Helpful tips for students renting accommodation

Helpful tips for students renting accommodation

The first time many people will rent a property is when they become a student


Quite often the first time people live away from home is when they go to college. As such, students can sometimes be taken advantage of when it comes to renting a property.

Here provides some helpful tips on how to ensure you get a good place to live:

  1. Be sure that your accommodation is convenient to your college, shops etc – it’s handy when you need to run to a 9am lecture!
  2. Make sure the living area is big enough for the amount of people living in the house.
  3. Check appliances, cookers, vacuums, showers etc to see that they work.
  4. Check with your Students’ Union for a list of student friendly accommodation in the local area – they’ll also be able to tell you how much you should be paying for accommodation.
  5. USI Rent books are available free from your Students’ Union – remember to keep a record of any money that is handed over and record all transactions.
  6. Check for damp and mould – a cold/damp house in August will be an expensive freezer in December!
  7. Ask for the energy rating of the house (BER cert) – the higher the number the cheaper the house will be to heat.
  8. Check locks on windows and doors.
  9. Do some research on whether you want to live in a house, digs or an apartment complex. There are pros and cons to each one.
  10. Ensure there’s an inventory of all utensils and equipment in the house kept by both you and the landlord.
  11. Take photos of all the rooms and the exterior when you move in, make sure they’re dated and e-mail them to the landlord. Keep the photos in case of disputes arising when you’re claiming back your deposit.
  12. Don’t sign a lease unless you’ve read it and understood all of it – bring it to your Students’ Union if you have any questions.
  13. Check if there’s a fire alarm and fire safety devices – your landlord is obliged to provide these.
  14. If you’re paying for your accommodation yourself and paying tax, remember to register for your rent tax credits on

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