2018 marks the fourth year that I have spent living in student housing. Living in a different house each year, I have experienced my fair share of accommodation nightmares. Here are a few things to be aware of when choosing a student house:
Student houses are renowned for having damp and mould problems so make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for any dark marks on walls. Letting agents often try to hide mouldy walls behind furniture so it is always a good idea to look behind sofas or wardrobes.
Make sure that you are getting a fair deal and read the contract fully. Letting agents will aggrandise the quality of the accommodation and they may offer things verbally but not include them in the contract. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members for help if you are unsure about certain things.
It may be tricky to spot the signs straight away so keep your eyes open for any slug trails on the walls and floors. Another thing to look out for are any slug pellets, mouse traps, or anything that would indicate that the house has a pest problem.
When moving into a student house it is always a good idea to do some research on the safety of the area. Get to know your neighbours and make sure that your house is fitted with an alarm and suitable locks.