We’re in the midst of November, and for the first time in a few years, I’m not on the hunt for a house for next year. It’s a strange feeling. It’s usually about this time of the year that myself and a group of uni friends would start the hunt for our next home. This year, thankfully, I don’t have to do that! I finally have a non-student flat, which I don’t have to move out of in June. However, over the years I’ve learned a few vital lessons about student housing, which I thought I’d share with you.
- Know your letting agent and landlord.
It’s highly likely that something will go wrong in a student house. Whether its a boiler that won’t go, a shower that won’t start, or all the electrics being tripped out (I’ve experienced all 3), it’s vital you know who to call. Knowing who to speak to, and having a good relationship with them, is also vital if you ever find yourself short for something like rent (for example, if your loan is due to come in a week after a massive chunk of rent is due!). If you speak them in advance, and you’ve built a good landlord/tenant relationship with them, these things are much easier to deal with!
- Start looking early.
As soon as your find a bunch of people you think you can live with for a year, get looking! The best places get snapped up so quickly. In the past, we’ve found the perfect place, called up the next day to pay deposits and find out it’s already gone!
- Know what you want.
Looking for student housing can often be tricky, so it’s worth sitting down as a group before you start looking and deciding a maximum budget, areas you might like to live, what type of bedrooms you’re after (Is someone willing to take a single? Who doesn’t mind living in a downstairs bedroom?), etc. You’ll find the process a lot easier if you know before you start looking. Save The Student have done a particularly good checklist of what to look for and avoid when you’re viewing houses.
- Communication. Always.
Whether is choosing a house, dealing with the landlord, or sorting out the washing up, the key to living in shared houses is communication. Just talk to each other, and don’t let problems build. It’s not always easy, but it’s easier when you talk to your housemates and landlord. Trust me.
So, to those looking for student houses, whether you’re moving out of halls or moving somewhere new, I wish you the best of luck. Got any other tips? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, all the best.