One of the best things about starting university education is the ability to get out of your home and begin making your own choices. These are four tips to help you navigate the process if you’re just getting started with student accommodation Leicester.
1. You should look for accommodation options that are within your means
This is probably not the part that you’re most looking forward too, but it’s important to think about your budget. This will help you sort through the various accommodation options available and determine what is most suitable, whether it be a college, private-owned apartment, homestay, or share-house with your friends. These options will have a huge difference in cost. For example, on-campus colleges will be the most costly. However, you might find that you are better off with the additional services and support (meals, tuition, etc.
It is also important to be realistic. While you may wish to live in the city, renting a luxury apartment might not be possible for students on a tight budget. Make sure to look into financial assistance options such as scholarships, bursaries and government allowances such Rent Assistance and Relocation Scholarships.
2. Do your research
Researching each accommodation option is essential. Attend open days and visit on-campus accommodation. Talk to the housing advisers. Show up for rental inspections. It is important to take the time and look at everything. It’s a good idea to have a rough list that you are looking for, and then mentally mark them off when you go to each of your options (locations, parking, bedrooms, etc.). It’s not good to sign documents and then be handed keys, only to find out that you have overlooked an important issue or that you need to pay extra for it once you move into the house.
3. Consider the pros and cons of each option.
Consider both the positives and the negatives of each option as you weigh them. Remember that it is nearly impossible to find perfect accommodation, and that every option has its merits. Renting a house to share with school friends may have social benefits but may not be ideal for your academic needs. You may also find that you are unable to study at night and your housemates go out drinking all night. You may also find that although on-campus accommodation allows you to get out of bed 10 minutes before a lecture begins, it can be very expensive and may not allow you independence.
4. Get organized
Organising your accommodation is crucial. You must submit your applications on time for on-campus accommodation (notice that applications usually open the previous calendar year, so you can apply prior to being accepted); you should not delay renting until you begin classes; and if you are applying for accommodation together, ensure that they follow up on all matters (e.g., agreeing to pay their part of the bond payment or attending property inspections).
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