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Why You Should Search Student Housing

Written by Sam | February 11, 2018

Why should you search for student housing & accommodation? Why should you compare what’s out there? What are the benefits?

Well, if you go on holiday do you look around for the best deal? Cheapest hotel? Best hotel? All-inclusive? The list goes on, so why shouldn’t we be doing that for student housing!

If you are going to live in the house for the next year or longer, essentially you want somewhere that is a good price, good facilities and gives a good service from a letting agent perspective because they make up around 50% of the experience in our minds. One of the biggest factors influencing happiness in student accommodation is location of the house. If you want to search for more than one location and agent, you should use a site that has many.

When you search for student accommodation on google, you are only going to get the providers who are intelligent at marketing and have a good SEO score. This doesn’t mean that they have the best houses, this takes time and plenty of research, however, many will stay on the first page of Google and that is why many businesses will pay to be there.

On the flip side, you don’t want to be caught by hidden charges, live in the wrong area, and regret the whole year and have to go through this same process the following year.

It’s really important you search the houses which are out there, we don’t mean just one letting agent, we mean all letting agents and their houses. Take time to have a look at their websites and social media pages. This way you get a sense as to what type of letting agent they are and how you will be treated while you are living with them. some questions that you should ask yourself are:

  • Are they proactive?
  • Do they respond quickly to your emails or calls?
  • Do they fix any repairs in a timely manner?
  • Do they engage with lots of students
  • What are their houses like?

By having a look at lots of houses, you get to see what type of house you are after. You will always love the first house you view, it’s like getting a new toy at Christmas. We always recommend viewing a house before booking it. What you see in pictures and videos can be very different from real life! When you have seen the different types of houses you can see which ones you prefer and what type of lifestyle you want to have as a student in your accommodation.

By searching student accommodation you can find out which letting agent has great service, well-designed houses, seamless procedures, and will make you feel at home. You don’t just want to go for the cheapest because they might not offer the same service as another agent and their houses might reflect the price.

You will also find out roughly; the average rent price for the area or city you are looking at and this will help you make a decision. You can search it on sites such as Student-It they will enable you to save a lot of time in your search and stop you from having to go round each letting agent to find the best one with the best deals. You must look at the letting agent as they are the ones who will sort your problems! If they aren’t very good then don’t expect your repairs to be done very quickly!

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