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    I'm a first year student studying at a London university. I was wondering when me and my friends should start looking for accommodation commencing our second year? I know quite a few of my friends at other universities have already signed contracts for accommodation and we've been given advice by our university and friends to look asap. There are loads of properties out there but i don't understand how we're expected to say: I'm interested in your property but not until late August, early September? When would you say is the ideal time?
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    (Original post by KMStudent94)
    I'm a first year student studying at a London university. I was wondering when me and my friends should start looking for accommodation commencing our second year? I know quite a few of my friends at other universities have already signed contracts for accommodation and we've been given advice by our university and friends to look asap. There are loads of properties out there but i don't understand how we're expected to say: I'm interested in your property but not until late August, early September? When would you say is the ideal time?
    Maybe it's different in London, but I know if you'd have waited til now here (Canterbury) you'd be struggling to find anything decent close to the university.

    1. Don't look on rightmove. There's still properties on there we rang up about in November and were told had gone - it's just not updated quick enough.

    2. We went through specialised student lettings which worked out well, as it was a standardised contract from the beginning of next academic year, the landlady is used to students, etc.

    3. Visit a few properties, don't just take the first one. The first one we viewed was a rip off.

    4. Walk to the property if that's how you're planning to get to/from next year and work out how long it'll take to where you want to be in the university. A lot of ours say 'two mins' from the university when to actually get to main campus and not just the fence its 15/20 minutes.

    5. Have an idea of budget between you - although be aware that some rooms will cost more/less depending on bed size and amount of space.

    6. Make sure you know exactly what bills are included, what isn't, what will come with the house, and any maintainance you will be responsible for. Some contracts include phone and tv, most don't, some houses don't have a washing machine, if it has a garden check who will be responsible for keeping it tidy, whether you will have to pay a call out for any electric problems etc.

    Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by ninegrandstudent)

    Hope that helps!
    Yes, that's helped a lot especially since my flatmate has been looking on right move! Thank you
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    (Original post by KMStudent94)
    I'm a first year student studying at a London university. I was wondering when me and my friends should start looking for accommodation commencing our second year? I know quite a few of my friends at other universities have already signed contracts for accommodation and we've been given advice by our university and friends to look asap. There are loads of properties out there but i don't understand how we're expected to say: I'm interested in your property but not until late August, early September? When would you say is the ideal time?
    in london most people dont start looking until after exams, there is little point as the property market moves so quickly you can't ask for a house far in advance in london
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    Most unis I've heard of outside London do house searches between Christmas and Easter, so you're right to be thinking about this now. But I also understand London is... well it's London. It moves very quickly, so you can afford to wait until the summer. You could try and get something now, but I'd spend some time looking up letting agents in the area you want to live in and making some general inquiries so you know what's around when the time comes.

    You can tell them it's your first time looking for a house, because they'll be used to that. Just don't let them push you into signing for a house before you're ready. Take your time, read all the small print, discuss it with some people. You have to live in the house, not the agent, so it's important you feel confidence about your decision.
 
 
 
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