Before you look

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Before you start looking for a house it’s a good idea to think about:

Types of property

Are you looking for a self-contained flat, shared house, bedsit, private halls, etc?

Location and access to University

How close are the local shops and University buildings? Is the area safe?

Cost

What can you afford? Look at a few houses so you know the average rent for the area. Most houses do not include bills in the rent. Ask the letting agent or landlord if bills are included. If they say yes, make sure this is written in the tenancy agreement.

Housemates

How many people do you want to live with? Would you be compatible housemates? You are committed to living with your housemates until the end of the contract, so don’t be afraid to speak up.

Furniture and equipment

Does the property have a washing machine, desk, etc? Does it have TV and broadband connection points?