Now that you have fulfilled your dream of finally getting into a good university in London, you are officially on the next level of your student life—finding an accommodation. Finding the right accommodations for students in London can be tricky.
For newcomers, these simple points might help you find that right deal.
Ask people for recommendations. Ask for tips and start your evaluation and decision making from there. Find strategic accommodations that are near your school and where public transportation is easily accessible.
Know what you want and set a realistic budget
Budget is tight as a student. But at the same time, you would want to stay in a comfortable place where you can study and feel safe. It is important to know what you want, would dormitory lifestyle suit you? Or would you prefer sharing a flat with another person? Knowing all these can narrow down your search choices. Set a realistic budget for the type of space you want, or learn to compromise.
Help from agents… or no?
You can or opt not to have the help of an estate agent. Agents generally help you to avoid scams and shady deals. They also handle your paperwork for you. However, estate agencies can also be your source of a headache, especially when it comes to deposits. Do not be swayed. Remember that you are the client and they need you as much as you need them.
Know Your Rights
Always have a written contract whether you are dealing with landlords or with an agency. Know your rights BEFORE moving in. This will help you avoid any legalities that may arise, and can help you in sticky situations concerning your stay, should you be in one in the future.
With all that in mind, you are now a step ready to find your own space.