Top Tips for House Hunting

House hunting can be one of the most exciting experience in your student life but also one of the most stressful, annoying and boring. Finding the perfect accommodation for you and your housemates can sometimes be difficult to find so here are a few top tips to find your student dream home!

Research early

Get yourselves in there early! All of the stylish, hot pads get snatched up quickly and you don’t want to be left with a hostel looking home. The best ways are to research student letting agents in the city you study. If you find a property that catches your eye then give them a quick call to book some viewings. Or just simply grab your future house mates and get yourself down to a student letting agents as soon as possible.

Deciding on budgets

Setting a budget is always vital when on the house hunt. You don’t want to be spending too much money as we all know we still need those pennies to fill the food cupboards. Having an idea of your budget before viewing properties will make everything so much easier, enabling letting agents to collate houses that are in your budget. And obviously this will be create a quicker process because as you know, us students can be quite lazy.

Be definite on the choice of your housemates

Now, this is one of the most important tips when finding a new house. The housemates you choose are going to be the ones you will be with every single day. You will be sharing a house with them so getting along with them well is a big and important matter. It’s certain that there will be little tiffs between you all about the washing up or the messy living room and that’s normal, but a good strong bond with your housemates is always beneficial. Besides, who else are you going to be able to rant to about your student dramas?

Make sure the whereabouts are reliable

A common mistake a lot of students make when getting a new house is that it’s a too far away from campus and this can further reflect on the attendance of your lectures and seminars… A lot of students get themselves to university by walking, so a quick walk is always key. Obviously, you can’t forget the main reason for living close to university – crawling out of bed fifteen minutes before your lecture starts is the dream.

Ensure the agency isn’t ripping you off

As we are just students, there are a lot of agencies out there who think they can take advantage of you just because of your student title. They may think that because the responsibility lies in your hands they can walk all over you and try to rip you off. Don’t allow this to happen! It can get boring but ensure you read through all of the contract and understand what you are paying for. Maybe get a close relative who has been through the same process to read it through with you if you struggle to understand. Take your time with it, I know its exciting but trust me, it will be a whole lot better in the long run!

Unipol are a good institution to help students with any questions or problems you may experience when house hunting so head over to their website for extra help and tips!

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I'm currently a student at Leeds Beckett University studying English Literature with Creative Writing.

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