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Student Accommodation Tips – Things you should know

Student Accommodation Tips

So the time has come – you are preparing to move into your student accommodation and begin your university experience. This post comprises an array of student accommodation tips to ensure that your move is as enjoyable and easy as possible, allowing you to get set up and settled in with the minimum of fuss. 

So grab a brew and let’s get started. 

8 Tips When Moving Into Student Accommodation

Prepare a Checklist

Firstly, we all know that no matter how old or young you are, things are easier with a list (just like we are making your life easier with this list of student housing tips – you’re welcome). Making sure that you have a think about the things you need before you start chucking items in suitcases is always for the best. We’ve all been there, when you pack a bag for an event in a rush, and when you arrive and unpack you realise you’ve got two left shoes, no hairbrush and have forgotten your toothpaste…

Nobody needs that hassle in their life. So, have a think and go from there.

Choose Carefully

When making your list, choose carefully the items you are going to take with you. It’s likely you don’t need to bring everything from home, and it’s even more likely that the accommodation you are moving into will come with many items included. 

If you have already seen the house/flat/halls before then you will know the layout of the space you are moving into. However if you haven’t seen it in person, then it could be useful to ask your landlord or agent for a link to some images of your accommodation so that you can peruse the rooms and get a better idea of the things you will need. 

For example, how big are the wardrobes? If they aren’t very large and you have lots of clothes, it might be worth taking some boxes/containers to slide under your bed for more storage. Or being more minimalist in terms of the clothes you take. 

The time of year you start university will also affect what you pack clothes-wise as well. You could take autumn and winter clothes for the first term and then, if you are due to go back home for Christmas, repack for the new season with alternative and more suitable clothing for the next term.  

Make wise choices on what you put on your list to take and your living space won’t be crammed to the rafters with unnecessary items. 

If you are still a little unsure on the best way to make your checklist then look no further – we’ve got your back with our student accommodation tips article in our preparing for university checklist

Choosing carefully, doesn’t just relate to the items you take with you, but also to the space you choose to live in the first place. Making sure the space is what you want, where you want it and meets suitable living conditions is incredibly important. For more tips on choosing the best student accommodation for you and your needs be sure to check out our blog post.

Read the small Print

Reading the small print of your contract, and tenancy agreement, will mean you have a better idea of everything to expect when moving into your student accommodation. By familiarising yourself with the legalities and small print of your tenancy agreement you will be more aware of your rights as a tenant.

It should lay out everything from the length of your student housing contract, the type of contract you are in (joint or individual), if you need a guarantor, and your rights in terms of getting out of a contract if you need to.

Doing this will also help you understand what will happen if anything gets broken, needs fixing or isn’t where you thought it was going to be, and will let you know whose responsibility it is to deal with (you or your landlord’s). 

Check what’s included

Another of our useful student housing tips is to check what’s included as a part of your contract with your accommodation. By reading and re-reading your contract, and the terms of your agreement, you can ascertain whether your bills, internet and digital tv come as standard within your monthly rent payments or whether you have to source and set these up yourself. 

You can also, as previously mentioned, find out what furnishings and appliances already come with your accommodation and from there decide what you need to take. Also, if you know the people you are moving in with, you can have a tete-a-tete about who is bringing which appliances, and from there safeguard against the possibility of moving into a house with four microwaves and six toasters.  

Protect Your Deposit

One of the main student housing tips we suggest to those moving into new accommodation is to always make sure your deposit is protected in the proper fashion. It may sound a bit abstract but actually it’s quite simple. 

The deposit you pay to your landlord at the start of your contract needs to be kept safe so that you can get your full deposit back (as long as you don’t break the terms of your tenancy agreement) when you move out. 

Your landlord legally has 30 days to place the funds you send them into a tenancy deposit scheme. This is where it will be kept (and not spent) until you move out. 

The details of the scheme your money is kept in will be detailed in your tenancy agreement, as will the details of any helplines and information resources regarding this issue. It is useful to read this agreement thoroughly and make a note of these numbers and helplines so if you need to contact them you know where to look. 

Compare Utilities Providers

If you do need to source and set up your own utilities then it is important to compare providers to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. By doing so you will have more disposable money at the end of every month to spend on the things you want. 

It can be useful to do some research on multiple providers to get a bang for your buck instead of opting for the first offer you find. Taking the time to understand the different bills you will be paying, how to read meters and check supply connections, as well as to ascertain how much to expect bills to be, depending on the size of your accommodation, is all valuable research and is advised. 

Check out our student accommodation guide on the best way to compare utility providers, do your research and to make sure you get the best deal. 

Find the Best Broadband and Internet Deals

Finding the best broadband and internet deals is doable if you do some research and consider your needs. Have a think about package data limits and what you are going to be using your data for and how often. It would be super frustrating if you and your housemates got a specific data package and realised after the first month or so it was nowhere near big enough. 

Deciding on package limits, the length of the contract you need and perusing all the competitors’ websites to ensure you get the best deal can seem an overwhelming task, but don’t worry, we have created a list of student accommodation tips here for you to help you get the best deal. 

Make it Home

A great student accommodation guide for all those moving into new homes at university is to make an effort to create a homey feeling environment in your accommodation. You want it to be a home away from home, and to do that it is worth taking the time to get it decorated and set up in the way that will set you at ease.

Bringing things from home that you like in your surroundings is a must. From photos, lighting, ornaments and artwork to video games, musical instruments and your journal – all of these things are ways to add that je ne sais quoi to your space.

If you haven’t got enough of these little bits and bobs and want to splash out then you can always head to your nearest Ikea and peruse the Swedish goodies to make your house a home. Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some meatballs and cinnamon swirls for dinner from the supermarket section – they’re delicious.  

As well as home furnishings and trinkets, another way to make your home feel homey is to keep it tidy. Spring cleaning often isn’t the most appealing of tasks but once completed it definitely fosters a sense of accomplishment and makes all involved feel productive and more comfortable in the space. 

To sum up, hopefully these student accommodation tips can act as a useful guide for you before and during your move to university. Making this space feel like your home, whilst equipping it with all of the things you need to live your life is a balance. It requires some thought, planning and research so utilising this student accommodation guide should make your process run that bit more smoothly. 

Wishing you lots of luck with the process and remember that in amongst the planning, preparation and doing – enjoy it! 

Find & Advertise Student Accommodation

Still looking for a student property? Search through our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and quickly get a tenant in your student property. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

 

 

 

Student Accommodation Salford – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Salford

If you’re hunting for student accommodation in Salford, thinking about your costs, wondering what Salford has to offer– this guide to student accommodation in Salford has got you covered.

Salford is located in Greater Manchester and home to around 220,000 residents. With the main campus only 2km away from Manchester city centre, Salford is well connected to the rest of the UK and a thriving part of north west England.

Salford is one of the world’s oldest industrial cities and full of history and culture, but also a thriving student population. Salford itself has approximately 21,500 students, however it is estimated that Greater Manchester hosts up to 100,000 students every year.

This number has grown significantly over the last 10 years and Manchester is now regarded by many as the most popular city for students in the UK.

Interested in Manchester? Check out our student accommodation guide for Manchester

There are several reasons for Salford’s popularity among students with tons of great restaurants, the Old Trafford Centre for shopping as well as its affordability, but probably the most important feature is the incredible nightlife.

When a city has produced bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Smiths it is hardly surprising that the live music scene would be second to none. The Northern Quarter is known for having several amazing bars and nightclubs, many of which will offer student night deals. However, you are definitely spoilt for choice all around Manchester when it comes to nightlife options.

The development of MediaCityUK at The Quays has positioned Salford as a place of global importance for the digital and media industries. The BBC and ITV both have important hubs at this location. Salford University has a close relationship with MediaCityUK and there is no better place for creative digital and media students to learn.

The Quays is a beautiful waterside location, not just of MediaCityUK, but also so much of Salford’s culture and heritage. It is the location of The Lowry which is an award-winning theatre and host of amazing modern art as well as the popular Imperial War Museum.

For students wanting to immerse themselves into Salford culture, I recommend checking out Ordsall Hall, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, HOME, and the Working Class Movement Library.

Sport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice in Salford. Football fans can watch Manchester United or Manchester City matches nearby, support the local up-and-coming Salford City or even visit the National Football Museum. The AJ Bell Stadium and Old Trafford Cricket Ground both play host to top-flight rugby and cricket respectively. For something a bit different to watch, every year Salford and Manchester Universities compete in the The Two Cities Boat Race.

What Different Types of Student Accommodation in Salford Are There?

Depending on which year of study you are in, and your budget and social preferences, there are a few different types of student accommodation in Salford. The different options are highlighted below:

Student Halls

Student halls are the most common choice for university first-years, home of drinking games and student parties. They are usually the social hub for students, where many students will make their first friendships in university life.

When searching for student halls you will find a few different options available to you:

Private Halls

Private halls are a great option for second and third years as well as postgraduates. Both iQ and Sanctuary Students provide student accommodation in Salford just a few minutes walk away from the University.

Accommodation at iQ Student Quarter boasts an on-site gym and barbeque area. All rooms are en-suite with costs ranging from £141pw to £194pw depending on your choice of room.

Sanctuary Students Tramway provides good value en-suite accommodation, with rooms ranging from £105.50pw to £130pw depending on whether you would like a single or double bed.

University-Partnered Halls

Salford partners with Campus Living Villages to provide two accommodation villages. Whilst these are technically still private halls, they are the only affiliated partner with the university. All of the rooms are rated from Bronze to Diamond and offer different options depending on your preference and budget.

Peel Park Quarter, which is only available to first year students, is located on the Salford University campus. Rooms range from £134pw to £159pw depending on their size and furnishings, but all come with en-suites, shared kitchen facilities and bills included. Peel Park Quarter has plenty of common room space with pool tables, cinema rooms and a gym as well.

Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts offer a student village vibe only a short walk from the Frederick Road campus. Rooms range from £104pw to £130pw depending on their size and furnishings, but all come with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities with bills included. Amenities include a gym and even a half basketball court.

Types of Accommodation in Student Halls

Shared

This refers to students having shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as living spaces. Eddie Colman and John Lester Courts offer this type of student accommodation at Salford.

En-suite / Private Room

This simply refers to a private bathroom attached to your bedroom. Kitchen and living spaces are still shared. Peel Park Quarter, iQ Student Village and Sanctuary Students Tramways all offer this type of student accommodation.

Studios

A studio refers to a single private space, consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living area. They usually have shared communal spaces and a laundry room. Sometimes you will only be allowed single occupancy and other times two students can share. None of the student halls in Salford offer studio rooms, so if you like the sound of this then you will need to look for private accommodation.

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation is another option for students looking to rent either a room or house in Salford. Depending on your preferences there are loads of different places available with private landlords. You can find plenty of great options on our website here.

Landlords

Your landlord is the person renting out the property. They are responsible for ensuring maintenance is taken care of and the property has acceptable living conditions.

Agents

Agents act on behalf of the landlord. It is common for properties to be managed by an agent, which makes them the first point of call for all issues. A managed property can sometimes be a good option, as agents are often more reliable and experienced with common problems. However, the ultimate responsibility will always fall with the landlord.

Depending on the location, amenities and condition a student house in Salford will cost roughly between £75 to £110 per week per person.

If this is your first time renting a private student property, I recommend checking out our handy guide to student tenancy agreements. It covers all the basics, from getting your security deposit back, to guarantors and fixed contract lengths.

Types of Private Student Accommodation

Depending on your preference and budget there are three main types of private student accommodation in Salford:

Shared Housing

A shared house is a common choice for students in second or third year that want to live with their friends they made during first year. This will be a house consisting of multiple bedrooms, usually with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Private Flat / Studio

Private flats and studios are a good option for postgraduates, couples or maybe students that value their peace and quiet. You will have your own private facilities and living space.

Spare Room

This is where you rent a singular room within a shared house, where you normally do not know the other occupants. It will either have an en-suite or shared bathroom as well as a shared kitchen and living room.

What are the Best Areas for Renting a Student House in Salford?

For students wanting to be in amongst some cool clubs and modern bars Chapel Street is a great location to find a student house in Salford. There are plenty of pubs nearby that host live music and comedy nights, or local cafes for relaxing with friends. Chapel Street is located just a short walk across the river from the heart of Manchester and just over 1 mile from Salford University.

The Quays are one of the most popular places to live for young people in Salford. You are right in the middle of so much of Salfords culture. The Quays hosts MediaCityUK for media enthusiasts, The Lowry for shoppers and restaurant lovers and has several exciting top sports teams playing nearby. Costs here are a little pricier than other areas of Salford though.

