Discover the answers to some frequently asked questions from students regarding property searches for the next academic year.
This time of year is really busy for our lettings department, as properties for the next academic year go live and current tenants are given the option to renew.
We get asked a lot of questions by students about the lettings process, and why everything happens so far in advance of tenancies starting. Watch our video guide, or read our answers below.
Why start so early?
Properties are advertised around 9-10 months in advance of the next academic year starting.
This is because student properties are always in really high demand, so it’s really important to register with a lettings agent early on.
Current tenants are given the opportunity to renew their tenancies before the properties are marketed to the wider public.
You can register with us by calling the office, or visiting waltonrobinson.com/register and filling in your details.
Where are the best locations?
Whether you would like to live in a Tyneside flat or spacious student house, you will find many choices for your taste and budget.
Jesmond is the number one area for Newcastle students, as the area is home to many larger properties and a host of local amenities including shops, bars and restaurants and excellent transport links.
Sandyford may not have Jesmond’s vibrant nightlife, but it is by far the best place to settle in for students who prefer a quieter lifestyle and easy access to the main attractions in Newcastle.
This area has a cosy community feel and the student properties for rent in the area truly feel like home.
Heaton offers lower student accommodation prices, student-friendly venues and variety of things to do.
With new cafes and restaurants opening up, Heaton caters to the lifestyle needs of students and young professionals.
What should I look for in a housemate?
It’s worth remembering you’ll be living with your housemates for a full year – so choose wisely.
The ideal housemate would do their fair share of housework, be responsible, be considerate and not cause a nuisance.
In advance of starting your property search it is definitely worth a heads together with those you intend to live with to ensure that you are all in agreement with what you are looking for.
Who is our point of contact once we move in?
Some of our properties are “tenant find” which means we find tenants for a landlord and everything else once the tenancy commences is the landlord’s responsibilities.
Otherwise, Walton Robinson would manage things on behalf of your landlord such as property maintenance and your rental payments.
It is worth noting that any maintenance work would need to be authorised by your landlord regardless of it being tenant find or managed.
What should we look for in a lettings agency?
In order to ensure you are well looked after it is worth noting if the agency you rent with are members of ARLA, NLA, TPO and a reputable deposit registration scheme.
All agencies should clearly explain a payment schedule in advance of committing to a sign up, this will show both deposit and rental payments for the duration of your tenancy.
Don’t feel pressurised to make a decision. It is a busy time of year and properties will let quickly, but this doesn’t mean you make a decision before you are fully ready.