Still need a house for you and your friends but not sure where to start? We have put together some of our top tips to help you pick your perfect student house.
- First things first, you need to decide if you want to live in a big group or a smalll group? All girls or all boys or even a mix? You will be living with the people you choose for a full year, so choose wisely.
- So you've chosen your housemates, now you need to set a budget, its super easy to get carried away when looking for a house with your friends. Other than your rent and deposit you also need to consider your food and social life costs and even transport in some cases. Make sure you all have similar budgets so you are all on the same page.
- Now you need to decide what kind of property you want to live in, at Walton Robinson we have a massive range, from huge 8 bedroom apartments to stylish city apartments.
- You now need to decide where you want to live. Many students who come to us have an idea on where they want to live. This helps us to pin point the perfect property for you. For more information on our prime locations you can ask our friendly teams.
- So you have your housemates, your budget and your desired location, now you need to start looking. Of course, getting online is the easiest option but we do recommend you speak to other students who have rented and how their house hunting experience went. You are always welcome to pop into our City Centre office to for a quick chat and our advice!
- Choosing a lettings agent can be difficult, you want to get a good deal and great customer service, we get it! So we recommend choosing a letting agents like WR that are subscribed to organisations such as ARLA and Property Ombudsman.
- Now you have the option to view properties, dont rush into anything, theres absolutley no harm in viewing a different range of properties to see what your options are. Then you can know you have made the right choice when you sign.
- You're now ready to secure your ideal property, you may be asked to prove your student status and you may be asked for a guarantor (usually a parent). Be prepared to pay your holding deposit which takes your property off the market and an admin fee which is paying the agents for the research they have done to help you find your house. Remember to discuss with your parents if they are paying for it.
- You've come this far with no problems right? It is very important to read every single part of the tenancy agreement, you dont want any nasty surprises down the line.
- Its important to know that unless all your paperwork is complete and payments are paid we are unable to give you the keys for your new house, so make sure everthing is done before move in day!!
Call our friendly Lettings team on 0191 243 1000 for any further questions.