Housing is one of the most important problems for all students at university, which affects their lives as well as study. A house which not only relaxes you but also saves your money is not easy to find. Therefore, where and how do you should start looking?
As with many things, student housing is best entered into with as much information as possible. The law regarding student housing can seem impenetrable, but getting to know your rights is a must to avoid getting ripped off. The best place to get good information is your university's housing office. They will have lists of accredited landlords, which is probably the most important step you can take.
But what about halls? They may be the cheapest form of student housing, in general, but are they right for you? The good thing is that a vast majority of halls are regulated by government approved guidelines, meaning that they're pretty well standardised.
The most important things you need to consider are the price and quality of life. Private student housing is often centralised in the more run down areas of a town or city. It's well worth getting the reputation of an area before you move there. Go to the place and have a walk around, or get some reviews from the student website. Landlords can be great or terrible, so be aware. Again, look out for accredited landlords.
Renting a larger place and getting together with a few friends is always another option. By and large, student housing is cheaper the more rooms it has. If you don't have enough local friends, it might be worth trying gumtree or a similar site to find some people in a similar situation.
Whatever you do, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find a place, pack and move in a relaxed mood. Don't leave it until the last minute.