Going to university is a rite of passage surrounded by myths and the reality can be a shock. One of the main aspects of the university experience is living away from family with strangers. For many people, this is the first time they have ever lived away from home – and this means little or no experience of the day to day responsibility of living in your own place – and this comes with its own challenges.
Most students will live in halls during their first year, which makes the transition a little easier. Although, there is still the food shopping, cooking and cleaning that is part of everyday life. Sharing a fridge and kitchen can be the greatest bugbear for students - once something goes into a communal fridge, it may disappear, and the kitchen may be so dirty and disorganised you may not want to cook in it.
After a year of living in halls most people will be dying to break away and will have formed friendships strong enough to sustain living together. This is a hugely exciting and social time, but the stresses of finding student homes can quickly stifle such enthusiasm.
There are letting agents who specialise in renting out student accommodation, and it is wise to consider these places first. Not only will they have properties that will accommodate several people for a larger house-share, but they will also be realistic about the student lifestyle. Face it – parties will be had and property will get affected.
While hunting for student property it is useful if as many people in the group as possible can view the student property. This will open up discussions about who will have what room early on, and mean that there is little chance for resentment to build.
Take a checklist of things to consider – covering everything from safety to security– and don't be afraid to ask questions. Alternatively, visit www.HouseHustlerco.uk for independent advice and a quick search facility to help you find your perfect student homes.
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