Alice Priestley looks into why it’s best to wait to rent- don’t rush it!

After living in halls, the prospect of renting an actual house can be extremely daunting. There is so much to know, and it seems as if there is so little time to make your big decision. But don’t rent yet! Here are some tips on why you should thoroughly spend time choosing your house – a decision that you will be glad you made.

Don’t be Lured in!

With advertisements, housing fairs and other things swirling around campus, it’s normal to feel pressured. Housing companies will inevitably try to swamp you with shiny offers here and there, so gather some names and leaflets and start your own research. This way you’ll know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to booking viewings.

Take your Time

Remember to not make a decision on impulse. Finding key information about the company, the landlord and the house itself is vital, as this will ensure you will be satisfied with your final decision. Most companies will try to rush a signed contract by Christmas, but this is ultimately for their benefit. You have plenty of time, and there are plenty of houses! Beginning your search in Semester two will still guarantee you your townhouse.


Who you will be living with is, of course, one of the most important things to consider. Make sure that you know you can put up with your circle of friends (and their dirty dishes) for another year! Living together, however, will only bring you closer together, but knowing you are with people you know and trust does guarantee the safety aspects regarding cohabitation.

Get Support

The Student Advice and Support Service are there especially for that. Whether you have no idea where to start, you need some more guidance, or you just need general advice, this is the place to give you your next steps. Renting your first house is a big deal, and having a chat with the staff at the SASS will definitely make you feel more prepared. You can either call, email or simply drop in at your convenience.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Unfortunately, not everyone’s course is for them. With the big decision to make whether to continue or apply elsewhere, securing accommodation is one on the to do list. With this uncertainty, it’s important to think practically. Though it is tempting to secure a place with your friends in a house, dropping out isn’t ideal for anyone. Halls would be the best option if your future location is still undecided, meaning you don’t waste any more money than is necessary.

So, as your Nan would probably say, ‘Good things’ do indeed ‘come to those who wait’. And remember: living in town is a new and amazing experience, so make it the best you possibly can!

Alice Priestley


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