House hunting tips for students

It can be difficult to find the right student home for you. Especially as this may be your first-time house hunting. Don’t worry at StudentDigz we are here to help.

Whether you’re about to embark on your first year looking for private accommodation or you’re looking for your second, third or postgraduate accommodation, this blog contains some top house hunting tips.

Read on as we explore just a few things to consider if you’re starting the search for your student home.

1. Conduct some online research

The internet is a great starting point for your search. It is worth researching popular student areas in proximity to your university campus. Something we explore in our previous blog: The best Swansea has to offer.

Consider taking a virtual walk around your chosen location on Google Street View to see whether the area is well suited to your needs. If you are looking for a property in the hive of student activity, pay attention to any nearby pubs or restaurants. If you would prefer a quiet space to concentrate on your studies, you may be on the lookout for parks in close proximity.

TOP TIP: To find the best student accommodation in Swansea, take a look at our amazing list of house-shares, flats, and more by using the search tool on our website. Happy house-hunting!

2. Take your time while searching for flatmates

If you choose to live in a house share, this is undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements, as you will be living with your choice for a whole year. Make sure to choose people with whom you feel most at ease, as these are the people you will spend most of your time with.

Set some ground rules for living together in the house. All that is required is caution and consideration. Most importantly, don't hurry into living with individuals you don't know very well. Take some time, if feasible, to consider your options carefully.

3. Establish a budget

Whether you are looking for your own property or as part of a group, make sure to set a budget. 

While discussing money with friends can be difficult, it is essential in determining what type of housing works for everyone. Discuss and agree on a budget openly so that no one is ever in a situation where they are unable to pay their rent. Consider if you want a furnished or unfurnished property, whether bills are included or not, and the distance between your house and your university campus’, as these will all have an impact on the total cost.

4. View the property in person

Viewing your student accommodation before taking the plunge and signing the contract is an absolute must, and it’s a good idea to view a variety of different places. It may be tempting to choose the first house you find, but make sure that everyone who will be living at the property has seen it (this helps if you have to select who gets which room). It’s important that you and anyone else, if part of a group, is happy with the house before making a final decision.

5. Ask as many questions as possible

This seems self-evident, but it's easy to overlook in the excitement of looking at your potential new home. Enquire about things such as how your deposit will be handled, when the rent will be due, and anything else that comes to mind. If possible, chat with the present tenants and enquire about their experiences living in the property, as they will be able to provide you with an honest assessment before you commit to a year of living there.

6. Read the tenancy agreement carefully

The tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract that will be given to you when you have confirmed your choice of accommodation. Be sure to take your time and go through it carefully, making sure you fully comprehend the document. Ask questions if you have any and don’t sign until you are sure of your decision. Finding accommodation is an exciting experience and if you follow these tips then finding a great place to live won’t be too stressful.

Bonus tip

Take time to make sure you have selected the property that is right for you and your needs.

Here at StudentDigz, we’re always on hand to help you find accommodation that is perfect for you. If you have any questions or would like any advice, please feel free to get in touch.

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