Want to be at the heart of Manchester nightlife? Then living around Oxford Road would be ideal. Although not renowned for student houses, there are still some flats and houses available for students to find nearby. You are a little further from the main Salford University campuses, but it will still only take you 15 minutes via a quick train.

If you’re moving into brand new student accommodation and have been worrying about missing some important piece of admin or want to make sure you have everything covered, take a look out our student accommodation checklist.

Find & Advertise Student Accommodation

Still looking for a student property? Search through our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and quickly get a tenant in your student property. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

Student Accommodation Deposit– How to get your full deposit back

Student Accommodation Deposit

Moving into your student accommodation is an exciting time; setting up on your own, meeting new people and maybe having the odd celebratory beer or three. Although your student accommodation deposit might not be at the forefront of your mind during these heady days, it is worth bearing in mind and following these handy tips below to ensure you can get your deposit back when your time to leave comes. 

First up it’s useful to start by discussing where your money goes once you pay your landlord for your student house deposit. 

What’s a deposit protection scheme?

Landlords are required by the government to place their tenants’ deposit into a deposit protection scheme within 30 days of receiving it. It will then be kept there throughout your tenancy and awarded back to you when you move out. 

If you find out your landlord has not protected your deposit in the correct way by keeping it in a Tenancy Deposit  Protection scheme (TDP) they are liable in a county court. 

What reasons can a landlord keep my deposit?

Firstly, if you don’t meet the terms of your tenancy agreement, which include basic terms such as paying rent and bills whilst living there, your landlord is allowed to keep your student house deposit.

Your tenancy agreement is the contract you sign when you move into your student accommodation and states the expectations of you and the landlord during your time there. It allows you to reside there as long as you follow the rules, as stated in your contract.

As well as the more obvious terms stated in your agreement it will also contain other requirements of both signing parties. For example it may include that it is your landlord’s responsibility to fix and repair any household issues, the notice periods both you and they can give to leave the property, how long you are contracted to live there and what the rent includes (council tax etc). 

These are just a few examples, so it is worth reading your agreement thoroughly before signing to ensure you are comfortable with all the terms. 

Another reason your landlord could keep your deposit is if your property gets damaged in any way whilst you are there. 

Getting your deposit back is a priority – just think of all the things it can be spent on when it is returned to you… With this in mind there are a few things you can do to make getting your full deposit back more likely. 

Tips and tricks to get your full student deposit back

There’s lots of things you can do to ensure your student accommodation deposit comes back to you when you leave your housing.

Ask your landlord for a full inventory

First up, ask your landlord for a full inventory when you move in. An inventory is a list that details the conditions of the property. It is a great reference point for you and them regarding the state of the accommodation when you move in and out. 

It should contain details and pictures of the space prior to you moving in. Asking for this at the start of your tenancy is useful because it allows you to see how the property looked when you moved in, and will ensure you don’t get blamed for anything that wasn’t your fault when you move out. 

Check and Sign Inventory detailing any missing items or damage

Upon receiving the inventory, check through it and make detailed notes on the issues you see around the property and add them to the inventory so your landlord is fully aware of it’s condition. Even if it is not on the list they send you then this is your chance to update it and inform them.

By signing the inventory you are putting your name to a record that everyone within the agreement stands by. From this point, a dispute down the road is less likely because you and your landlord have already agreed about the condition of the property before you move in.

Take photos of any existing damage and general wear

As well as working your way through your landlord’s inventory it can be a great back up for you to make your own record of any wear and tear you see around your accommodation. 

Make sure to write some notes around each of the issues you see, whether it’s a dent in the wall or a faulty door. Each detail is valuable and will provide you with evidence to look back on in the event of any issues being raised by your landlord during your tenancy or once you move out.

Let’s be honest – when you are living somewhere it is easy to lose track of how the place looked when you first stepped through the front door. Also when you’ve got yourself settled in, unpacked and added your own personal home furnishing touches it would be understandable to have entirely forgotten what everywhere looked like when it was more bare. 

Taking pictures provides you with a collection of images to remind you of your accommodation and gives you some back up in the event there are any queries moving forward.

Email signed Inventory and Photos to your landlord or agent

After making your own records you can email images to your landlord, or agent, so that you are all on the same page about the condition of your accommodation. 

Upon sending your photos to your landlord you can ask them to sign it and confirm they are happy with them, as well as your notes. This means you are all then on the same page moving forward. 

If you break anything or anything stops working let your landlord know immediately

We all know the phrase ‘honesty is the best policy’ and in this case it really is. Being up front and contacting your landlord in the event of something breaking or stopping working within your student accommodation is the best thing to do.

It may be the case that it is written into your tenancy agreement for your landlord to deal with certain things not working. After all it is the nature of housing systems – sometimes things stop working and need fixing. It is not necessarily going to end up with you not receiving your deposit back.  

Ensure all your bills are paid up to date

Another way to stay in your landlord’s good books is to make sure all of your expenses are covered every month. You will have monthly bills to pay from broadband to electricity, as well as your rent. Ensuring these are paid on time and dealt with smoothly means your landlord won’t have any cause to note you down as a problem tenant. 

To read more about student utility bills check out our ultimate guide to student bills here.  

Ensure your deposit is protected legally

The Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme (TDP), referenced earlier on, is a legal requirement of your landlord and so you, as the tenant, are within your rights to clarify that your student accommodation deposit has been securely stored.

You are entitled, legally, to know the following information within 30 days of paying your landlord your deposit.

They must inform you of the address of the property, how much deposit you have paid, how it is protected and the name and details of the TDP it is being held in. Alongside this information, your landlord must also give you the TDP’s dispute resolution service which you can contact in the event of any queries, as well as all their full name and contact details.

You can also expect to be told details of any other parties that have paid the deposit, why they would retain all or some of the monies, and how you need to apply to get the deposit back at the end of the tenancy.

You can also ask for information about what to do if for any reason you can’t get in touch with the landlord at the end of your contract.

Keep your accommodation clean and tidy

It may seem obvious but keeping on top of your space tidiness-wise by not letting the pots pile up and the dust gather is a good tip when thinking about getting your full deposit back. 

Put your favourite music on and have a dance and dust marathon on the regular, run the hoover round and give your place a spring clean. It will help your accommodation to remain in a good condition throughout your tenancy and will show the landlord you are respectful of the space. 

Aside from this, cleaning regularly will make the space a nice one to live in and keep it in a fresh, liveable condition throughout your time there.  

So, to conclude…

Everyone wants their time in student accommodation to be as little hassle as possible and so making sure you are clued up about your student accommodation deposit, by following the tips listed above, is a great way to keep your time low-stress and ensure that when you leave your full deposit ends up back in your pocket.

Find Student Accommodation & Advertise For Free

If you’re still looking for student accommodation, search through our wide range of listings and find great student diggz in your uni town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place you’re looking to rent out, place a free advert and get your student property filled quickly. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

Student Accommodation Chester – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Chester

Looking for student accommodation in Chester? Need a student house in Chester or university halls of residence? Read this guide and learn everything you need to know about student accommodation in Chester

Chester is a city of roughly 120,000 residents within the county of Cheshire. It is situated in the northwest of England on the River Dee bordering Wales. Chester is a beautiful city steeped in history, still displaying much of its 2,000 year old Roman heritage and stunning black and white medieval architecture. The University itself started as a teaching college in 1839, making Chester the fifth oldest place of higher education in England.

There are currently around 15,000 students studying at Chester and the city has something to offer every student. In 2019 Chester was named as the second most student friendly city in the UK.

Chester offers a slightly more chilled atmosphere than a bigger city university, however for any students wanting a bigger city experience Liverpool or Manchester are both less than an hour away.

Despite being a smaller city you will certainly never be short of things to do or places to visit in Chester. There are so many local attractions, popular among tourists and students alike. It has the largest amphitheatre in England, a 1,000 year old cathedral that boasts stunning views, Chester Zoo is one the UKs most famous and Chester Racecourse is perfect for a day out.

For the culture lovers Chester has plenty of festivals and events covering everything from food, to the arts. For theatre or cinema lovers, the Storyhouse has great plays and films all year. And for students wanting to play pool, have a few drinks and watch the football then Riley’s is the place to go.

Student shopaholic? Chester is perhaps most famous for The Rows, a two-story 13th century building, which now gives a complete unique shopping experience, as well as having cafes, restaurants and bars. Chester is also only a 15 minute drive from Cheshire Oaks, the UK’s largest retail outlet shopping centre.

Most importantly though, what about the nightlife? Well, you could be forgiven for thinking such a beautiful city would be an unlikely host to hoards of drunken students. However, Chester has actually been awarded the ‘Purple Flag’ award for its vibrant nightlife. It boasts an eclectic display of live music as well as plenty of choices for pubs, bars and clubs. Rosies is the most popular club in Chester, with epic student nights every Wednesday and usually offering good student deals.

What Different Types of Student Accommodation in Chester Are There?

Depending on your budget and social preferences there are a few different types of student accommodation in Chester. The different options are highlighted below:

Student Halls

Student halls are the most common choice for university first-years. Normally the lifeblood of the freshers community and the home of pre-drinks. When searching for student rooms in Chester you will come across a few different options available in student halls depending on your preference for location, catering type or living arrangements.

Private Halls

Private halls are a great option for second or third years as well as postgraduates. Chester University partners with two private companies which advertise student accommodation, Fresh Student Living and Student Roost.

Abbey Gate, Granary Studios and Tudor Place are all run by Fresh Student Living. The Towpath and Tramways are run by Student Roost.

All of the student rooms in Chester’s private halls are modern and offer an option of en-suite or studio. They always have a variety of great shared spaces and depending on your choice some will come with extras such as gyms, study spaces, private courtyard space and tv common areas. Prices will range from £108 to £209 per week depending on which room and accommodation you pick.

University Owned Halls

Chester has university owned student halls throughout the city, but most are located either close to, or in, the Parkgate Road campus or the city centre. The University is split into different campuses depending on your chosen course, so this is something to consider when selecting your preference for student accommodation.

The majority of students are based at the Parkgate Road campus, which is definitely the hub for student life and first year student accommodation in Chester. You are just a short walk away from the city centre and all the nightlife.

Full board catering is a popular choice for student accommodation in Chester among first-years. Offering three meals every day, this option can save students the stress of cooking for themselves and money often spent on endless takeaways. Astbury House, Fisher House, Gladstone House all offer full board catering on the Parkgate Road campus. Sumner House also offers full board catering and is situated just a five minute walk away.

Self-catered accommodation is available at Powys Court, housing 72 students with shared facilities. Located in the city centre, only a short walk from both the Parkgate Road and Riverside campuses.

Depending on your chosen course, some students will be based on the Warrington campus. This campus is part of Chester University, but around a 40 minute drive away in Warrington. There are plenty of university owned halls housing around 25-50 students each close to this campus.

University Owned Housing

There are student houses in Chester available to rent that are owned by the University. These houses are self-catering with mostly shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are a few en-suite rooms available.

Church College Close is an enclosed set of university owned houses on the Parkgate Road campus. Parkgate Road accommodation has up to 180 student rooms available in several terraced and bungalow houses. There are also several more university owned houses available to students within a short walk of the Parkgate Road campus or city centre.

Student rooms in Chester that come with full board catering will cost around £155 per week. Self-catering halls or student houses in Chester generally cost around £80-115 per week.

Chester University uses its website to advertise student accommodation here.

Types of Accommodation in Student Halls

Shared

University owned student houses in Chester and student halls based in Warrington are mostly shared facility accommodations. This refers to students having shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as living spaces.

En-suite / Private Room

The majority of student rooms in Chester halls come with en-suite facilities. This simply refers to a private bathroom attached to your bedroom. Kitchen and living spaces are still shared.

Studios

Self-contained studio flats are available in Grosvenor House, based on the Parkgate Road campus as well as in all the privately owned halls. A studio refers to a single private space, consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living area. They usually have shared communal spaces and a laundry room in the block. Depending on which accommodation you chose, some will only allow single occupancy and others will allow two students to share.

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation is another option for students looking to rent either a room or house in Chester. Depending on your preferences there are loads of different places available with private landlords. You can find plenty of great options on our website here.

Landlords

Your landlord is the person renting out the property. They are responsible for ensuring maintenance is taken care of and the property has acceptable living conditions.

Agents

Agents act on behalf of the landlord. It is common for properties to be managed by an agent, which makes them the first point of call for all issues. A managed property can often be a good option, as agents are often more reliable and experienced with common problems. However, the ultimate responsibility will always fall with the landlord.

