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How To Get a Student House

Written by Sam | September 9, 2017

Here we shall take you through what you need to do in order to get yourself a student house. We will go over the points at the start in this post and then go through them in more detail later on in the weeks. So in your first year, you stayed in the University Accommodation and didn’t quite like it, or quite possibly your flatmates. That is natural. Now you want to move out, so here is a list of things that you need to do in order to get the house you want for the next year.

  1. Take time to search. Don’t just search one letting agent as there are plenty out there.
  2. Make sure you start your search of a house early
  3. Look at the reviews on the house and letting agent
  4. Ask to view the house ALWAYS
  5. Take the contract home to view, don’t sign it there & then!
  6. Speak to your parent or guardians about it
  7. Book it (referencing & deposit)

Covering Points 1 & 2.

When searching for student housing make sure you start your search early, so around or before Christmas. This means you will get the pick of the houses. If you start your search late you won’t be able to get the best houses and lots will be under offer. As you’ve started early take time on your search, look at the houses carefully, for e.g location, condition, furniture, room sizes, and the bills. Take time to look through each aspect and make sure they suit YOU and are the right price (we shall go over more on this when you view the house). You don’t want to be caught short overpaying for a house that is miles away from the University. If there are any reviews on the house from previous years look at those to make a more informed decision about the house and what was good and wasn’t so good about the house. They are the people who lived in it last and got to know all the aspects of the house, you can even go as far as how easy was it getting to Uni. In terms of looking at the letting agent reviews, these are the people who will deal with all your inquiries if something goes wrong. Make sure they have good reviews about sorting out any problems such as broken appliances, locks, and keys. If they are slow and your boiler is broken in the middle of winter you will regret staying with that letting agent. Make sure you look at their policies and reviews.

Points 3 & 4.

Look at the reviews, make sure you check the internet for any as these can be vital in helping you make up your mind. We covered in slightly in the paragraph above but will reinforce it. Point 4, you MUST always view the house, the photos might look stunning and perfect however in reality it could be different. Due to the competition of student housing and the student boom in recent years most accommodation has been upgraded and the standard is now higher than what it was. However, this doesn’t mean that you should skip this section. You need to see what the house is like, check for anything that could be a problem or cause problems, and make sure that it is the right house for you. You will know when you step into the house if you are a fan or not. Get dibs on cupboards and your bedroom, choose your fridge space. If you do that then it will reduce the risk of arguments between you and your flatmates. Most importantly you are looking for a student home rather than a student house. You will be living in it for a year!

Points 5, 6 & 7

When receiving the contract from your letting agent, TAKE it home and look at it again. Go through the small print and make sure you understand it. Because if you get any problems it will come down to what is on that contract, for example, receiving your deposit at the end of your tenancy. Most deposits are kept separate in a ‘safe deposit scheme’ so the letting agent or landlord can’t touch it unless the house is returned in a damaged state. The contract will outline all the fine details about your deposit and what you need to do in order to get it back. It will also go through details such as pay, how much when etc, your room, and the policy to report anything when/if something breaks. If this happens you need to be able to rely on your letting agent to get the problem fixed and in the contract, it should say about repairs. If not you need to ask your letting agent about the process. Once you have done read the contract speak to your parents, guardians, or friends and get their advice on it. They may have been through a similar process and can offer help on this subject and can point out areas that might need highlighting, this way you can also talk about the house and bounce ideas around to discuss any areas of doubt you may have. Once that part is completed all you need to do is book it. Most letting agents will ask for a reference that can involve several items such as, checks from a previous employer or friend to vouch to say you are who you are.

They will perform a background check on you as well to check for any previous convictions and finally perform a credit check. A credit check is to make sure that you have been making payments on time and that you will continue to do the same for the accommodation. Once this has been done next up is to pay the deposit, there shouldn’t be a massive deposit however this is to secure your place for the house but also if you damage anything within the house which you don’t replace then that deposit money will be used for that. If this happens it’s always good to ask for a breakdown of the price so that you can check the amount they have charged you is correct and reasonable.

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