I’m Laura, a second-year student studying Fashion Management. After living in my second year house for over a couple of months I’ve made a list of all the things to know when looking for a place to rent.
Once you’ve found a house/flat to rent:
Check what’s included
You don’t want to get caught out if you move and the kitchen doesn’t include, for example, a microwave or toaster, or little storage for your belongings. You may need to organise which of your flatmates can bring an item or to split the price of items when moving in.
You may also want to consider how you would like to maximise your room space. I have fake vines hanging up my wall and fairy lights above my bed. Small details and more textures in your room can really help with personalisation and making your room a place you want to be when you have a difficult day at university.
Checking move-in dates and accessibility
At Nottingham Trent the freshers move in dates mean that lots of the roads around the back of the accommodation are harder to get to or blocked off, this is because of directed traffic flow to make it easier for parents to unload cars etc. This meant I moved in the day after all of the freshers moved in to make mine and my dad’s day a lot easier.
If you are planning to move into a flat or apartment in town make sure to check where you can unload and park your car whilst doing this, or how many flights of stairs or lifts you have to carry furniture up! Sometimes its best to ask your landlord or if you know of anyone whose lived there before or close.
Sign up with your energy/water/broadband company early
One thing I learned this year is to sign up and register your house a few months before you start university, this is because it takes a few weeks for water, electricity etc to be set up or be installed before your tenancy start date/
Companies like Split the Bills or Glide can handle all your bills as one monthly sum divided between all your house mates so there are no arguments with splitting each bill.
I hope these few tips helped if you’re moving back to university, starting university soon or trying to find housing. Good luck!