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5 Tips to Choosing Your Next Student Accommodation

Written by Sam | November 18, 2021

Here are the top five tips we think are most important to choosing your next student accommodation.

  1. Viewings

This is crucial if you are going to find the right place. Viewings allow you to see everything in detail, ask all the questions you want to ask and compare the accommodation to others that you have seen.

Viewing several properties that are with different agents and companies you can really see what you get for your money and what the standard of accommodation is like in your area.

2. Research

There are some key bits of information you are going to need to know before you can start viewing and they are, how many beds and what is your budget. The other items like location can be flexible but really knowing what these two are will give you a good starting point.

Always base it on the person who has the lowest budget or else it is a quick way to a lot of debt for some people. You may also need to factor in bills.

By knowing these two bits of details you can filter the houses in the area and then start picking the right ones for you and your group!

3. Letting agents and landlords

These are the people that are going to be looking after you. Some will give you a good experience, some may give you an experience that is alright and some will give you nightmares.

Make sure that you know what the person looking after you is like. Are they reputable? Have they been recommended? Are their houses good quality?

Make sure you have a look at them and see what they are offering you as a student.

4. Friends

When you are looking for housing and people to live with, it’s important to get the right group. A lot of the housing markets in the UK can start getting bookings in November. If you have been at university since September, it gives you two months to find a group, which is no time at all.

The best places will always get booked first because they are the best, however, there is no rush to book something, you can take a bit more time to find a group that you fit in with.

However, don’t leave it too late, or else there won’t be any good quality places left. Do make sure that you find the right group, this should come naturally from the people you spend the most time with.

5. Responsibility

This is aimed towards what you are responsible for in the house within your contract. Before you sign any agreement, you need to read it so you can understand what you are responsible for. As an example, if the house has a garden, who looks after it? Is it you or a gardener? If it is you, are tools provided?

You can usually find agreements on websites or request them upfront, this way you can read it before you get to the viewing and ask any questions when you get there.

You don’t need to be a lawyer, I just want you to look out at what you need to know and finally if you need to cancel how much is it going to cost you.

Finally, depending on the tenancy type, you could be responsible for someone’s rent if they leave the house and if you don’t pay it can fall to a guarantor.

Summary

Top 5 things to do when choosing student accommodation:

  • Viewings
  • Research
  • Letting agents and landlords
  • Friends
  • Responsibility

Make sure you have a quick read of each. This shouldn’t take too long but the most important step in my eyes is the viewing. You can tell a lot and start to see what’s good and bad from viewing the houses.

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