Monday, 17 November 2014

University | Choosing a House after Halls

The time has come for you to hunt around searching for a house to live in after a comfy year living in stress-free halls. I thought it might be handy for you to have a guide of things to check when searching for a house, as I have forgotten to look at a few important things when moving into a new house and so I thought I'd share what I've learnt through my mistakes with you so you don't do the same!

One | Always check phone signal when you are looking around the house. In my second year house our signal wasn't the best which would prove difficult when people tried to come over and when we wanted to call our parents.

Two | Check if your bills are included or not. I have found it alot easier having bills included in the PCM (price per calender month), it takes the hassle out of having to sort out internet, TV Licenses, water bills and electricity bills when you have mountains of work to be doing.

Three | What is the bathroom like? In my second year house it was freezing, the floor always soaked, the shower was either boiling hot or absolutely frozen. In my third year house, we can't stand up in it and the flow of the shower is pretty bad. Definitely one to check.

Four | Have a look at the area around your house before deciding on it. If you are a light sleeper, have a look at the nightlife in the area - will pubs be keeping you up late at the weekends? How close are you to town and your university?

Five | Try and find out a little bit about the reputation of the lettings company you go with. The company who rented out my boyfriend's house last year were horrendous. When his flatmates arrived there was a dirty unflushed toilet (gross!!) and just generally lots of problems which they didn't deal with quickly enough. 

Six | Are there any plug sockets and aerial cables in the room if you want a TV? In both houses there have been little plug sockets so it means a huge amount of extension cables being used, its not really an issue just nice to know that you need them! I don't have a TV but my room doesn't have an aerial even if I did, so if you are an extreme telly lover then you should check that one out.


I think these are the main things that you should really be looking out for when you go to check out your houses! Moving out of halls into your own house is exciting, but you do want to check for some of these issues before taking the move. I know I wish we'd looked into things a bit better so I thought I'd share my mistakes with you so you don't make the same ones!

Do you have any advice for freshers moving in to houses after halls? or are you a fresher yourself who wants to know more about finding a house? Feel free to leave a comment below or email me: suitcaseandsandals@outlook.com!

2 comments:

  1. Definitely agree with these! Though if the signal is bad, you can get a signal booster - I bought one when I moved in with my boyfriend as the flat is amazing but the signal is terrible! I always think it's good to scope out how warm it is going to be in winter - I almost prefer flat hunting when it's cold as then I know what to expect - rather than a warm house in summer and be frozen by the time winter comes around! xx

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  2. ooh thats a very good idea! I didn't know you could get a signal booster but if you find the perfect house its definitely a good idea. Yes so true - the temp of the house is very important! You don't want to be freezing in the winter! xxx

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