23rd Aug, 2018
Are you worried about renting your first private accommodation? This may be the first time you have experienced living outside of student halls and away from home, so it can be a very daunting process.
But, by doing some research and preparation beforehand, you can make the move as stress-free and easy as possible…
Remember, you will be living with these people for at least a year, and you will be spending most of your time outside of university lectures with them. It is true that sharing a home with someone is a lot different to socialising for an hour at the pub with them, so make sure you choose your housemates wisely.
It is a good idea to know whether your priorities align with theirs – for example, asking questions like ‘do you enjoy studying more than partying?’ will help you gauge their interests.
Some properties will be in close proximity to your university, whilst others will be nearer to local amenities – so make sure you work out what is important to you. If you are further away than you had hoped, check the transport facilities nearby to make sure you don’t have difficulty getting to where you need to be.
It is also a good idea to ask other students, who live in the area, what they think of it and quiz them about their top tips.
Before you begin viewing any houses, it is very important that you have a budget in mind and stick to it. It is already a well-known fact that students struggle financially, so don’t become blinded by a beautiful property – stay focussed and factor in the essentials such as utility bills and food shopping.
Ask lots of questions! Speak to your course mates, pester your friends and look through social media for hints and tips on popular locations. Students already in their second or third years are a great source of free knowledge to help you make a decision, and prioritise what you want from a house.
Now that you have your budget and you know what you want from a student home, book in lots of viewings. Try to see a good selection of properties with a variety of different landlords, as this will help you to get a good feel about the area, neighbours and also the lettings company itself.
Read your contract – this is so important! Once you have found the perfect house for you, you will be asked to sign a tenancy agreement. So, make sure you read all of the paperwork carefully so you know exactly what you are signing – this will help to avoid any nasty surprises!
We hope that these tips will help you make the right decisions and ask the right questions when taking the next step in your student accommodation journey. It is a very exciting period of your life, so don’t let the stresses of finding a home – and possibly your housemates – ruin your time at university.
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