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How to get started with finding housemates

They say that you don’t know somebody until you live with them… and they couldn’t be more right. So, it’s really important to make an informed decision when it comes to deciding who you’ll be living with next year.

Think about people’s habits, hobbies, routines and personalities. And remember, there is no set rule to say that you must live with the same people you’re living with now.

Think about how many people you’d like to live with, then only search for properties with the correct number of rooms. It may be tempting to get a bigger house, but if you have no one to fill the extra rooms you’ll have to pay more in rent.

Finding Your Perfect House

Once you’ve found your new housemates, it’s time to find the perfect property to suit your needs.

Things to think about when arranging a viewing:

Location

Condition

Bedrooms

Security

Safety

Budget

Bills

You can use the UoB Property Search Engine to view available houses posted by University-approved Landlords. All Landlords posting on this search tool are part of the Lettings Membership Scheme (LMS), so you can feel confident that they are legitimate.

You can then start arranging viewings for properties that you and your housemates like. It can be challenging to arrange a viewing with everyone present, so don’t forget to take photos and agree a list of questions to ask beforehand.

Viewing Checklist

Are bills included?
Is there a Gas Certificate?
What about the Energy Performance Certificate?
Is there a discount for renting during the summer?
What is the deposit and deposit scheme?
When does the deposit have to be paid?
How can we get our deposit back at the end of the tenancy?
Do you have an inventory list?
What furniture and appliances are included?
Is there a car park or bike storage available?
Do you have a sample tenancy agreement we could see?
Are there any agency/extra costs?

Agreeing A Budget

There are a few costs you will need to consider once you’ve agreed on your property:

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Deposit

Holding Fee

Agency Fees

Furniture

Your household bills should be set out in your contract, but you might want to pay for extras like WIFI and extra TV channels. You will also need to set yourselves up with a TV licence (this applies to all devices that you may be live streaming on whether you have a TV, computer, tablet, or mobile phone). Work out how you plan on sharing the cost of these things and who will be setting up the direct debit.

Remember everyone has different financial circumstances and it is important that you are honest from the start about what you can afford. There are houses available for all budgets, so ensure you are taking into consideration everyone’s personal budget.

Housing Events

Ready to start searching for next year’s housemates? Explore our upcoming events:

Housemate Finder
2nd May 5pm - 7pm
Battery Park
Meet new people & potential housemates!

Housing Blogs

Everyone’s housing journey is different! Take a look at the below blogs to learn all about the renting experiences of different students at UoB:

Please check back later for more news.

 

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