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
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
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
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
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
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.