Housing

Things you need to know about looking for a Uni house

Head to the Housing Fair on Tuesday 3rd of December for more information! Sponsored by Unite Students.

If you’re already thinking about where you’re going to live next year - calm down.

You can head to the housing fair on Tuesday 3rd December for more information about finding your house, but here is the break down for you:

Housemates

Choosing housemates can be difficult - you think you want to move in with the best mate you made at Freshers, but what if you learn about their annoying habits? What if they like to hoard all the mugs in the house in their room until they have their own eco-system? What if they refuse to do washing up? Or hoovering? 

Take some time to get to know who you want to live with before jumping into a contract with them. Think about having a housemate agreement for cleaning and buying things for the house (unless you want to stash your own loo roll in your room!). You can pick up a Housemate Agreement at the Union Advice Service or here. Advice also offers a mediation service to help if arguments do happen.

Looking for a house

Think about what you want from a uni house - Seven bedrooms? One bathroom? A communal space? Also think about the location, if bills are included in the rent or if these are in addition to the rent.

Why not check out the University’s only official accommodation search engine: www.portsmouthstudentpad.co.uk. More information about Portsmouth StudentPad is available here.

Have a look at all the properties available online with private landlords and letting agents - don’t just go for the first one you see. Think about your price range. Make sure to enquire regarding any additional fees and costs before signing up to a property.

House viewings

Have a checklist of things to look out for or use the University one here.

If the tenants are there, why not ask them about the house. If the estate agent or landlord mentions anything about fixes, or repairs, make a note and remember to check that it’s included in the contract before you sign.  

You can arrange as many viewings as you need, to find the perfect house for you. Is there anything worse than signing for a house and after a week, finding another place that is cheaper and more suitable for what you’re looking for?

Contracts

Once you’ve chosen your house and before you move in, you’ll be asked to sign a contract.

Always read the contract before you sign and you should be able to take it away to look at it, and ask for advice if necessary. Do not feel pressured into signing a contract! StudentPad have a very comprehensive guide about contracts and what they mean - read it here.

Pop along to the housing fair on Tuesday 3rd of December to gather more information before heading out on your house hunt, and in the immortal words of Douglas Adams - DON’T PANIC.


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