11 October

Student housing checklist – how to save time and money

The transition from high school to college is one of the most exciting and yet scariest things that you can ever experience in a lifetime and if there is one moment that best summarises it, it’s the moment when you start looking for a place to live. On the one hand, it’s all really thrilling and you can’t wait to have your own place, decorate it the way you want to and not have parents around. On the other hand, the whole process can be quite scary, because choosing student housing Newcastle requires a lot of experience and attention. To get through this milestone successfully, you should check every item on the following list.

Location is key


If there’s one thing that should be on top of the checklist, location is the one. You don’t want to waste a couple of hours every day getting to and from campus, nor miss out on all the fun in popular pubs because you live too far away. Start house hunting early to make sure you find space on a property that’s relatively close to your university. Even if the price is higher than in other areas, you’ll save money on public transport.


Finding the right price


Next, you’ll have to look at prices and see what you can afford with the budget you have. Don’t leave accommodation to the last minute, because prices spike a few weeks before the start of the school year and most owners will try to rip you off. If you start looking a few months in advance, you’ll find some great deals. If you find an amazing house or apartment that you absolutely love, but can’t afford, consider getting a roommate.


Living conditions


Students don’t spend as much time inside, but that doesn’t mean your home should lack basic amenities. Look for a room or a house that has all the furniture you need, as well as warm running water, proper heating and good piping. If you prefer, you can choose a room without furniture and bring your own items, as long as the owner approves.


Security also matters


Last but not least, remember security. Avoid bad neighbourhoods at all costs, even if they are cheaper. You want to spend the year in a place that has security cameras at the entrance or a concierge who makes sure burglars can’t get it. This is all the more important if you keep a bicycle, motorcycle or car parked outside.