Choosing your accommodation
Seeing as the vast majority of housing contracts leave you committing to a house for a year, it’s really important that you choose the right accommodation for you when you are looking for student lets. This can make looking for somewhere to live a little bit nerve-racking, how do you know what’s a good decision?
For me, every single year the most important thing for me was who I was living with. Whilst it is sometimes difficult to work out whether or not somebody will be a good housemate there are always a few things you should look for in one if you plan on getting along for the year. First and foremost, how well do you get on? Even if you think you can deal with somebody who can be a little annoying at times it’s always worth asking yourself whether or not you’d want to have to deal with it all week, every week. It’s also worth considering how well your housemates get along with one another since its never fun to be trying to mediate arguments all year. For me, tidiness is also important, you don’t need to look for a clean freak (although it does help) but the last person you really want to be living with is somebody who lets mould grow on their plates before they do any washing up!
You should ALWAYS book a viewing before putting pen to paper on a housing contract because you need to know how that the house is in good shape for when you move in. Important things to look for are damp, quality of the furnishings and the condition of the fixtures; there’s nothing worse than arriving at your new house for the year and expecting to see the brand new sofa from old pictures online only to find it falling apart.
Choosing where about to live is mostly quite an easy choice for most people. That being said, there are a few things you should always take into consideration when working out where you want to live. Access to a shop is a real bonus, so finding a house in the proximity of a supermarket can be a real bonus. Equally, you’ll probably want to find a house which isn’t at a place where many people coming home from a night out are walking past, because even the wildest party animal needs their beauty sleep some nights.
The facilities in your accommodation are super important, number of bathrooms is especially so because queues in the morning when everyone is trying to get out should be avoided at all costs. Another important factor to consider is the fridge and freezer space because this can always be a point of contention amongst feuding housemates. Seeing as I’m a big fan of cooking, I always have a look at the oven and the stove since I much prefer using a gas stove than other types of hob and a bad oven is horrible to bake in. After having a small washing machine in one of my houses last year I also try and look for a washing machine with plenty of space in it so that one bed sheet doesn’t fill the entire drum!