A Student Property Guide: Part One

Aug 2016The Student Life

FINDING YOUR FUTURE HOME

All the properties listed on our site are perfect for students. Whether that be location, price or facilities, we are confident that there is something for you

This property guide has been created to help you through your first house viewing. It is a compilation of useful tips and tricks that we picked up throughout our time as students…

Finding the right group of friends

First-year students often find their house after only 8 weeks of being at university. It is important to note that 8 weeks may not be long enough to gauge how compatible your friendship group will be in a home environment.

Now, we aren’t suggesting that your new friends aren’t amazing (of course they are), but just give it time to see if you can handle their bad habits… Or, if they can handle yours!

Do not rush

Don’t just take the first house you see for safety; you could find your dream property just around the corner

This is your time to shop around and find a home that will be perfect for you

If you snap up the first property you see then you have nothing to compare it to. It’s worth going to several house viewings and getting a good idea of the type of property your budget can get you.

Take notes

Make sure at least one member of your party is taking notes on any pre-existing damages to the property that are visible…

  • Damage to the walls
  • Loose blinds
  • Wonky bed frames
  • and the rest

It may seem like we are stating the obvious, but these damages will cost you extra at the end of the year if they aren’t identified early.

Check for damp

Damp and mould can be common in student houses, especially in older properties that have been in use for years.

As well as being aesthetically unappealing, the damp or mould throughout the property may cause problems to your health, cause bad smells and ruin your clothes.

Location, location, location

Ask yourself these questions

  1. How close to transport links are you?
  2. How close to campus are you?
  3. Are there external sources of noise?
  4. Do you have a local convenience store?
  5. Are you a long distance from other friends?

Location is key, no one wants to travel miles to their friends house or to get a book from campus. Save yourself the hassle of getting up extra early and commuting to class by securing a property in prime location.

Electric, gas and water supply

Again, make a note of any loose sockets or cables that are hazardous or prominent where they shouldn’t be

  • Check for the meters; are they accessible?
  • Turn the taps on in the bathroom and kitchen, you don’t want to move into a property with poor water pressure or the possibility of leaks

Furnishing

Most student properties are rented out fully furnished, however, some are left bare upon the arrival of the new tenants.

Here are some questions to keep in mind whilst you are viewing a propertY

  • How are the bedrooms furnished? Do you have a desk, a desk chair and a mattress? What about space for clothes?
  • Are kitchen appliances included in your rent?
  • Do you have access to a washing machine?
  • Is there a television? If no, do you and your housemates plan on buying one? Is there space?

By asking these questions you know exactly what to expect upon arrival at the property. In the long run it will save you several group trips to IKEA on your first day at the new house

Current tenants

If you are lucky enough to bump into one of the current tenants at the viewing (and not a questionable possession they may have left around), then question them on the condition of the house

  • Is the landlord helpful and quick at responding?
  • What is the area like to live in?
  • What is the best and worst thing about the property?

Your years at University are the best years of your life

Make sure you are happy with your housemates, your house and everything in-between, and take full advantage of the year ahead.

Once you have found your future home it’s GO, GO, GO

Take a look at our ‘After the viewings’ blog to see what happens next