Your time as a student can be the best of your life, so it is vital you do not risk ruining it by making a mistake when it comes to finding a place to live.

There will be many other matters to consider – from balancing your finances to finding the time to study, attending lectures and, of course, maintaining a good social life. While many people view student life as being a carefree time, the reality is it is often the first chance for young people to take on responsibility and look after themselves.

Planning your time at university should start as soon as you accept a place at your chosen university, so that by the time you enrol you are ready to go.

Among the most important matters to address is where you will live. Some students opt to live in halls of residence for the first year, but even they typically move out and into dedicated student house or apartment for the remainder of their time at university, so it is clear that you need to know how to find a suitable property and arrange to rent it.

What should you look for in a student house?

The first thing you and your friends will need to decide is how many of you will live together. Students love to live in groups, but be wary of trying to live with too many people, as this not only carries the risk of being noisy and disruptive, but it will also make it harder for you to find a suitable student property to rent.

Forming a group of four or five academics is usually the best plan, and there will be plenty of student houses to rent on the market with enough bedrooms to cater for you all.

You should speak to a local letting agent or the university, who will be able to provide you with a selection of properties that are available to rent. You can then set up viewings for those you believe may offer what you are looking for.

One issue to keep in mind is that you must all be happy with the bedrooms in your new house, as this can cause disagreements at a later date if you are not.

Think carefully about location too, as you will want to be close – or at least have good transport links – to your university, not to mention shops and social venues.

The property itself should be in a good state of repair and provide you with an opportunity to live comfortably. You can also make enquiries as to the quality and performance of functions such as the heating and water systems.

How can Open House help?

With more than 30 years of experience as a dedicated property specialist, and with branches in many of the UK’s main student towns, Open House is perfectly placed to oversee your stay in a student property.

Our property experts will draw up a tenancy agreement to satisfy and protect the needs of both you and your landlord, and they will then be on hand to respond to any issues that arise throughout your time as a tenant.

Our specialist property management departments boast the experience, skills and resources required to deal with emergency situations and to oversee maintenance and repair works that may be required.

If you would like to rent a student property, then your local branch can assist you.

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