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Student Accommodation

It can be hard to find student accommodation which is in a good condition, affordable and close to your university. When you start to look for private rentals, there are many things that you will need to bear in mind before you choose a place.  
Ask around at your University to find out about decent places to rent in the area. People who are in their final year will be moving out of student accommodation and will be able to give you some tips and recommendations about renting as a student. You can also ask people how much they pay a month on rent so that you have an average price in mind for what you will need to pay. Your Student Union may also be able to help you by providing a list of known student accommodation in the area and helping you to check local prices.

Take the time to look around at lots of different places so that you can compare them and see which one will be the best fit for you. Take someone with you whose opinion you trust so that you can see if their thoughts on each property differ from your own. They may notice things that you miss.

Check what condition each property is in. If there are any problems with the property such as patches of damp, cracked window panes, etc, you will need to ask if problems such as these can be fixed before you move in. Many landlords will make excuses and avoid fixing issues such as these. You should also check the general cleanliness of the accommodation. And don't forget to find out if the property comes furnished or unfurnished.

If you are planning on sharing you will need to check if there are enough facilities for all of you. You will also need to check what you will be responsible for, such as garden upkeep, cleaning, taking out the rubbish, etc.

It is a good idea to work out how much your energy bills should be per month. This can be calculated using Energy Performance Certificates. It is better to have an idea in your head with regard to prices than to rely on a landlord.  Price is an important part of your considerations as you will have to be able to pay your rent on time each month.

Make sure that you get the right lease agreement. Make sure that you include break clauses as they allow a less regimented term of agreement for student accommodation.

Once you have chosen a place and dealt with all the paperwork it will be time to start thinking about packing. As a student there are certain essentials that you will need to take with you when you move, such as your laptop, TV and your favourite gadgets. Electrical items need to be packed in boxes that are designed for them. It is a good idea to label your wires before you remove them from your electrical items so that you know what each one is for and where it goes.

You'll also need to pack a good selection of clothes, including fancy dress for all those nights out on the town. Wardrobe boxes can be used for this purpose or you can simply use regular suitcases. Remember to pack things so they don't get crumpled or wrinkled as this will save you from having to do any ironing for a little while.

For books use strong boxes and try not to make any of them too heavy; you don't want to injure your back and miss all the fun of your first week.

If you struggle with your packing you could always be lazy and hire a packing service in London. It will save you a lot of time and effort.


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