6 Top Tips to Finding Your Perfect House
You’ve chosen your university, you’ve chosen your course and you’ve chosen to leave your beloved stuffed teddy at home. Now it’s time to make the next biggest decision after what crop top or backwards cap will you be wearing out tonight… it’s time to choose a house! This may seem like a daunting task as you don’t want to end up living in a shed or with people who make you wish you were living with your parents instead. But don’t stress, we’ve compiled some tips to make the process easy, peasy lemon squeezy.
1. Make sure you can imagine yourself living with these people for an entire year
They say the people you meet in Freshers week won’t be your closest friends for the next 3 years. Whilst some people disprove this theory, you need to make sure you can stand the people you’ll be shacking up with for a whole year! 2nd year of university is arguably the best year of uni, you’re no longer the runt of the litter but still have two more years to hold onto your youth. If tidiness is a crucial aspect of your life, you don’t want to be living with someone who is the human personification of a rabid racoon living in a bin.
2. Location, Location, Location
Getting out of bed after a big night out is hard enough as it is, it’s practically impossible if you know you need to walk 35 minutes to reach your lecture. Discuss in your house where you want to be, work out if it’s more important to be near the town or clubbing area or the library. Find the happy medium in your group so that no one ends up sleeping through a year of seminars.
Money is always an awkward topic with people you don’t know that well but is a necessity when house hunting. This should be discussed well before you are physically viewing houses because there is nothing more awkward than a row in front of an estate agent about the price of the property.
4. Don’t rush but get a move on!!
There will always be that group of girls that met on the first day of uni and had their house for second year booked by October. These creatures are an anomaly. That said, you don’t want to be well into the new year before bagging down a house because all the best properties will be gone. If you want to live somewhere that you’d happily show your parents, get your name down early.
5. Bills, Glorious, Bills
For most of your childhood, you heard a lot about these bad boys but assumed you would never have to actually deal with them. But guess what? You can totally avoid them for a few more years! When looking for a property, your life will be significantly easier if you go for bills included as it reduces admin for everyone. Plus you will be able to use your heating without living in fear of a big fat number smacking you round the face at the end of the month.
6. Work together
You’re essentially starting your first university family so everyone needs to contribute in choosing the house. You’re all going to have to live there and should want to spend time there! This should be an exciting time so make a group trip of it, so that everyone gets to see the family home!
Hopefully these tips will help you choose your house wisely… happy house hunting everyone!
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