Depending on the location, amenities and the overall house condition, a student house in Chester can cost between £70 to £100 per week, per room.

Types of Private Student Accommodation

Depending on your preference and budget there are three main types of private student accommodation in Chester:

Shared Housing

A shared house is a common choice for students in second or third year that want to live with their friends from first year. This will be a house consisting of multiple bedrooms, usually with a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room.

Private Flat / Studio

Private flats and studios are a good option for postgraduates, couples or maybe students that value their peace and quiet. You will have your own private facilities and living space.

Spare Room

This is where you rent a singular room within a shared house, where you normally do not know the other occupants. It will either have an en-suite or shared bathroom as well as a shared kitchen and living room.

What are the Best Areas for Renting a Student House in Chester?

Boughton or Hoole are both situated just east of the city centre. Prices vary, but you can find some of the cheaper prices in these areas without feeling too out the way. There are plenty of surrounding green areas, as well as local restaurants and cafes making both these locations nice areas to live in. Both are less than two miles from the university.

Parkgate Road or the City Centre are perfect for students wanting to be right in the action. Near the university nightlife and cultural hub of the city. The downside is these areas can be a little pricier.

Liverpool Road is a nice area and has houses on the street adjacent from parkgate road. Houses toward the end of the road are a little further away from the Parkgate Road campus, up to a 7 minute drive, but prices can get a little cheaper. The far end of the road is right next to Chester Zoo though if that persuades you.

Leaving home for the first time?

If you are getting ready to move into your first year accommodation, there is a good chance this will be the first time you have ever lived anywhere by yourself. It is an exciting and nervous time in equal measures, so make sure you have everything prepared. You can use this handy student checklist.

For some students, you will be moving into a shared house with your mates after living in student halls during uni first year.

Before you move in make sure you have everything set up and ready to go. Ensure your utilities are organised. Make sure you are happy with the property inventory check, otherwise the landlord could take money from your deposit when you leave.

If your internet is not provided make sure you search for the best student broadband deals. Finally, double check when your rent is due and put a reminder down so you don’t forget!

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Student Bill Splitting – How to split your student bills

Student Bill Splitting

An issue almost everyone who attends university will run into at some point is how to go about sharing bills with your fellow students and roommates. Many disagreements have arisen through out the history of universities, the root cause of which, is student bill splitting!

While these bills may be small, most students find these expenses can quickly add up. Bills can include anything from the cost of your monthly broadband package to sharing the cost of a taxi.

As much as we would all like to be self-sufficient and be able pay for everything ourselves, as a student, normally that luxury isn’t really an option.

So what’s the best way to share bills? In this part of our guide to student bills series, that’s exactly what we’ll be answering as we take you through the best ways to split and share your student bills.

What we’ll be covering

Let’s get started!

The Best Bill Splitting Apps

One great way to split your student bills and share the responsibility of payments is by using a bill splitting app. For those of you who are short on time, see our top three recommended bill splitting apps as listed below.

Acasa

Settle-Up

Splid

For a more in-depth overview on these apps and further budgeting tips, keep reading!

Student Bill Splitting: Decide how to Split Bills

The first thing that anyone should do when deciding how to split costs amongst a group is to come to an agreement over what is fair amongst yourselves.

What’s considered fair will be different depending on what it is your splitting and who benefits the most from the use of the products or service.

Random Payments

As an example, you and your housemates may well decide to keep track of some expenses informally, figuring that in the long run everything will likely even out. This could include things such as group meals, trips to the cinema or any other spur of the moment situations that are hard to anticipate and create a budget for.

The best solution for these sort of scenarios, is to settle-up payments, as and when they occur.

Group Holidays

If your planning to go on a holiday as a group (as many student do), then it’s recommend to sort out any shared expenses before you hop on the plane and ensure everyone is one the same page.

A simple way to split holiday expenses, is to simply split up all  of the costs equally between each person. When you approach this, discuss the various options for sharing expenses. Be sure everyone agrees on an approach which works for everyone.

Sharing Student Accommodation 

If your sharing student accommodation, or renting out a spare room, then you’ll need to come to an agreement with your other housemates.  Most bills and expenses associated with student accommodation, will be payable in re-occurring instalments, which makes things easer when calculating and organise any bill payments.

The difficulty can come in deciding who pays for what. For instance, should everyone pay for a service which only one or two house mates use, or should everyone pay equal amount of heating if only one person keeps turning it on.

Some of the bills students sharing accommodation typically have to pay are:

Discover the Best Student Broadband and Digital TV Packages to find the cheapest deals!

Split the Responsibility

When paying these bills, one approach you can take is to split the responsibility for each of the bills between each housemate. Such as, one housemate would take responsibility for electric, another for gas, another for broadband and one for rent.

Once bill responsibilities have been allocated, each time a bill payment is due, the person who has been allocated responsibility to pay that bill, ensures each housemate has paid their share of the bill and that the bill is paid on time.

If you do decide to take this approach, ensure that everyone is responsible enough to meet any payment deadlines and the bills don’t get forgotten or missed. In some groups it may be best to have one person oversee this if they are the most reliable, which leads us to are next point, which is…..

Place all Housemates Names on Bills

This is the fairest way to share bills, and it also incentives everyone to pay on time, as to avoid getting a bad credit score. If you use this method, only those individuals who fail to pay, will be given a bad credit score.

By law, if only one persons name is on the bill, then that person is solely responsible for the bill payments. Placing all housemates names on each of the bills spreads this responsibility. With jointly named utility bills, every housemate is legally responsible for an equal share of the bill.

Create a Joint Bank Account

Most people assume you need to be legally partnered to open a joint bank account. But you can in fact have multiple authorized users on most standard joint accounts. With a joint bank account, two or more housemates can manage the same account.

Estimate the overall monthly costs of the bills and split the costs between each housemate. Each housemate can then pay their share of the estimated amount into the account each month. If there are any funds left in the account at the end of the tenancy, once all bills payments have been met, this can then be divided up between housemates.

You can often add an additional account holder to a current bank account by simply inquiring at your local bank branch. This is often easiest when still in the application process. Be on the lookout, as some banks will even run special promotions, such as offers of cash bonuses, for opening a new account.

Tracking Expenses

If the idea of doing the maths to figure out your monthly budget makes your head spin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, budgeting can be an intimidating endeavour so don’t despair too much!

One option is to take advantage of the many budgeting tools which are available online. These tools and programs can help you to track and work out your budgeting and billing costs and are often free.

Each of the bill splitting apps we are going to discuss, also contain functionality which will help you track your expenses. This is one of the advantages of using a bill splitting app, as it removes the need for using other budgeting software and allow you to manage all your bills in a single location, saving precious time.

Of course, if you are already skilled at keeping a budget, feel free to continue using whatever system works best for you. One of the most important parts when creating a budget is being honest and sticking to it once created.

Comparing the Best Bill Splitting Apps

Now that you know everything you need about budgeting and the in’s and out of student bill splitting, let’s take a look and compare some of the best bill slipping apps.

What is a bill splitting app?

Bill splitting apps, as the name suggests, allow you to divide the cost towards any payments where a group of people need to share some sort of bill. They make is easy for groups of students, friends or housemates to contribute their share of any payments.

To use a bill splitting app, you can simply download it to your smartphone or tablet. Any bills you have can be split between multiple people, with each person being assigned their own cost to contribute. It’s also possible to connect them to other payment services such as banks account or payment providers allowing payment to be made quickly and easily.

How much does a bill splitting app cost?

Most bill splitting apps are offered as free or freemium services.  Paid for versions typically give you access to more features and wont display any ads.

Overall, bill splitting apps are actually quite cheap, with prices starting from £0.99 as a one time download or other charging 1 – 3% in transaction fees. When taken into consideration the headaches and hassle involved when trying to split bills yourself, it can be well worth it.

Best Student Bill Splitting Apps

Acasa

Acasa is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. It’s specifically designed to manage household spending offering a tailored solution for student housemates

Free to use, it can be configured to automatically handle all regularly occurring bill payments such as electric, gas internet and rent as well as manage and budget household items.

What’s to like:

  • 100% Free – Use at no cost
  • Household Bill Sharing – Specifically designed for sharing household bills and students housemates
  • Notifications – Send notifications on due dates, payments, and any service switchovers
  • Auto Payments – Set up to automatically pay any re-occurring payments
  • Track Budget & Expenses – Track budgets and any other type of expenses

Settle-Up

Settle-Up is available on multiple platforms, including Apple, Android, Windows and also provides a web version. It comes with both free and paid versions.

The free version will occasionally display adverts, while the paid version allows you to store receipts and offers enhanced customisation features with no ads.

A simple one step sign up process is all that’s required to start using the app. Using the app is reasonable straight forward with a very intuitive UI

What’s to like:

  • Bill Sharing:  Share bills with friends even those who aren’t signed up
  • Create Groups: Create custom groups to organise different expenses with different people
  • Send Reminders: Send expenses via e-mail, social media, WhatsApp, or any other channel
  • Great UI: Super simple user interface and splitting bills is a breeze.

Splid

Splid is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. It’s free version allows you to have one group of people to share expenses, otherwise you need to use the paid features.

It really shines if you use the paid version and can handle 20+ groups allowing you to easily share expenses with fellow students and download them as PDF or Excel files.

It’s primarily used for splitting up holiday expenses but can be used for bills too

What’s to like:

  • Converting Currencies: Convert and tally using 150 unique currencies
  • Download Files: Download a PDF or Excel file with a comprehensive summary of all the expenses
  • Create Groups: Multiple payees can be added to each expense

Final Thoughts

Thus, concludes our guide on student bill splitting and how to share bills amongst your fellow students and housemates. There was a lot to cover, from making and agreeing to a budget, to even the possibility of setting up a joint banking account.

Hopefully you’ve learnt a thing or two and with your new found knowledge will be able to take the stress out of managing your student bills, all while avoiding any disputes or disagreements.

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Student Bills Comparison – Switch to the Cheapest Energy Suppliers

Student Bills Comparison

As a university student, moving from halls into private student accommodation can suddenly mean needing to require an understanding of energy bills and how best to handle them. To help you out, in this part of our guide to student bills series, we’ll perform a student bill comparison, show you how to switch energy providers and show you how to get the best deals so you can save yourself some money.

We’ll be covering:

Cheapest Energy Suppliers

Whilst most students will just gloss over their student bills and accept any old set-up, there’s inherent value and benefit for those who take the time to learn how to manage their bills. As well as being an eco-friendly move,  it can also save you a good few hundred pounds each year.

If your in a rush and not concerned with learning all the ins and out, here’s the cheapest energy suppliers who offer the best value electricity and gas.

Bulb Energy

EDF

Greeneum

Utilising Comparison Websites

Comparison websites such as moneysupermarket.com are a great way to quickly compare energy prices based on current market values. By using a comparison website, you’ll quickly be able to see, potential savings between different services.

To perform a comparison on your student bills, simply enter the dates your tenancy will start and finish, then compare your current service to those suggested.

Another useful set of criteria to check when comparing energy supplies, is the customer satisfaction scores and green energy tariffs.

We advise utilising these comparison websites to search for the most competitive tariffs.

It may first appear that doing your own comparisons and switching directly would be the best way to get the cheapest deals, however, it’s worth mentioning, that not all energy suppliers will display the cheapest deals possible on their own websites.

Some of the best deals out there, are only available through comparison websites. In order to access these deals you’ll need to sign up directly through the comparisons site advertising the offer.

Top Comparison Sites

We recommend these comparison sites to find the best energy deals.

MoneySupermaket

Compare The Market

Using Auto Switching Energy Services

Auto-switching services are gaining a lot of popularity. These types of services will continuously compare the market for you and automatically switch you to the best energy deals available, meaning, your always saving money.

If you want to find the cheapest energy providers, with the least amount of effort, then auto switching services may be a good choice. Keep in mind you’ll likely need to pay for the service itself which is a cost you should factor in.

Before using any auto-switching services, check the following:

  • The Cost of the Service – The cheaper the service the less benefits and deals it may offer. You will need to balance out cost vs savings
  • Energy Suppliers and Deals – Not all energy suppliers and all deals are available with all services. Check which ones are available and most suitable based on your own needs
  • Terms and Conditions – Ensure you fully understand, under what conditions, a switch in service will occur

Best Value Auto-switching Services

We recommend these auto-switching services to automate your student bills comparison.

