Essential Tips on Student Renting

SAE Accommodation Guide

Finding suitable accommodation as student tenants is one of the most important parts of university life.

Renting student properties will probably be the biggest financial responsibility students face in the academic year so, to make life easier, doing your homework on where and what property is available is a good idea.

Having somewhere safe and secure you can call home can really help provide peace of mind too and allow you to focus on your studies.

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Check out our blog where we go through some essential do’s and don’ts when it comes to finding the perfect accommodation.

Preparing for Student Renting

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Renting the best accommodation can be one of the biggest financial outgoings for students during the calendar year. In certain cities, there will be high demand and high prices so it’s always sensible to start searching as early as possible.

The best way to start is by working out your budget and how much money you can realistically spend on rent. Some essentials to consider include:

  • Think about the cost of rent, utility bills, food, and other expenses when setting your budget.
  • Research the average cost of rent in the area using online resources and letting agents.
  • Make sure to factor in other additional expenses, such as transportation costs and entertainment alongside other outgoings such as council tax.
  • Set a realistic budget to avoid financial stress.

Finding Student Accommodation

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Research the Location

Whether you’re in London, Glasgow, Liverpool or Leamington Spa, there are some key things to consider when you’re looking to find a property.

If you are prepared to search early and can act quickly when you have sourced somewhere, then this will enhance your chances of finding a suitable student home.

  • Consider the proximity to your campus and public transportation.
  • Research local amenities, such as supermarkets, restaurants, laundry facilities and cafes, to ensure a convenient lifestyle.
  • Look for student accommodation providers that offer flexible lease terms and 24/7 support.
  • Use keywords when searching such as “student accommodation near me” or “student apartments near campus” to find relevant results.

Consider Living with Other Tenants

Shared housing and living as part of a multiple occupation can be a cost-effective way to find the perfect student accommodation. By considering this, students can take advantage of more opportunities to find somewhere to live.

This could be a more appropriate option for students in their second year of study, who have formed their own friendships and social networks.

  • Think about your lifestyle and what type of accommodation would suit you best, such as a shared apartment or a studio.
  • Research the pros and cons of each type of property before making a decision.
  • Consider the benefits of living with other students, such as shared costs for Wi-Fi, council tax, rent and kitchen appliances alongside an enhanced social atmosphere.

Securing a Safe Rental

Check for Safety and Security

Finding somewhere safe is a key part of your property search. Prioritising security when picking a place to live should be integral to your decision on where you want to live.

  • Research the crime rate in the area to ensure a safe living environment.
  • Find out if the property has security measures in place, such as CCTV cameras, secure entrances, alarms and locks on doors and windows.
  • Check if the property has a good reputation for safety and security.

Understanding Your Rights as a Student Tenant

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When you have found somewhere to live, be prepared to embark on a negotiation process to secure the best deal. Make sure you check the tenancy agreement for the property.

  • Understand the terms and conditions of your lease agreement. Always read the small print surrounding your rent and your landlord’s policies.
  • Know your obligations, such as contacting your landlord for repairs and providing 24 hours notice before entering the property.
  • Research your rights as a student tenant, including your rights to a safe and secure living environment.

Final Checks and Preparations

Read Reviews and Ask Questions

Before you sign on the dotted line for a property, make sure you do some final checks and look out for any hidden extras or anything else that you might have missed.

You should also check what comes with the property in terms of furniture and other furnishings.

  • Read reviews from former or current tenants to get an idea of what to expect from your new home.
  • Check online forums and social media groups for feedback from students on the accommodation.
  • Research the property’s maintenance schedule and ask about any additional fees.
  • Make an informed decision by considering multiple perspectives.
  • Have all the necessary documents ready, such as proof of income and identification, to secure the accommodation.


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