You have made the decision about which Uni to go to and also which course to take, now you have to decide where to live!
At IQ, we have many years experience in housing students, so we wanted to share some hints and tips for what you should look out for when choosing accommodation.
You will need to check if your weekly or monthly rent includes all your utilities, council tax, internet subscription and contents insurance. If not, remember to add this to the actual rent and also bear in mind if you are sharing, how complicated dividing this all up between you can be…you don’t want to fall out on the first day!
At iQ, all our rents are fully-inclusive of all utilities, contents insurance and 2mb broadband. Our rents are stated per week and you can be sure that what you see is what you pay, with no hidden extras. Our buildings are also Council Tax exempt. So if you live at iQ, there will be no surprise bills to pay!
In addition, iQ schemes are well equipped with all the basics you will need - just bring your own bedding, crockery and utensils and a PC or laptop...not forgetting your toothbrush!
With all your gadgets, students can be easy targets of crime. Check your chosen accommodation is secure and that you are covered by contents insurance in case the worst does happen.
At iQ, all our schemes have electronic access control to the main doors and extensive cctv inside and outside the building. Each of our schemes have an on site accommodation team, and an out of hours emergency service - our larger schemes also have overnight security. Plus, courtesy of Endsleigh, your contents insurance is included as standard.
Help & Support
If you have a lightbulb that needs changing, a toilet unblocked or you just want to know where the nearest bus stop is – who is going to help you? Often in a shared house, maintenance issues can be left unresolved for months, leaving you with nowhere to turn.
At iQ, our Accommodation Team are trained to be local experts so they can help you get to campus and the pub in the shortest time! Plus we employ a maintenance technician at each site who thoroughly understands the building can respond quickly to problems. More complex work is undertaken by established and carefully selected contractors.
Wherever you decide to live social space is really important as it give you a chance to get together with your friends and also enables you to take a break from your room every once in a while. If you are thinking of sharing a house with friends, check there is a living room that can be used by everyone as some landlords try and make extra money by converting a living room into a bedroom. Or if you are in halls, consider if there is a common room as the last thing you want is to be stuck in your room every evening.
At iQ, all our properties have a common room - or Social Hub with a large screen TV and comfy seating. In addition, if you choose a shared flat, all of our kitchen/living areas are equipped with a seating area too so you can have somewhere to retreat to at the end of the day. We are firm believers that this will be your home for at least a year so we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Consider the location of your chosen accommodation very carefully - is it near to the Uni or to town? Are there frequently running buses or trams for the days when you don't fancy a walk or cycle? Is it a safe area to walk home to at night?
At iQ, we have already thought about all these things with all our properties being centrally located to get the most out of Uni life.
Who are you going to live with?
If you already have a group of friends you want to live with, make sure your friendship is up to the challenge of deciding who is going to clean the toilet or who is going to mow the lawn! Or if you want to live in a private block, check that the flats are allocated to like-minded people such as all post-graduates or all first years. A year is a long time to live with people who may drive you crazy!
All our rooms are en-suite so, at iQ - no one argues over who is going to clean the toilet (although we ask that you do it yourself every now and then!) and there are no maintenance issues to argue about. However, if you want to stay with a group of friends, you can do a group booking at iQ and that way, you will have your own separate en suite room with a shared kitchen/living area. Our Accommodation Team will also ensure that rooms in a flat are allocated to similar people and if you have any specific requests, we will make every effort to ensure these requests are met.