Switchd

Look after my bills

BillBuddy

Student Bills Comparison: How to switch?

So you’ve done your re-search and found a steal of a deal with a great energy supplier but your still not sure how to switch provider. Let us show you what you need to do.

To start with, you’ll need the following details to hand:

  • Your postcode
  • The name of your current energy supplier
  • Your current tariff
  • The tariff you wish to switch too
  • Your bank account details (if planning to pay by direct debit)

How to find your Electric Supplier

To find out who your electric supplier is, you’ll first need to know the energy network.

Use this Find Energy Network tool. It will provide you with the name and telephone number of your network operator. Once you know your network operator, contact them to find out who your electric supplier is.

How to find your Gas Supplier

Use the Find My Gas Supplier tool to find your gas supplier. It will provide you with the name of your supplier and a meter point reference number, aka ‘MRPN’. Take note of the MRPN, as the supplier will use this to locate your gas meter.

Top Tip- See if there are any utility bills lying around to quickly identify who the current energy suppliers are, or ask your landlord as they may already know. 

Once you have all these details, if switching directly, it’s then just a case of contacting up the energy supplier you wish to switch too.

If your going to switch using either a comparison website or auto-switching service, enter all your details and you’ll then be given a choice of tariffs to choose from. If your unsure about tariffs, keep reading as we’ll touch on this shortly.

Finalising the Switch

Once all information’s submitted and you’ve chosen your new energy supplier and tariff, the final step is to validate your agreement, confirm your switch, and your means of paying. Once everything agreed and verified.. it’s pretty much a done deal!

Top Tip – Paying via Direct Debit can save you not only money but also time, keep reading for further info on payment options.

Once complete, the switching process will now begin.

In the coming days, your new supplier will get in touch with you to confirm your switch-over date. The whole process of switching energy supplier can be fairly fast and reasonably straightforward, all in all, this can take upto 21 days.

If at any point you have a change of heart, it’s within your rights to contact your supplier and cancel within 14 days from the day you agreed to the contract. There’s no requirement to contact the former supplier, since your new supplier will be handling the switching process but it still might be worth informing your landlord.

You can expect to be switched to your new supplier without any interruption to your current electricity or gas supply or even your studies!

Further Info and Money Saving Tips

Tariff Types

There are three types of tariffs you can choose from. These are Fixed Rate, Variable, and Economy 7.

On a Fixed Rate tariff, you will be paying the same amount per unit of gas or electricity for the remainder of the deal which typically lasts for 12 months.

For a Variable tariff, the amount you pay can fluctuate. They track wholesale prices and the cost you pay per unit can go either up or down. Your supplier is entitled to change your rate at their own deaccession but is required to provide at least one months notice before any changes can take effect.

Lastly, the Economy 7 tariff means that you will be charged variable amounts per unit of gas or electricity depending on when you use them. For example, using energy at night costs less than using the same amount of energy during the day.

What ever tariff you choose to switch too, it’s worth checking the terms and conditions carefully to make sure you cover all bases and fully understand the potential costs.

How to avoid exit fees

If your on a fixed rate tariff and plan to leave earlier than agreed, to get out of the contract, there’s usually an associated exit fee.

To avoid paying exit fees:

  • Look for deals which have no exit fees
  • Wait until the last 49 days of your contract, as legally you cant be charged fees
  • Negotiate the exit fee when switching to a different tariff with the same supplier, some will waive the fee.

Dual Tariffs 

Take note that tariffs for gas supply are charged differently to tariffs for electricity supply. There are, of course, suppliers who offer both types of energy under a single contract.

The main advantage of due tariffs is that bills will be consolidated into a single payment. Some tariffs may also require an additional cost of installing a smart meter, so double check for these types of conditions before signing a contract.

Go Paperless

Going paperless is a good way to save some money, as well as helping the environment out. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the post, which lets face it, can get annoying as they pile up in heap in the hallway, you will receive and be able to view your bills online.

Setting up Direct Debit

Choosing to pay via direct debit could save you upto 10% with some suppliers. It also saves time as the payments will be taken out automatically. Just ensure you have sufficient funds in your account to avoid late payment charges.

If you do miss any payment though, don’t worry, most providers will give you some extra time to make the payment before turning the energy off or charging you extra.

How to prevent being overcharged

To prevent being overcharged, it’s a good idea to send your supplier regular meter readings. Taking regular meeting reading helps to ensure you only pay for the energy you consume during your tenancy.

If you have a Smart Meter installed, then the meter can send the reading for you, otherwise you will need to do it manually.

Learn how to read both your gas and elasticity meter. If  your not sure how to take meter readings or want to learn more about the different types of meters, check out our guides below:

How to take an electric meter reading

How to take a gas meter reading

Top Tip – On the first day you arrive and settle into your new student home, remember to take a picture of the metre readings. The reason for this will be explained later in the article.

Refer a friend schemes

Not only can you save some money, it’s also now possible to make some.

Quite a few suppliers offer financial incentives to both the referee and switcher. When selecting a provider check if they offer these types of rewards.

Who can change energy suppliers?

It depends on whether you are directly paying an energy company or not. If you are then, yes, you can choose your energy supplier and there is a consumer protection law that gives you that choice. Now, if your landlord pays the bills for you then it is their choice and it wont be something you need to worry about.

Your rent breakdown must include it as “bills included”. To be sure though, you should read through your tenancy agreement thoroughly and if still unsure reach out to your landlord.

Your accommodation will usually already have an assigned energy supplier before you moved in. If you are planning to make a switch, then it is a good practise to inform your landlord about it. Some tenancy agreements would even stipulate that you must revert back to the assigned energy supplier before you move out.

Student Bills Comparison – Conclusion

That’s pretty much everything and hopefully you have enough knowledge and information to carry out an effective student bill comparison strategy and save yourself some money.

When it comes to student bills there’s lots to learn and many ways to save money, so be sure to check out our other guides which form part of our student bill series.

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Student House Bills – The cost of student bills

Student House Bills

Moving from the protective bubble of student halls into real student accommodation can be fairly scary. What used to be a single lump sum payment, with all student house bills included, suddenly turns into multiple separate payments of rent, utilities, wifi, water and broadband.

Whether you’re in a flat of three or a house of nine, there are a few monetary considerations to be made when it comes to student house bills. To save you some time and possibly some sanity, we’ve put together a quick guide which covers all you’ll need to know about the cost of student house bills.

What’s the difference between rent and bills?

Rent

Rent is paid to gain the right to occupy (or live in) a property. This can be paid directly to a landlord or through a property management company. In most first-year halls, the money you pay to the property management company, covers the cost of both student bills and rent.

Bills

Student house bills make up and pay for necessities such as, clean and hot water, energy for electrical appliances and heating. They can also go beyond the needs of a property and can extend to things such as a stable WIFI connection and access to live TV.

While rent tends to be fixed, the cost of bills is priced on usage.

The three main student bills we’ll be touching on are:

– Gas and Electric

– Broadband

– TV Licenses

Student House Bills: Gas and Electric

Gas and electricity provide energy for items such as central heating, lighting, kitchen appliances, washing machines, fridges, kettles, and microwave etc etc.

For a property with four occupants, your utility bills can average at a cost of around £137 a month, which is equivalent to £1640 a year. Splitting this cost between four people would come to £34.25 per person.

Top Tip – Living with more tenants allows you to split the bills with more people.

Student House Bills: Broadband

These days, having good reliable internet is a necessity but it also comes at a price. The price you end up paying can really vary, depending on the provider and package you choose to go with.

Unlike utility bills, this will be a fixed monthly cost. The main element which determines the price of broadband packages is the speed and data usage.

It’s worth noting, there are packages available which do offer discounts for students. We did some research and found the average cost of student broadband to be £26 per household. If we split this out to a household of four people, then the price averages out at £6.50 per person.

One thing to consider when choosing a broadband package, is that having more people in a household using multiple devices requires more data usage which can quickly eat up data and reduce the overall speed. We advise going for unlimited package for households of more than 4 people.

If your interested in learning more, we’ve put together a detailed article explaining everything you need to know about broadband packages which will aid you in making your choice.

Broadband Package Cost Comparison

For a full comparison, check out our article – Best Student Broadband Deals 2021

Student House Bills: TV License

It costs £157.50 per year, for a TV license in the UK. You only need one TV license per household, so if you choose, you can have a TV in both your living room and bedroom at no extra cost. While it’s a yearly cost, you can apply for a refund during the summer months if you return home.

TV Licenses are needed when you:

  • Watch or record live tv, from any network channel such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc.
  • Download or watch any shows from the BBC, including on BBC iPlayer

TV Licenses are not needed when you:

  • Stream from subscription-based sites such as Amazon Prime or Netflix.
  • Connect your game console and use any apps or watch DVDs.
  • Use a on-demand TV or video application to watch pre-recorded shows, such as All 4. (Bear in mind, if you watch any live TV programs on a service like All 4 live, then you still have to purchase a TV licence)

Splitting the cost for a four-person household, TV license would to £39.38 for the year, the equivalent of £3.29 per month, per person.

You can read more about TV Licenses HERE.

Reducing your costs

Insulation

Since your living in student accommodation, it’s unlikely you’ll have any say in the maintenance of the building. Your landlord wouldn’t be too happy if you decided to screw nails into the walls or repaint the living room yellow. But you can have a say in the house that you choose to move into.

Have a look at the insulation of the building. Does the student house use double glazing or single? You can ask questions about the heating: if you’ll have a smart metre (that will charge the exact amount of what you’ve used every month), how long does the house take to heat up, does the house lose heat quickly?

The answers to these questions can help you decide if your housing is efficient. The higher the efficiency, the lower the monthly utility bill.

Energy Efficiency Certificate

Another sure-fire way of knowing what you’re getting into. Landlords should have the information of house efficient the building is, depending on factors such as draught exclusions and double glazing.

As with before, the higher the efficiency, the lower the monthly utility bill.

Take advantage of student discounts

As mentioned, there a number of providers that have a range of packages. This also included discounts for students to utilise.

Check out Virgin Media and BT‘s discount deals here.

The early bird catches the student bill saving worm

Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to be tied into a contract! With alot of contracts, especially Broadband packages, monthly rolling tends to be more expensive than being in an annual contract.

Use only when you need

I don’t mean to sound like a Dad but, couldn’t you avoid putting the heating on by wearing a jumper? Using energy only when you need it can massively reduce your costs, and help you do your bit for the environment at the same time.

Turning the tap off when brushing teeth, taking shorter showers, turning off lights when leaving a room, avoiding daily timers, and just turning the Central Heating on when cold can all be great ways to reduce how much energy and water you’re using in the house.

Use subscriptions

Only you can decide if live TV is worth the money. While not a massive price, TV Licenses are restricting, and if you would rather pay for a wider spectrum of entertainment, streaming services tend to be better for your money.

You can cancel anytime without having to apply for a refund, and you have a wider array of shows, movies, and documentaries to choose from.

Replace the lighting

There are two types of lightbulb that we tend to use, Halogen and LEDs. Halogens tend to heat fairly quickly, whereas LEDs are made to use less energy, be brighter and cost a fraction of the cost of a Halogen bulb.

Opt for using LEDs in your lamps and overhead lighting to reduce the costs for the lighting.

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Student Bills – How to take an electric meter reading

student bills

Many students who are living in their first student home, will have never taken a meter reading. On top of this, taking a meter reading for the first time can also be fairly confusing. In this part of our guide to student bills, we will show you how to take an electric meter reading and teach you how to calculate the cost of any given appliance. 

 We’ll be covering:

Student Bills – Why you need to supply Meter Readings

Sending regular meter readings to your energy supplier, will ensure  your paying the correct amount for any energy consumed.

Without a meter reading, an energy supplier will take an estimated reading which will be based on past usage. These estimates can sometimes be over-estimated, therefore,  supplying regular meter readings is good way to ensure you don’t get overcharged and end up paying more money towards your student bills than you should.

As a result, it’s best to send meter readings once every two or three months, however, if you like to keep on top of your student utility bills, you can also send monthly readings.

Top Tip – One way to save on your student bills is to purchase a smart plug! If you ever leave your diggz and realise you’ve left stuff on, with a smart plug you can turn them off. Over the long haul this can save you £££’s

Types of Electric Meters

A variety of electricity meter types are installed in UK and Irish student homes. To help you identify which type of meter has been installed in your student home, we’ve outlined a brief description for each of the meter types and explain how to read and take the meter reading.

Standard Electric Meters

The most common meter found in most student accommodation is the standard electric meter. It is a basic meter which measures electricity in kWh (kilowatt hours). Taking a reading from this type of meter is reasonably straight forward.

