Top tips for new students
This might well be the first time you are choosing a new house, so here are our top tips for new students.
Start house hunting early
Clearly, you will get the pick of the best houses the earlier you start looking. While we help students find houses to rent throughout the year, you might have a lot less choice looking in the spring term. Even if you aren’t fussy about what sort of house you want to live in, it can still be beneficial to start searching before Christmas to give you more time to focus on studying and socialising.
Know what to look for
You probably won’t find a cheap house, close to the university, close to town and in perfect condition, so you are going to have to decide you want to prioritise.
Also, while a property might look great at first glance, you should always check for underlying issues such as mold as well as any water pressure or heating issues.
If you have never viewed a house before, you might find our House Hunting Checklist useful.
Choose a good group to live with
Most students choose a group of 2-8 other people to live with rather than searching for individual rooms.
Why this might sound like the simplest step, it is one of the most important. Who you live with can dictate your university experience, so make sure you think about it carefully.
You might get on well as friends, but think about whether people will pitch in and do their share of the housework, whether you all have the same opinions about the heating in winter, or if anyone is likely to miss any bills payments.
Organise communal items before moving in
Most houses don’t need more than one kettle or toaster, so have a chat before you move in to save yourselves some space in the kitchen. Some students even choose to share pots and pans and crockery, so you can discuss whether this would work for your group.
Don’t forget any of the essentials
Worst case scenario you can pick up anything you’ve forgotten from the local shops, but are some things that you probably don’t want to be caught without. Make sure you don’t forget bedding, phone/laptop chargers and important documents like photographic ID and NHS details.
Check out what your insurance covers
We provide an individual contents insurance policy for each student from Endsleigh Insurance, but you need to read the small print of your policy to see what is and isn’t covered. You don’t want to make a claim only to receive a nasty shock when you find your coverage isn’t what you thought it was.
Clean your house throughout the year
When the time comes to move out, you’ll probably be tired from exams and ready to start your holidays. The last thing you’ll want is to have to clean a year’s worth of grime. You’ll find that cleaning is much easier if you just do a little bit every week.
Check out your Housing Handbook when you move in for a recommended cleaning rota and tips on how to properly clean all parts of your house.