The MOST important thing to consider.
Ask yourself: Have you paid all your rent?
If you’re eagerly awaiting those exam results and are getting ready to make the transition into university life, picking out your new student digs is the next thing to start planning. In most instances, universities will have an allocation of student accommodation for first-year students; however, there may be times where this is not provided. Similarly, if you are hunting for a place to rent throughout your student years, it’s the perfect time to start planning what you need out of your new home.
University is a lot of fun, but it also comes with new responsibilities. It may be the first time you have had to rent accommodation for yourself, and there’s a lot to learn quickly. Here’s a guide to the main factors you will need to consider when renting accommodation.
Research by Nationwide Building Society shows half of students in the UK lose their rental deposits, with an average of £150 being lost in this way. Eight in ten of the 1,000 students surveyed by Nationwide also believed their deposit was held unfairly by their landlord.1
Renting as a student can be a daunting experience if you don’t know how the accommodation system works, or are unsure whether you should start looking for the best place to live now.
When you’re searching for your new home as a student, there are certain things you need to look for to ensure the property is the best choice for you. Don’t be rushed into renting the first flat or house you see – it really pays to view several so you get an idea of what you like.