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Questions to ask about your Second Year Accommodation

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Why should you start thinking about where you’ll live in second year, when first year hasn’t even begun?

I remember when it came to choosing a house off campus for second year, and I felt like it came around so quickly.

Generally speaking, most people decide where they are living (and with who) by the end of first term.

Whilst this list might seem premature, securing a nice house is something my flatmates and I were eager to do, and it was an experience we were totally unfamiliar with.

Here is the type of thing to expect!

Choose who you are living with

Whilst I loved almost everyone in my first year flat, it was somewhat idealistic to expect to continue to live with 11 people in the second year.

Alongside this, many people will choose to live with a friendship group outside their flat.

As Warwick is a campus university, there are a few locations you can choose from to move out into.

The most common is Leamington, and closer to the university is Canley or Kenilworth, and some students choose to live in Coventry.

Even if you did want to live with your whole flat, some people might want to live in different locations, so make sure you have a discussion and find out who wants what!

Picking a house

My housemates and I have only ever searched for student accommodation in Leamington Spa, so anything I say doesn’t speak on behalf of the afforementioned locations.

However, it is safe to assume that the process is not that different.

When we searched for a house, there was simply a knock-on-door policy, whereby you could see a student accommodation without making an appointment.

However, this changed last year as we were in the midsts of lockdown, meaning viewings had to be booked through the letting agents.

The reason you have to start looking early is because frankly, the letting agents are sometimes not particularly helpful.

In fact, this year was somewhat of a nightmare!

I would recommend being extremely confident in your requests, and getting them in as soon as possible.

The deposit

A cost you may not have factored in is paying a deposit on your property.

Generally speaking, this is one month’s rent, split between your housemates.

The deposit is supposedly refundable at the end of your tenancy providing you do not damage the property.

Make sure that you have enough money to pay this deposit, as policy is often that it must be paid within a week to secure your house!

The lead tenant

Generally speaking, student accommodation companies will ask that one tenant be the ‘lead tenant’.

This individual usually pays the rent and liases with the landlord.

Make sure that it is somebody organised!

Splitting room costs

The nature of a house is that some rooms will be bigger than others.

You may feel it is fairer between your housemates to pay more for the bigger room, and less for the smaller rooms.

I would recommend negotiating this before you move in.

You may want to ask the previous tenants if they followed this pattern, and if so, how they split the costs.

Agreeing this before move in avoids arguments and means people have plenty of time to get the money ready to pay the rent.

Ask lots of questions

It is more than likely that when you view a property, students will show you round, rather than a landlord or a letting agent.

If this is the case, ask them anything and everything you want, they will be more than likely happy to answer your questions!

Some questions to think about are

  1. What is the landlord like? Do they fix things quickly?
  2. What size are the beds?
  3. Is there anything we need to know about the house?
  4. What appliances do we need to bring ourselves, such as a microwave, kettle or toaster?
  5. What is the garden like?

Megan McElroy | English Literature Contact Megan
English, Going out, Halls, or something else!
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  • Ritesh Goyal

    Thanks Megan. This is helpful


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