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Written by Sam | February 20, 2018

You are searching for accommodation and you have no idea what to look for? What’s good and what’s not? And whether they are just taking your student loan! Sound about right?

What’s Actually Included in you Rent? Do you know?

The first step, see what’s included in your rent. That’s the figure we look at first, how much is it going to set me back to live here! The things you need to look for are, are all your bills included in your rent? If not then that’s why you might have cheaper rent than some of your friends. If they are not then it might be worth checking how much on average bills are in that area to see how much extra it would be. Don’t forget the Wi-Fi, you will no doubt watch a lot of YouTube (Cat videos are too addictive) and be on Netflix or Now TV, the last thing you want is to see it buffering all the time. So make sure it’s included in your bills and is the right speed for you!

However, if you are going to be living in University Halls then you will no doubt have all bills included in your rent!

There are now plenty of private accommodation providers, similar to your University halls that offer rooms but to a lot higher specifications, they will normally have gyms, playrooms, and cinemas, etc so that you will have things to do in the evenings. They are more expensive than your normal private housing within the City however you can see the perks, you pay for what you get! If you do jump straight into private housing with some of your friends, that’s not a problem, you will just need to check what you get with the house, this isn’t always bad, because you can have BBQs in the summer in your own garden!

The Small Print

I hate to say it, but this is the important part. This is the part you are going to need to know if anything goes wrong. For e.g. say you damage the house by accident, who pays, who’s deposit does it come out of? This will all be detailed in the small print, make sure you sit down and read it but most importantly you understand it. Normally, students come under a shorthold tenancy agreement. For legal reasons, the main reason is that they can claim back possession of the house after the agreed time of the contract. If bills are included then it might be detailed in the small print that there could be a fair usage amount, always best to check!

Here comes the next hurdle, deposits! When you sign up with a letting agent make sure they put your deposit in a deposit protection scheme. This is so that they do not spend it, and cannot afford to pay you it back at the end. It means that your deposit is kept out of their account and in a safe scheme where if there is a dispute, you can fight your case without the money being in the hands of the letting agent or landlord!

Finally, be sure to check whose liable say if something gets damaged or someone leaves the house. Some landlords offer individual contracts whereby you only pay for your room and it doesn’t matter if someone else leaves. However, some contracts state that if someone leaves, they must be replaced or the others (everyone else in the house) picks up the rent. This is an expense you can help if you read the contract and make sure everyone is aware.

What You’ll Need For Student Accommodation

The best way to describe this is imagine if everyone in the house, for argument’s sake say 5, brought everything they needed for the houses. That means that you will have 5 lots of everything, 5 kettles, 5 toasters, 5 ironing board, 5 irons, etc. If you are moving into a flat or house where you don’t know the others then social media helps, however, most places such as halls and private rented homes usually tend to cove the bare essentials so that you only need to bring what you would use, e.g. plates, cutlery, and pans.

Read an in depth blog on what you need for student accommodation

Location of Your Student Accommodation

Make sure you get the location right if you are happy with living further away so that the rent is cheaper but getting to Uni takes longer. Then make sure you know exactly what you are getting in to. Don’t forget you might have to pull long nights in the library, or get up early for those 9 am lectures, and even walking home after a night out. Would you rather pay £10/£20 a month extra for saving commuting time? It’s good to research the area and actually walk or commute to the University how you will be going to, this will give you an idea of what it will be like when you move and might sway your decision to the place that is closer!

A final good top tip is meter readings for those who don’t have bills included in their rent.

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