I’m Lucy, the Vice President Wellbeing and Community here at Lincoln Students’ Union, and here is my October blog full of handy tips and suggestions surrounding student wellbeing. This is your way to find out what we have been getting up to and the best ways to get in touch with both the Students’ Union and also the SU Advice Centre.
It’s almost November and you have now been at university for almost an entire month! It’s flown by, right? By now you’ve probably settled in, made many friends and even started thinking about who you want to live with next year. Throughout November, we’re here to give you advice on anything and everything housing related, including how to be a savvy tenant!
Student housing can seem like a minefield, but I promise you it’s not! You don’t need to worry, Lincoln doesn’t suddenly run out of student houses overnight, meaning there’s no need to rush into anything. To put it into perspective, houses are even available in the June before the academic year starts, so you have plenty of time to decide upon exactly what house is for you. There’s so many things to consider when looking at houses - I have drawn together some helpful information I wished I had known when I moved into my first student house!
Don’t rush and consider who you want to live with
As I mentioned, there are always plenty of houses available, so don’t necessarily go for the first house you see. Many students make the mistake of thinking if they don’t go for the first house they see in the first week of October, they will never find a house that they want to live in. Waiting could be the best decision you make, as some letting agencies don’t release their houses until later in the year, and rushing may mean you miss out on the perfect house!
Waiting also allows you to get to know your future housemates better – for example, if your best friend is super messy and you’re a clean freak, you might be better off living with other people. Remember, you don’t always have to live with your best friends and actually, you are sometimes better off not living with them!
Consider the location
If you are a night owl, being located down The High Street in the centre of the city might sound like a great idea! On the other hand, if you are the sort of person who likes being in bed by 10pm, you might be better off picking a quieter area such as The West End. Think about how close to campus you want to be, and how far you want to walk - if you’re always running late, maybe don’t go for a house that’s 20 minutes away from campus or up the top of Steep Hill! Equally, if you like a nice walk after lectures, then maybe living up Steep Hill is perfect for you. Either way, by giving yourself more time and not rushing to rent the first house you view, you will have more time to explore the city, and get an idea of which area is right for you.
Think about what’s important to you
Each individual always has something they won’t compromise on, for me it was an en-suite (and living with all boys, I needed it!). This meant I was willing to walk up the hill to get home every day so long as I had one. It’s a good idea to sit down with your potential future housemates and make a list of all the things you just CAN’T live without and your preferences for housing. Once you have all established your essentials and desirables, narrowing down potential properties becomes a much simpler task, and you’re then able to work together to think about which of those properties is right for you (even if there are compromises).
Another thing to think about is the furniture and facilities. If you tend to work best at home, it’s probably a good idea to make sure the house you rent has a desk in your room. Or if you play a lot of sport and often have muscle aches it might be good to make sure the house has a bath. In short, it’s a good idea to think about furniture and facilities you may need across the year - while you can buy small things like extra storage, you don’t want to have to be thinking about buying a desk, and you certainly don’t want to be carrying it home!
Is the property accredited?
When looking at houses there are so many things to consider - this can be made easier by looking for accredited properties. The Students’ Union has just launched an accreditation scheme in which we check houses against many different aspects including safety, value for money and amenities. When a property is accredited it means you are protected from any horrors you may have heard about such as: mould, rats, and leaks, as these checks will have been done prior to the accreditation being awarded and you won’t have to worry about looking for any potential problems.
A great way to view accredited houses is at our Housing Fayre! The Housing Fayre gives you the opportunity to (virtually) browse through properties and chat to accredited landlords, alongside meeting the services and organisations at the SU, University and in Lincoln who are here to make your experience as a renting tenant in Lincoln, the best it can be.
The most exciting part is you don’t have long to wait!
The Housing Fayre is live Monday 2nd November 2020
The Fayre will be live for you to chat to landlords from 11am – 4pm on the 2nd November. If you can’t make it, do not worry as the Fayre will be accessible until 1st January 2021.
We also have some more big news! The Students’ Union accreditation scheme website will also be launching on Monday 2nd November. Here you’ll be able to find all the properties accredited by the Students’ Union, making it simple for you to find the perfect house without the fear of potential property-related problems arising throughout the year!
So there you have it, this is my quick guide to renting a property, so you don’t get caught in any of the traps other students have! If you need more detailed advice on housing, from being environmentally friendly to happy housemates, you can access our housing guides below.
If you want to get in touch, or have any questions you can email me at [email protected] or message me on Instagram (@ulsuwellbeing) or Twitter (@ulsu_wellbeing). You are also able to contact the SU advice centre at [email protected].
See you next month,