If you have it in mind to leave the halls or your parent’s home while continuing with your studies at Uni or college, renting a shared property is an excellent way forward – it’s cheaper than living alone (that would be virtually impossible for most anyway thanks to the sky high rental prices in London) and will help you boost your social circle at the same time.
From finding cheap self-storage in London for excess belongings to honing your lifestyle needs to find the most suitable shared rental, this guide offers tips and the key considerations to bear in mind when hunting for shared student accommodation.
Luckily in these modern times, there are a wealth of resources you can tap into to find flat or house shares – these include online portals such as Zoopla and Gumtree, social networking on Facebook, as well as local publications and notices at school. Make sure you thoroughly do your homework, as while it may seem like a time consuming hassle, this will make all the difference in finding an affordable gem filled with nice people. So that you don’t waste too much time on unsuitable viewings, be sure to narrow down your choices in a shortlist based on what will be most suitable to you.
Here are some lifestyle factors to clarify so that you can shortlist the most suitable house shares for your needs. Even if you’re planning on moving in with close friends, tensions can quickly reach boiling point if key incompatibilities come into play, so be cautious:
If you’re the type for example that would get utterly aggravated by living with untidy people, then that would be a priority in your shortlist.
Bear in mind that everyone has bad habits and lapses in good behaviour, including you. A great deal of trouble can be avoided if people are honest about their bad habits – it teaches tolerance. That said, everyone needs to be willing to pull their weight in a house share to avoid resentments building up.
Another important factor to address with potential housemates to avoid trouble further down the line is privacy. In some house shares, people are very happy go lucky and enter each other’s rooms or borrow things at will, while in others people value their private space and would be very offended if you entered their room without knocking or when they’re not there. Consider what type of person you are and choose your accommodation accordingly.
This might seem too picky, but serious ill feeling can develop if house mates prevent each other from getting enough sleep. Consider whether you’re a night owl or an early bird and choose like-minded people to live with, otherwise there are bound to be arguments.
It’s important when viewing accommodations to find out the setup for the running of the house or flat so that you can be sure things will go smoothly. In some house shares all the bills and even the housework is inclusive, while in others everyone is expected to pitch in equally. Additionally, if you’re signing a joint contract, be sure to read the fine print to know what your responsibilities and rights are.
Another thing to bear in mind when viewing potential house shares is the size of the room on offer. There’s no point moving into a place with lovely people, only to find you don’t have enough space to study and relax comfortably. If you have extra belongings that you don’t often use, you can simply find cheap self-storage in London, but you do need ‘room to breathe’ so to speak. On the other hand, don’t be too fussy over things that can be changed, such as a room that looks shabby but could easily be spruced up with new curtains and a coat of fresh paint.