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Viewing and moving into off-campus accommodation can be stressful. Therefore to help, Home Stamp has put together some handy tips.

  • Make a checklist. Before booking property viewings, creating a checklist of what is required in a property will prove handy and will help to narrow down the search. For example, a bills package, off-road parking, 3 bedrooms.

  • Look at the surrounding area. When viewing properties online it may prove beneficial to check the distance to the university and public transport routes. Additionally, would being located near a supermarket or the city centre be a priority? These are some of the things to be mindful of.

  • Do not sign before viewing a property. It is important to view all off-campus accommodation before signing a tenancy agreement.

  • Set a budget. Before committing to any property viewings, it is important to understand a monthly budget.

  • Do thorough checks. Before committing to a property, ask to see the tenancy agreement. Read the contract thoroughly, highlighting any costs, terms and deposit information. Additionally, students can book an appointment with their Student Advice Centres for an experienced Advisor to go through the contract with them.

  • Inventory and Meter Readings. Upon moving in to a property, tenants should agree an inventory with the landlord, agent or private accommodation provider and take meter readings from the property. This will help make sure that no unnecessary bills are received from the usage of previous tenants.

For further information of how to rent, the gov.uk website has a useful guide.