We know that choosing somewhere to live can be a stressful time so we have put together some helpful advice and #TopTips below.
House hunting and are you ready to rent?
Choosing somewhere to live is a massive decision, and it is important that you make the right choices, at the right time. From the start of the academic year, some agents, landlords and student housing providers will run promotional campaigns to get you to sign into a contract early and sometimes even stating that if you don’t sign up now, there will be nowhere left to live.
We want you to know that this is not true! Each year there are a number of student beds vacant across the city, so there is no need to rush into renting a house, flat or halls of residence.
Don’t rush to rent!
Please do not rush in to renting! Make sure to think about the decision you are making and try to do some research. You may see letting agents and providers putting pressure on you to sign contracts early, but only sign when you are fully comfortable and confident that you are getting the best deal.
Start your property search
Once you are confident that you know what you are looking for, you can begin your search for your next place to stay. There are a number of different options for looking for housing depending on if you are looking for a hall of residence, private housing through a letting agency or landlord, or if you’re looking to find a group of people to live with or room within a house.
The Housing Fayre takes place in the Engine Shed on Thursday 6th December 2018 between 11am and 6pm.
Our student accommodation advertising site, Lincoln Studentpad will go live from this date too and will include details of all this years accredited properties! You can also find out further information about Studentpad, our property advertising site here
Once you have an idea of the houses or flats that you are interested in, you can arrange a viewing to look around the property. Remember you can use this as an opportunity to ask detailed questions, take notes and make informed choices before you make a decision or think about signing a contract.
#TopTip – When you’re viewing properties, you should always visit the area more than once for example, during the day and at night to get a good feel of the area.
Before you sign your contract….
Before you sign anything, we highly encourage all students to book an appointment with one of the University of Lincoln Advice Service advisers who can go through your contract with you.
We hope this information is helpful but most of all, we want you to know that Accommodation Services are here to help you. Our job doesn’t end when your accommodation has been allocated and you’ve moved in. So if you need any help or further assistance with your accommodation or housing throughout the year then we are here to help!
We have helpful house hunting videos with current students on our YouTube channel too!