Choosing Your Student Accommodation
Choosing your student accommodation for the first time can be daunting. It’s often the first time you have lived away from home, is often in a city you don’t know and may involve living with people you’ve never met before. Add to the mix that you may also be new to paying bills, dealing with tenancy agreements and maintaining a property, choosing the right home can feel a bit overwhelming!
So what are the things you should be looking for when picking your student accommodation? Having a checklist to hand can give you peace of mind that you’ve covered all bases and help you hone in on the property that is right for you.
The University of East Anglia recommends taking the following points into consideration when choosing your student accommodation:
- Is there a bus stop nearby?
- Are the local shops and amenities adequate?
- Would you feel safe on your own at night?
- Do you have a copy of the tenancy agreement?
- Is it a single of joint tenancy agreement?
- How long is the agreement for?
- What happens if you want to leave before the end of the fixed tenant?
- Have you seen the gas safe register certificate?
- Does the property having working fire and carbon monoxide detection equipment?
- Has the landlord carried out a fire risk assessment?
- Have gas appliances been checked in the last year?
- When was the wiring last checked?
- Are there good locks on the doors and windows
- Is there an energy performance certificate (epc)?
- How many communal rooms are there
- How many bedrooms are there?
- Are there enough facilities for the number of people sharing?
- How is the house heated?
- How much is the rent and are bills included?
- How much is the damage deposit?
- In which tenancy deposit protection scheme (tdp) is your deposit held?
- Do you know the agency fees you need to pay?
- Have you got the landlord’s contact details in case of emergencies?
Repairs and Cleanliness
- Will any repairs be done before you move in? if so, have you got this in writing?
- Will the property be decorated before you move in?
- Is the property clean?
- Is there enough furniture?
- Is it fire resistant? (check labels)
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