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StudentUnion
30-Nov-2005

Finding Student Rented Accommodation


After the first year of study, you will have made many buddies who you can then live with in a student house in and around the location of study. You will need to look around to see what houses are available and we have come up with a few things to help you know what you are looking for in a potential student house.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

General - Are there any unwanted lodgers? Look out for signs of mice crap, ants, cockroaches and chavvy mates who stay on the sofa every week! Are the doors good enough to hold out a draught? Does the decoration cover up any damage? Common practice is posters over holes in the wall.

Security - Is the area safe? What are the security measures for the accommodation? Are all doors and windows secure from an attempted break in? Will you have the keys for all locks? For insurance purposes, does every bedroom have a lock and will the landlord be providing a key?

Furniture And Storage - Is the house/flat furnished? Will all occupants have the furniture they need? Is there enough room in the kitchen for everyone to store their food and cook?

Gas and electricity - How is gas and electricity paid? Is it run on a bill or on key card? Paying by bill is paid after you have used it which may not be good for unreliable students but is cheaper than key card. Key card ensures you pay for the resource beforehand. A little more expensive, good for unreliable students but so infuriating when the electricity cuts out just as you have spent 7 hours playing on your PS2 and you are on the last level of completing the game! Does the heating work? Does it work well? During the winter season will you be warm enough without sleeping in your coat? Does the cooker work? Is the thermostat working? Hob and oven? Will you be able to conjure up a Sunday Roast oven meal? Get the landlord to show the CORGI safety record for the gas appliances.

Water - Do all the taps work? Do the sinks drain? Does the toilet flush? Is there a washing machine and is it plumbed in properly? Does anything leak? Is there any potent smells coming from the drains? What is the hot water situation? Is it "on demand" or is on a timer based boiler? Will the rent include the water rate?

Services - Do the gutters have a full vegetable patch growing out of them? Are you responsible for the garden? Unless you are a landscape gardener, you will need to get hold a lawn mower in the summer to cut down that forest. Our advice: either don't have a garden, or suggest a paved or graveled garden. Is the landlord willing to take care of any problems that arise? What if the toilet gets blocked and overflows? Try flushing bit by bit next time!

The Essentials - How much is the rent each month? How much is the deposit and when will it be returned? What are the additional charges? Gas, electricity and water? Make sure you read through the contract carefully! Ensure you know your liability as either an individual or as a group.


Good tip - Get to the house earlier than the landlord had suggested so that you can talk to the current occupants if they are still there. Ask them what they think about the property and the landlord.

 
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