tic kets. Or go with friends and grab the grou p discount. www.transportd irect.info – gives you all the information you need to reac h anywhere in Engla nd on public trans port. www.nationalexp ress.com – coac hes are getting cheaper and cheaper – yo u can get to London for as little as £5 each way!

If you’re feeling lazy or you’ve got the week’s shopping to carry then catch one of the regular buses which run from the city centre to the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses. A new Unirider Bus Ticket is available to University of Exeter students it can cost as little as £1.13 a day! Buy your cheap green ticket online at www.buymyunirider.com Or check out www.exeter.ac.uk/ sustainability/transport for more information.


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1. Change your address 2-3 weeks before the move so you don’t miss out on any essential post. Have your mail re-directed and leave the new residents your new address so they can forward anything you’ve forgotten to change. 2. Unsubscribe the gas, electricity, water, phone etc. otherwise they’ll keep charging you. Try to call them as soon as you know your moving out date and take meter readings on the day you leave. 3. Check the photos from when you moved in to ensure that everything is still in order. This includes going through the house inventory. 4. Too much stuff? Old pots and pans you don’t need? Why not donate any decent stuff to one of Exeter’s many charity shops? Or look out for the ‘Student Re-use’ project which distributes spare stuff to charities and next year’s students. 5. Good clean-ing fun! Book a day with all your housemates to clean up before you move. Leaving it all for the last person is definitely not cool. But remember - rubbish left out after your last bin collection could result in a fine. 6. Speak to the landlord to set up an inspection date when you are still around to inspect the house together.


Useful University Contacts Estate Patrol

NHS Direct

for issues connected to security on campus: 01392 723999

for health Advice and Information: 0845 4647

Guild Advice Unit

Electricity

free and impartial information and advice on a range of issues: 01392 723520

to find out your supplier: 0845 601 5972

Voice completely confidential and anonymous student-run listening and information service: 01392 275284 (8pm-8am every night during term time)

StreetWise Helpine for highlighting community issues direct to the University: 01392 724686

Very useful other contacts Police Emergencies: 999 Medical Emergencies: 999 Fire Service Emergencies: 999 Police non-emergencies: 08452 777444

Fire Service non emergency (community safety) enquiries: 01392 872288

Gas to find your supplier: 0870 608 1524 if you smell a gas leak: 0800 111 999

Water To set up an account 0800 169 1144 For an existing account: 0800 169 1133

Exeter City Council’s Community Patrol if you are bothered by noise from premises that requires investigation: 01392 265147 or 0845 3511 060 (after 5pm)

Exeter City Council’s Cleansing Services for missed bin collections, to request additional bins or to make recycling enquiries: 01392 665010


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