Four tips to help you find the perfect student house

Sending a child off to university for their first term? Or back after a summer break? Here are four tips to help you find the perfect student house for them.

If your child is travelling away from home in order to go to university, then you’ll need to help them find somewhere for them to live for the duration of their degree.

As a student, you’ll be glad to hear that they will likely be able to find affordable student housing close to campus, or even campus-provided student accommodation, which is often popular with those in the first year of their degree.

Four tips to help you find the perfect student house

Whether you’re looking for their first room in student accommodation or are hoping to find a new place for their second, third or fourth year of study, here are four tips to help you out.

1) Buddy up

Most student halls are let on a room-by-room basis. However, if you are looking for a student flat or house off-campus, it might be difficult to find somewhere where you can live alone.

Living with housemates is usually much cheaper than living on your own since you can split the bills and the cost of grocery shopping. Most private student houses will have at least three bedrooms, so getting a group of friends together to share a house will make sure that you have plenty of options to choose from.

2) Search online

Most student homes will be advertised online, so the internet is the best first place to look when you’re searching for student accommodation.

There are many dedicated websites for students to find suitable housing, such as Collegiate, who provide accommodation all across the UK such as Hatfield, Sheffield and Manchester.

Collegiate’s website provides a lot of use to students because as well as listing available accommodation, they provide useful links to information on the area such as city guides, transport and events. An example of this can be seen on their Hatfield page here.

You can also find reviews of various student real estate agents or campus-provided housing online. This is an excellent way to make sure that you’ve made the right decision when it comes to choosing your perfect student house.

3) Always view first

When you see a great house advert online, it can be tempting to just put a deposit down for it without seeing the house, especially if you have to travel a long distance and haven’t moved to your university area yet.

But, wherever possible, it’s always best to view a potential student house first, as advertisement photos will always be made to make the property look its best and might hide any flaws!

4) Read the small print

When you are moving into a student house you might find that there are perks available, such as having all of your utility bills included with your rent payment, making for much easier financial management while you study.

However, before you sign a contract for a student home, you should always make sure that you read the small print. For example, if your bills are going to be included in your rent payment, make sure that you are aware of any limits on your usage, or if bills such as broadband and television are also included. This way, you won’t have any nasty financial surprises.

Moving into student accommodation is an exciting time

Moving into student accommodation is both exciting and quite scary – for your child and you! Whether they’re moving into campus-provided accommodation for their first year or are finding a student house with their best friends further on into their studies, these top tips will help them and you find the perfect student home.

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