What Questions To Ask When Viewing Student Accommodation

When choosing the right student accommodation for yourself, it can seem like a daunting task when there are so many to choose from. You don't want to choose accommodation and then have a nasty surprise when it comes to moving in, hence why when you are looking at student accommodation be sure to ask these questions.

Don't be a victim of foul play.

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Is there a gas safety certificate?

All properties fitted with a gas supply should have a gas safety check every 12 months which provides them with a certificate to show the property has passed appropriate checks. 

Your agent should be able to show you the certificate. If they are unable to show you this certificate or evidence then you should avoid this property and move on.

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Who is in charge of bills?

Does the property include all your bills and will these be paid within your rent?

If it does include your bills, still find exactly what bills are included. Is there a cap on your usage of the gas and electric?
Is a TV license and contents insurance included? Or will you have to find sort these yourselves.

If bills aren't included, are you free to find the best deals and sign up to those suppliers to get the best rate. Or, is you're supplier fixed by the Landlord?

These are good to know, to help figure out any additional costs you may have.

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Do they have an inventory list? Is it furnished or unfurnished?

Ask the agent if the property is going to be offered furnished or unfurnished. If furnished then ask if there is a list of exactly what will be included in the property. If the property is unfurnished then this means you'll have to provide all of the furniture yourself.

Do they have the Energy Performance Certificate?

This is known as an EPC and it shows the property's energy efficiency and environmental impact. It is measured from A - G with A being the best and G the worst.

In the UK, the average EPC rating is D. Under new regulations the minimum EPC rating a rented property can now have is E, so check for this.

Why does this matter?
The higher the EPC rating, the less costly your bills should be which is always a bonus as a student.

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Is there bike storage or parking?

If the property doesn't have parking on the driveway, ask what the road or nearby roads are like for parking. Don't assume, permits may be required for parking on the road and it may or may not be possible for you to get one of these.

If road parking isn't available, research if nearby car parks have options to have long term permits for residents.

Ask if there is any bike storage to save yourself from storing it in your bedroom. Having a bike could save you money on bus fare's!

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