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Choosing your student accommodation can feel daunting.
If it’s your first student home, it’s likely to be the first time you have lived away from home, perhaps in a city you don’t know and may involve living with people you’ve never met before. You may also be new to paying bills, dealing with tenancy agreements and maintaining a property.
All of this can make choosing the right home feel a bit overwhelming!
Even if it’s not your first student home, it might be the first time you are renting privately rather than living in halls. And for those of you who are seasoned renters, you can still feel there is one too many things to think about.
It doesn’t have to be difficult. Familiarising yourself with what to look for when the list of options comes your way is a great place to start.
So what are the things you should be looking for when picking your student accommodation? Having the following checklist to hand can give you peace of mind that you’ve covered all bases and help you hone in on the property that’s right for you.
It can pay to be flexible on location, especially in a small city such as Norwich, where nothing is too far away. This gives you more scope to prioritise other factors on your housing wishlist.
Choose one or two location factors that are important to you and your housemates. Do you want to live near to where you study or near to your social life? Will you be walking, cycling, driving or using public transport to get out and about? Do you want to be near to a supermarket?
One location factor that everyone should include on their checklist is whether the area makes you feel safe, particularly on your own at night.
This might be the first time you have had to sign what can be a huge legal document of this kind, and it can look like gobbledegook set out to trap you. In fact, it is there to protect everyone, including you.
Make sure you read your tenancy agreement. Once you have, read it again. Many University and College housing support teams offer free services to look over your tenancy agreement before you sign it.
Some checklist points for the tenancy agreement:
If the current tenants are about, it’s useful to find out what it’s been like to live there, what the landlord is like and the pros and cons of the property. Also, find out what average bills have been.
There we have it, a neat guide to help you choose your student accommodation.
We hope this guide takes the guesswork out of your house hunting. For more on this subject, read our guide to moving from student halls to a student house on the Student Pocket Guide