Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:
Make sure all the properties you look at are Unipol approved. Unipol run several Codes for student accommodation which ensure that providers go beyond their legal minimum requirements in providing good quality, safe and well managed housing. For example the AFS Unipol Code logo means the property has been physically inspected by a trained property assessor
2) Bills included?
Some estate agents or outside organisations offer a bills included option within the weekly price of the house. In the long run this may work out less cost effective however you don’t have the worry of a freezing cold winter or making sure lights are off constantly. This is something you need to agree on before looking for a house.
3) Be creative
The houses you look around are currently being lived in by other students so it can make it hard to imagine what it would be like for you to live there. This is where creativity comes into play; imagine the room with your stuff in. Ask to take some pictures, keep a record of what houses you liked. Just because one house was cleaner than the other does not mean it is any better.
4) Negotiate prices
This might not work but is worth a try. If you’re torn between two houses ask if they can lower the price. I managed to get £1 off a week from my house, this might not sound a lot but it works out as an extra £52 a year I got to keep.
5) Look around
Have a look at different estate agents, some can offer half price summer rent or money off if you sign your friends to the same estate agent. But don’t take forever; if you live in a big student city the best houses will go the quickest.
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