So, as a short background, I'm currently in my first year of uni and I'm staying in an accommodation. As I expected, it's not for me. Nobody cleans the kitchen and it's just disgusting. I'm an introvert who likes to have my own space and so I was thinking of trying to rent even the tiniest flat for my 2nd year. I don't have a job atm (I'm trying to get one but it is a struggle), but I'm planning on getting a summer job to save up as much as I can, I get a high maintenance loan and I'll have some savings, so I feel like it's doable.
My main question, however, is when should I start looking for a place to rent? Some people say they started looking at places over the summer and they were just fine and others say I should start looking right now. Does anyone have any experience with that? I was also wondering what are my chances of renting a place all by myself as a second year student? How do landlords look at that?
I'd really appreciate some suggestions and/or sharing your own experiences :,)