Now we have entered the New year, many of us will be looking forward to the year ahead, making plans and resolutions and then trying our hardest to keep to them. A great place to start in the New Year is where you are going to live in the 2015/16 academic year. With many agents and landlords gearing up to advertise their properties in the next few days, we thought we would take you on an essential run-through of how to find the perfect student pad, what to look out for and how to beat the competition.
- Stay Calm and organised – Phone landlords/agents in the morning and plan a schedule of viewings for multiple properties for the following days.
- Take our all- important house-hunting checklist with you on viewings – look for issues such as damp/mould, damage, tenancy agreements, health and safety features etc…
- Don’t feel pressured to take a property if you are not sure about it. Keep an open mind, you don’t need to take the first property you see.
- Be prepared to pay holding fees, deposits or security payments. Many landlords or agents will ask you to pay a deposit or security fee if you are agreeing to take a property.
- Watch out for contract lengths – many can be 12 months. If you are keen to take an academic friendly length contract these are usually available, landlord/agent dependent, for certain properties.
- Make sure the rent is affordable for you, be aware that advertised weekly or monthly rents may not include bills, be aware of adding the cost of bills to your final rent amount. Usually gas, electricity, water, TV licence, internet etc…
- Speak to your Accommodation office (that’s us) we offer advice, guidance and support at any time during the year. We also run house-hunting events, accommodation fairs and advice drop ins.
- Use our Student Pad list found on our website www.fxplus.ac.uk/live as well as our Facebook Page “Find a Student Housemate – Falmouth, Cornwall” to find properties directly through local landlords.
- Be aware that these have been vetted on fire, electric and gas safety and we have not seen every property advertised.
- Be sure about whether you are signing in to a joint tenancy agreement or individual. Joint means that you are all responsible for the contract for the whole property and other tenants. Individual means that you are signing a contract for your portion or allocated room in the property as well as communal areas. Ask questions and ask for advice. Don’t panic as you may end up making a decision you aren’t sure of. Come and see us if you need any help.
Please Note: We are unable to accommodate returning students in halls for the next academic year, however, if you have any concerns regarding this and would like to discuss options further please contact a member of the Accommodation Team as soon as possible.
We hope you find this list really useful in preparation of your search, you may also find the following link helpful which we have advertised on our website www.fxplus.ac.uk/live
House Hunting Checklist http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/house_hunting_checklist_2012_booklet_form.pdf
We have accommodation fairs coming up: 2015 Accommodation Fairs;
Saturday 7th March 10.00 – 3.00 (Penryn Campus)
Saturday 6th June 10.00 – 3.00 (Falmouth Campus)
Saturday 15th August 10.00 – 3.00 (Penryn Campus)
Don’t miss out on advice and guidance. Enjoy this experience of finding your first student house, try not to panic and ask for help if you need it. Home Sweet Home!