Accommodation talks for students
07 January 2011
Finding accommodation for your next year of study can be a daunting task. Following the steps below will help you make an informed decision about your accommodation options.
Pick your housemates carefully - especially if this is your first time renting shared accommodation. It is always helpful to decide who you want to live with and be sure that you are happy to spend the next 12 months with them. Decide collectively what you all want from your new home, including location and the facilities you want e.g. washing machine, broadband etc.
Decide where you want to live and what budget you can realistically afford. You may need to pay a deposit now and later a retainer to hold the property until September. Damage deposits should be held in a government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme and your landlord is obliged to notify you with 14 days of the scheme in which the deposit has been secured. A retainer is a non refundable charge that some landlords charge but it does not usually give you any rights to live in your new home over the summer period. Remember if you are already living in a student property and have enjoyed your stay, you could always ask the landlord/provider to stay for an additional year.
The first place you should visit to find your next accommodation is Liverpool Student Homes. LSH is the only university-approved agency dealing with private sector accommodation and gives you the choice from over 16,500 beds in house, flats and private halls. By using Liverpool Student Homes you will have the reassurance of renting a home which has complied with our registration process. By registering with LSH, your new landlord has undertaken to manage the property in accordance with the LSH Code of Practice and:
- has provided a gas safety certificate and electrical periodic certificate
- provides appropriate fire safety precautions
- provides an appropriate level of security to the property
Find out more at the Housing Information Talks:
The Haigh Building (LSU) Engine Room
4pm, Monday 10th January 2011
Marybone Lecture Theatre
4pm, Tuesday 11th January 2011
IM Marsh, TLT02
4pm, Wednesday 12th January 2011
Byrom Street, Peter Jost Upper Lecture Theatre
4.30pm, Thursday 13th January 2011
Housing Fair: Tuesday 1st February 2011
LSH will be holding the first ever Liverpool Housing Fair in the Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool on Tuesday, 1 February 2011. This will be an excellent opportunity to find out about properties for next year and also pick up information on accommodation-related matters. More information will be available on the LSH website soon.