Your guide to applying for student housing in 2020 | Luxury Student Homes

Your guide to applying for student housing next year

There is a great deal to consider when it comes to starting university, from what to study to how to make friends. One of the most important things to think about, of course, is where you are going to live. There are plenty of options when it comes to your student accommodation, but it is crucial that you arrange where you are going to live as soon as you can.

When should you begin looking for student accommodation?

House hunting is always competitive. If you’ve chosen a busy city, the chances are that hundreds of students will be looking for somewhere to live – so you have to be quick! It’s never too early to start looking, as many properties become available as soon as the summer is over.

If you are reading this now, then you should already be looking – if not, start now! You don’t have to sign on the dotted line now, but getting familiar with the price ranges and types of properties available will help you to make the right decision nearer the time.

Don’t forget, the property you choose will be your home for the next 10-12 months, so try not to rush your decision.

How to conduct your property search

Now you’ve decided to begin your search, where do you start? Online is the obvious starting point, and there are endless options available. Your university may offer accommodation advice, while popular property websites offer student accommodation, and there are student-specific property listing websites. Then there is us – your traditional student lettings agents!

One of the first choices to make is the type of accommodation you want. Are you a social butterfly who wants the buzz of living in student halls, or do you prefer a bit more privacy in a house?

Then, there’s the location – do you enjoy living in the city, close to everything, or would you prefer to be in a more residential area? If you don’t mind travelling, then you could choose a more rural location away from your campus, but if you prefer convenience, it’s best to stay central.

Perhaps one of the most important elements of your accommodation is choosing your housemates. Do you already have someone in mind, or are you starting afresh and looking for people to live with? Things like the property’s facilities and the space you will need are also important.

Make use of the filters on property websites so you can tailor your search to your preferences.

Viewing a property

We can’t stress enough the importance of viewing a property before reaching any form of agreement! This can be difficult if you live far away, but booking a couple of days for a visit to your new home can be the perfect opportunity to slot in some viewings.

This is probably the first time you’ve moved away from home to live independently, and we know how scary it can feel. Being as prepared as possible is the best way to combat your fears.

Viewing a property beforehand ensures you know exactly what you are getting for your money – seeing something in real life is far better than images and videos that can be changed and filtered.

Make sure you check the property for hazards or anything that could affect you as a tenant. Viewings are also a good way to get to know your potential landlord and ask any questions.

The application process

After months of searching and considering your options, you’ve found what you’re looking for – yay! Making the decision is a big step, but it is now time to finalise your agreement.

The rules and process of applying for a property will vary – private landlords will be different, as will universities. Always read the fine print, be aware of your rights and your responsibilities as a tenant. Be clear on what is and isn’t included within your agreement, and ensure you know what falls to your provider to fix, should anything go wrong.

At Luxury Student Homes, we require tenants to formulate the group for their chosen property beforehand – so no solo applications – and once that is sorted, each member must complete an online application form. This will require names, contact details for each tenant and a designated lead tenant who will be the main point of contact.

Once your application has been accepted, you will be required to sign a tenancy agreement and pay your deposit – all that’s left afterwards is to move in to your luxury student home!

Our online properties tool is an easy way to find your ideal student house – you can filter your preferences by academic year, area of Liverpool, min/max rooms, pricing and university. If you find one you’re interested in, simply book your viewing – if you like it, it couldn’t be easier to apply online!