To take a meter reading from a standard meter, jot down the number as displayed from left to right.
Numbers either displayed in red or which have a red background are the decimal point numbers, therefore, you can omit these numbers when supplying your meter reading.

If you do decided to include the decimal point number, ensure you remember to add the decimal point or you may end up with an unexpectedly expensive student utility bill.

Dial Electric Meter

Dial Electric meters contain a series of dials which look similar to miniature clocks. These type of meters are not the easiest to read and each of the small dials will turn in a different direction, going either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

The direction of the numbers flow around the dial, indicate the direction the dial goes in. Normally the first, third and fifth dial will flow clockwise with the remaining dials flowing anti-clockwise.

Each of the dials will run from 0 to 9, read the meter in the same direction the numbers flow in.

In order take a meter reading correctly, there are a few rules you need to be aware of and follow:

  • Starting with the left most dial, read the dials from left to right
  • If the dial hand is between two numbers go with the lowest number (if between 3 and 4, write down 3)
  • When the dial hand is between 0 and 9 or always go with 9
  • If you have taken a reading of 9 on any dial, reduce the reading taken on the dial to the left by 1. As an example, lets say the third dial reads 9 and the second dial reads 7, you would write 6 for the second dial instead of 7
  • You can ignore the last dial, displayed in red or labelled 1/10

Digital Electric Meter

This type of  meter is similar to the standard meter but with an LCD display.  Standard digital meters will be labelled as ‘Single-rate’ where as economy 7 and economy 10 digital meters will be labelled as ‘multi-rate’.

Taking a meter reading is fairly straight forward. Write down all numbers as presented on the digital LCD display from left to right. As with a standard meter, all numbers to the right of the decimal point can be ignored.

Economy 7 and Economy 10 Electric Meters (Multi-Rate Meters)

Multi-rate meters generally look fairly similar to standard electric meters and they measure the electricity usage in kWh. The main difference on these meters is that they display two separate dials. One for on-peak traffic and the other for off-peak, commonly referred to as economy 7 and economy 10.

The display on digital multi-rate meters typically alternates between the on and off peak readings. In order to tell which rate is being displayed you will see a small number displayed to the left hand side of the reading which will be either  display either a 1 or a 2.

To supply a reading, write down both the on and off-peak readings and send them over to your supplier. Normally these can be sent online with the required format will be outlined in the online portal.

If you happen to have one of the older mechanical meters, then both readings will be visible on the display.

Smart Meters

A smart meter is new type of meter which measures real-time electricity usage. With a smart meter you don’t need to worry about supplying a meter reading as it’s able to send your electrical usage direct to the supplier.

That’s really is smart and is one less student bill to have to worry about!

Top Tip! Using LED bulbs over conventual bulbs can heavily impact the cost of your electric bills. LED bulbs have been proven to use 75% less energy compared to conventional bulbs. A great and simple way to save some money!

Prepayment Meters

Prepay meters are usually digital meters. These meters typically have a button which allows you to switch the display between total electric usage and the remaining credit balance. With prepay meters you pay for the electricity upfront by loading credit onto a meter card or a meter key.

Because you pay as you go, there is no need to supply a  meter reading. What you may want to do though, is keep an eye on your credit balance.

In the highly likely event, you may forget to take check your credit balance, thus, running out of electricity, prepayment meters have an emergency balance option.

When your credit balance hits £0, the electricity supply will cut off. To allow you time to load credit onto your card or key you can activate the emergency credit by pressing a button on the meter. Any credit you use while in emergency mode will be deducted once you enter your loaded card or key.

Most meter have an emergency balance of £5, once this runs out you will need to load up your card in order to turn you electricity supply back on.

Student Bills – How To Supply a Meter Reading

If you want to learn how to supply a meter reading or any other aspects of student bills, then check out our ultimate guide to student bills. We’ll take everything you need to know in regards to student bills and also offer other useful insights which as well as making life easier, may also save you some £££’s.

Find & Advertise Student Accommodation

Still looking for a student property? Search through out our wide range of student accommodation and find great student diggz in your town or city. Alternatively, if you have a place your looking to rent out, place a free advert and get your student property filled quickly. Both landlords and students can place free adverts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Utility Bills – Guide to student house bills | Save Time & Money

Student Utility Bills

At some point, many university students will have the responsibility for setting up and paying their student utility bills. It’s definitely not considered one of the more  glamorous aspects of being a student. If it’s not something you’ve done before, it can also be fairly confusing, as well as time consuming.

To help save you some pain, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to student utility bills which will cover everything you need to know and hopefully save you some money!

We’ll be covering:

  • Which utilities you’ll need to pay for
  • How to check supply connections
  • How to setup your utility bills
  • The cost of your utility bills
  • How to split bills with student room mates
  • Tips to save money on student utility bills

Let’s get started!

Which Utilities You Need To Pay For

As a student, the main utilities you’ll need to pay bills towards are:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water & Sewage

Then depending on individual circumstance, some students may also have to pay bills towards:

Discover the Best Student Broadband and Digital TV Packages to find the cheapest deals!

Energy Bills

Gas and electricity bills, typically referred to as ‘Energy Bills’ make up the majority of all utility bill expenses.

Although uncommon in student rentals, if your student home has oil central heating, we would advise speaking to your landlord as oil is normally ordered, paid for, then delivered. The oil tank will need topping up at regular intervals depending on energy consumption.

Water & Sewage Bills

Water and sewage bills cover the cost of water and sewage infrastructure. Full time students are still required to pay water bills, however, a lot of student landlords will include the cost as part of the rent. If your unsure who should pay this, double check with you landlord

How to Check Supply Connections

One of the first things you should do when you move into your new student home, is to check that your electric, gas and water supply are all fully connected.

How To Perform Each Check

  • Electric supply – turn on a light switch
  • Gas supply – turn on a gas cooker or turn on a radiator
  • Water supply – turn on the taps

If each of these services is working as expected, this indicates that the supply is connected. It’s unusual for these services to not be connected. If for some reason they appear not to be connected, reach out to your landlord right away.

How to Take Meter Readings

Once you’ve confirmed your energy services are fully connected, the next thing to do is to take the meter readings.

Why Take Meter Readings?

From the date a tenancy commences, the tenant is placed by the energy suppliers on what’s called a “deemed contract”.  This is automatically set up by any energy suppliers the previous tenant used, unless your landlord has set it up otherwise.

A deemed contract will be slightly more expensive than a standard contract but will only last up until the day you switch or confirm your new tenancy with an existing energy supplier.

Taking the meter readings at the start of a new tenancy is important, as it ensures you only pay for the energy you consume during your tenancy.

Taking the Meter Readings

All student properties will have electric meters but not all properties will have a gas meter.

Meters will normally be located in cubbyholes near the main front or back entrance, outside in meter boxes or they can also be located in basements or cellars.

In most flats and apartments all the meters for each flat or apartment, will normally be located together in the same place, with the meter for your flat or apartment labelled accordingly.

If you have trouble finding the meter(s) have a read through any information packs you may have been provided, otherwise give your landlord a shout.

There are all sorts of meters out there for both gas and electricity. The way you read these meter’s can vary but fear not, we’ve put together some useful guides outlying the various meter types and how to read them, so be sure to check them out if it’s something your unsure about:

How to take an electric meter reading

How to take a gas meter reading

Steps to Setting up Student Utility Bills

Find the current suppliers

Once you have all the meter readings, the next priority is to find out who the current energy suppliers are.

Quick Tip: See if there are any utility bills lying around to quickly identify who the current energy suppliers are or ask your landlord as they may already know.

Don’t open any letters or bills addressed to a specific name as this is deemed illegal. Look for letters addressed to the ‘Current Occupier’ or ‘Current Tenant’, as those letters you can legally open.

Find the Electric Supplier

In order to find out who the electric supplier is, you will first need to know the energy network.

Use this Energy Networks Association postcode search tool which will provide you with the name and telephone number of your network operator. The network operator will be able to tell you who supplies your electricity.

Find the Gas Supplier

Use the Find My Supplier tool to find your gas supplier. It will provide you with the name of your supplier and a meter point reference number, aka ‘MRPN’. Take note of the MRPN, the supplier will use this to locate your gas meter.

Contact Suppliers

Once you have the supplier details, make contact and provide them with your tenancy details and the meter readings you took earlier. When the supplier has this information you will be transferred onto the standard tariff.

Compare and Switch Energy Providers

Whilst most students will just gloss over their student bills and accept any old set-up, there’s inherent value and benefit for those who take the time to compare their bills. Knowing how to compare and switch energy providers can save you a good few hundred pounds each study year.

Learn everything you need to know about comparing and switching energy providers in our Student Bills Comparison Guide.

The Cost of Student Utility Bills

Various factors such as location, time of year, house insulation, number of house mates, living habits etc etc, will all play a part in how much you end up paying, so use the costs displayed below as more of an indication.

This table show the average monthly costs students typically spend on gas and electric each month.

House SizeElectric Gas Combinded
1 - 2 Bed£45£44£89
3 - 4 Bed£70£69£139
5 Bed£90£89£179
7 Bed£110£105£215

Since these are ball mark figures, at the start of your tenancy, we recommend setting aside a monthly budget to cover the likely cost of your utility bills until your able to work out your own average monthly spend as the year progresses.

Learn ways to Reduce Student Costs  where we take a more in-depth looks at student housing costs

How to Split Bills with Student Room Mates

That last thing you want is to end up arguing with your house mates over who should pay what.

When it comes to who’s responsible for which payments, student housemates will need to decided and agree how the payments will be shared equally.

Every student home will be unique but there are a few things you can do which will make managing any shared bill payments easier.

Place all Names on the Bills

By law, if only one persons name is on the bill, then that person is solely responsible for the bill payments. Placing all housemates names on each of the bills spreads this responsibility. With jointly named utility bills, every housemate is responsible for an equal share of the bill.

This is the fairest way to share bills, it also incentives everyone to pay on time, in order to avoid getting a bad credit score. If you use this method, only those individuals who fail to pay, will be given a bad credit score.

Split Responsibilities

Split the responsibility for each of the bills between housemates. As an example, one housemate would take responsibility for electric, another for gas and another for broadband.

Once bill responsibilities have been allocated, each time a bill payment is due, the person who has been allocated to pay that bill can ensure each housemate has paid their share of the bill and that the bill is paid on time.

If you decide to take this approach, ensure that everyone is responsible enough to meet any payment deadlines and the bills don’t get forgotten or missed.

Use a Joint Bank Account

Set up a joint bank account in each housemates name and fund the account with a monthly kitty.

With a joint bank account, two or more housemates can manage the same account. This can also be used to pay the bills from, once money has been pooled together into a kitty.

Estimate the overall monthly costs of the bills and split the costs between each housemate. Each housemate can then pay their share of the estimated amount into the account each month. If there are any funds left in the account at the end of the tenancy, once all bills payments have been met, this can then be divided up between housemates. It could even be used for one final house party!

Use Bill Splitting Apps

There are a number of free bill spiting apps available which are a great way to manage bill payments between several student housemates.

Apps like splitwise or splitoo allow you to request payments from each housemate, keep track of who’s paid, who owes what and provide notification for bill payment due dates.

Tips to save money on utility bills

  1. Ask about bills getting included in the rent
  2. Shop around for the best deals
  3. Always read the small print
  4. Choose the right traffic and contract length (Ideally 12 months max as a student)
  5. Sort your bills out as soon as possible
  6. Take regular meter readings & avoid estimates (Check out smart meters)
  7. Don’t set water and heating temperatures too high
  8. Ensure radiators are drained
  9. Don’t block radiators with furniture
  10. Use a radfan
  11. Take showers instead of baths
  12. Turn of lights and plug switches when not in use
  13. Wear warm cosy clothing when chilling out

 

If your still looking for a student home or starting to think about moving next year? Check out our property listings.

 

 

Preparing For University Checklist – What to Take | The Ultimate Checklist

 

Preparing for University Checklist

The Ultimate Preparing For University Checklist and The Best Things to Take

 

If you’re a 1st-year student getting ready to leave home for university and wondering what to take, then fear not. As part of our preparing for university series, we’ve put together a university checklist which will take you through all the items your going to need.

One of the biggest challenges many students face when preparing for university, is deciding and knowing what things to take and what things to leave behind.

Apart from the essentials, it’s not going to matter too much if you prefer to bring most items with you or if instead you  prefer to buy them once you arrive at uni. Whats is important, is having a good overview of all the things your likely to need. You don’t want to get caught out and forget something.

