5 Things to Know About Student Accommodation Before You Move In

Let’s jump right into the top five things you should know before packing your suitcase:

1. Money Money Money

The most vital element to moving into a new place – money. For example, have you double-checked the exact rent costs and are you positive that you can cover your monthly outgoings?

If you’re renting privately through a landlord, they will more than likely ask you to have a guarantor too, so if you can’t cover your rent payments yourself, then they will. It is best to have a guarantor lined up before you agree to take the property.

When you agree to move into a property, a deposit will be required from you. This usually amounts to a month’s rent – but it is best to double-check this, as different properties may require more or less. Your deposit is to cover any damages or missed rent payments when it comes to the end of your tenancy. It is important to always know and understand where your deposit is being held.

The most vital thing about your deposit is to make sure that it is protected at all times.

2. Signing on the Dotted Line

Make sure you read through your whole contract. We know it can be quite the essay, but it will be worth it if any issues arise during your tenancy.

The main thing to look out for is the length of your tenancy. You don’t want to tie yourself into a contract that is too long or too short for what you need.

Some student accommodation is done on a weekly basis. This can sometimes mean that on certain weeks of the year (for example, term breaks), you may not be entitled to live in your accommodation.

It’s not just about your tenancy length, either. Your contract will also provide you with any rules or regulations about the property. Want to hang up that new poster? Make sure your contract says you can do so! It will also give you details on repairs and damages issues and who is liable, so make sure you pay good attention to that part!

3. Additional Costs

Don’t be fooled into thinking there won’t be any more outgoings from your student loans once your rent is paid. Some accommodation providers give you the opportunity to opt in for bills included within your rent payments.