What to look out for when choosing your student home
There’s a lot to consider during your time at University, and one of the most important things to think about is where you are going to live. In Huddersfield there’s plenty of options when it comes to looking for student accommodation but, as it gets competitive, it’s always a good idea to secure next year’s accommodation early otherwise you’ll be left with slim pickings.
There are a number of factors to consider before reaching your final decision; here’s a useful checklist of things to consider to ensure you find your perfect student home.
View the property
We can’t stress enough the importance of viewing a property before reaching any sort of agreement! Inspecting your prospective home is absolutely vital so that you know exactly what you’re getting for your money and to assess suitability. Some landlords may not describe the property accurately and viewing the house in real life is far better than viewing images or videos which may have been filtered or altered.
Viewings are also a great opportunity for you to get to meet your potential new landlord and ask questions. Here at Edge Student Living, we’d be delighted to meet you and to show you our beautiful student homes – don’t hesitate to get in touch!
It doesn’t matter how silly you think your question may be – ask away! Where’s the nearest bus station, shop, or supermarket? Is the house fully furnished? What date does my tenancy begin and end? What happens if a housemate leaves university? Am I allowed posters or pets? Is there anywhere to park cars or store bicycles? Is the property reasonably secure?
Knowing everything there is to know about the property will really help you in your decision making later on.
Is the property ideally located?
Viewing the property will help you to answer this question. What’s nearby? How close is it to Uni? Is it within walking distance of campus? How accessible is public transport from the property?
All Edge Student Living homes are in great locations, close to the town centre and within walking distance of Huddersfield University.
Find out what appliances are included
Does the property have a washing machine, shower, garden, television, microwave, vac? Does the house come with a fridge and freezer – and how big are they? It may sound obvious, but if you’re going to be living in shared accommodation with a tiny fridge freezer you might struggle.
It’s all in the details at Edge Student Living… our homes come with all the appliances you need, and many come with TV’s and huge American Fridge Freezers – woo hoo!
What does the rent include?
Make sure you are 100% clear on this when you sign the contract. Make sure you know whether your property comes with gas, electric, water or internet. A contract that states "all bills included" may not include broadband.
All homes at Edge Student Living come with bills included so this takes the hassle out of having to sort this yourself. In most cases, Broadband is included but if not, it’s available at a small additional charge.
What do previous tenants say?
Try and speak to the current tenants if you’re able as their first-hand experience could be quite insightful. Additionally, check out any social media platforms that the landlord may have for any reviews – at Edge Student Living our Facebook reviews are absolutely glowing!
Check what deposit scheme your landlord is using
Your landlord is legally entitled to ensure that your deposit is protected and this must be done in a government-approved scheme. These schemes can include the Deposit Protection Service, MyDeposits and Tenancy Deposit Scheme. You should receive your deposit after your agreement has concluded as long as you have continued to meet the terms of your agreement, avoided damage to the property, and paid all rent and bills as agreed.
And before signing the dotted line…
Read the tenancy agreement! Read it back-to-front and ask about anything you’re unsure of. Allocate the rooms, double check the rent, and then, if you’re happy, sign on the dotted line.
So why choose Edge Student Living?
We’ve been looking after Huddersfield students since 1999 and are determined to provide the service and accommodation that we wish we’d been able to find during our time at University.
We understand just how you feel and what you need as we’ve been there ourselves. With us at Edge Student Living, the whole business of choosing accommodation is made as easy as possible!
All our properties are of an excellent standard – your mum would be happy to live there! And they comply with all safety regulations.
We look after you – we do actually care about our tenants and have a full-time maintance man on hand if anything’s not quite right.
We’ve an abundance of quality student accommodation across Huddersfield, ranging from 1 bed studio apartments right through to 14 bed houses all in fantastic locations. Check out our website www.edgestudentliving.co.uk to view our student homes and get in contact with us (01484 613141 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a viewing…we’d love to meet you!Back
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