(Original post by chatham4)
I would stay independent, if possible look at private agents such as dawsons last minute and you can get a much nicer house for far less money, this does mean waiting until august though as most agents wont hold the house for you through the summer at half rent. We went with the living room last year and had no end on troubles with them, there was water running down the walls at one point and they took weeks to even look at it, its probably still not fixed. The boiler and washing machine broke and our shower set on fire at one point. Dont get me wrong, im sure there are some really nice student houses out there, we were just unlucky!!
Student letting agencies are very expensive, and they do charge the same agency fees for finding you a property as dawsons, rent wise, we were paying £900 a month for a 3 bed house in mount pleasant and now we pay £590 a month for a 4 bed new build, we're on a 9 month contract but we can extend that if we want to stay longer.
Take a look around and see whats out there and don't get pressured by student agencies like we did, there are loads of houses in swansea.