So it's the start of college and you're ready to take the big step of moving into your own place. The prospect of independence and meeting new people have you counting down the days until the dream become a reality. While it is undoubtedly an exciting time in your life there are a few things you should know before you sign that lease to ensure the dream does not becomes a nightmare.
Make sure you find a place near your college. Our Daft search box here on stuff4students can help you with this. If the trip is too far, those rainy Monday mornings in bed will become too hard to resist. Also, if you can nip home quickly this can save money on lunches and bus fare. It is important to remember that first years in most colleges have bigger gaps in their timetable. So you might have more free time during the day.
When viewing the property online make sure to look for the following on the listing:
If you're planning to share you can use our Daft search box here on stuff4students or contact the college about shared accommodation. Some handy tips are:
Once you have moved out of home, it will soon become very clear why your parents were obsessed with turning off lights and other electrical appliances. Well fear not, we can give you a rough guide to how much you should expect to pay. Click here to read Value Vera top-tips to make sure your first electricity bill does not give you a real shock.
Also, for more information on accommodation and student finance, please take a look at
PTRB is the Private Residential Tenancies Board. TMS (Tenancy Management System) is the online service provided by the Registrations section of the Private Residential Tenancies Board to Landlords and Agents acting on behalf of Landlords.
Make sure you're happy with your lease and read it in full before signing it. Also, why not use our budget planner here on stuff4students to see what your budget will look like when you take into account all of your expenses. After all you don't want to run out of money during freshers week ;)
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