Top 10 tips for finding your perfect student house!
First things first, decide if you want to be in a big or small group and if you want to live with all boys, all girls or a mix.
Working out a budget
It sounds obvious but it's easy to get carried away and sign up for an amazing property without considering how much bills, transport, food and your social life will take out of your student loan on top of the rent. Make sure you all have similar budgets and don't sign up for rent you might struggle to afford.
What type of property do you want to live in?
There is a massive range of student properties available, from massive 8 or 9 bedroom houses to stylish city centre flats.
Choose your preferred areas
Work out what's most important, being close to the university and library or living further out and getting a better deal on your rent.
Starting your search
Getting online is the easiest place to start but it's always a good idea to speak to other students about their house hunting experiences in your area.
How to choose a letting agent
Look out for agents that are subscribed to organisations such as the property ombudsman and ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) as they will abide to professional codes of conduct and will register your deposit to keep it safe.
Don't rush into taking the first property you see! There's no harm in seeing a range of properties in a few different areas to make sure you're making the right choice.
Securing your ideal property
Your letting agent or landlord will ask for proof of your student status and that you provide a guarantor (usually a parent) or some advanced rent to ensure you can pay the rent.
Signing the contract
Not the most interesting reading in the world but make sure you read every single word so you know what you're agreeing to!
When you collect your keys you should also be given an inventory to check over the condition of the property and then when it's time to move out, to check if any damages or cleaning charges need to be taken out of your deposit.
Did you know?
- There are around 2.5 million students in the UK
- There is a 2% increase in students applying for universities compared to this time last year.
- January 15th 2015 deadline day there was a total of 592,290 applications submitted by students! Almost 10,000 more than the previous record set in 2011.
- Full time students are exempt from paying council tax
- Newcastle University receives an average of 7 applicants per place and Northumbria receives an average of 4 per place.