In order to ensure your prepared, go through and use the preparing for university checklist below.

Preparing For University Checklist Overview

The checklist is fairly extensive but we’ve broken it down into the following segments:

  • Important Documents
  • Stationery
  • Electronics
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Bedroom Items
  • Bathroom Items
  • Clothing
  • Health and Medical Items
  • Miscellaneous Items

 

As you go through the checklist, make a list of the things you consider essential (meaning either it’ll be required or you’ll need to have it from day one) and copy each essential item into a spread sheet which you can tick off.

University Checklist: Important Documents

preparing for university checklist

  • Passport / driving license or any other form of ID
  • University acceptance letter and other official uni correspondence
  • Student accommodation details such as address and contact number
  • Student finance documents
  • Scholarship and bursary letters
  • Bank account details and correspondence
  • Bank cards
  • Insurance documents
  • National insurance card and number
  • Student discount cards
  • Passport photos
  • Medical Prescriptions

 

TOP TIP:  While travelling, it’s best to keep these documents in a folder or wallet and ensure they’re kept safe and on your person. When you get to uni, keep them all in a safe place, this way you’ll always know where they are and can easily access them when required.

If your an international student some other documents which you may need to bring are:

  • Visa Documents
  • Proof of Funds
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cash (Pound Sterling)

You can find further information about UK student visas on the official GOV.UK student visas page. You can also check their other page which explains what items you’ll need to display once you arrive in the UK.

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • Calculator
  • Stapler & staples
  • Salo Tape
  • A4 and/or A5 note pads
  • Ring folders and/or Wallets
  • Sticky Notes
  • Paper clips
  • Dairy, Calendar or Planner
  • Course textbooks and study materials

 

TOP TIP: If your missing any items, head over to a your universities student library. Uni library’s stock many of the stationary items students require, which will be free to use, or purchasable at a discounted price.

University Checklist: Electronic items to bring

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop and laptop bag preparing for university checklist
  • Mouse
  • USB hard-drive or memory stick (Back up important documents)
  • Ethernet cable for laptop
  • Extension Lead
  • Spare Electrical Cables
  • Headphones
  • IPod or Airpod
  • Kindle or Notepad
  • Speakers (Portable)
  • Games console (You’ll regret it if you don’t!)
  • USB TV Stick
  • Batteries

 

TOP TIP:  Consider getting any valuable items you’ll be bringing with you to university insured. This will protect you and save money if any of those items become lost or stolen.

University Checklist: Kitchen Accessories

  • Cutlery set (knife, fork, spoons etc)
  • Crockery set (Plates, bowls etc)
  • Coffee/Tea mug
  • Drinking glass
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Knife set
  • Chopping board
  • Pots and pans
  • Frying pan and/or wok
  • Oven gloves
  • Backing tray
  • Other utensils (scissors, kitchen tongs, cheese grater, potato masher, potato peeler, ladle, spatula, whisk, measuring jug)
  • Other accessories (Tea Towels, Bin bags, Washing cloths and liquid, cling-film, tin-foil)
  • Student cook book
  • Essential snacks (Pig out, no ones looking!)

 

TOP TIP:  Only bring the essentials with you, then once you arrive at university arrange with your new housemates what items each person will buy

If your moving into student accommodation with shared kitchen facilities, many students end up sharing certain kitchen items such as pots/pans toasters etc. It usually makes more sense buying one of each item as a group and it also saves on limited kitchen space.

University Checklist: Bedroom Items

bedroom items

  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Duvet and duvet cover
  • Bed sheets
  • Spare Blankets
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat Hangers
  • Laundry Basket
  • Desk Lamp, Fan & Bin
  • Floor Rug
  • Wall Clock
  • Cool Pictures or Posters
  • Family Photos

 

TOP TIP: Before purchasing any bedding, check with your landlord or halls of residence on the bed size. Many student halls provide standard single beds but it can vary depending on the type of room you rent and the type of student accommodation your moving into.

University Checklist: Bathroom Accessories

  • Shower gel
  • Hand soap
  • Washing cloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand towels
  • Bath towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Flip flops
  • Nail Cutters
  • Toilet roll
  • Sanitary products
  • Small medical kit
  • Medication

 

TOP TIP: Carrying a small pack of tissues can always prove useful if an emergency crops up!!!

Uni Checklist: Clothing to take to uni

  • Underwear (boxers, pants, socks, tights and bras)
  • General clothing (T-shirts, tops, jumpers, dresses/skirts, jeans)
  • Smart clothing (shirts, ties, trousers, dresses)
  • Coats and jackets (Winter and Summer)
  • Footwear (shoes, trainers, boots, heels, slippers, flip-flops)
  • Gloves,hats and scarfs
  • Gym wear & Swimming
  • Night wear (Pyjamas, gowns, onesies)
  • Fancy dress outfits
  • Accessories (Belts, wrist-bands, watches, jewellery)

 

TOP TIP: If your planning on revamping your wardrobe, only take the items of clothing you’ll need and save some packing space. Once you get to uni and get your discount card you’ll be able to buy brand new clothes at a discount prices.

Compare the best student discount cards and Save Money!

University Checklist: Health and Medicine

University Checklist: Health and Medicine

  • Any prescriptions and medications
  • Details of your current GP and surgery
  • Glasses, contacts and prescriptions
  • Small First Aid Kid (plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial wipes, pain killers)
  • Birth control pills and/or condoms
  • Multivitamins

 

TOP TIP: Ensure you register with a GP when you first get to uni. This will save you precious time and help you afford long  prolonged waits (think hours!) if you do become sick or injured and need to visit a doctor.

Miscellaneous Items to take to Uni

  • Cash
  • Padlocks
  • Lighter or matches
  • Vape
  • Decent small bag for books etc (ruck sack, handbag, man bag)
  • Peddle bike (with strong lock-chain and helmet)
  • Water Bottle
  • Thermal Flask
  • Umbrella
  • Hot water bottle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Small sewing kit
  • Musical instruments
  • Religious texts
  • Home house keys
  • Playing cards
  • Board games

 

Some Other Useful Tips

 

If you don’t have access to a car or van and will be travelling on foot, consider travelling with a light load and only take the things you’ll need. Remember you can buy most of what you need once you get to uni and if you get your student discount card sorted out you’ll be able to buy some items cheaper. That pretty much covers everything you’ll need, we hope you found our preparing for university checklist useful.

If your still looking for student accommodation then check out our latest listings, it’s free to contact landlords and other students if you see any rooms or properties you like.

If your a student and looking for someone to take over your room or tenancy then you can post a free advert and advertise your student room or home. Get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.

 

 

Student Discount Cards UK – Saving Money Guide

Student Discount Cards UK

How to get student discount cards and which UK student discount cards are best!

 

Getting a student discount card is a necessity for many UK students, it’s a great way to save money on goods such as food, clothing, software, stationary, travel, and entertainment. In this post, we explain the benefits of student discount cards, show you how to get them, and review the various type of cards available to UK students.

What are Student Discount Cards?

Student discount cards entitle students to discounts on various types of products allowing students to save money and buy products or services at discounted prices. Discounts can range from anywhere between 5% and 90% from the original purchase price.

There are a variety of discount card types, each with their own benefits. Some, like the NUS Extra Card are small physical plastic cards (just like bank cards) which are usable in the high street. To use them you simply show your card to the member of staff in the store where your making your purchase. Others like the UNiDAYS card are more of an online scheme in the form of a web or mobile application, as opposed to a small plastic card. These provide primarily provide discounts when purchasing online products but can also be used in high street stores.

Before you make any purchase, always shop around and check if a student discount is available and that you have the correct card to qualify for the discount.

It’s possible for certain products to already be cheaper in a specific store than it would be even using your student discount. So it’s always worth spending that extra bit of time shopping around if your main aim is to save money.

What are the Benefits of Student Discount Cards?

Student Discoiunt Card UK

As well as offering discounts there are other benefits to using student discount cards which you may not have considered:

  • Can be used as a form of ID
  • Can be used both nationally (UK) and Globally (World Wide)
  • They allow for savings on a wide and varied range of products, goods and services such as:
    • Eating Out
    • Clothing
    • Cinema
    • Travel
    • Driving Lessons
    • Books and Stationery
    • Software and Tech
    • Car Insurance and Breakdown Cover
    • Health and Beauty

How much do They Cost?

It depends on the type of discount card you are going for. Some discount cards are free while others may charge up to £70, it all depends on the type of card and it’s validity period.

Although with some of the cards there is an initial cost, it’s worth taken into account the overall discounts provided, and checking if you’re likely to really use the card in order to benefit from the savings it provides. If you choose the correct card, in the long run, it can save you a fair amount of money.

Check out our comparison table below for a quick overview on the different discount card types and their benefits and prices.

How to get a Student Discount Card

This will vary depending on the type of card you apply for but typically, they involve filling in a short application form where you’ll need to confirm

  • Where it is your studying
  • The length of your current course.

Some may also request a copy of your student ID to be and sent over as a form of proof.

Check out a quick overview below and if you wish to find further information you can navigate to each of the sites using the links provided at the bottom of the table.

Student Discount Cards Comparison

CardTOTEM (NUS)UNiDAYS16-25 RailcardISIC18+ Student Oyster Card:
OverviewEntitles students to special discounts in most major high-street storesOnline discount app for both online and in-store discounts Offers discounts on rail travel to students aged 16-25The International Student Idenity Card offers students discounts worldwide Offers discount on travel for students studying in london
BenefitsNUS Approved
Lots of Brand Discounts
An endorsed Proof of ID Card (pay extra £2.99)
Free To Get
Brand Name Discounts
Mobile App
1/3 of Rail Fairs and Tickets

Various discounts avaiable from Experiance Days to Dining
150,000 Discounts
Mobile App and Plastic Card
International Recognised ID
Save 30% on adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
Price£12 - One Year
£22 - Two Years
From £14.99 with ID Card
FREE£30 - One Year
£70 - Three Years
£15 - £20 Per Year (Price Varies)

Discount Available if you have a NUS card
NUS Discount
FREE
Bonus OfferBuy a 2-yr membership card today give and get extra year FOR FREE!N/AVarious Offers Available - Check Offers Page
RailCard Offers
Various Offers Available - Check Offers Page
ISIC UK Offers
Valid until your course ends
WebsiteTotumUNiDAYSRailCardISIC Card


18+ Student Oyster Card

 

Other Places to Find Student Discounts

As well as discount cards listed in the comparison table, there are other places offering student deals and discounts which are worth checking out:

  • Student Discount Book – Offers a wide variety of student discounts, deals and student offers
  • Student Beans – Also offers a wide variety of student discounts, deals student offers with free information and advice around many relevant students topics
  • Save the Student – Provides free information and advice on ways to save money and make your money go further
  • Prime Student – Service from Amazon prime which provides student benefits  such as discount amazon prime as well as discounts on books and  some other Amazon goods and services

Student Discount Directory

Student Discount Directory – Save the student have a great student discount directory which lists out many currently available discounts. It can be a great way to save time when looking for a discount if you know what type of products or service your looking for for a discount on.

Student Broadband

Some Broadband providers offer savings for students. Check out our post on the Best Student Broadband Deals for further and guidance on choosing the right broadband package.

Free Student Advertising

If your a student and looking for someone to take over your room or tenancy then you can also save money by posting your advert with us for free. You can get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.

If your a student looking for accommodation, check out the listing in your area and contact landlords all for FREE.

Conclusion

Before purchasing any student discount card, take some time to consider if it’s worth your time and if your really going to benefit from it. Remember, always shop around before ever making a purchase to ensure your getting a good deal and try to avoid buying items or products on a whim which you may later regret buying.

 

 

 

 

Renting to Students – Things Every Student Landlord Should Consider

 

Renting to Students

Becoming a landlord and renting to students, things you should consider first

 

If your considering becoming a landlord and renting to students, in this article, we go over some important topics which every potential student landlord should consider.

Why you should be renting to students?

With over 2 million students studying throughout the UK and Ireland every year, student rentals can be a lucrative option for many landlords. We’ve previously gone over the pros and pitfalls of renting to students, so check that article out.

To quickly summarise:

  • You can maximise properties earning potential by renting out multiple rooms on individual occupancy contracts
  • The student market is fairly predictable with an influx of new and returning students returning year on year
  • Students, in general, tend to be less demanding in terms of what they expect and you don’t need to have the latest interior designs or furnishing

 

Which property types are best suited when renting to students?

