Student Renting Quick Guide


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Attend any events about where to live when applying for universities.
Contrast and compare housing costs when considering offers.
Once you have chosen your college/university, find out your options from the student accommodation office.
  Visit our buy to let checklists for help if your parents are looking to buy a property for you and other students to live in.
  Work out a housing budget including any deposits and include cost of travel.
  Visit properties on foot or by cycle, bus, so you know what the journey is like.
  Find out what happens during the holiday periods – do you still have to pay rent?
To check utility costs ask to see the Energy Performance Certificate.
Only rent from letting agents who are members of National Approved Letting Scheme or ARLA.
Only rent properties which are legally let, for example if a Home in Multiple Occupation does the landlord need a licence?
If the property is let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement make sure there is an:
  • Energy Performance Certificate
  • Gas Safety Certificate
  • Ideally an electrical safety certificate
If you need to give the landlord a deposit what guarantees will the landlord give to returning it? Ideally make sure your deposit is kept in a government licensced Tenancy Deposit Scheme.
Make sure you check a tenancy agreement with your student accommodation office before signing.
Find out what happens if there is a problem with the property eg boiler breaks down.
If sharing with others find out what happens if you fall out and one person moves out – who pays the rent and bills until someone else moves in?
Find out what notice the landlord/letting agent needs if you wish to move out of the property.


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