Going to university is definitely one of the most exciting and life changing experiences of a young adult’s life. This is usually the first time students live away from home and become more independent; that’s why finding the perfect accommodation is very important. If you’ve got your place at uni and haven’t yet found a place to live, there’s a variety of routes you can go down to find something perfect for you. Here’s how to find student accommodation for the newbies:
How To Find The Right Accommodation
First of all, you’ll want to decide whether you’d like to live in university managed or nominated accommodation, or with a private landlord.
If you choose university managed accommodation, you can also have a catered or self catered option. Catered accommodation means you’ll have benefits like your meals being cooked for you etc, but self catered can give you more freedom and challenge you to cook for yourself or in a group.
You need to have an initial idea of what you’d prefer, so you can then speak to the accommodation office at your university and see what’s available.
If you’re thinking of renting from a private landlord (this could be in a shared house with other students), the accommodation office should also be able to give you a list of private landlords and accommodation in that area.
A lot of universities require landlords that have shared house properties to sign up with them through an accreditation scheme, which means that the property and landlord will have to stick to a certain standard. It’s worth asking the university or the landlord whether or not the property is part of a scheme.
No matter where you decide to live, whether that’s in student accommodation in Leeds or in Liverpool, you should make sure you’re fully aware of your rights and responsibilities. You’ll probably be asked to sign a tenancy agreement once you’ve chosen your accommodation, so make sure you read through this properly first and that you’re happy with the conditions.
If you plan to live in university managed accommodation, or a bigger development managed by a private landlord, make sure you check that the accommodation is signed up to a code of practice or a code of standards. These are both government approved schemes, and mean that the property you live in should be safe and good quality.
So, once you’ve got your place to live, some flatmates, and a good knowledge of all your rights, you’ll simply have to add a few special touches to make your new digs feel like a home (like that comfort blanket you love so much?). Don’t forget photographs, furnishings, and maybe even some mood lighting.
You can then go and make friends with your new flatmates and neighbours – wine/lager/cider/any kind of alcoholic beverage can help you there (this is where the fun starts). Good luck finding the perfect accommodation and have the time of your life at uni!