Picking your student accommodation is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make at University. Get it right, and you have a perfect place to create new memories. But rush into your decision, and you could end up paying through the nose for a home you don’t even like!
In between lectures and nights out, your student flat is where you will spend most of your time – so choosing wisely is key! To make sure you’ve considered every aspect of your new home, check out our best questions to ask about your University accommodation!
Student accommodation questions to ask
- How is the student house heated?
- Are bills included?
- How far will I be from University?
- Is there outside space?
- What do the current tenants think?
- Is the property well looked after?
- Have you chosen the right housemates?
- How does the rent compare?
How is the student house heated?
Heating is one of the biggest things to consider when you are picking student accommodation. On one side, you need to work out how much your heating costs, or whether your bills are included with the rent. On the other side, you need to make sure that your home is well-insulated. During the winter months, you’ll be grateful that you’ve enquired about your new home’s insulation.
Are bills included?
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve landed a dream price for accommodation, then getting hit with a lengthy bill for gas, Wi-Fi and more. Do your research, and make sure you know everything you’re getting for your money. With Every Student, you can enjoy the most affordable accommodation in Southampton, without the nasty surprise of added bills!
How far will I be from University?
Picking your student accommodation is all about location, location, location. Play your cards right, and you could secure a room that is close to everything, from lecture halls to supermarkets and transport links. The satisfaction of rolling out of bed 5 minutes before a morning lecture is second to none!
Is there outside space?
Having some outside space at your accommodation isn’t just an excuse to throw small parties or BBQs in the summer. It will also offer you a much needed breath of fresh air in between intense study sessions and long days at uni!
What do the current tenants think?
If you really want a second opinion about your accommodation, why not ask some of the current residents? Most Universities offer open days where you can get a quick opinion from the students living there, as well as scoping out the Uni itself!!
Is the property well looked after?
One of the most common problems faced by students is finding a living space in a poor state of repair. You should be able to detect any warning signs with an eye test, but be sure to ask your landlord or accommodation provider about the condition of your appliances and the property itself. If you spot signs of damp or mold, get out of there as soon as you can!
At Every Student, you can put your worries about cleanliness aside – we offer a professional cleaning service of all shared spaces!
Have you chosen the right housemates?
Once you’ve decided where to stay, now comes the tough decision of what housemates to room with. You might love the idea of living with your friends, but living with your friends might not be the best idea. Ask yourself – are your potential housemates clean? Do they love partying into the late hours? Pick the wrong housemate, and you could end up with a year of dreading being in your flat.
How does the rent compare?
Don’t rush into paying for accommodation without checking other prices in the area. You might discover that you could get more for your money elsewhere!
Want to enjoy quality accommodation at a price that doesn’t make you run for the hills? With Every Student, you can enjoy a lush student room in Southampton for as little as £85 a week!