Helping you find your job heaven.
You’ve done well, you’re ready to start university life… but where will you live? We’ve compiled a list of all the things to think about wn looking for your student digs.
There are different types of accommodation available
- Halls of residence
- House share
- Room in a private house
- Private flat
- Private sector halls of residence
- Parent purchasers
Things to consider in your accommodation budget
- Utility bills
- TV licence
- Council tax
- Content insurance
Beginning your search
Going to the University Accommodation office or their website you’ll be given a list of all the Agencies in the local area. You can contact them to describe the criteria you’re after to see if they have any matches.
Apart from the Letting Agencies there are Private Lets, these are Agencies who do not pay for third party fees so advertise properties themselves. We advise you to research the company before hand and read reviews posted by previous tenants to see how good they are.
Choosing a property
Once you’ve chosen a house there are some things you need to look out for and questions you need to ask the Landlord.
- How clean is the property?
- How secure is the property?
- What furniture belongs to existing tenants and what belongs to the Landlord?
- What are the external conditions like? e.g. busy road or noise from pubs/bars
- How old is the boiler?
- Who will cover garden maintenance?
Securing a property
Once all parties have agreed on the property a financial commitment must be made to reserve the property for you. This consists of each tenant making a deposit payment usually around the figure of one months rent, this is to take the property off the market so no one else can reserve it. Once this is done all tenants must sign a tenancy agreement, which you must read and accept all the terms and conditions about the living circumstances before you move in. An inventory must be carried out prior during and after the tenancy dates, to establish the condition of the house to determine how much deposit is retrieved at the end of the contract.
Make sure you make notes in detail of the condition of the property before you move in and make the landlord fully aware of it, so you are able to get the optimum amount of deposit back providing you leave the property in the same condition.
Once you've done all this, it's time to rope someone in to helping you move your stuff. We find that a pizza usually does the trick!