Unsure what to look out for? Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you find a property that works for you!
When Should You Start Looking?
It is never too early to start looking for next year's accommodation, and the earlier you can do it, the better chances you have of finding a property that suits your needs and budget. If you are intending to share a house with flatmates, we strongly advise that you begin your search earlier, since you have more people involved in the process. It can be tricky trying to fit in with your friends' house-sharing plans, so make sure you start the process early in the year.
Does the Lettings Agents Have Good Online Reviews?
Online reviews are a brilliant way to find out more about the lettings agent and the properties they are offering. You are likely to find any positives and negatives that will help you make an informed decision about your accommodation. As one of the top student lettings agents in Selly Oak Birmingham, Unihousing takes pride in the houses, flats and Selly Oak studios we offer to students.
We are highly professional and aim to find properties that meet the student's needs, which is why all of our studios and houses have the amenities that go along with student life. All of our student studios come fully furnished and consist of a study area, flat-screen TV, double bed, modern en suite shower room and kitchen fittings, and enough space for you to make your own.
What is Your Budget?
This is one of the most important first steps that you need to take. It's crucial that you know what your budget is before you start viewing properties. Our team will be able to assist you in finding a property that matches your budget and requirements, but if you have not established this, you could end up viewing properties that don't tick your desired boxes.
Thinking about your needs and the money you have to spend monthly will ensure that you choose a property that you can afford and will not cause you extra stress due to tight finances. On the flip side, it's not always a good plan to go for the cheapest options either, as they might not be as high quality as you want.
The trick is to find the balance between affordability and high student housing standards so that you won't have any problems with affording the property long term.
What is the Cost of Bills?
Bills are another expense that you will need to think about ahead of time. Assessing what you can afford to pay before you decide on a property will also save you a lot of headaches further down the line. You can try finding quotes online for different providers so that you can plan out how much you can afford to spend monthly.
A positive to our student studios is that the utility bills are included in the monthly price! This means that you will not have to worry about setting up new accounts and making sure everything gets paid on time each month. Our student houses will likely have gas already included in the price, so that removes some of the pressure from finding utility providers.
Who Handles Repairs?
When deciding on a property, it's a good idea to find out who handles the repairs; is it an outside business, or is it all in-house? With Unihousing, all of our properties are well taken care of, but it is possible that some repairs could be needed throughout your stay. For this reason, we have a dedicated maintenance team who can come and sort out any problems in a timely fashion.
By having our own team of professionals, there will be no long delays due to working with a third-party organisation. Additionally, we also have a cleaning team that will be responsible for the communal areas in our studio complex's, including the stairwells and hallways.
Is the Property in Good Condition?
As you will be living there for at least a year, it's important that you take note of the state of each property you view. By looking around, you will likely be able to see whether any areas need work or aren't working properly.
If you do notice anything, don't be afraid to ask about whether it can be fixed or sorted before you move in. The landlord is likely to make any repairs that you point out since they want you to choose that property, so it's worth asking.
It's a good idea to also check the age of the furniture in the property, and whether it will suit your needs. Many landlords will swap out furniture if you ask, so it's worth a try. At Unihousing, we frequently refurbish our properties so that they are ready for the modern student. Another thing to look out for is the electrical points.
Are there enough? Are they in the ideal places? Though all of this isn't necessarily super important, it's crucial that you feel at home when you move in, and that the space works for you. If something does stick out, let the lettings agent know, as they might have a similar property that suits your needs better.
What Is Your Desired Location?
Another thing to factor in is your desired location. Most students want to be fairly close to their University and have good transport options available too. This is why all of our Unihousing student properties to rent in Selly Oak are within walking distance to the University of Birmingham on Bristol Road. Selly Oak is also well known as a 'student hub' with a wide range of shops, takeaways, pubs and clubs.
Whether you want a fun night out, good food or convenient shopping, Selly Oak is a great option. Down the road, there is also a shopping centre with various clothing shops, cafes, and restaurants. Transport in Selly Oak is extremely convenient, with bus routes into Birmingham City Centre and beyond, and a local train station to make your trips easier and quicker. Don't forget to look up all of the student discounts you can have, from transport to food and clothing!
How Can Unihousing Help?
Unihousing is one of Selly Oak's top student lettings agent, with years of experience providing properties for Birmingham students. Our HMO studio style properties have all the modern fixtures and necessary amenities with student living in mind. Click here to view our properties and register your interest today!