10 Important Points to Consider When Looking for Student Housing
Before you even think about where you want to live, and who you want to live with, you need to work out your monthly student housing rental budget. Be realistic, and don’t overstretch yourself, or you could end up spending your weekends at home with a pile of books, rather than out living life with your new university friends.
#2 Location, Location, Location
Choosing where to live is perhaps the most important decision you are going to make before starting your university course. Do you intend to commute on foot, by bike, by car, or on public transport? The closer your student housing is to the university, the more expensive it is going to be, and so you need to weigh up things like transport costs and commuting times before deciding on the area.
#3 What Type of Student Accommodation Are You Looking For?
When it comes to student housing, there are many options available. Here’s a brief overview of each:
University Halls: Based on campus, university halls are ideal for students who are nervous about leaving home for the first time. Conveniently placed, you’ll never have to worry about long commutes, and you’re always onsite for a party, but you won’t have any say in who you share with, and dorms can be noisy and messy.
Private Student Halls: If you like the idea of sharing accommodation with other students, but would rather be close to the city center and nightlife, Private Student Halls could be a good choice for you. Privately owned, these modern purpose-built student complexes often include perks such as WIFI, but they don’t come cheap, and they could still be noisy/messy.
Private Student Housing: Many students prefer to move straight intoprivate student housing, which gives them their own living space outside the realms of the university. You could decide to rent a room in a private house, share an apartment with another student, or rent an entire house with a group of friends. There are many options available here, you get to decide where you live, who you live with, and what you pay each month. Private student lets are often more affordable that student halls, so again, it’s a matter of weighing up the pros and cons.
#4 The Benefits of Renting Though a Letting Agent
If you decide to rent private student housing, you have 2 options available. You can search local newspapers and contact landlords directly, or you can employ the services of a letting agent. If you want security and peace of mind, it is advisable to use a reputable letting agent who will make sure the property meets all legal safety requirements, that it is well maintained and free of damp, and that all electrical appliances and furnishing included are in working order and good condition. You also have a layer of protection if something goes wrong, and you can avoid the pitfalls many students face when renting from an unscrupulous landlord.
#5 Viewing Student Accommodations in Your Preferred Area
Now that you have decided where you would like to live, and what type of student housing you are looking for, your letting agent can line up a selection of properties for you to view. While it can be tempting to go with the first property you like, it is recommended that you have a look at all those suggested by your agent before making your final decision, as some may have perks such as outdoor space or free WIFI.
#6 Making an Offer to Rent
Once you found the student housing you want to rent, don’t wait around. Places get snapped up quickly, especially during the start of summer when all new students are looking for somewhere to live, so ask your letting agent to secure the property and prepare your rental agreement.
#7 Confirm Your Financial Obligations
Before signing on the dotted line, go over the financial details with your letting agent to make sure you understand your obligations as a tenant. Reconfirm the rental price, the deposit and the utility costs, and find out exactly when and where you need to pay your rent each month.
#8 Discuss Repairs & Maintenance
Who will be responsible for repairs and maintenance? In most instances, the landlord will be responsible for general upkeep and repairs, but if you are sharing student accommodation, and the tenants are found to be responsible for the damage, you will most likely have to pay for at least part of the repair work. Discuss this with your letting agent, so you fully understand what you are getting into.
#9 Signing the Tenancy Agreement
Once you are satisfied with the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement, your letting agent will have the contract signed by both parties, collect the deposit, and agree on a moving in date. This normally happens very quickly, you may even be able to move in the day the deposit is paid if the property is empty.
#10 Moving in to Student Accommodation
On moving in day, your letting agent will perform a property check and inventory, to make sure all electrical items are working, all goods listed as included are there and in good condition, and that the property is clean, safe and ready to move it. Once approved, you will get the keys and are free to move in.
If you are looking for student digs in High Wycombe, Marlow, Beaconsfield or Maidenhead, contact Wycombe Letting for friendly, impartial advice.