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Student accommodation for 2014/15

Student accommodation enquiries for 2014/15 have begun!

We are happy to announce that we are already getting enquiries about student accommodation for the 2014/15 Academic year!  It might seem like it’s too early to talk about this with the current term having only just started but the early bird catches the worm, so they say.

If you would like to move in with a group of friends or even if you would like to do it on your own now is the right time to start looking for suitable student accommodation. Conducting your viewings and bookings now will avoid disappointment later in the year when all the best houses are gone.  So don’t leave it until the last minute –  organise your student lettings for next year now.

Advantages of searching for student accommodation now

  • Having enough time to view plenty of properties and choose the one you prefer

  • Finding a convenient location

  • Finding a property matching your requirements (number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, kitchen facilities…)

  • Knowing what you need to buy before you move in

If there are items you need to buy for your new student home, knowing that now will help you spread the cost rather than having to pay out a lot of money all in one go.  If you are going to be sharing your student accommodation with friends, you can even agree now who will buy what and save yourself time and stress in the long run.

If it is your first time looking for a student let, we think you’ll find our Guide to your First Student House really helpful.  It’s pack full of handy tips and the main dos and don’ts you need to think about when renting your first student home.

So what are you waiting for? Find your perfect student pad for next year now with Mistoria Estate Agents!

 

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Leaving student housing secure over Christmas

Everyone needs to protect their home over the Christmas period, but student housing is often more vulnerable than most.  Leaving a house empty for up to a month requires security precaution, and the possibility of snow, storms or floods needs to be considered.  Here are our top tips for keeping your student home safe over the Christmas break…

  • Set the heating to a timer so that it comes on (on a low heat) a couple of times a day for a couple of hours.  This will stop your pipes from freezing and prevent any other frost damage.  It will also ensure that your home will not be freezing cold when you return. 
  • Clean!  You will kick yourself if you come back to a dirty house, which has been festering for weeks.  Take out the bins, empty the fridge (no-one wants find mouldy month-old pasta!) hoover and check under the bed for any old food or stinky socks!
  • Now’s the time to check your locks.  If you think any may need changing, bring this up with your landlord now.  You’ll need to lock everything before you leave to prevent break-ins, so if there’s any doubt, get it fixed.
  • As a further precaution, set up lamps on timers to make it look as though the house isn’t empty.  Cancel any deliveries such as milk or catalogues which could build up and indicate there’s no-one home.
  • Let your landlord know when the house will be empty.  They can then check on the property in the event of bad weather and keep an eye on things.  If you know anyone else on your street who will also be around, ask if they can let you know if anything seems wrong, or even give them your landlord’s number for emergencies such as a burst pipe or collapsed roof.

If you’re starting to property hunt ready for the next academic year, check out our available student housing now, and be sure to download our student housing guide.  It’s full of tips for finding a student house, as well as handy hints on how to save money, what you can expect from your landlord, and check-lists for moving in and out of student accommodation.  Feel free to contact us with any queries on 0800 500 3015 or using our contact form.