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    Hi all,

    So I'm an international student who's going to be starting university next month, and unfortunately the university has allocated me housing which I cannot afford (around £1k over my budget) so I'm scrambling now to find a room which is all new to me.

    Appreciate if you guys could educate me a bit on some general do's and don't before I commit into anything. I'm currently using Spareroom, and one question I had is whether listings by "former flatmates" are safe to deal with?

    If anyone could give me the general process of how this all works it'd be much appreciated.
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    Hi all,

    So I'm an international student who's going to be starting university next month, and unfortunately the university has allocated me housing which I cannot afford (around £1k over my budget) so I'm scrambling now to find a room which is all new to me.

    Appreciate if you guys could educate me a bit on some general do's and don't before I commit into anything. I'm currently using Spareroom, and one question I had is whether listings by "former flatmates" are safe to deal with?

    If anyone could give me the general process of how this all works it'd be much appreciated.
    At the very least get a skype tour of the place- do not sign for somewhere without seeing it with your own eyes first. If you don't have a UK based guarentor ask how much rent the landlord will want up front. Remember prices normally don't include bills- these are usually around £40pm.
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    to be honest while it's a good idea to try and chat to potential flatmates via skype briefly you can't fully vet how a place will be until you live there... no one is going to advertise a room with 'we're messy slobs who will never clean and will play loud music til 4am everyday and we bullied the last girl into dropping out' so you've just got to do your best and if they seem decent then go for it, you'd be taking the same risk in halls so try not to worry about it

    you can also look at private halls in your town, these tend to be much cheaper and will still include bills etc, they're often bigger/nicer than university managed halls and frequently have enough spare rooms left that you can swap flats if you're unhappy
 
 
 
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