The best checklist for moving out for the first time

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Moving out is one of the highlights of your lift. You’re finally getting a place for yourself where you don’t have to abide by someone else’s rules and where everything is going the way you want it to. Especially the first time you’re moving out is a big change, because you have to take care of loads of things. Of course you’d have to decorate your student room, and we fully understand you don’t have all of the things you need, but it’s also good to think of the more serious things. In this blog we give you a handy checklist for you to use when moving out.


You want to move out, but haven’t found a student room yet

You’re going to study in a new city and you’re looking for student housing, but where can you find a good student room in a city you don’t know? Well, Studentrooms helps you find student housing in any city in the world. Are you looking for an apartment or studio apartment? We have those too. Find a student room in the city you’re planning to study in and respond to all of the houses on our website for free.


What to take care of before moving out?

Let’s assume you found a great place to live and you’ve taken care of the necessary paperwork. That means you’re ready to move out! One more thing before you start packing though. Visit your new home before putting your stuff in it and measure it. You want to be sure you’re getting the surface you’re paying for. If it’s smaller than advertised, then you should be able to get your rent lowered. Not only that, but it’s also smart to measure up to see if your closets and bed fit in your student room. It would suck to find out the hard way that you’re going to be sleeping on the couch for the first weeks. Checked the measurements? Then clean the entire living space before putting your stuff in.


Internet connection and utilities

Internet and utilities like heating, water and electricity are basic necessities and you really don’t want to be without them. Check if it’s included in your rent. Is that the case? Great! Then all is fine. If it isn’t, you’d be smart to take care of it before moving in. It might take up to a month to get your internet up and running and I can’t imagine a world without the internet in this day and age.



Assuming that you’re a student and you don’t have a lot of disposable income means you can apply for housing benefit or ‘huurtoeslag’ in the Netherlands. In order to be eligible for housing subsidies you need your own front door, but you also need your own kitchen and bathroom in order to apply for benefits. That means sometimes it might be cheaper to rent a studio apartment or normal apartment than a student room. Always check with your landlord and the tax authorities if you apply for housing benefits.



It sucks to pay for unforseen costs. Luckily there’s insurance for that. At the bare minimum you need health insurance. That’s mandatory in the Netherlands, so you probably have one already. If it’s your first time moving out, it might be smart to check if you’re eligible for care allowance from the tax authorities. You can check this yourself through


Another insurance you need when moving out is the contents insurance or ‘inboedelverzekering’. That way all of your belongings inside of your house are insured against damages. Including your laptop, tv and furniture. Usually you can add liability insurance or ‘aansprakelijkheidsverzekering’ to your package which covers you against damages to other people’s belongings (material damage) and people (personal injury) that you caused by accident. Be sure to ask your insurer for a student package, so you can save some money on monthly fees.


IKEA meubels voor studenten

Time to go to IKEA!

The invisible, but very important necessities are taken care of, so now it’s time for the fun stuff: decorating your student rooms! But where do you begin? The best and most obvious place you can visit to get your stuff is IKEA. Take your parents with you to the blue and yellow giant and get inspired! Note: IKEA isn’t the cheapest place, so it might be smart to shop around to get a better bang for your buck. Below you’ll find a checklist with stuff you need when moving out:


What do you need when you are moving out for the first time?

For your student room

  • A bed large enough for your and someone else
  • Desk
  • Closet for your clothing
  • Comfortable couch
  • TV
  • Sound system
  • Photo frames
  • Plants
  • Mirror
  • Power strip
  • First aid kit
  • Laundry basket
  • Bin
  • Coat rack


Kitchen equipment

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Spatula
  • Dish brush



  • Towels


If you’ve acquired everything in the checklist above, then you’re all set to move out! If you can think of other items you really need when moving out, then please let us know by leaving a comment down below.

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