Students in Manchester normally start looking for accommodation for the next academic year in December. To support you through this process, our accredited accommodation partners, Manchester Student Homes (MSH), has pulled together a list of handy tips, which we’ve summarised for you.
There are several factors that you need to consider before deciding where and who to live with. So, if you’re about to begin your house hunting journey for 23/24 and want to get a head start on the planning process, have a read through the below guidance before you take your first step.
There are certain things that you need to decide before looking for a property. For example:
Once you know what you’re looking for, it is important to take your time and ensure that you have researched the following:
Try and look at as many properties as possible to ensure that you have a good understanding of what’s available.
Choose your housemates carefully and try to envisage yourself living with them for extended periods of time.
It is best to discuss and agree housing issues such as house rules, a cleaning rota and how the bills will be split.
Try to view properties with your potential housemates to ensure that everyone is happy.
It may be useful to request that the viewings are carried out via video call with a current tenant if some of your potential housemates can’t make the appointment. This could also provide the opportunity to ask the current tenant some questions about their experience - it’s likely they will provide an honest opinion on the property and support provided by the landlord.
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document that is fixed for a period of time. Therefore, after signing it can be extremely difficult to cancel or get released from an agreement.
MSH provides a contract checking service free of charge. They will support you with any queries and help you to identify any abnormalities in the document you’ve received.
Deposits are there to cover non-payment of rent and any damage to the property. Landlords are required by law to protect a tenant’s deposit in a Government registered scheme. You should receive a letter confirming the details of where your deposit is being kept and how to release the funds at the end of the tenancy.
MSH can help you find University Approved Accommodation that has been checked and meets their Code of Standards. They provide free information, advice and guidance on housing and also carry out contract checks.