11 Student Housing Mistakes You Must Avoid

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From cutting bills to avoid being ripped off, these are the top student housing mistakes you MUST avoid!

Being lazy

Don't accept the first place your see and do your research when looking to let privately: Search for reviews of your potential landlord, consider how much bills for the property will be (see the EPC certificate) and check out other things that may be relevant to you in local area, such as parking.

Checking the condition of the property

When visiting a potential property be sure to have a GOOD look around and NEVER agree to live anywhere you haven't seen. Make sure you check all the corners, cupboards and see everything such as lights and appliances are in working order.

Not taking photos

When you first move in be sure to photograph the condition of the property, especially any damage or issues already present, to make sure you don't get the blame and lose your deposit. > Top tips to keep your flat deposit safe

Bringing everything you own

Make sure you know what's included (if furnished property) and don't bring pointless things you don't need.

Not budgeting

Sort out a budget when it comes to paying rent and bills as they're the most important things. If you're sharing a house, make sure you figure out a way to split bills and for everyone to pay for their share...

Sort out who pays what

On that topic, deciding who makes student bills can be a bit of a nightmare. Generally the best advice is to make sure everyone's names are on any bills so that no one person will be held liable if another fails to pay up on time. An alternative option is to give each housemate a different bill to be responsible for.

Upsetting the neighbours

Making the neighbours angry is just not on so keep the noise down late at night else you could find yourself getting evicted and/or given a bad reference when you move on.

Not getting contents insurance

Make sure you to cover your personal property with contents insurance in case of fire, flood, theft and so on. You may regret it if you don't, and some tenancies may require it.

Maintaining the property

You could lose your deposit or be charged if you damage the property so look after it as if it were your own home. Report any problems to your landlord as soon as possible. Not only will damage hurt your wallet, it won't make for a good landlord referral when you want to move on.

Paying council tax

If you're a full time student, you don't need to pay council tax but if you're sharing with non students or part time students, they may have to pay.

Sorting out whether or not you need a TV license

A so-called TV licence loophole may allow you to ditch paying £145+ a year. Furthermore, you may be able to get a TV licence refund for what you've already paid.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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