Choosing your accommodation for the year is the first major step you take to beginning student life at university. It’s one of the biggest decisions you can make and determines how well you adapt to being a student from the second you arrive. Whether it concerns location, space or ensuring that the property is properly accredited, there are a number of factors you should consider before reaching a final decision.
We have created a list of the top 6 things you should look out for when choosing your student accommodation to ensure you find the perfect home.
Will your student home be ideally located?
So you’ve decided to attend university in Liverpool, but where about in the city would you like to stay? The first question to ask yourself before you begin your search is what area would be your preferred home during your studies.
Liverpool isn’t the biggest of cities but there are a number of different areas to choose from. If you want to be close to all the action and nightlife, or your prime campus is central, then the city centre is the place to be. That said, finding a house in the city centre might be appealing as far as entertainment is concerned but it will generally be more expensive. Accommodation outside of town will usually get you more value for your money. On top of being a cost-effective option, living outside of the city centre will be quieter and will still feature plenty of shops, restaurants and things to do nearby. You can also rest assured that transport into town isn’t hard to come by.
Once you’ve made your decision, you can begin exploring your options. On our property search form we have provided a handy way for you to to find luxury student accommodation in Liverpool. Just click on the area you want, such as Wavertree or Sefton Park, and start looking for the property that suits you best.
How much room space is available
Next on your list is to determine how much space you will need. Is your bedroom spacious enough? Do you have enough room for all your belongings? If you are sharing the property with your friend then that also throws another consideration into the mix. The rooms may look big and empty now but think ahead to when you and your room-mates move in.
Your ideal student house may look perfect based on the pictures and description, but you won’t truly know whether it is suitable from that alone. Which brings us onto our next point…
View the property before you sign
This may seem obvious but you would be surprised at how many students finalise their student accommodation before they’ve even visited it! Before you sign the property agreement, make sure you have visited it at least once even if that means travelling to Liverpool before your big move. Any professional accommodation provider will be able to offer a viewing before you make your final decision.
Inspect the property to the maximum. Check that it suits your requirements and matches the description and pictures you’ve seen. Make sure that there are no health hazards and don’t be afraid to ask questions or express any concerns.
Identify any hidden costs
Not every landlord has their tenant’s best interests in mind. Students can typically be inexperienced and naive when sorting their accommodation, many of whom will be leaving their childhood home for the first time. Landlords can take advantage of this by hiding certain costs until the agreement has been signed.
Make sure that you know what exactly is included in the rent of your property. Are all your bills included with your total rent, including broadband and TV? Is there an additional service charge that you need to pay? If the inclusion of something isn’t mentioned, don’t hesitate to ask. At Luxury Student Homes we provide an all inclusive agreement to make sure all bills are included with your rent.
Ensure that the landlord will protect your deposit
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.
Is it Liverpool Student Homes accredited?
The last thing you should check will help further put your mind at ease that not only is the property right for you, but so is the landlord that you are dealing with. Liverpool Student Homes, an official university service, provides an accreditation system to help students identify accommodation providers who deliver high standards of student housing.
To receive this accreditation, landlords will need to ensure that their properties tick all boxes on a rigorous checklist. The requirements cover topics such as advanced security, bedroom furnishings, double glazed windows, CLASS Accredited with Liverpool City Council, and much more. We are proud to confirm that Luxury Student Homes is registered at Gold Standard level.
If you’re ready to book a viewing of one of our luxury student rooms, or you wish to receive more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Author: Mark Boyle
Date: July 6, 2018