Student House Hunting

Emma Hogan 30 January 2019

Hunting for your student accommodation can often leave you wishing you could wave a magic wand and be done.  With budgets, bills, landlords and locations to think about, to name just a few, you may be left with questions galore.

Whilst we can’t answer all of your questions about student housing, we’ve talked to recent graduates to share with you their top house hunting tips and “wish-I-had-done”s.
 

Talk to the current tenants

 

 

 

 

 

Students to students – you’ve got each others backs.  Whether it’s a terrible landlord, noisy neighbours or a faulty boiler, they’re sure to spill all the gossip to you. Make sure that when you view a property you chat to the current tenants, find out how much they budget for bills, if they have any additional costs and how they find living in the area – forewarned is forearmed.
 

Location, Location, Location

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

To do: Google Maps is your friend – check out the area before you view.

Location is often a key priority for student house hunting. Use Google Maps to figure out the distance from your most common locations.  Consider how close your house is to your campus, part time job and city centre.  Thinking of moving slightly further out? Don’t forget to bear in mind additional travel costs and just how early will you have to leave for those 9 AM lectures??!
 

Get to grips with your legal rights

To do: Make sure that your deposit is covered in the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

Before you sign up to a property make sure that you’re covered in The Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The Tenancy Deposit Scheme plays two vital roles; one it protects your deposit and two it helps to resolve any disputes at the end of your tenancy. A landlord or letting agent should pay your deposit into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 days.

To do: Always read the small print before signing a lease.

Did the landlord say your bills would be included? Did they mention a gardener? What period are you leasing for? Make sure everything you discussed is set out in black and white before signing.  More than one person should read the lease to ensure you’re not missing anything.
 

Friends

To do: Choose wisely.

If we’re being honest, we would agree that some people (maybe even ourselves) aren’t the easiest to live with. When choosing your student house make sure that you’re 100% sure of the people who you want to live with; once you’ve signed your tenancy agreement you’re stuck with them!  Did they refuse to take the bins out last year? They’re probably not going to change…

Try and pick friends who have the same vibe as you – if you’re more concerned about studying than partying, as much as you might love your party animal friend, living with them could grate on you (or vice versa!)
 

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