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Bristol Accomodation Office

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Bristol SU Lettings

Marks out of Tenancy

 

Don't rush into renting your student home. Check out our list of advice and stuff to remember before you take the plunge on your rental property.

Where Do I Start? +

Work out your budget:    

  • Deposit & letting fees must be paid up front    
  • Monthly rent costs    
  • Factor in bills
  • Parking   
  • Number of bathrooms    
  • Place to store bikes    
  • Garden

Location:

Deal breakers:

  • Parking
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Place to store bikes
  • Garden

Who? +

  • How many people do you want to live with?
  • Who are their friends, or partners? They will probably spend time in your house
  • Can you all afford the same rent & bills?
  • Do you all have similar ideas about parties? Loud music? Sleeping?
  • Do your courses all have the same academic demands?
  •  Will everyone do their fair share of washing up and cleaning?
  •  Will you feel able to discuss issues comfortably with your housemates?

Don't Panic +

The best time to start house hunting is in January. BUT, don’t feel pressured into renting! New houses always come up throughout the year.

Wait for the University housing fair in December. You really do have time!

Check out Lettings +

  • Use a trusted letting agent or landlord.
  • Never wire money. 
  • Never pay a ‘holding deposit’, rent or any money without visiting the property.
  • You might want to avoid letting agents with bad reputations.

 

Bristol SU Lettings:

  • The best place to start as they charge zero agency fees and are run by the SU, so they put students first! Bristol SU Lettings has a 93% approval rating from students!

 

Be wary of online rental scams and check out online reviews

    

Book a viewing +

  • Try to arrange a time that is suitable for everyone that you want to live with
  • Never go alone. If you do have to, let someone know where you are going
  • Never take large amounts of cash with you
  • Make a list of questions to ask at the viewing

The Viewing +

    
Before:
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the agent or landlord and tenants questions
  • Use your checklist!
  • If you feel unsafe at any point, trust your instincts and leave!
  • Take lots of pictures
    
During:

Paperwork +

  • Get any promises or agreements in writing before you sign the contract. Using email is a good way to do this
  • Make sure that your deposit is protected in a deposit scheme within thirty days of you paying it
  • Get the contract checked by the Accommodation Office before you sign