Property location is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a student property. Ideally, you want a property with good transport links which provides access to universities, shops, bars and entertainment spots.

In regards to the type of property, ideally, you’d want to look at properties with 3+ bedrooms. Some students look to rent in large groups of up to 12 people but the majority tend to be in groups of 3-5. It’s also quite common to convert a dining room or attic/basement room into an addition student room which you can rent.

Having some form of communal area is fairly important, so it’s best to have at least one room where students can gather and congregate together. Other things which could be considered as ‘nice to have’s’ but not necessary a necessity, would be, parking space, a garden and multiple toilets/bathrooms.

Should landlords consider using Homes of Multiple Occupancy Contracts (HMO’s)

Compared to renting out the whole property on an individual tenancy, HMO’s can ensure less hassle for both the landlords and students.

It’s fairly common that some students will wish to cancel their tenancy, which can be for a multitude of reasons. HMO’s are useful as they place the responsibility of both rent payments and deposit onto each individual student. This means, if in the worst-case scenario, any individual student does wish to move, the responsibility to meet any contractual agreements lay with that particular student.

Another benefit of HMO’s, is that it also makes it easier to sublet rooms out over the summer months and make even more money renting to students.

You can find further information about HMO’s on the UK governments website.

When renting to students how should I furnish the student property?

Furnishing a student property when renting to students will be slightly different from furnishing regular accommodation. Students will expect a minimum range of furnishings in each of their individual rooms as well as the whole property itself. One benefit when it comes to furnishings is that you don’t need to spend too much money and can quite easy pack out your property with modern and stylish cheap furniture (think Ikea!).

Individual Student Rooms should have:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cupboards
  • Bed
  • Room Lock

The Student Home Or Student Apartment Should have:

  • Washing Machine / Dryer
  • Oven Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Sofa
  • Hoover, Mop, Dustpan brush and basic cleaning items
  • Tools for any expected basic home or garden maintenance
  • Bins

 

What we have listed here is really just the minimum requirement in furnishings and equipment and you may need more than what we’ve listed, depending on the type of student your marketing too. We would advise doing some further research about renting to students and the various segments that the student market can be broken down into.

A good place to start would be to read the Student Accommodation Survey.

Knight Frank in collaboration with UCAS have produced the report. It provides insight into the opinions of over 60,000 students and how their university accommodation choices and preferences which can help landlords who rent to students or are considering renting to students, make more informed decision and plan more effectively when choosing student housing or property and deciding how to furnish them.

How can I be a good landlord when renting to students?

Renting to students is slightly different compared to renting to families or working individuals.

It’s important to realise, that for many students, this will be their first experience living independently. This can often result in students misunderstanding their own responsibilities as a tenant.

To help students better understand their own responsibilities, it can be a good idea to provide a welcome pack. These can be used to set out clear rules and each of the responsibilities the student has as a tenant.

The pack should contain:

  • Outlining of basic rules in easy to understand the language
  • Useful contact numbers
  • Bin collection dates
  • Appliance instructions
  • Home/garden maintenance expectations

Another way to be a good landlord is to be reliable and available when issues do arise, it will help greatly in building a good relationship with your student tenants. It’s important to remember that many students will refer other students to landlords that they have had good experiences with and if you have any social media or web presence, getting good reviews can help boost your reputation as a good landlord.

Being an unreliable landlord can have the opposite effect and with the rise of social media word can quickly spread. Receiving bad reviews or getting a bad reputation can have a negative impact on your student rental income and ability to rent to future students.

What is a Rental Exchange Scheme?

The Rental Exchange Scheme provided by creditladder.com allows student tenants to strengthen their own personal credit score and history by simply paying  their rent.

It’s also a great benefit to landlords, as it encourages students to ensure that their rent is paid on time.

Where can I advertise my student accommodation?

You can advertise your student properties here at DiggzHunter. All landlords get one free advert and it’s completely free for students to use. Check out further details about advertising with us here and get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.

 

The Best TV Online Options For Students 2020

Digital TV

TV Online – Digital TV package or Online Streaming Service

A favourite past time for many students (once studying is done!!) is binging on TV. We’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you decide between choosing a digital TV package or online streaming service

Just a few years ago students only had a few options available when it came to watching TV Online. Now, with the rise of on-demand streaming, there are multiple options available depending on your needs. Streaming services aren’t the only option though and digital TV services can still prove a good money-saving choice depending on the type of broadband package you purchase.

In this article, we’ll look at the various options available and do a quick comparison to help you choose the best TV or streaming service which meets your personal needs.

On-Demand Streaming

The Pros 

Cheaper and Simpler

Online streaming services tend to be cheaper and it typically only takes minutes to get up and running and watching your desired content.

Ad-Free

While watching content on streaming services your not going to be interrupted with adverts.

Content available on demand

You can watch desired content as and when you want as everything is available on demand.

The Cons

Desired Content  Not Available

It’s likely that the streaming service you choose won’t have all the desired content you wish to watch on it

Bandwidth and Buffering

Due to the content being streamed over an internet connection, at times users can experience issues with content pausing or becoming unavailable due to bandwidth speeds or connection issues.

Security

As with any online service, there is a chance (although small) of your account being hacked and your personal data being stolen or used for fraudulent means.

Streaming Services 

Service(£)CostDevicesWebsite
AmazonPrime6-month free trial then £3.99 per month
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Up to 6 Visit Now
Apple-TV 7 day free trail then £4.99 per month
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Up to 6Visit Now
now_tv From £3.99 per
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Up to 6Visit Now
disneyplus£5.99 per month
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Up to 4Visit Now

 

Digital TV

The Pros

Convenient

If you get a TV and broadband package then all your bills will be conveniently paid together

Wide and varied Choice

Digital TV packages typically have a varied and wide choice of content with some providers even offering access to some of the streaming services.

Reliable and Secure

The chance of having your data compromised with a Digital TV service is extremely low and you can expect minimal disruption while watching content.

The Cons

Expensive

Compared to streaming services, digital TV is typically more expensive but lately, companies have been offering cheaper deals.

Programs not always on demand

Content is typically shown on a schedule meaning you cant always just watch content as and when you choose to, and a bit of pre-planning is usually required even just to record your desired content.

Broadband TV Packages

The below table provides a general price comparison and shows the cheapest option available when adding a TV package as part of a broadband package.

Please note: We are displaying the cheapest option available out of all possible packages and deals. Prices and deals tend to change regularly so prices may not always be up to date.

ProviderSpeedContract LengthMonthly CostWebsite
BT Student Broadband25Mbps24 MonthsFrom £39.99Visit Now
Virgin Media Student Broadband54Mbps18 MonthsFrom £33Visit Now
Plusnet Student Broadband10Mbps18 MonthsFrom £24.98 Visit Now

On-Demand Streaming Breakdown

 

AmazonPrime

Overview

With Prime Student, you get access to Prime Video which is the UK’s second most popular streaming service and other prime services such as quick free delivery on amazon products and discounts on services such as prime music.

Popular Programmes and Movies

Thousands of hit movies and other hit programes such as Mr Robot, Outlander, Preacher, The Man in the High Castle, Vikings and Lucifer

Devices

You can stream content on up to 2 devices.

Cost Breakdown & Deals

As a student when you sign up you are given a free 6-month trial then pay £3.99 per month with the option to cancel at any time.

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Apple-TV

Overview

Apple TV+ is new on the market when it comes to streaming services. Compared to its rivals doesn’t currently have the biggest choice of content. It does come with very high specs with everything being streamed in 4K ultra HD using Dobly Vision and 3D surround sound. The means if you have correct technical setup Apple TV+ can offer you the most immersive watching experience currently out there.

Popular Programmes and Movies

Currently, the content is limited but Apple TV+ has big plans with plenty of shows and movies coming up, a lot of them featuring big-name stars. Some notable content so far: Mythic Quest, Beastie Boys Story and The Shrink next Door.

Devices

You can stream content on up to 6 devices. It’s available to stream on any apple device, PC’s or smart TV’s. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available on Andriod or PS4. See all supported devices ->

Cost Breakdown & Deals

7-day free trial then £4.99 per month with a standard subscription. If you buy a new Apple device then you get 1 years free membership.

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now_tv

Overview

NowTV is a streaming service offered by Sky. It allows users access to exclusive Sky content without needing a satellite dish or Digi box. It’ works by offering subscription-based  ‘passes’ which are divided across subject areas and can be tailored to your own viewing habits.

The default streaming resolution isn’t the best at only 720p, and an extra £3 a month unlocks 1080p streaming with the ability to stream on three devices rather than two.  Depending on your needs it can either be very cheap or a bit pricey but overall the quality and quantity of content you have access to is pretty good.

Popular Programmes and Movies

The content you get will depend on the type of pass(s) you subscribe too. You can mix and match pass to meet your own viewing needs and cheaper bundles are available on some passes.

With the entertainment pass, you would have access to Sky One, Sky Witness, Sky Atlantic, Sky Comedy, Gold, Comedy Central, SYFY, Fox, MTV, Discovery, Pick, Challenge, Nat Geo Wild, and Vice.

With the sky cinema pass, you would have on-demand access to 1,000+ movies which includes both movie classics and new releases.

The Hayu pass is great if you want access to both sky tv channels and on-demand streaming service

See more about passes and available bundles ->

Devices

You can stream content on up to 2 devices or 3 with a boost for £3 a month extra. It’s available to stream on Android, Apple, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Smart TVs, YouView, BT TV Box, Now TV, web browsers, PC’s or smart TV’s

Cost Breakdown & Deals

Free 7 day trial then pay a monthly subscription.

Entertain pass £9.99 per month

Sky Cinema pass £11.99 per month

Hayu pass £4.99 per month

Sky Sports passes at either daily or monthly rates

Mix and match pricing on various bundles available

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disneyplus

Overview

Disney+ is a newcomer on the market offering streamable content. It offers much more than just the Disney back catalogue and with streaming in 4k with HDR is becoming a good choice for some

Popular Programmes and Movies

Users have access to the full Disney catalogue as well as the Star Wars saga, all Marvel and Pixar Films and all episodes of the Simpsons. Disney+ are also producing their own original content such as The Mandalorian, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision. Although currently limited in content it may be a good alternative for some.

Devices

You can stream content on up to 4 devices simultaneously. It’s available on most devices, see supported devices ->

Cost Breakdown & Deals

£5.99 per month or £59.99 per year.

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Renting for Students Guide – The Pro’s and Pitfalls

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Pro’s and Con’s when renting for students

 

With over 2 million students studying throughout the UK and Ireland, student rentals can be a lucrative option for many landlords. In this part of our of student landlord guide, we take you through the pros and pitfalls that student landlords typically face when renting for students

Student Rental Guides:

Renting To Students – Common Questions and Things to Consider

 

The Pros of Renting For Students

Higher Yields

High Yeilds

There’s a possibility to receive a higher return from your property when renting for students compared to renting to normal tenants. As a student landlord, you can rent out rooms individually and convert dining rooms or attic rooms into student bedrooms. If a property is occupied by 3 or more tenants, then this is referred to as a HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupations) and if you rent out individual rooms to 5 or more students, then a licence is required.

Although the rent on each room individually may appear low, returns from multiple students in a single property can be very lucrative.

Read more about HMO’s and your legal responsibilities

Less Demanding Tenants

Students, in general, tend to be less demanding in terms of what they expect and you don’t need to have the latest interior designs or furnishings. There’s a current trend with certain segments of the student market to go for high-end accommodation but these are still the minority. The majority of students are just looking for a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live.

Growing Market

renting for students

Over the last few years, student numbers have been growing year on year creating a higher demand for student accommodation. Although COVID has created what could be considered a blip during 2020/21, demand is likely to pick back up meaning it’s a fairly safe investment providing you choose the right student accommodation in the correct location.

The student accommodation sector remains strong and is considerably less volatile than other areas of the property market. With increasing student numbers, the demand for student lettings is higher than ever. The standard need for a guarantor, often a parent, is another reason why student lettings remain secure. This predictable market is a great opportunity for potential student landlords to secure lucrative rental yields and a regular healthy income.

Predictability

With student tenancies typically lasting 9-12 months and a new intake of students arriving each year the market is fairly predictable and can provide student landlords with some stability and the ability to plan ahead.

The Pitfalls of Renting For Students

 

Late Rental Payments

Students finances often come in the form of loans or grants which are sometimes received later than anticipated. As a student landlord, it’s best to provide some flexibility and anticipate for late payments without forcing students to pay additional charges.

One way to deter students who purposefully miss payments is by having guarantors in place.

