I'm assuming you have to rent a house with some mates in your second & third year at uni? I was just wondering how this works out financially... Is it cheaper or more expensive to halls? Also do you have to pay bills on top of rent? If so, how do you work out how much the bills would cost?
I'll be living in Manchester!
Any help would be appreciated.
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What do people do for accomodation second & third year? watch
- Thread Starter
- 31-03-2011 05:49
- 31-03-2011 05:56
You could live in a tent.
(Original post by JakeyDav)
- 31-03-2011 08:28
I'm assuming you have to rent a house with some mates in your second & third year at uni? I was just wondering how this works out financially... Is it cheaper or more expensive to halls?
Also do you have to pay bills on top of rent?
If so, how do you work out how much the bills would cost?
Some landlords pay the water rates for you and others do not. The water rates do vary according to your water authority but I think it's usually around the £300 mark (that's a year)
If you are all full time students you are exempt from Council Tax although you may need to obtain a council tax exemption form from your university.
- 31-03-2011 08:38
It generally works out cheaper than halls, but it depends on how much halls were and what kind of place you get.
Most private landlords will only ask you for rent, and then paying the bills to suppliers of electricity, heating, etc is your responsibility. The best way to find out what the bills would cost is to ask people who have lived in similar accommodation. The best way is, when you look at houses/flats, ask the current tenants what their bills are, if you get a chance to talk to them. Or ask the landlord to ask them on your behalf. It will vary from specific place to place.
People generally live with mates, but you can also find random people to share with online or you may see adverts around at your Uni by people who need an extra person/people.
Then you divide the bills equally between all tenants. Whatever you do don't try to figure out who uses the most electricity and make them pay more or anything, it is petty and only leads to arguments! If you have 4 people just divide it equally by 4, simple. Generally one person will pay the bill itself and then the others give them the cash. A certain amount of trust is required here, but most people are actually decent and will pay up, so it works out fine.
- Thread Starter
- 31-03-2011 09:33