So, you’ve made it through your first year at University relatively unscathed. If you were in Halls of Residence, you’ll no doubt be needing to sort out a new roof over your head for your second year.
Living in Halls on, or near, the University campus will have been convenient and relatively easy, but now it’s up to you to get the ball rolling in the search for new private accommodation.
Don’t panic though. There’s a huge choice of private rental properties out there. What’s more, living in private rented property, you get to choose where you live and who with. However, it’s not as simple as breezing into a room in Halls. You’ve a lot to consider and you’ll find these five things to watch out for really helpful. Crack on though as the best value accommodation gets snapped up quick.
1. Who’s having which room?
This is one of the biggies and it’s something you need to get straight right from the start of your tenancy agreement. No one bedroom is the same in a shared student house. It’s not like Halls of Residence. They come in all different shapes and sizes, each with good and bad points. So, if you all move in together at the same time into a shared house, you need to decide between yourselves who has which room. You could draw lots and leave it all to luck or you could price the larger and better rooms more than the smaller or poorer ones. You could also rotate them and change room every new term. Either way, agree form the start and stick to it to avoid any falling out with friends.