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Time to go: the best moving out cleaning tips for students

Use our cleaning tips for moving out and your landlord will be more than happy with the results!



As a student, cleaning isn’t normally a priority. Hitting the books and having fun is! However, when it comes to student accommodation, you will have to clean properly before moving out. House cleaning doesn’t have to be a huge chore, though – if you have a plan and follow our guide, you can get the job done right.

Being prepared is vital when it comes to quick and effective student house cleaning. Before moving out day, make a list and get as much done in advance. That way you’ll really be able to focus on the job at hand when the time comes!

Moving out cleaning tips

One of the best things you can do is start cleaning a house before moving out. That means getting as much done in the last few days, and not leaving everything until the last minute.

The following tips will make the final cleaning before moving out a lot easier:

  • Declutter. Get rid of stuff you don’t need in the last few days. Donate, sell or recycle.

  • Make a list. Go around each room and write down what needs to be cleaned. Having a visual aid can help you be systematic in your approach to cleaning.

  • Get the equipment you need. Don’t leave it until the last minute, as a trip to the shop could slow you down.

  • Gather the troops. Friends, housemates, family… moving out house cleaning is always going to be easier when it’s a team effort.

  • Remove all your things. The earlier you do this, the more time you’ll have to clean.

  • Keep things clean as you go. This is one of the best cleaning tips for moving out, as less effort will be needed for the final clean. It’s particularly useful for big items like ovens, fridges and freezers.

How to clean before moving out

Whether you’re cleaning an apartment before moving out or a shared student house, the more you can get done in advance the better. You have a responsibility to return your accommodation to the state it was in when you moved in. We suggest working from room to room:


  • Dust skirting and surfaces, then vacuum.

  • Move everything out of the way so you’re not fighting with the bed or furniture.

  • Use a carpet cleaner to attack stains.

  • Wipe down the insides of wardrobes and cabinets, and polish the windows.


  • Empty the room and clear all rubbish.

  • Clean the basins, bath and toilet with an antibacterial cleaner like Domestos.

  • Polish mirrors and mop the floor.

Remember: always wear gloves when using any type of cleaning solution. Keep the room well-ventilated if using bleach-based cleaners or other strong chemicals.


  • Empty cabinets and the fridge and freezer.

  • Wipe away any marks.

  • Make sure the worktops are clear so you can give them a thorough wipe down.

  • Scrub the sink clean.

  • Vacuum and then mop the floor.

  • Clean oven doors and interiors with a specialised product such as Jif, suitable for chromed appliances. 

Living room

  • Before you dust and vacuum, move all the furniture out of the way or remove it if it’s your own furniture.

  • Don’t forget to clean under cushions if the furniture is staying.

  • Pay close attention to curtains and blinds too.

  • Clean any lampshades or light fittings with a dry duster. Turn off the lights when doing so.

There you go, an easy-to-follow plan that’ll save you plenty of time when you move out. House cleaning can be a real chore if you’re not organised, so gather your supplies, do as much as you can in the days leading up to leaving, and get a team together to help out!

Key steps

Follow our simple plan for successful student house cleaning before moving out:

  1. Make a list of what needs doing

  2. Gather your cleaning equipment

  3. Do what you can in advance – try and tackle at least one to two tasks per day

  4. Get some help with the moving out house cleaning. Do one room at a time and be thorough