Starting university or college in a new city is an exciting time for young people, as well as being scary too! When moving to a new city, the first thing that you will need to think about is where you are going to live. There are so many options out there for young people and here we are taking you through the complete guide that you need to know about Bristol student accommodation and renting.
Ask for Upfront Costs
If you are dealing with a letting agency when looking for student accommodation in Bristol, we would always recommend that you ask the agency for a full list of costs upfront as this will ensure that you avoid any nasty surprises later on down the line. This could highlight extra costs for things that you were not expecting such as administration fees, insurance fees, inventory fees and cleaning fees. It is worth remembering that you can negotiate with the agent on fees and you can also report any excessive charges to the university accommodation office. You should also be aware that an agent cannot charge you simply for showing you a property.
Try and Negotiate the Rent
When looking for student accommodation, you can always try and negotiate the rent. For some landlords, this will not be negotiable but if you don’t ask then you won’t get. You can try and bid lower to save yourself some extra cash month on month.
Finding the Right Property
When looking for your new property, you will need to remember that this is will be your new home for much of the upcoming year and it could even be your new home for your entire student life. This is where you will be spending a vast majority of your time, but I will also be the biggest strain on your finances. For this reason, it is important to find a happy medium. When looking at a new property in Bristol you should take along with you a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget to ask any important questions and, if you can, have a chat with the current tenants to find out more about how your potential new landlord is.
If you want to stay somewhere a little more luxurious, these Almero Student Mansions offer a stunning collection of luxury student accommodation in perfect locations across Bristol for student life. These apartments are sleek, functional and at a fantastic price for what you get.
When you live in a shared property, everyone is jointly responsible for paying the bills including electricity, gas, and water. Make sure that you register with each of the companies in all of your names as you don’t want to be held solely responsible for your other flatmates! This is the great thing about staying in student accommodation as all of your monthly bills and utilities will be included in your rent, so you won’t have to worry about chasing anyone up for cash or receiving a nasty surprise if your bills are higher than they normally are.