If you’re looking at accommodation for the next academic year right now, student Taz has some advice to consider!
Having only just settled into your first-year student accommodation, the thought of organising a house for second year might seem a little strange. However, when it comes to finding student housing beyond first year, there are many housing preferences shared by students that make the task a competitive one. For example, houses with the following qualities are often most popular and taken off the market the quickest:
- Multiple bedrooms (5+ tenant houses)
- Large bedrooms (especially rooms with double bed )
- Convenient location (Houses based in ‘student areas’ or close to shops/uni)
- Large communal rooms
Know where to look
The most important thing to know when organising your rented accommodation is who you can go to for advice at University. The University’s Essentials webpages offer a large scope of advice on all things about university life, including accommodation. Here you’ll find tips on things including estate agents, to bills and council tax.
Whilst it may feel like you’re in competition with other large groups of students when looking for 5+ bedroom houses, you need to ensure that you look at a couple of houses before making your decision. There’s a range of houses on the market, all with different positive and negative aspects to them. It’s also advised to consider the most important accommodation features for all tenants before opting to go with a house. Do you want to be near to campus? Town? The Gym? How many of you will bring cars?
Check the contract
The contract is often considered the scariest part of the accommodation process. Yes, it’s a pretty long document that you’ll want to sign and get off your chest as quick as possible, but it’s something that you need to go through with a highlighter or notepad to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything that needs attention or may cost you money. It’s also good idea to ask a couple of parents to read through the contract, before you sign it, to check for anything unusual. Equally, always be sure to keep a copy of these documents in the possession of your lead tenant.
Be prepared for charges
Typically, landlords and estate agents will ask for a payment to secure the house as soon as you’ve made your decision. You’ll usually be asked for a charge of around £100 pp. to take the house off of the market, and then given a period of up to a month before you will need to pay a deposit for the house which is often the first month’s rent.
These are some of the key things to know when searching and securing your student house, nonetheless not the only things. Other aspects such as utility bills, deposit fees and furniture are things that can be looked at nearer the time. You can find advice for all these things on the University’s webpages.
Happy house hunting!