Property Damage and Maintenance

For many students, this will be their first experience living independently. This often results in a higher workload for student landlords as students often misunderstand their own responsibilities as a tenant which can also increase the likelihood of damage occurring.

Having a security deposit in place is a good idea and also ensuring you have guarantors on the tenancy agreement.

To help the student understand their own responsibilities, it can be a good idea to provide a welcome pack. These can be used to set out clear rules and the responsibilities the student has as a tenant. Also proving useful contact numbers, bin collection dates, appliance instructions etc and anything else to aid in settling in can help in reducing workload.

Noise Complaints

renting for studentsIt’s generally knowing that students like to have parties and can be loud. Although this is all part of the student experience, it can sometimes result in complaints from neighbours.

Ensure you have policies in the tenancy agreement which clearly outline specific times it’s expected any noise will be kept to a minimum and that respect is to be given to neighbours.

If you receive complaints from neighbours, give them your backing to speak with the students directly. You can also assure them that it’s not something you as the landlord will tolerate.

Quiet And Empty Periods

University courses typically run for 9 months of the year with breaks occurring at Christmas and during the summer months. As a student landlord, it’s best to make allowances for theses empty periods and ensure your insurance covers these times.

The summer months can be a great time to carry out any maintenance or property upgrades before the next intake of students.

High Turnover

Typically, students stay in halls of residence for their first year of university. They then move into private student lettings for the remainder of their course. During this period many students drop out of university for varying reasons, so it’s something which needs to be taken into account.

Competition

In certain towns and cities, student accommodation is becoming a saturated market. In some areas such as Manchester or Liverpool, many private student properties are lying dormant. With the arrival of PBSA’s (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) competition to find student rentals has become fierce.

The good news is PBSA’s don’t seem to be as popular as initially predicted and have become un-affordable for many students who are now opting for cheaper private student lettings.

A few things which can help your student property stand out are:

  • Make it Affordable
  • Ensure your property is comfortable to live in and secure
  • Buy in locations with direct links to universities and easy access to supermarkets, cafes and bars

 

Last but not least, if you already own a student property or have a student room which your looking to rent out and want to reach a wide pool of students, you can place a free advert with us in 5 easy steps

If you have multiple student properties you wish to rent out then check out our flexible packages.

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Best Student Broadband Deals 2021 – Save Money

student broadband deals

A Breakdown of the Best Student Broadband Deals 2021

 

Every student wants fast, reliable and affordable broadband running through their student home. To help save you time while searching, we’ve put together a list of the best student broadband deals out there.

Student Broadband Guide: Things to Consider

Before you start searching for the best student broadband deals, there are a few worth being aware of and taking into account.

Understanding broadband speeds, data limits and the types of contracts available will help you in selecting the best student wifi packages.

Aimed with this understanding, you’ll be able to select the best packages which best match you and your housemates needs

Broadband Speed & Housemates

student internet

Download speed is very important and standard broadband packages typically provide download speeds of 17Mps.

This level of speed is suitable for a house of up to 3 people. If you have any more than 3 housemates and you’ll ideally want to be looking at faster broadband speeds.

If you require the best speeds possible, look at fibre optic packages. Fibre broadband provides lightning fast internet and download speeds and is a great option for students sharing a home of 4 or more people.

Package Data Limits

You’ll need to consider how often you or your housemates are going to be streaming or downloading data. In our experience, students tend to be using their home internet all the time so we would suggest looking for unlimited data packages.

Unlimited data will give you some peace of mind and you won’t run into the issue of hitting any data caps, there’s nothing more annoying than having your internet cut off just when you really needed it to carry out some research, even worse if your halfway through an epic Netflix episode.

Although you may pay a bit more initially, it can be a lot cheaper to choose unlimited data than hitting a data cap, then having to pay out extra.

Contract Length

student internet deals

Most contracts in the UK last for 12 to 18-months. There are a few 9-month contracts available but overall there not necessarily any cheaper than a 12-month contract. 18-month contracts can still be ok, you just need to calculate the overall cost and if you do plan on cancelling early work out the cancellation costs.

We’d advise going for 12-month contracts where possible as they seem to offer the best value.

Broadband Packages Overview

ProviderSpeedContract LengthCost (Inc Fees)Website
John Lewis Student Broadband10 Mbps 12 Month£16Visit Site
Hyperoptic Student Broadband50 Mbps12 Month£22Visit Site
Plusnet Student Broadband10 Mbps 18 Month£15Visit Site
Virgin Media Student Broadband54 Mbps (Fiber)18 Month£30Visit Site
BT Student Broadband50 Mbps (Fiber)24 Month£28Visit Site

 

Useful Tips to Save a Few £’s

  • Ideally  select packages which have unlimited data
  • Always enquire about other hidden charges before taking out a package
  • Where possible use paperless billing
  • Pay for you broadband package upfront
  • Cancelling your contract early may work out cheaper than continuing

 

Other Things to consider

Line Rental

Requiring a landline is gradually declining but whether you need one or not will depend on the package and provider you choose and most providers will include the cost of line rental to the package cost. If you go for a package which uses either 5G or fibre optics then you won’t require a landline.

Buying a Router

Most broadband packages will provide you with a bog-standard router (and sometimes charge extra). To get the most out of your wifi it can be worth buying a faster more Powerful Router

Installation Time

Typically it will take up to 2 weeks if going for a standard phone line connection but with 5G or fibre it’s possible to be connected sooner.

Always ask your provider how long this will take before deciding on a package some properties may take longer than the standard 2 weeks.

Check Your Broadband Speed

Once you’ve got your broadband up and running you can run a quick speed test and check both the upload and download speeds. Speeds can vary depending on the time of day so run a few checks at different times. If your speed is below what your chosen provider advertised, get in touch and let them know as there may actually be an issue. Use this tool to run a quick test speedtest.net

Digital TV

If you’re considering getting digital TV package, it’s definitely worth looking into all in one Broadband and TV bundles as these can potentially be a good cost-saving.

Conclusion

There are many Student wifi packages out there, hopefully, we’ve helped you in narrowing down your search.

If you’re still looking for a student home you can use our a site to find for your ideal student home.

 

 

 

 

Advertise a Student Spare Room or Property – Tips to Stand Out

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The correct way to advertise a student spare room or property

A quick internet search shows competition to rent a student spare room or student property is fairly fierce. In this post, we’ve put together some useful tips which if used, will help your spare student room advert or student property stand out!

Create a Catchy Advert Title

Advert titles should be short and descriptive, which will quickly allow students to get a good feel about what’s being offered.  A common mistake we see from many landlords advertising a student spare room or property is advert titles which are too short and undescriptive, or advert titles that contain far too much detail.

Take a look at the examples below to see an illustration of these common mistakes:

Bad Title Examples

  • Too Short and Undescriptive: Student Spare Room Available
  • Too Long, and To Much Detail: Student Spare Room available for rent to students in a five-bedroom home and lovely housemate located in Manchester with En-suite and all Bills Included

 

Remember you don’t normally need to include too many descriptive details in the title. Some details will be covered elsewhere in the advert, others like the location will be filtered out when in search results.

Good Title Example 

  • Readable Length and Descriptive: Student Spare Room in Modern Home with En-suite, Bills included

 

This advert title isn’t too long but highlights the main key features students will likely be interested in.

Use Quality Images

Student Spare Room

The old saying.. ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ has some truth to it. It should come as no surprise that ads with pictures have better conversion rates. Another important point to consider is using pictures which show the room or property in it’s best possible light.

Images should be bright and clear and the room should be tidy and clutter-free. If you have a student home with multiple rooms, use a cosy or modern-looking room as the main image. To crop or edit your images use a tool like photoresizer

Focus On Selling Points

When adding advert details, concentrate on the selling points, this could be plasma TV’s in each room, inclusive bills, a great location etc. Each room or property will have it’s own unique selling points and it’s important to point these out.

Provide As Much Info As Possible

Student Spare Room

Where possible, provide as much info as you can in your advert. Most student accommodation platforms, like DiggzHunter will prompt you with fields which cover various information points students are interested in.

When creating your advert, not all fields will be mandatory but filling in as many as possible will be helpful to students and adverts that do so are likely to fill more quickly.

Keep Descriptions Brief and Precise

Having taken onboard each of the above points, you want to keep your overall description as brief and precise as possible, too wordy and people will move on, too short and they may just ignore your ad. Ad descriptions are a great chance to provide info on those unique selling points and any other points which the mandatory fields haven’t covered.

Also important is correct grammar and spelling, a useful tool is something like Grammarly.

Keep Your Advert Updated

Student Spare Room

It’s important to update the state of your room or property, this has two benefits:

  • You won’t be contacted by students about a property which is already rented
  • Students won’t be put off when they discover you haven’t bothered to update your listings

We understand that leaving adverts running can be beneficial in terms of visibility. Here at Diggzhunter, we provide an option which allows you to mark your advert as rented. This provides the benefit of visibility but also lets students know that the room or property is no longer available.

Where to Advertise a Student Spare Room?

That pretty much sums everything up. If you apply each of these steps then you’ll be one step closer to getting your advert noticed and rented out.

If you have a spare student room or a student property you’re looking to rent out and would like to reach a wide pool of students, you can do so here at DiggzHunter for Free. Simply sign up and create your free listing. and get your student room or student home noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Student Accommodation – Checklist

Chooosing Student Accommodation

Things you should check when choosing student accommodation!

Choosing student accommodation can be fairly time consuming. It can also cost you money if you make the wrong choice. In order to help you get ahead in the race to finding student accommodation we have put together a checklist every student should go through before choosing their next student home.

 

List your requirements and ask questions

Student Accommodation Requirements

Before you arrange a viewing put together a list of your requirements. When you reach out to the landlord or agent ask them on each of your requirements. This will save time for both you and the landlord when choosing student accommodation.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Work Out Your Budget

Student Accommodation Budget

This one may seem obvious but for many student it can be tempting to want to live in luxury student accommodation. Although it will look amazing and provide bragging rights, it can also leave you with a tight budget and increase your student debts. Try to stick to a student property you can genuinely afford. To help calcuate your renting budget, give this Rent Calculator a go.

Location Location Location

Things to consider in regards to the location are:

  • How easy is it for you to get to your campus
  • Are there decent transport links
  • Are there plenty of shops and supermarkets nearby
  • Is the area deemed safe, is the area noisy etc.

While viewing, it’s also worth taken a stroll and getting a feel for the area, you can also do this beforehand using something like google maps.

Record your Visit

Recording Student Home Viewings

Often during a visit, there’s lots to take in and you may not notice everything. Use your phone to record your visit so you can review back the footage later. This is also useful if you’re viewing on behalf of others.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Check for Damp 

Damp can be a real nightmare which leads to damaged clothes, a bad smell and potential health issues. Check walls, ceilings and skirting boards for mould or watermarks and if the room feels cold or looks newly painted, give the walls a touch and ensure that they’re dry.

Fixtures and Fittings

Check things like curtains, desks, and chairs are included and there are a sufficient number of power points in each of the rooms. It can be frustrating to suddenly realize your room has a limited number of power points.

Heating and Insulating

Heating and Insulation

During the winter months trying to study in a cold house can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Things to check for are double glazed windows, well-spaced heating systems, secure doors and windows and no signs of damp on walls and ceilings. 

Electrical Appliances and Whitegoods

The last thing you want is to move into a home which is missing or has inadequate white goods such as a small fridge or no washing machine or freezer. Double-check these are included and meet your expected requirements.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Bills

Student Bills

Energy bills can be one of the biggest costs students face. If bills are included in your rent, great but check if there are any max limits and find out how you’d make payments if those limits are reached. If not included, ask for the energy efficiency rating which can give you an idea on monthly costs.

Some landlords also include broadband as part of the rent or offer to give a reduction in price. It’s worth checking if there is an existing landline in the property. If you do require broadband check out our overview on the best student broadband deals and save some money.

View in person

We’d recommend where possible to always view the property in person, it’s a fairly big risk to accept a property without seeing it yourself. Sometimes a friend may view on your behalf, other times you just can’t get there for various reasons. If you genuinely cant view it yourself in person, get as many details as possible and do some research to check all is legit. 

Revisit If Needed

If you’ve done all the above but are still undecided you can always arrange for a second viewing, sometimes on the second viewing you’ll see things you didn’t notice the first time around, a second viewing can also put you at ease and help you reach a decision.

Where to Find Student Accommodation

Here at DiggzHunter, we have a wide range of student properties, start searching to find your perfect student diggz.