5 TOP TIPS FOR STUDENTS
WHEN LOOKING TO RENT A PROPERTY
- Location, Location, Location.
Location is very important and can have a major influence on how you experience student life. Make sure you find out how long it will take you to commute to your campus, supermarket, local train station, town centre, nightlife etc. Take into consideration time distance and travel costs from the property to key locations. You do not want to be spending too much money on transport, or commuting long distances on a daily basis.
- Housemates or Friends
If you have been at university for some time, you would have made some friends – hopefully! It always helps when you know your ‘soon to be’ housemates. However, this is not always possible so it is important to be open-minded. If you do not know your prospective housemates, try and get to know them before you start living together. It’s always good to make an effort before the tenancy starts so settling into the property is easier.
Don’t forget to agree on some house rules at the start of the tenancy – a cleaning and bins rota should definitely be on the agenda. This will make living together more harmonious.
- Budgeting & Stuff
Money can be quite tight for students, utility bills can tighten your budget for accommodation even more. It is important to estimate how much these ‘extras’ will cost on top of the rent. It is a good overestimate your expenditure as this will help with any ‘surprise’ bills. If your bills are all included, make sure to find out what is included, gas/electric/water/ TV license/WIFI? Fortunately for students, you are not required to pay council tax. However you will need to contact the local council to inform them of your student status.
- House Safety
Make sure your chosen property has all of the required safety certificates up to date. If there is a gas hob or gas boiler at the property you will need an up to date annual Gas Safety Certificate. With regards to electrics, make sure you check if the electric wiring has been certified with your agency/landlord.
- Study Zone
As a student, it isn’t easy to forget that your main aim is to write essays and revise for exams. Whilst your university will have library, you may wish to do some studying at home from time to time. Having a productive working space at home is always a good idea. When searching for accommodation, it is good to have desk space as a requirement for your room. Or a communal space where you and other students can place a table for ‘study time’ when needed.