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The accomodation office in the university could help you find housing off campus.
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The accomodation office in the university could help you find housing off campus.
With about 3000 students trying to find houses at the same time, the accomodation office is always busy, and can't necessarily spend much time helping you find a house.

Our university holds a housing week in March, and hands out a list of all the houses that will be available that are owned by approved landlords. Then its up to the students to ring and make viewing appointments, and go and see them themselves. Our accomodation office lets you go and take your contract down there before you sign it, so they can check it and advise you on anything that you don't understand.
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Currently people are putting themselves forward to be voted onto our hall committee. If one is voted onto the committee they stay in halls in year 2 and have the option of doing so in year 3 also. I'm not sure whether I should do this or not. I'm in London so rents are muchos high, living in halls would put me significantly closer to uni rather than sitting on the bus for 2 hours everyday.

Has anybody else done this? Good or not? Any thoughts?
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we signed for our house! was absalutely stunning, the rooms are so big, it's so close to uni and we all fell in love with it

lou xxx
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Hi all,

I've just secured the house that I'm going to be living in next year but was wondering if any 2nd+ years living in private sector accom. could answer a few questions for me?
I was just wondering how much you're utility bills are each month, and how big the house you live in is (3, 4, 5 bed etc). I'm just tryig to figure out roughly how much it's going to cost me next year so I know just how much I need to work this summer!

Thanks all,

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In my 6 bedroom house we all pay £30 a month to cover gas, electricity,*water* and broadband connection.

on the *water* front, check if your landlord plans to pay it...or if you are expected to pay all the bills. We had our water bill waiting the day we moved in and that was quite a big shock. Its also a shock that the water costs £61.37 a month, when we only pay £40 for electricity, £40 for gas, and £35 for t'internet & hone.

The electricity man told us that usually they work it out that for each person in the house you spend £10 a month, but i sweet talked him into only charning £40 for the 6 of us....although this does mean we'll be paying a top up charge when we leave the house in the summer.

love Katy***
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About £12 on phone and internet, and £20 in the winter per month. 5 bedroom house.
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Four of us sharing, £15.99 a month on broadband, about £70 a quarter on electricity and about £110 a quarter on gas (although this will be less in the summer months cause we won't have the heating on as much!). Our landlord pays our water rates.
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Hey everyone

This thread is for all people looking for a house to live in at University next academic year (05-06). To all people looking: Have you sorted out people to live with yet? Have you started looking? Anyone found anywhere yet? If so, what's it like, how much is it costing pppw, etc?

We're sorted out a bunch of people to live with next year but haven't started looking yet...

Also, does anyone know any good nationwide websites for student accommodation? apart from accommodationforstudents.com, I got that one.
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Some student accommodation websites.

I'm in private accomm at the moment and we pay £253 a month each. Didn't start looking early as the housing list at Essex dosn't come out for a month or so.
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Hey everyone

This thread is for all people looking for a house to live in at University next academic year (05-06). To all people looking: Have you sorted out people to live with yet? Have you started looking? Anyone found anywhere yet? If so, what's it like, how much is it costing pppw, etc?

We're sorted out a bunch of people to live with next year but haven't started looking yet...

Also, does anyone know any good nationwide websites for student accommodation? apart from accommodationforstudents.com, I got that one.
i'm goign to merge this into another 2nd year housing thread. look for places advertised in your area, we found a local family-run place in dundee and we were so impressed with the service we got. ask older students who they rent through (chances are one of them has used a company). your student advisor office may be able to suggest someone and they will probably check over your lease for you

lou xxx
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My rent is £225 a month, as opposed to halls that was nearer £300. Between 5 of us, we pay £24.99 a month for broadband, £36 a month for water (which is a standard charge and we're on a meter so if we go over we get billed extra), electricity we get charged every couple of months - last bill was for 3 months worth and was £125, and we haven't had a gas bill since September (stupid British gas) so its gonna be a shocker when we get it...
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My rent is £225 a month, as opposed to halls that was nearer £300. Between 5 of us, we pay £24.99 a month for broadband, £36 a month for water (which is a standard charge and we're on a meter so if we go over we get billed extra), electricity we get charged every couple of months - last bill was for 3 months worth and was £125, and we haven't had a gas bill since September (stupid British gas) so its gonna be a shocker when we get it...
my rent is £210 a month (my halls were about £350) and our water is included... no idea how much bills are going to be

lou xxx
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We're staying put in the same house.

Firstly can't be bothered with the hassle of moving, and secondly, more than happy with what we've got now.

£224 per month inclusive of water rates.
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Going rate for anything decent in Bristol is about £65p/w plus.
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i'm goign to merge this into another 2nd year housing thread. look for places advertised in your area, we found a local family-run place in dundee and we were so impressed with the service we got. ask older students who they rent through (chances are one of them has used a company). your student advisor office may be able to suggest someone and they will probably check over your lease for you

lou xxx
Thanks, sorry I wouldnt have started it if I'd seen this one here! Thanks for the advice xx
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No idea where I'm living/who I'm living with. I'll worry about that closer to the time. I was supposed to be sharing with some people, but that went tits up.

With my second year law course looking up to being very intensive, I may just stick my name on a list and share with some strangers (rather than living in halls again) so I can concentrate on work. I don't particuarily like the idea of sharing with friends, knowing me it'll probably just end in tears and no friends at all! Plus I'll get to meet new people, given I haven't really 'clicked' with anyone who's looking for accommodation next year. Those who I do get on well with are either looking for a place with their boyfriend/girlfriend, or already live at home.

Anyone else in same position?
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The list of uni approved private accomodation is available on the 4th of feb so we are waiting until then. Not looking forward to house hunting though as it is always a nightmare!
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The list of uni approved private accomodation is available on the 4th of feb so we are waiting until then. Not looking forward to house hunting though as it is always a nightmare!
it might not be... ours seemed so simple (and all happened so quick)... the house we've got actually seems to good to be true (the bedrooms are the biggest student bedrooms i've ever seen)

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No idea where I'm living/who I'm living with. I'll worry about that closer to the time. I was supposed to be sharing with some people, but that went tits up.

With my second year law course looking up to being very intensive, I may just stick my name on a list and share with some strangers (rather than living in halls again) so I can concentrate on work. I don't particuarily like the idea of sharing with friends, knowing me it'll probably just end in tears and no friends at all! Plus I'll get to meet new people, given I haven't really 'clicked' with anyone who's looking for accommodation next year. Those who I do get on well with are either looking for a place with their boyfriend/girlfriend, or already live at home.

Anyone else in same position?
I felt like that - I got on with people from halls for the first semester, while everything was still new and exciting, but in the second semester I started going out and socialising more with people on my course, who I clicked much better with, however a good half of them live at home, and most of the others live in Suffolk, which is no more than 20mins-1/2 hour away, and quite often go home at weekends. I ended up living with my hall mates and really regret it, but I go away for a year abroad next year, and when I come back they will have graduated so I'll probably end up living with better friends then. A guy I know moved in with some random people who were advertising a room, and he's so glad he did it because they get on brilliantly, so he doesn't feel too isolated at all.
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