Local amenities, crime rate, public transport links and proximity to your campus are some key things to consider.
Go to property viewings as a group and be aware of your personal safety. Check that the property is secure and think about how safe the area feels.
Be aware of all the costs involved and decide how much you can afford to pay. Remember that in addition to rent, as well as a deposit and any extra fees, you may need to account for the cost of electric, gas, a TV licence, contents insurance, internet and water.
You are signing a legally binding contract, which is a huge step to take with people you haven’t known for very long. Take your time and make sure nobody is having second thoughts.
You should all visit the property and agree on it before you sign the contract. Remember, if you are a joint tenant (meaning all your names are included in the contract), you are all equally liable for the rent and damages for the entire property. If one of you decides to leave or refuses to move in, the full rent is still due.
It’s a good idea to compare a few properties before you make a decision. NUS have put together a useful checklist of things to look out for when you are viewing a property - read it here.
Make sure your landlord or agency is accredited by Manchester Student Homes. This means that they have demonstrated a commitment to meet certain standards and gives you more protection if things go wrong during your tenancy.
It is important to document the condition of the property and any fixtures, fittings and furniture. Make a written inventory as well as taking lots of photos and videos.
As long as you leave the house in the same condition as when you moved in, you should receive your full tenancy deposit back. Your deposit should be kept in a government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme and this can help you negotiate your deposit back if necessary.
Let us look over the small print for you so that you can be sure of what you are signing.
Feeling overwhelmed, don’t know where to start, or just want to check you’re on the right track? We're here to help.
If you need any advice or support on renting, or any other problem, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Advice Centre.
T: 0161 247 6533