3 Ways to Ensure You Get Into a Good Flat at Your Student Accommodation
Each year as the new term approaches, accommodation should be at the top of your to do list. The idea of living in student accommodation is one where you are minutes from your lectures while spending time with your best university friends. Here are our top tips to ensure that you secure good student accommodation:
1. Don’t pick too early
Students will be out in force in the weeks leading up to the new term as they all try to secure the best flats. But don’t get caught up in the moment or live somewhere because your friends say you should. Take a step back and really think about whether it’s what you want. If you are not sure about a flat for whatever reason, don’t be pressured into signing by the landlord or agent who will be using their typical sales techniques to encourage you to sign up. There will always be an alternative and one that suits you better.
2. Don’t choose the house that looks the best
Many students are easily swayed by plush leather sofas, flat screen televisions and all the mod cons, but think practically. Really think about whether the space is functional for your requirements; does it have somewhere to study and write your assignments, is there adequate kitchen space for you to prepare your meals and are the bedrooms sufficiently sized? Before you start looking, make a list of what you need; good storage, sufficient space and preferably more than one bathroom.
3. Speak with previous tenants
When looking for accommodation, everyone will know where to avoid and where is in demand. Use Facebook and search your university forums and ask friends about landlords and agents to see if you can speak to previous tenants. Also Google the name of your landlord to see if anything comes up. If tenants have experienced issues, more often than not it will be posted online. If a house is too cheap this is probably for a reason. It’s either in a bad area or the property is not the best.
Following the above top tips will help you find a flat that is sustainable. The last thing you want to be worrying about is what problems you will find in your accommodation when you return from a busy day at university.