Top Tips for Moving into Shared Accommodation

Securing your place at university is an amazing achievement. Once you know where you’re going there, here’s a few tips on how to make the most of shared accommodation and ensure you’re protected.

Contracts and Deposits

Setting off on your own path is exciting. When it comes to accommodation you need to think about rent prices, the number of people sharing and the location. If you can walk to university that’ll save you money every day.

Once you’ve found the right shared accommodation, make sure you have the right contract. Contracts can be joint tenancy or a fixed-term tenancy. No matter how much you think you know your friends, you never truly know them until you live together. A joint tenancy means everyone’s responsible for the rent and if anyone defaults, you’ll all still have to foot the bill.

You’ll also have to pay a deposit that can be recovered when you leave the property at the end of your year. A top tip is to make sure your deposit is protected. Results of research carried out by the NUS showed that almost half of student tenants didn’t know whether theirs was protected and 20% had no paperwork confirming it.

An Inventory and the Right Legislation

Making an inventory should also be top of your list if your management company doesn’t complete one for you. Take photos and make notes on the condition of the property when you move in. Any issues that occur during your tenancy should be noted on your inventory and passed to the management company.

It’s also important to ask for things like a gas safety certificate and by law all properties should have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.

My House can help you find the right location, the right contract and make sure you are legally covered and protected. It all adds up to a great start at university and a great year as a student!