Moving out of home and heading to university is a massive step and it’s important that we get it right. Our university years are some of the most important of our lives and we need to ensure that we are living somewhere that is good for us and that we are surrounded by the right people. If you’re a student searching for accommodation it can be a bit of a minefield, but there are plenty of options available to students these days. Below are some helpful tips to support you on your journey…
Halls vs private renting
Most first year students go straight to student halls but that doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. Halls can be a great way to make new friends, and generally you’ll be in a good location. But, on the other hand halls mean that you don’t get to pick who you live with and there’s no guarantee that you’ll even get along. Private renting means that you can choose both your housemates and your location, so you have much more control over your living situation.
Following on from my last point, surrounding yourself with friends can ensure that your time at university is full of great memories. So choose your housemates carefully, don’t rush into living with people that you aren’t sure about.
Of course you want to be in a location that is close to university but is also in the area you like the most. The city centre, Ecclesall Road, Kelham island are all good options and each offer something different. If you’re looking for Sheffield Hallam accommodation, DIGS Student Accommodation at The Pinnacle is a good one to look into as it’s ideally placed in the city centre close to shops, transport, bars and restaurants.
Research, research, research. Don’t be tempted to jump at the first house that you find because it may not be the right one for you. Make sure you allow plenty of time to do your research and look at all the different options available to you.
Word of mouth
One of the best ways to find suitable student accommodation is by word of mouth. The good old fashioned way. Asking around will ensure you get a reputable landlord and a decent price on your accommodation.
Obviously budget is a huge factor when it comes to choosing student accommodation. Make sure you budget carefully as studies can be stressful enough and you really don’t want to be adding money worries on top of that. Work out how much your student loan will be and if it is enough to cover your rent and everything else you will need to spend money on.
When you’ve done your research and picked your housemates, go and view some houses. I would suggest viewing at least two or three properties so that you can compare them. Like I’ve said a few times already, just don’t rush into anything! Consider your options carefully and make an informed decision. Before your viewings have a list of questions prepared to ask the landlord, such as are bills covered in the rent cost?
Have you ever lived in student accommodation in Sheffield? Do you have any more advice to add?
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