This article will summarize the guidelines that will guarantee you to catch a perfect student accommodation to live in, but only if you follow them.
1. Don’t select student accommodation in an area that is too far from your campus. Always make it sure that your accommodation is in an area that is in easy access not only to your college but also to the market. If you have to rush for an early morning lecture, then it must be near enough so that you can easily reach the class without wasting your time. This could not be possible from a faraway apartment.
2. Do take into account where you want to live in. What kind of the property is perfectly suitable for you, a private house, or a rented room or apartment in big building or a complex. Each kind of the property has its own positive and negative points. If you have taken all the pros and cons of each kind of property into your account, then it will be easy for you to make a choice which one is best suitable for your needs and personality.
3. Once you have selected a student accommodation for you then take some photos of the house, both its inside and outside. Keep these photos with you and also send a copy of them to your landlord. These photos will be helpful for you when you left the house and there is an issue raised between you and your landlord about the refund of deposit on account of damages you made to the property.
4. Make sure to note down in writing each and every transaction between you and your landlord. You should always possess the record of all the money that is handed over by you to the landlord.
5 .Further, your student accommodation must not be overcrowded. If you are sharing your student accommodation then don’t get into a big number of sharers. Number of the people living in a shared accommodation must be in accordance with the space available in the flat. Overcrowding will be hurdle both in living and studying peacefully.
6. If your homes for students comes with the fixtures and furniture and your landlord provided you with electrical appliances, microwaves and vacuum cleaners do check whether they are working properly and in good condition. Also check if there is any leakage in water supplies, dripping taps, or shower is not working properly.
7. When your landlord has provided you with the facility of furniture and fixings then don’t forget to make the inventory of these items and appliances available to you in the house. Plus also make the inventory of the things that you bring with you when you step in your rented premises.
8. You must also consult the student unions. These unions kept with themselves a list of homes for students in the nearby areas of the college campuses. They will also guide you about how much rent you should pay for a particular home for students. This will save you from overpaying and being harassed by the landlords. Student unions will also provide you with free rent books for your guidance.
9. Don’t make haste if you found a student accommodation that appears to be cold in summers. Because a damping house will be cold not only in summers but will also be a chiller is winters. Always go for an accommodation that is energy efficient. In this connection demand your landlord to provide you with EBR certificate that is actually the energy rating of an accommodation. If rating is shown in big number then your future accommodation will cost you low on heat and vice versa.
10. Whenever, you are moving in a rented home for students, do check its windows and doors whether there locks are in good working condition and will work for your safety. If there is any fault ask the landlord for its repairs.
11. Above all don’t forget your security. Do check whether the fire alarms are there in the house. Landlord is under an obligation to provide you with the fire safety devices and alarms system.
12. Don’t forget to read and understand fully the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement. Sign it only after giving a careful reading to it. If you have any doubts about it than consult the student unions who will guide you through the agreement.