For students who plan to live off-campus we would recommend that you do some research on private rented accommodation through local letting agents and estate agents before you arrive.
But you should wait until you arrive to view possible accommodation, pay a deposit or sign a contract. You may want to consider booking a hostel or a B&B for a few days while you search for suitable accommodation locally.
There are a number of important things you need to do when you’re sorting out accommodation:
- Be clear what your options are.
- Be clear what you want, what you need, what you can afford and what you would be prepared to compromise on.
- Secure your accommodation in good time and get the deal confirmed.
- Ensure the landlord has adequate Covid-19 safety measure in place if this is shared accommodation.
You will find more tips on what you need to know when choosing your accommodation.