Trying to find the right student house can be stressful. So many viewings in such a short space of time can leave you unsure of what it is you’re actually looking for. And so, here at Mistoria Estate Agents, we’ve devised a helpful list of things to bear in mind during student house viewings…
- Furniture – What comes with the house? Most student accommodation will come equipped with the basics – beds, sofas, wardrobes etc. But what about white goods? Will you need to buy your own toaster and kettle? What about a bookcase sturdy enough for all your textbooks? And don’t forget the TV!
- Location Location Location – Have an idea in mind for where you want to live to narrow down your property search. Would you rather be closer to the university or further afield where it’s quieter? Remember to consider transport costs – if you find a house that isn’t within walking distance, you will most likely have to buy an annual bus pass. Ask yourself, does the area feel safe? We recommend Googling the street to double check.
- Security – Every landlord is legally obligated to make sure their property is as safe as possible. This includes both fire safety and security measures to prevent burglaries. Student houses are notorious for being break-in targets, so it’s definitely worth making sure you choose a house that measures up in terms of security. We’re talking locks on windows, multiple locks on the doors and outside lights. If you find a house you love that doesn’t feel secure enough, you are well within your rights to demand an security upgrade from your landlord. There’s nothing worse than coming home to find your laptop (and with it, all your coursework) missing!
- Price – Rent is obviously one of the first things students consider when choosing a house but what about other costs? Does the rent include any bills? What about internet costs? And don’t forget food! Rent won’t be the only thing coming out of your account every month so remember to add up the total costs and figure out a hypothetical budget when considering whether or not you can afford a place.
- Housemates – One of the best things about a student house as opposed to halls is the communal aspect. A good sized living room and kitchen is essential if you plan to spend a lot of time with your housemates or hold a lot of parties. A garden may also come in handy for the summer. However, remember that things don’t always go smoothly! One bathroom between five may cause early-morning fights, and if it turns out you can’t stand your housemate’s taste in TV, you may want to avoid the living room, so make sure to choose a bedroom you don’t mind spending a lot of time in if necessary.