Some of you will be thinking about your living situation for the year ahead, and landlords may approach you about your future plans, but remember there is still plenty of time to find a house.
In the next few months, enjoy getting to know your fellow housemates and friends and don’t feel rushed into making a decision. Since you will be entering a legally binding contract, you need to be sure that you’re happy with the people that you live with and the house itself, as this will shape the next year of your life at University.
Why not visit us at the housing roadshow on Thursday 23rd October, at the Lawns- University halls, in Cottingham. We will be offering advice on when to starting house hunting and handing out Don’t Panic leaflets, Housing checklists and freebies to help you with your search. We will also be hosting a housing fair in February, where you can meet landlords and look at prospective houses, graded by our very own student accommodation rating system HullSTARS.
In addition, the Advice Centre on the third floor of University House is available to support you with any queries including housing and funding issues. Visit their page for more information and opening times.
So Don’t Panic, time is on your side when it comes to finding a house and we are here to guide you down the right path.
For many of you, living independently for the first time will be one of the most exciting things about coming to University. Although this is undoubtedly a fun new experience, we also understand it can often be somewhat daunting and full of issues difficult to solve for first timers. Our Advice Centre is here to help you with any house-related queries you might have. Chances are we’ve encountered your issue many times before and can guide you to the right solution. So if any of the issues below are bothering you, pop along for some tips on how to clear things up.
- Landlord problems
- Contracts – we can inspect contracts before you sign to make sure you know exactly what you are signing for
- Housemate problems
- Utility bills
- Noise complaints
- Legal rights
Housing Top Tips!
- Choose your housemates carefully – remember you’ll be living with these people for at least a year.
- Visit the property – what sounds good on paper may not be so good in real life. Take a look for yourself and ask about anything you are not sure of.
- Read your contract carefully – we can check your tenancy agreement if there is anything you need help with.