One of the things I am worried about is what to do in terms of filling in your address on forms.
Do you put your home or term address? And what about stuff like phone bills, or magazine subscriptions or bank statements, do you just get your parents to send it up or do you spend a lot of time changing the addresses with all the various companies?
Some people get their parents to send it up to them, others change their address. Personally I only changed the essentials because it's a hassle changing your address every year. It's totally up to you though
I armed my sister with some sticky labels with my uni address, and got her to stick them on anything I got to forward it to me.
You can tell banks your term time address, and with HSBC at least it's very easy to change it!
What about ordering things from Amazon? Can you get those delivered to your Uni address?
at my uni we all had little lockers with keys so no one else could get our post. but at my brothers uni all the post was just put in piles on a table in the room they ate their meals in (very secure!)
At my hall each flat had it's own postbox which only the flat members had keys to
It does depend some halls have post delivered into the flats, in some flats it is locked up in the main hall and you can only get it at certain times so its secure, and in some places its put out.
Our college just has pigeon holes in the porters' lodge where we pick stuff up from - as there's a porter on duty all the time they'd notice if you started taking stuff from other people, plus I don't think anyone really would! Other colleges have their post rooms separate from the porters though, but I've not heard of any problems (not to say there aren't).
At my uni we had a post room that anyone could enter. All the post was put in a pigeon hole for our flat and ususally one of us would pick it up on the way back from lectures. I had all my stuff sent to me at uni after the first term because when I went home for the weekend i found a pile of post my parents had forgot to forward on including some bills that were overdue. I never had any problem receiving new cards or important stuff. However the opportunity is there for anyone to nick it.
yeh we had a post room that only people from our block of halls could access but still that did mean anyone could take anything. But i dont think anyone ever did.
recorded delivery stuff was sent to the main post room where you had to go and show your uni card before you could collect anything.
My friend did have a few things taken wen she went to the post room tho, like 20pounds from her gran not being in a card and also a perfume missing with everything else there from her mum.. she didnt follow it up tho... im not sure why i think she was just lazy.