Find a property
Finding a student property can be a minefield! With on hugely oversaturated market, and varying quality and pricing, working out where to start can be a nightmare.
Fear not! We've put together some handy tips to make house hunting a doddle.
Before you start
Signing up for a house is a big deal. Contracts are legal and binding, meaning you can't just change your mind. Take your time to plan out what you actually want before you start looking.
- When? Landlords will try get to you sign early in the year for housing, but we've done research which proves that students signing in semester one are more likely to experience housemate issues, and have trouble with their landlords service and behaviour. We'd recommend coming to our Housing Information Fair on 23rd October 2018 to see just how much is available! Despite what landlords will tell you, there are LOADS of brilliant quality properties left unlet each year, there really is No Rush!
- Budget? Speak to your housemates and decide how much you can afford to spend each month, taking into consideration any bills you might need to pay for on top. Make sure that you all agree on a budget to avoid any problems later on.
- What's included? Does the rent include bills? A cleaner? Food? Free entry to a nightclub? Consider whether you need everything and whether you're paying a premium for something you could sort out yourself for cheaper.
- Contract dates? When does your course finish? Are you planning on staying over the summer or do you need to be here for graduations? If you have a long tenancy agreement, be mindful that it probably means that the landlord wouldnt have had much time to get the house ready for you to move into.
- Location? The further away you are, the cheaper the accommodation usually is. If you'd need to get a bus to uni, factor that in to your budgeting to avoid getting stuck later on. You can also check out what the area is like by visiting www.police.uk to search for crime in the area.
- Must haves? Do you need a TV? Wifi? Wheelchair access? Whatever you need, make sure you get it by checking your contract thoroughly. If it's not in there, it's worth asking for it, but take sure it's in the contract otherwise you might get let down.
This is the easy bit! There are far more student bed spaces than there are students to fill them, so the ball is really in your court. There are tonnes of places to find accommodation, we've put together a list and some key tips to remember.
- HullSTARS Housing Information Fair - the event is free to enter, ran by HUU so you know we've got your best interests at heart, and theres no pressure to sign! Come along on 23rd October 2018 to find out information about what's on offer in Hull. We'll have only landlords who are pro-active enough to have their houses inspected attending, and the winners of our HullSTARS Awards 2018 will be on display!
- StuRents.com - HUU works in partnership with StuRents.com who advertise all student accommodation in Hull in one place. You can even see which properties are HullSTARS registered by clicking the HullSTARS only tab!
- Landlord offices - there are plenty on Cottingham Road and Newland Avenue. Look out for those who have won HullSTARS awards first! If you've heard great things about a particular landlord, this is a great way to find out what they've got left. Just remember, not all great landlords have offices though, so don't rule out other means too.
- Social media - easily accessible and super handy, but make sure to do you research about a landlord or company advertising on Facebook before attending a viewing. Are they HullSTARS registered? Do they have an office? Is their property listed on StuRents?
- Students on campus - landlords are not allowed on campus. If landlords are paying students to give lecture shout outs or collect your details, they must be pretty desperate... think about that for a minute before handing over your details.
Once you've found somewhere you really like, DON'T just sign up there and then! Sure, the landlord will tell you that they've got 163 other viewings that day, but make sure you've thought about it properly.
Key things to remember:
- Is it HullSTARS registered? If so, what rating did it get?
- What have other students said about living there? You can read reviews from previous tenants whether it's registered or not at hullstars.com.
- Can you afford it?
- Does everyone agree? Can you all afford it? Does it meet everyones need? Do you know whose having the box room?
- Get the Advice Centre to check over your contract before signing, it's free and you can just drop in for a quick read through.
- Do you know what's included? Did the landlord put it in the contract that they'll repair the damp to be kitchen before you move in?